The Skull Defekts announce their last album on Thrill Jockey, take a final bow so we can finally get a really good look at their imperfect skulls

The Skull Defekts announce their last album on Thrill Jockey, take a final bow so we can finally get a really good look at their imperfect skulls
Photo: Hans van der Linden

Have you ever heard a real, honest-to-goodness “swan’s song,” readers? It sounds fucking godawful. Like a mangled trumpet blown by a vacuum cleaner hose through a low-battery megaphone.

Luckily, the fourth and final album by Swedish noise-rock brigade The Skull Defekts — while similarly noise-y, drone-y, and primal — promises to be a lot more satisfying.

Following a decade’s worth of aggressive releases and relentless touring, the band “entered the studio in 2016 with the knowledge that this album would be their last, and the ensemble’s positive desperation knowing that fact is indelibly marked onto the songs,” which were recorded with singer and Mariam Wallentin serving as an honorary “forth member” for the trio.

And, unlike the abrasive and haphazard calls of those good-for-nothing waterfowl, the press release calls The Skull Defekts “their most composed effort to date,” resulting in an “important farewell to those who have cared” that also stares balls-ily into the soul-sucking darkness of the future.

Pre-order The Skull Defekts’ upgraded take on the shitty ol’ swan song from Thrill Jockey here ahead of its February 23 release; and in the mean time, relive a slice of the kind of relentlessly pounding, tribal doomrock you’re soon-to-be-missing down below.


Skull Defekts tracklisting:

01. A Brief History of Rhythm, Dub, Life and Death
02. Clean Mind
03. The Dance
04. Slow Storm
05. Powdered Faces
06. All Thoughts Thought
07. A Message From The Skull Defekts
08. The Beauty of Creation and Destruction

Skull Defekts final bow(s):

04.05.18 - Stockholm, SE - Fylkingen
04.06.18 - Oslo, NO - BLÅ
04.07.18 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik

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