Skullflower, Carved Into Roses

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Like My Bloody Valentine without anything safely described as "pretty," Skullflower were a trance-inducing skyscraper of sound built on feedback, overtones, scrapes, drone and general unpleasantness. The most popular of the noise bands congregating around England's Broken Flag label in the late'80s, Skullfower made an unholy improvisational racket around Black Sabbath riffs and Krautrock textures. One of their most free-form outings, Carved Into Roses hypnotically drones into psychedelic abandon for ten minutes at a time, and features guest yelping from Whitehouse's Philip Best.