GO EAT YOURSELF: Pharmakon announces new autocannibalist album Devour

GO EAT YOURSELF: Pharmakon announces new autocannibalist album Devour
Photo: Jane Chardiet

If you’ve been waiting for this, then you’ve probably just been waiting for permission. Permission to gnaw that node, chew that tendon, taste that tibia. Well, it’s here, folks, and it’s being delivered (by Margaret Chardiet, of course) on a pulverizing platter of sonic aggression and the auditory equivalent of blood and guts. Mmm-mmm good!

Put down that knife and fork; this is all hands, baby! Pharmakon has just announced a new album on Sacred Bones titled Devour, and the label calls it “the most intense output of her 12+ years creating industrial noise.” TMT readers will know that’s no small claim! But it’s easily proven by first track “Self-Regulating System,” which you can hear down below, followed by an album teaser by Chardiet, Jacqueline Castel, and Caroline Schub.

Devour chews its way through five tracks, all recorded live in the studio in one continuous take, vocals and all. They follow the five stages of grief that come accoutrement with our brutal world of agonizing self-destruction. You know? Look… just, take a break from your “feast” and read what Chardiet has to say herself about her Char-diet of cannibalistic sonic meals:

“Devour” uses self-cannibalization as allegory for the self-destructive nature of humans; on cellular, individual, societal and species-wide scales. In our cells, our minds, our politics and our species, humans are self-destructing. But this behavior does not happen in a vacuum. It is an instinctive inward response to a world of increasing outward violence, greed, and oppression. Turning these wounds toward ourselves can be seen as an attempt at “balancing feedback”, within a never-ending positive feedback loop of cause and effect.

Don’t forget to keep your elbows off the table, please. Devour arrives August 30. Pre-order it right here.

Devour tracklisting:

01. Homeostasis
02. Spit It Out
03. Self-Regulating System
04. Deprivation
05. Pristine Panic / Cheek By Jowl

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