The Poisoned Glass – Ten Swords album review

Amorphous adventures into the dark heart of drone, with The Poisoned Glass's debut album

The Poisoned Glass, Ten Swords album cover

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The minimalist bass drone of this debut calls to mind Sunn O))), the last trace of members Stuart Dalquist and Edgy 59’s connection to former band Burning Witch, of whom Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley were also members.

It’s also their last link to music of any sort of conventional structure, the rattling bass during Plume Veil there only to cling onto for dear life amid a deconstructed maelstrom of agony. TPG do their best to cause harm with shrill bursts of electronica amid a background of irradiated dissonance. Toil And Trouble opens up with some melody, but in its most amorphous possible manifestation – the constant grind, the shrill synth, instead of stabbing coldly, engulfing you in an uplifting thrust of solar radiation. Ten Swords will pierce you repeatedly, an active test of your will more than a passive listening experience.