When Sygil Records founder Adam (previously of OS, Charnel House, and more) proposed a band spearheaded by local bleak entity AGAKUS, and featuring an assorted cast of Bloomington luminaries, the prospect of such a supergroup had us salivating at the mouth.
On “The Star’s Fifth Point is Light,” AGAKUS and his crew of wasters invoke a simple but effective mantra of trudging repetition and distorted tones, with howling vocals of misanthropy over the top and the bizarrely ethereal addition of French horn and saxophone filling out the sonic void. Dense, layered saturation permeates the whole of the album, the sum of six members each providing a slice of dissonance and forming into a single blackeneed pie filled with filth. There is little respite on “TSFPIS” save for a few moments of hazy melancholy peppered throughout tracks, and the formula balances to create a sprawling doom rock opus that is at times reserved, but never once hopeful.
Recorded by Adam at Sygil Records HQ. Mastered by James Plotkin. Featuring amazing ink-blot art by Ryan B.
– 2-color screen printed chipboard box
– 10x screen printed lyric/art inserts with white ink on black 140lb paper
– Red pro-duplicated type II Cobalt cassette with black imprinting
A1 – 05:43 – There Was A Time
A2 – 05:58 – My Eyes Have Died
A3 – 02:58 – Dawn Storm
A4 – 05:00 – Black Beast
B1 – 03:27 – Dream
B2 – 03:14 – Eat You
B3 – 05:13 – The Star’s Fifth Point is Light
B4 – 05:54 – Dusk