Of the Hex and Its Likenesses (Flood Records)

by Anthony Donovan & JOHN 3:16

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Of the Hex and Its Likenesses' by Anthony Donovan & JOHN 3:16

Over the course of six elegant tracks, Anthony Donovan and Philippe Gerber (the latter here under his established non de plume, JOHN 3:16) conduct the interested-ear through a thematically diverse array of dense, drowsy grooves, melting into passages of gibbering, sinister abstraction, cacophonous voices and hermetic verse, sung and said by Donovan. Synths cackle and sizzle in the gnostic haze; whilst Gerber's trademark sonorous guitar shines, tweaking such scenes to great melodious effect. Lying somewhere between the pivots of Industrial and Noise and something like Post-Rock, Of the Hex and Its Likenesses is never anything less than uncompromisingly experimental in the best sense. Likely to appeal to fans of Nick Cave, Coil and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

1. Strand Apart
2. Orphite and Orphan
3. Prolegomena
4. Triple Artifact
5. Le Facteur de la Vérité
6. Clicks Nachash, Beguiler

Recorded and mixed (February-June 2014) by Anthony Donovan and Philippe Gerber (JOHN 3:16)

Mastered by James Plotkin

Artwork by Anthony Donovan

4 & 6 string basses, fretless guitars, acoustic guitar, keyboards, rhythms, vocals

JOHN 3:16
guitar, bass, keyboards, samples, drum machine

"... We feel like sitting by an electric fire in a dark jungle surrounded with Ayahuasca-like visions, but with the traditional Amazonian shamanic musical soundscapes replaced by for example the sounds of the saxophone and an eerie Lynchian guitar in my close-eyed consciousness, I feel like observing scenes of Jazz-clubs and ominous motels. From the first minutes of this album I know these guys know splendidly well how to produce inner cinematic scenes of truly trippy qualities..."
Antti Mikonmäki / Adornments Of The King (Finland)

"A bit less “post-rock” than I remember the previous John 3:16 album sounding like, this one has vaguely spaghetti western-sounding guitars, which sometimes erupt into harsh feedback, as well as shamanic drumming and atmospheres, creepy whispered vocals, and clicking/sparkling electronic tones. It is nebulous and orbital. It meanders, but then it is grounded and focused. It resists order and format and clears its own path. It is swampy and down-and-out, yet it’s viewing the cosmos from a spiraling asteroid twisting its way throughout the solar system."
The Answer Is In The Beat (USA)


released April 1, 2015



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JOHN 3:16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

JOHN 3:16 is Philippe Gerber, whose Heat From A DeadStar existed between 2004–09 and worked with Rick Harte/Ace Of Hearts Records in Boston. As JOHN 3:16, Gerber has released numerous works via Alrealon Musique, Flood Records, 75orLess, White Label Music, Venus Aeon, Classwar Karaoke, and more. He has collaborated with artists such as Pas Musique, TheUse, Rasplyn, Anthony Donovan, and Mark Harris. ... more

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