Out of sheer completism I had to have the box set, but I can see how Shackleton has planned this release out and why. The three EPs feel overproduced in a bad way, with a couple of tunes being the exception of what is mostly Shackleton testing out his solo riffs on the drawbar organ. Having ‘Man on a string’ in mind these 12s felt a wee bit disappointing! But after moving on to ‘Music for the quiet hour’ it became apparent how Shackleton has once again surpassed himself! Dark and loomy drones, otherworldly vocals, elaborate and complex percussion which builds and builds into Vengeance Tenfold’s letter to his grand daughter, only to reach her in a new, better, post-apocalyptic earth. This is Shackleton at his best, with a captivating narrative throughout the whole listen! It all comes together with the extraordinary art we’ve come to love by Zeke Clough embracing all covers and an extra book with the uniquely grotesque images and the aforementioned letter for you to read in your own free time.
Following a variety of hints of this guy’s extraordinary work here and there (an awesome 12″ on Creative Space, an excelent remix on Cloaks’ 3by3 and a free self released compilation) we finaly get to listen to the proper full lenght, only after the last minute switch from 3by3 to AdNoiseam. I really wish this would also come out on vinyl, but still it’s as much enjoyable as expected. Haunting atmospheres layered on top of bone crushing distortion and industrial infused breaks help put the sum of his work into a frame, with the tunes feeding off each other into a complete whole, as few like minded (and similar sounding) artists can accomplish.