June 1st, 2014

Pharmakon – Abandon

   By Alex Teitz

                What is music? What is noise? What is vision? These questions come up when listening to Pharmakon. There was once a style of music called Industrial which involved the heavy pounding, striking of metal on metal info something that had a beat and hit you in the face to listen. If Industrial has a successor it is Pharmakon.
                Abandon is a live recording. It was made in 2013. It was recorded and mixed by Sean Ragon. It was mastered by Josh Bonati. Pharmakon is Margaret Chardiet. The album cover is a woman covered in maggots. That is still not enough warning for the four tracks inside.
                Abandon suckerpunches the listener. It begins with a scream and with a slammed door. In-between the sounds of drumbeats, screams, cymbals, chords, vibrations assault the senses. The lyrics are incomprehensible. The beats are steady and the music is violently alive. Listeners will either instantly love or hate Pharmakon. It is not heavy metal. It is not alternative. It is not punk, rock, pop or EDM. It has its own place in the genres very near to industrial.
                Margaret Chardiet is a sorceress. She needs more than four tracks to make the world hear her. She is violently tearing apart the perception of what is expected or exceeded. Be awestruck as we were at www.sacredbonesrecords.com  

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