Rangda have returned with a new album. The trio comprising Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano struck again with The Heretic’s Bargain, an album which reinforces Rangda as a band with a shared intuition, not merely the sum of three separate (though great) parts.
Theirs is the natural order; deeply abraded but armed with fury, serpentine wisdom and the ability to seamlessly meld tightly structured riffage with the sound of the free. Unleashed on February 19th, The Heretic’s Bargain is a supercharged full length, rife with dynamic and aggressive movements; the sum total of three distinct musical minds at work together.
After years of recording and touring together, Bishop and Chasny’s guitar playing has mutated via some kind of lateral gene transfer of their musical DNA, and the rhythms ridden by Rangda feel mutually funded – Corsano’s beat-making is as fine-lined and rawly inspired as ever.
The Heretic’s Bargain takes territories that Rangda explored on their first two albums – the abraded fury and free forms of False Flag and the serpentine Rang-dang-doodle songatechture from Formerly Extinct – and evolves further their lattice of interlocking intricacies, bringing forward new chances and challenges to their methodology and establishing a propulsive, unified structure.
THE HERETIC’S BARGAIN TRACK LISTING:
1. To Melt the Moon
2. The Sin Eaters
3. Spiro Agnew
4. Hard Times Befall the Door-to-Door Glass Shard Salesman
5. Mondays are Free at the Hermetic Museum
Lots of ground covered: abraded fury, free forms and serpentine Rang-dang-doodle songatechture mutated via some kind of lateral gene transfer of their musical DNA — a trip best taken WHOLE. It’s all part of the same earth. Until you fall off the edge in the end.
“It’s jittery and restless in the best way, eager to break beyond the supposed limitations of their setup and make contact with their countless mutual points of interest, all within a wonderful 40 minutes.” – ROCK A ROLLA
“Impressive is how much territory Rangda manage to cover without getting tied up in knots…when the beats are rolling through, the riffs are flying by, and Rangda’s instrumental rock breaks down the urge to compare and assimilate.” – THE WIRE
“Individually these three hombres boast incredible pedigrees: together they achieve a level of fervent interplay that’s exhilarating to hear.” – UNCUT [8/10]
“Chasny and Bishop’s spidery, circular riffs not best recall Slint and on revelatory 12-minute slow-fest Silver Nile, latter-day Earth; yet each time they break free of their own locked groove, achieving mood-elevating uplift via genius structural shifts, or wig-flippin’ solos spiritually comparable with Hendrix or Neil Young. Somewhere in the ether, Balinese demon queen Rangda is doubtless shaking her booty in admiration.” – MOJO [4 STARS]