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"unquestionably beautiful and haunting"

Thanks to Kate MacDonald for the kind review that appears in the first issue of Paraphilia Magazine

I have to admit to a sense of pleasure at observing the difficulty people seemingly have – even when it results in uncomfortable or erroneous comparisons- in describing what it is that is going on in the recordings (those, that is, who at least make an effort to consider it – many reviewers don’t) To me it is tantamount to justification of the methods employed and one of the underlying reasons for making the recordings that make it so hard to find effective, accurate linguistic terms to represent the sound. The sound, after all, exists explicitly to sit beyond standard temporal word narratives.

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The hard, hard work of sitting still to listen

John Kealy’s review of Black Hill in Brainwashed, satisfyingly observed that it “forces the listener to commit to the album as a whole” thereby setting the recording at odds with a culture prone to swift, single track download “fixes”. How apt then that this review should appear in The Silent Ballet in which the main criticism would appear to be that “it” doesn’t easily blend with your “daily routine”. This little reviewer also posts the blinding insight: “sitting and staring at the ceiling for almost an hour and a half counts as waste of time”

Really? Depends, I suppose, on what is occupying your mind while you’re lying there.

The recording won, Diana. You lost.

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Black Hill :: Brainwashed Review

A lovely review of Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star, written by John Kealy, has been published on Brainwashed

“Kittens, skeletons and catastrophic ruin provide a warning to all who listen to the album; this is not music to chill out to after a night on the tiles”

Full Review:

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Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star

Just a brief note to mention that, at last, Human Greed’s new album “Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star” is ready for release. The official release date is Dec 1st – but Omnempathy have received a consignment from the pressing plant which can be released right away!

The CD, released by Lumberton Trading Co ( features the strongest HG material yet: 59 minutes, 15 brand new tracks, and very special appearances from Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons), Fabrizio Palumbo (Larsen, Blind Cave Salamander), Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex, Mellow Candle) and David Tibet (Current 93).

The release also features beautiful original artwork from Deryk Thomas and Alan McGowan.

Direct orders can be placed for immediate first class posting via the Omnempathy site…


To mark the release of Black Hill, Human Greed are going to be performing live for the first time!

The “Cosy Brown Snow Shows” will take place in Poland in early December.

Dec 4th Laznia Contemporary Arts Center, Gdansk – show also features a lecture from Polish Artist Zbigniew Libera (

Dec 5th Plan B, Warsaw

Dec 7th Caryca Club, Krakow, with local support act from the Audio Tong label


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Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star

Original artwork by Deryk Thomas for the forthcoming Human Greed album, Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star, to be released on Lumberton Trading Co in October 2008


In Absentia
Internal Moment
Silver Coin
Portrait of God with Broken Toys
Chaplins of Ms Selfridge
Dalkeith Night
Mouth Replaced, Tears Removed
Midnight at the Blighted Star
Pig in the Moon
Sleeping in Stations
The Graces Departing

Guest contributors; Clodagh Simonds, Julia Kent, Fabrizio Palumbo, David Tibet