Crystal Machete

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Crystal Machete
Crystal machete cover.jpg
Studio album by Wes Borland
Released May 3, 2016
Genre Post-rock
Length 60:15
Language English
Label Edison Sound

Crystal Machete is an instrumental solo album by Wes Borland, guitarist of Limp Bizkit and frontman of Black Light Burns. The album was conceived as a soundtrack to an imaginary '80s movie.[1] While recording the album, Borland imposed the following guidelines upon himself: no distorted guitars, no human vocals, and as little outside help as possible.[2]

The album was released in May 2016 to positive reviews. For example, Antiquiet praised Borland's ability to raise to the challenges of the self-imposed limitations,[3] while Drowned in Sound found the album to be a "a beautiful, sprawling post-rock mini epic".[4]

The album received a vinyl release on the label Edison Sound in September 2016.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Wes Borland.

  1. "Main Titles" - 6:29
  2. "Vltava" - 3:12
  3. "Jubilee" - 4:33
  4. "White Stallion" - 4:47
  5. "Sayonara Big C" - 1:27
  6. "Svalbard" - 11:07
  7. "Son of a Gun" - 4:00
  8. "Reprise" - 4:06
  9. "Crystal Machete" - 5:23
  10. "The Cliffs" - 7:33
  11. "Ithaca" - (vinyl edition bonus track)
  12. "End Credits" - 8:53

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stocks, Matt (June 2016). "Why Wes Borland wrote a soundtrack for an 80s film that doesn't exist". SOS. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 2016). "Wes Borland – "Crystal Machete" (Stereogum Premiere)". SOS. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Dewar, R. Michael (May 2016). "WES BORLAND RISES TO SELF-IMPOSED CHALLENGES ON 'CRYSTAL MACHETE'". SOS. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Miller, Gavin (August 2016). "Wes Borland – Crystal Machete". SOS. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Wes Borland – Crystal Machete (2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, White)". SOS. September 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.