Disc one: 1/ Parish of Tama (Ossuary Dub) (PainKiller) 16.05 2/ Morning of Balachaturdasi (PainKiller) 14.45 3/ Pashupatinath (PainKiller) 13.47 Disc two: 4/ Pashupatinath - Ambient (PainKiller) 20.00 5/ Parish of Tama - Ambient (PainKiller) 19.19 Disc three: Live in Osaka 1/ Gandhamadana (PainKiller) 13.00 2/ Vaidurya (PainKiller) 9.00 3/ Satapitaka (PainKiller) 11.00 4/ Bodkyithangga (PainKiller,Eye) 13.00 5/ Zorn/Eye duo encore (Zorn,Eye) 9.05 a/ Black Bile b/ Yellow Bile c/ Crimson Bile d/ Ivory Bile Recorded and mixed at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York Engineering: Oz Fritz Engineering on disc two: Robert Musso Assistant: Layng Martine Disc three recorded live in Osaka, Japan Produced by PainKiller Subharmonic: Ambient Bob Soares Material Inc.: Tracy McKnight Axiom/Ambient: Peter Wetherbee/Bill MurphyJohn Zorn: saxophone, voice; Bill Laswell: basses, samples; Mick Harris: drums, samples, voice; Yamantaka Eye (Disc three): voice.
1994 - Subharmonic (US), SD 7008-2 (2CD) 1994 - Subharmonic (US), SD #1708 (2CD Ltd. Ed. in Marble Box) 1994 - Subharmonic (US), SD #1708 (2CD Ltd. Ed. in metal) 1995 - Toy's Factory (Japan), TFCK 887313 (3CD) 2016 - Karl Records (Germany) (2Vinyl) - due in late SeptemberNote: The Subharmonic version does not contain Disc three.
Review from INDUSTRIAL NATION #12
Painkiller is such an iffy proposition. Though the pedigree of the three musicians involved is extremely high, there is that tendency of the trio to delve into freeform music that borders on intolerable and pointless. Buried Secrets is a great example of how Painkiller goes to great lengths to make their music appealing to a very small, select group of listeners. And chances are, Painkiller cares not.
Execution Ground is a bit more palatable and digestible than their previous effort. Though the first track, "Parish of Tama (Ossuary Dub)", starts out in the unstructured, free for all mode, it finally settles into a more interesting ambient soundscape atmosphere after six minutes or so. The dichotomy between the jarring noises the open the album to the more expansive sound collages shows that either my tastes cannot stand John Zorn's noisy sax bleating or that uncontrolled music is precisely that, uncontrolled. Once Bill Laswell and Mick Harris settle into a sonically pleasing dub pattern, Zorn's sax inclusion sounds much more appropriate, even if there are times where it sounds like a kitten mewling. All three tracks on the first disc are lengthy and travel rather aimlessly, though a lot of the journey is intriguing along the way. Those with short attention spans might long for someone to take Harris, Zorn and Laswell aside and suggest that some trimming be done here and there. The second "ambient" disc takes two of the three tracks and reworks them into the ambient motif. There actually isn't a whole lot of difference between the two discs, other than disc two is a bit more atmospheric and expansive. The mood is creepier at times and somewhat unsettling, but who said ambient music has to be happy and undemanding new age?
Painkiller's Execution Ground is indeed a more interesting release than Buried Secrets. Some of the excessive traits of the trio do give much creedence to those who suggest avant garde music can often become self-indulgent exercises in pointless music, but this double CD set retains enough substance to be worth investigating.
John Chedsey (courtesy of the Satan Stole My Teddy Bear website)