Anunnaki makes the journey more than worthwhile

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      Immanentize the Eschaton (NoiseAgonyMayhem)

      Those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it—and sometimes those who do know history willingly follow that same path.

      There are few more knowledgeable aficionados of classic psych and contemporary noise than Dave Read, Anunnaki’s double-neck bass/guitar player and a partner in Nanaimo’s so-underground-it’s-almost-invisible Black Dot record store. Here, he’s teamed up with another deep listener, Wolf Parade drummer and synth jockey Arlen Thompson, for a throwback venture into space rock, complete with sprawling sidelong jams, two-note bass ostinatos, and skin-crawlingly creepy electronic textures. Think Pink Floyd—after Syd but before the bloat crept in—and Tangerine Dream, with some 21st-century abrasiveness to keep things current.

      The combination makes for disturbing dreams, and yet Immanentize the Eschaton is also trippy enough to beguile, at least for those of us willing to tolerate the slow-building menace of tracks like the 21-minute-plus “The Demiurge Begins Anew”. Rising from droning keyboards and space-warp comet sounds, Anunnaki’s paean to a brooding god passes through vats of molten lead before returning to the darkness from whence it came. One criticism is that the 15-minute-long “Procession to Apocalypse” and the seven minutes of the relatively compact “Rise of the Millenarian” follow similar arcs, but each holds enough intensity and textural variation to make the journey more than worthwhile.