Southern / Outer Himalayan Reissue Rudimentary Peni’s Debut LP, Death ChurchSouthern / Outer Himalayan are reissuing Rudimentary Peni’s debut LP, Death Church, on 12th May.

After bumper reissues of Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric, Cacophony and Archaic, it is now time for what is arguably the outsider punks’ most beloved album to shine. Rudimentary Peni’s first LP, Death Church has been remastered and revamped by Outer Himalayan and Southern, returning on 180g black vinyl with the original fold-out artwork and an mp3 download code. Due for release on 12th May – some 31 years since it was originally recorded – and with a gatefold CD version also hitting the shelves. This is a reissue to get excited about; an obstinate and absolute cult artefact brought kicking and screaming in to the present to scramble preconceptions of punk once again.

Death Church was recorded in two days at Southern Studios in April of 1983. It was the band’s first long-player, following their self-titled EP in 1981 and the Farce single on Crass Records in 1982. Death Church wore its contents on its sleeve, quite literally. The intricate line drawings of vocalist/guitarist Nick Blinko are dark visions of madness, religion and death…all of which are to be found in the lyrics within. Musically, Death Church has been embraced and claimed by every fringe musical niche of its time…it’s the album that brought together the death rockers, anarcho-punks, peace punks, hardcore punks, proto-metallers and art-rockers.

“Rudimentary Peni are a band so fucking good that no one will ever understand them; I doubt they understand themselves.” -Steve Albini, 1993

1. ¼ Dead
2. Blissful Myth
3. The Psycho Squat
4. Rotten To The Core
5. Poppycock
6. Cosmic Hearse
7. The Cloud Song
8. Vampire State Building
9. Blasphemy Squad
10. When You Are A Martian Church
11. Pig In A Blanket
12. Inside
13. Nothing But A Nightmare
14. Flesh Crucifix
15. Slimy Member
16. Love Is Not
17. Radio Schizo
18. Happy Farm
19. Alice Crucifies The Paedophiles
20. Army Of Jesus
21. Dutchmen

In related news, Southern Records and I are intrigued to hear the result of the new supergroup in town, Teenage Time Killer (named after a Rudimentary Peni song, and featuring Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor, Jello Biafra, Nick Oliveri, Neil Fallon, Keith Morris, Max Cavalera and others.)

Exactly how much they will reference the music of their namesake we don’t know, but we are keen to find out.

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