A giant recording and touring sonic/performance project led by former Ministry/Killing Joke sideman Martin Atkins. He's been joined by a veritable who's who of industrial rock of the past few years. They have several releases on Atkin's Invisible Records including Notes from Thee Underground. Their latest, and best, effort to date, A New High in Low, is a two disc opus that ranges from ambient trance electronica to sitar tunes to electronic torch-singer-type jazzy stuff and a few catchy almost (dare I say it?) poppy numbers. It is all held together by Atkins skilled and powerful drumming (rare in the electronic/industrial world) and his keen ear for appropriate samples.
Ironically, the low point of the effort comes on the High volume of the two disc set. The second half is anchored by Genesis P. Orridge's (of Psychic TV) 20+ minute monologue (backed by some really tepid electronic drum loops and synths). As sonic theatre, it might be somewhat interesting (if over-long), but in comparison to the rest of the melodic and higher-energy tunes on the Low Disc it is downright boring. Jim Marcus of Die Warzau also contributes. Most of the rest of the (huge) cast are relative unknowns--mostly from the Invisible roster.
As good as the album as a whole (exceptine the P Orridge track) is, Pigface is best known for their phenominal live shows. Each event is almost as much about the visual impact as the music; though each complements the other rather than distracting. Don't be surprised to see almost anything onstage (and in the crowd) during the amazing spectacle that is a Pigface show.
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