Pharmakon - Devour
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #103 / 737
User Score
Based on 111 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1030
August 30, 2019 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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Be afraid. Be very afraid.

If you've never heard of Pharmakon before, expect something terrifying. Pharmakon makes the abrasive and experimental efforts of others seem like peanuts as Margaret Chardiet shrilly screams over industrial tones and deafening droning. However, her music is also one of message, as each album has perhaps a lost theme that isn't always so on the surface outside of the artwork on the album. This release is about self-consumption, and the human ability to devour ... read more
It's sad that this bands' style is so cool and yet their song writing is so bad. You have a sound which can be used to make a legitimately haunting album and yet it is all ruined with the genuinely awful execution. This album is one of the most tedious listening experiences I've had this year.
This Album Cover Is Really Creeping Me Out
I really hope the statue head in the cover is made of cake. It looks like it, and it would be less painful to think about. And yeah, y'all have a creepy ass music taste if you're legit saying this is good in any way other than being played in an amusement park's "haunted house".
It is definitely...something. Pharmakon has always been difficult to pin down. She churns out the harshest noise that somehow manages to work while at the same time sounding like it could fit easily in the Silent Hill soundtrack. Believe it or not this particular release comes across a bit toothless compared to the harshness of her previous works. It still retains her signature fury and cacophony...but it is not quite as vicious. If you are going to make music like this, go for the jugular, ... read more
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Year End Lists

#34/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Homeostasis
  2. Spit It Out
  3. Self-Regulating System
  4. Deprivation
  5. Pristine Panic/Cheek by Jowl
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Added on: July 9, 2019