EXCLUSIVE: “No Stairway!” …Mick Barr’s Coiled Malescence album stream

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Monday, August 22nd, 2011


Mick Barr is not the sort of guitarist to just chill on the money chords, putting out the catchy riffs and hanging off the pentatonic scale until the familiarity sends you tripping. No way. Whether it’s his work as one half of the mind expanding avant-garde duos Orthrelm and Crom-Tech, the dual-personalities of solo projects Octis and Ocrilim, or even giving black metal some weird, post-modern genetics with Krallice, Mick Barr‘s always jacking his playing hard to the outer limits of your ears’ capabilities. His first solo release under his own name, Coiled Malescence, is a typically challenging, transcendent 40-minute solo arrangement for guitar. Sure, of course it’s not accessible, it’ll be murder to transcribe, and will make those afternoon’s you spent learning “Eruption” seem kinda redundant; but come on, it’d always good to trip on someone with the talent and the vision to take the instrument somewhere new.

Coiled Malescence is released on vinyl on September 13th through Safety Meeting Records, CD through Savage Land.

The album is delivered as one entire piece but it’s broken into seven tracks, or movements we should say…
Side A: 1. Arkh, 2. Vohvar, 3. Isor
Side B: 4. Cvether, 5. Coiled Malescence, 6. Welth, 7. Herna

Mick Barr Coiled Malescence Side A:

Mick Barr ‘Coiled Malescence’ – Side A by safetymeeting

Mick Barr Coiled Malescence Side B:

Mick Barr ‘Coiled Malescence’ – Side B by safetymeeting

Here’s Mick tearing it up live in New York

  • youknowittobetrue

    that is the most boring shit i have ever heard and i’ve heard all of his other bands, so…

  • Jeff

    If you keep clicking ahead on the track about every quarter of an inch, you can’t even tell that you’re skipping a few minutes of the song.

    • Brendan

      Wow, you’re actually right.

    • Lars

      If you don’t notice you’re skipping a few minutes of the song that means you don’t pay any attention whatsoever.

  • Breakfast Sandwiches Breakfast

    I had high expectations of this … but I also said the same for Absolve

  • Wankmaster5000

    If you love the sound of another man masturbating, then you will love this album!

  • Zebeldakh

    this sucks!!!!

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, I don’t see anyone in their right mind paying money for that album, or to see it played live.

    On the other, I gotta say I’d be damn impressed if Mick Barr could play that whole thing from memory without any sheet music, simply as a herculean feat of persistence.

    • Mick Barr admirer

      Actually he does perform the whole thing from memory without any sheet music. In fact he can’t read sheet music. There’s a video on youtube where he performs Coiled Malescence, Welth and Herna from this album.

      I saw him perform almost the entire “Annwn” without any sheet music or anything. 40 minutes straight, barely looking at what he was doing and not moving an inch.

  • Random Guy Who Think You Suck

    Screw you haters. Mick Barr reigns supreme and I can’t wait to play the record.

    • Anonymous

      True, it’s not necessarily “bad,” just unlistenable.

  • Random Guy Who Think You Suck

    Screw you haters. Mick Barr reigns supreme and I can’t wait to play the record.

  • Mick Barr admirer

    Don’t understand why everyone has to get so nasty just because they don’t enjoy this.

    I’ve been a dedicated fan of Barr’s work since early 2006 and I’ve listened to this album several times a day the last few days and YES I ENJOY IT. It’s hard to explain. It’s not “masturbating”, it’s not unlistenable. I think all you need is a great deal of patience to understand his musical language. Then after some effort and repeated listen you can tell me you truly don’t enjoy his music.

    • Manbearpig

      You’re totally right. Krallice especially has given me a new appreciation for his other stuff. Fucking love this dude. It’s funny how everyone talks shit about him, but the musicians they like probably love Mick Barr’s stuff. Eh, whatever, I’ve given up on humanity almost completely.

  • Mark

    It actually sounds weirder ( and I think, better) if you play both tracks at the same time.

    • Mark

      And I don’t mean that in a hater way. I like Mick’s guitar work quite a bit.

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  • Trevor

    CORRECTION: this is NOT his first solo record under his own name, there’s also one on the Tzadik label

  • Carsonmcwhirter

    I’ve come to the conclusion that most people hear something different than I do. I hear mick making some very interesting melodic choices one right after another. The brain behind this kind of playing is impressive and inspiring. The memory and fluidity necessary to perform this is coupled with a degree of humility that should warrant curiosity and respect much before any type of aggressive knitpicking.
    The live video above is also a favorite of mine. Naked in a great way.