Burial Hex-Book Of Delusions

new improved

something i haven’t tried too often a vinyl rip that i actually did.It sounds good but i think the dark nature of the music helped quite a bit.Any volume jumps/cuts are purely the choice of the artist & are inherent in the recording itself

The four tracks on this stellar album run the gamut from what has been aptly named horror ambient by some, to bombastic compositions of a unique kind, as well as marvellous ritual electronica. The two opening tracks exemplify the first style, combining deep drones, piercing high frequencies that set an eerie scene, samples, and growls from the deepest infernal pits. The parallels with horror soundtracks are perhaps tangible, but the music is far more than stage dressing. Throughout these tracks we clearly sense the sophistication of Clay Ruby’s writing, with few repetitions and a flawless sense of flow.

“Crowned & Conquering Child” is a fascinating track, utterly uncompromising in its baroque layering of growls, howls, and wailing guitars over a simple piano melody and electronic pulse. Ever better are the choir vocals that truly take this harrowing track way out there.

If that wasn’t enough, the whole B-side is taken up by the marvellous title track, a stunning piece of ritual electronics, with a solid beat as its central element. Vaguely marimba-like synths provide a bit of a bass layer, and the melodic lead role is for electric guitar, and one with a distinctly spacy feel to it. Again, this is a work so well-assembled that length becomes a non-issue. Different instruments, voices, and percussive elements join in on the track at various points, and it never ceases to hypnotise. 

  1. This is still readily available from the label, Brave Mysteries. http://www.bravemysteries.com Support the artist and label that have worked so hard to bring you this piece of music; buy a copy if you enjoy it.

    • ippolyto
    • June 20th, 2012

    can you please re-upload? thanks!!!

      • speedguru
      • June 24th, 2012

      yes i’m tempted to rerip it but i’ll send along the old rip for now

    • ippolyto
    • July 4th, 2012

    thanks man!!!whenever you’re ready for mp3…

      • speedguru
      • July 4th, 2012

      a friend gave me his vintage 1970’s technic’s turntable after i first ripped this so i really need to do another rip.I grew up in the 70’s but even then i had a crappy ceramic needle which until the last 4 months i never realized.The vinyl resurgence has made me much smarter about these things

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