Castrovalva: You’re not in Hell, You’re in Purgatory My Friend – album review

Castrovalva: You’re not in Hell, You’re in Purgatory My Friend (Brew)
Out: 1st October

Following the recent release of the blisteringly fabulous singles:’Señorita’ and ‘I am the Golden Widow’, Castrovalva (whose bombastic live show we recently reviewed here – Ed) drop their genre molesting album on Oct 1st, and it’s a monster.

The audio equivalent of drunken headspins, Castrovalva have come back to taunt us with just under thirty minutes of chaotic electro rock which sounds like it was recorded by demented imps who have looted an instrument store.

In short, it’s bloody brilliant.

Their time spent touring with the likes of Adebisi Shank, An Albatross, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tek One, &U&I and Melt Banana has clearly paid off. Gone are the heavy flirtations with hip hop which permeated their 2010 release ‘We are A Unit’, and in its place are a collection of deceivingly well-structured tracks which serve to entertain, perplex and delight in equal measure.

Fuzz heavy basslines and Sci fi guitar screeching are accompanied by frantically delivered lyrics which touch upon subjects such as friends, family, fatherhood and broken relationships.

Album highlights include \’Donut’, a stomping, dubstep infused banger, \’The Cavalry’; which is The Melvins covering Bloc Party and \’I am the golden widow’ which is what Fleet Foxes would sound like if they listened to more Dillinger Escape Plan.

If the aforementioned analysis sounds a bit all over the place, it’s because it’s almost impossible to pin this bugger down to explain what the hell it is exactly, and that’s a rare and beautiful thing.

Castrovalva will Tour the UK in October with label mates Nine Black Alps. The dates are as follows:
10th October ”“ King Tuts ”“ Glasgow
11th October ”“ Duchess ”“ York
13th October ”“ Bodega Social Club ”“ Nottingham
14th October ”“ Joiners ”“ Southampton
15th October ”“ Borderline ”“ London
16th October ”“ Green Door Store ”“ Brighton
17th October ”“ Clwb Ifor Bach ”“ Cardiff
18th October ”“ Cooler ”“ Bristol
19th October ”“ Ruby Lounge – Manchester

You can find Castrovalva on their Twitter or their Facebook.

Watch: You’re Not In Hell, You’re In Purgatory My Friend – HD TRAILER

All words by Colin McCracken. You can read more of his Louder Than War articles HERE
He writes about movies HERE and lurks about on Twitter HERE

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Colin McCracken is an Irish writer and cinematic obsessive who writes extensively about movies on a daily basis for his website He is equally passionate about vinyl (he used to run an independent record store), literature, live music and film soundtracks. He can also be found regularly on twitter as @zombiehamster.


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