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TEM­pLE OF TOR­TUR­OUs Ex­is­ten­tial ad­ven­tures with an eye on the sub­lime Echtra is the solo project of the Pa­cific North West’s Joshua Phillips, a man in pur­suit of tran­scen­dence. Recorded in 2008, BardO is only now see­ing phys­i­cal re­lease. It’s di­vided into two 23-minute rit­u­als, the sec­ond part of a trip­tych ex­plor­ing man’s pas­sage to the im­ma­te­rial. BardO I is a waltz­ing lament, solip­sism fleshed out with lo-fi, tremolo-picked black metal static as Joshua bares his soul with a hol­lowed out bel­low. BardO II thrusts into the beyond, a roar­ing chasm whose rat­tling per­cus­sion threat­ens to be­come all-con­sum­ing as it builds up to­wards a deaf­en­ing close. BardO of­fers no an­swers for our ex­is­ten­tial plight, but pro­vides fer­tile thought space for those with the will to seek them.

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