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The Centre Cannot Hold

by Ben Frost

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Ehule This album is one of the reasons I was drawn to working in sound. I come back to it over an over again. Raw visceral power. Ben Frost is a force of nature. Thank you for putting this work in the world Favorite track: All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated.
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sjah83 I love this album simply because I do. Hard to find the appropriate words to explain it. Perhaps it's all about the blend among rhythmic noise & some sort of far neoclassic acoustics. Nevertheless it sounds like Dante's decline to hell... Hell on Earth. Jacob's Lather, five stars. Favorite track: Threshold of Faith.
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Dotflac We are trapped in a room made of mirror walls shaken by wild compositions, ready to burst in keen shrapnels gashing our identity on its breaking point.

However, the purpose here is not to irreversibly wound us, but rather to lead us to a threshold. To reach the moment where we decide that the violence surrounding us is enough, that we can't stand the state of the world and what we've become anymore.

An apparent pond of destruction hiding a gush of hope where we'll find what to fight demons of. Favorite track: A Sharp Blow In Passing.
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Ben Frost has announced details of his fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold, out on 29 September 2017.

The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.

An exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation, The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound.

Watch the video for Threshold Of Faith, the opening cut from the new album, a new collaboration shot in the winter of 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland with conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse and Cinematographer Trevor Tweeten: po.st/BFThresholdVideo

Ben Frost released Threshold Of Faith, a seven-track 12” and digital EP, last month. Pitchfork describe the track title track as “moving from heroic vistas into a garbled, snow-blinded melee. Distant choral pads, a glistening upper-register sheen, submerged piano, and groaning harmonies all stack up into a geologic crescendo that extends into infinity.” while The 405 describe the EP as “scorching and beautiful”.


released September 29, 2017


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Ben Frost

The music of Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost's throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems. ... more

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