White Noise Eardrum Buster: All hail “Svaty Vincent” (1990)

“Svaty Vincent” translated from Czech is “Saint Vincent” and no its not the Saint Vincent who is a hipster, “indie musician” who looks like a super model, this “Saint Vincent” looks like Anton La Vey, believes he is a saint, believes he is from outer space and makes messed up music. Fellow noise travelers here is a twisted and strange journey for you to get into…

“Svaty Vincent” the self titled 1990 album is very hard to find in any format. Again it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack, luckily on discogs a seller had it stateside so it came fast. On discogs they list this album’s genre as “noise rock”, but its way deeper than that, while there is screeching feed back and weird song structures it cuts deep into experimental black metal territory. I found out about this artist when I listened to the compilation album “Incredibly Strange Metal” (you can find my review of the “Incredibly Strange Metal” comp here ), his track was so unhinged and so insane I had to find out more about the artist.

So I stumbled into the now defunct Obscuro blog and found a review and download link for the self titled album, unfortunately the link was dead and then I knew I’d have to look for the needle in the haystack. As you can tell from the album art, the cover, lyric book and back screamed “Black Metal” aesthetic with its black and white cover and cheap packaging. The Obscuro blog calls it metal and I call it metal, this isn’t Jesus Lizard or Happy Flowers type noise rock stuff. The album sounds like a live recording of a performance, it sounds as if Quorthon of Bathory decided to go in a more jazz, improvisational, experimental direction. This shit is insane, this music just explodes into chaos and wrecks destruction, here and there a synth comes in and at one point nature recordings of birds and wind slow down the music. This is white noise you can get drunk on.

The CD copy I got had “Rick” written on it, HA! HA! That isn’t my name. I was glad to even get a copy of this thing, Svaty Vincent’s back story is strange and probably mostly made up or he really believes this stuff about himself. I had to use google translate and go on Czech sites to find out more about him, even then it was sparse info but here goes, so apparently he was widely known in the Czech Republic, he claims he is 2,500 years old, that he is the third divine incarnation, the ruler of the universe and the terrible beast from Saint John’s Revelation, he claims  that he is Lucifer and the Angel of Death, he claims he was investigated by the CIA and NASA, he claims he immigrated to the US in 1980 and was confined to a insane asylum, he says he had a hand in the death of the Soviet Communist Party leader Brezhnev, telepathically lead President Reagan, claimed he mentally started Vietnam and directed the bombing of Hiroshima. Yep this guy made music, he said Prague was the mystical center of the universe and that: “My embalmed body will one day be placed in a glass pyramid in the second courtyard of Prague Castle and pilgrims from all over the world will worship me. My huge statue, blessing Prague, will be erected on the Letna Plain. “

Also a book of his holy sayings was published in the early 1990’s. This guy didn’t care what others thought of him, this is ultimate “outsider music” and you most definitely want to listen to this stuff, it will enrich your life and existence.

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