by Brian Cook
on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM
(Chop Suey) Since one of black metal's most prominent driving forces is misanthropy, it only makes sense that some of the strongest players in that community are solo artists. Subcultural rainmakers like Xasthur, Leviathan, and Burzum all work in isolation; they're so evil, they can't even make nice with a bass player. Add BLSPHM to that list of loners. Under his vowel-less moniker, Demian Johnston lashes out at humanity with layers of blackened noise and apocalyptic drone. While BLSPHM's battle plan resembles the approach of solo experimentalists like Merzbow, Masonna, and Prurient, Johnston's sonic vocabulary owes more to the corpse-painted crowd. The resulting sound is so repugnant that Johnston never revisits the past, opting instead to transform the project with every performance. Consequently, every BLSPHM show is mandatory for folks who revel in revilement.With ADC, Wind Swept Planes, Lucid Aisle, and the Loathsome Couple.