Non/Boyd Rice

Pictures from the Non show with Death In June, Denver 2002
Review of Non Children of the Black Sun
Review of Boyd Rice and Fiends Wolf Pact
Review of Recieve the Flame
Article: "And to the Devil They'll Return" A Personal Quest, and Brief Genealogy by Boyd Rice
Interview: Boyd Rice, Lord and Conqueror
Non/Boyd Rice Links
Dagobert's Revenge Articles Written by Boyd Rice


Children of the Black Sun

Children Of The Black Sun, Boyd's 12th release on Mute and the follow up to 1999's Receive The Flame, is released on CD and comes packaged with the added extra of a DVD featuring a 5.1 mix of the music. The first CD release of its kind, when the DVD is played on a 5.1 DVD system, the eerie nature of the album takes new form. Be warned: don't turn the lights off - Boyd is all around!

Try to imagine a soundworld of limpid, undulating noise where the orchestral textures of Holst's The Planets and the distortions of the Velvet Underground can coexist. Something like Wagner remixed by David Lynch perhaps, and you may be getting close to this CD, an unusual and eerily beautiful new album from Boyd Rice: one of the most controversial and uncompromising pioneers of the US Industrial Noise scene.

Perhaps the album's inspiration in the arcane world of Gnosticism has something to do with this new mellowing - or is the unexpected precisely what we should expect from the mercurial Mr Rice? Whatever the case, there's no doubt that it's an exceptional piece of work whether in CD form or even more so, the immersive world of surround-sound DVD.

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Wolf Pact

Picture the walls of noise and harsh sound of NoN mixed with the vitriolic sense of Death In June and the sheer beauty of Der Blutharsch and you've got an idea of what you'll find within this release and on the limited edition single that supports it. It shouldn't be a surprise though, after all, Boyd Rice is essentially NoN, Douglas P. is essentially Death In June, and Albin Julius is essentially Der Blutharsch and Wolf Pact is them collaborating together musickally. What you get is gargantuan slabs of white noise and static, compelling spoken word vocals by Boyd Rice, and a sense of experimentation that you will not find within their respective "solo" projects. Occasionally this sense of experimentation seems to fail, resulting in a piece of musick that I usually end up hitting the skip button over, but these occurrences only happen twice on this release. What makes up for all of this though are pieces like "The Forgotten Father" and the accompanying track "Tomb of the Forgotten Father". Both tracks are slow moving dream sequences concentrating on a dream that Boyd Rice had about "the Forgotten Father", who "had come, seemingly from nowhere, and had taught men his secrets." If you've followed any of the three members of this collaboration before then you will already be familiar with a collaborative project that went by the name of Scorpion Wind, and Wolf Pact is similar in nature. While I would rather a new listener start their introduction to these collaborators by first digesting the works of NoN, Death in June, and Der Blutharsch, I would definitely recommend this to those that have already been initiated into those audio mysteries as they will find within this release many valuable things to assist them on their chosen path. It's also quite nice to be able to walk into a record store and see someone on one of the covers wearing a cross of Lorraine like Boyd Rice does on this release. The three-track CD single that supports this release features "The Forgotten Father" track and two unreleased tracks called "People Change" and "The Registered Three" and it is limited to 1,000 copies and is signed by the hand of Douglas Pearce.

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Receive the Flame

Review by Steve Scarchasm

Another groundbreaking holocaust of eight extractive soundscapes, all stretching through various structures in manic manipulation.

Since the early 1970s, Boyd Rice began dissolving the most subtle listener of his inventive creations through the basic tape recorder. Now after 20 or so years, he still continues to create natural noises into the most transformed settings of abnormal instrumentation.

“Alpha” begins, shedding the drone of a guitar towards the mixing atrophy of an accordion. Every note spreads through it’s brief panning effect. Then, “Spectre”, is entered with a religious piano repertoire centering around drum and guitar percussions. Not very lengthy, but short enough to strap you into it’s nightmare.

“Everlasting Fire” and “Solitude” experiment with the eerie amplifications by accompanied panning collaborations, then bring us to the album’s most interesting track, “Monism”, with a beginning piano chord becoming more influenced by the reverbed sound effects and hideous drone screams, ending with a surrounded sound of the infamous accordion. Desirable enough to put you through a tour of the “Medici Mass”, which is Bob Ferbache on organ with the added effects of Rice and maybe the other two collaborators. Joel Haerthling contributes with brass on this album, as he did on the “Pearls Before Swine” song from the World Serpent Compilation. I still can’t distinguish all of the sounds on this album, since it’s so hard to figure out what sound is what.

The next track, “Sangrall”, is a very dramatic discharge with a constant sound of brass and swirling effects box burning. The remaining ending of “Omega”, imitates “Alpha” oppositely. . Being a big fan of Non myself, this is definitely a different conceptual release of noise from the previous, God and Beast.

Now, where’s the new Spell album?

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Non/Boyd Rice Links

Long Live Death Kevin Slaughter's Non/Boyd Rice site
The Official Death In June Site
Boyd Rice on Mute Records


Dagobert's Revenge Articles Written by Boyd Rice

I suggest you just search the Dagobert's Revenge site for his articles. Most are located on the articles page, sorted by date.

or type in any search word.

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