The Crucible (John Zorn album)

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The Crucible
The Crucible (John Zorn album).jpg
Studio album by John Zorn
Released November 25, 2008
Length 44:22
Label Tzadik TZ 7372
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Filmworks XXII: The Last Supper
The Crucible
Filmworks XXIII: El General
Moonchild chronology
Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
The Crucible

The Crucible is an album by John Zorn. It is the fourth album to feature the "Moonchild Trio" of Mike Patton, Joey Baron and Trevor Dunn, following Moonchild: Songs Without Words (2005), Astronome (2006) and Six Litanies for Heliogabalus (2007). It also features Marc Ribot on guitar and Zorn on alto saxophone.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 5/5 stars[3]

Allmusic called it "a mad mélange of modern classical music, doom-laden metal, power chord-driven rock, and freely improvised jazz".[2] All About Jazz reviewer Mark Corroto noted "The exchanges are crisp and the musicianship (no surprise here) is top rate. The band displays a gentle beauty in the excess that is this music".[4] Consequence of Sound stated "No matter how far Zorn experiments out into the ether, he always keeps grounded in the same place. And that place is always breathtaking, full of weird wonderment, amazing power and lithe musicianship".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Zorn

  1. "Almadel" - 7:10
  2. "Shapeshifting" - 3:19
  3. "Maleficia" - 8:13
  4. "9x9" - 5:37
  5. "Hobgoblin" - 2:54
  6. "Incubi" - 7:44
  7. "Witchfinder" - 3:44
  8. "The Initiate" - 5:41



  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed November 12, 2013
  3. ^ a b Kivel, A. Consequences of Sound Review, Consequences of Sound, January 2, 2009
  4. ^ Corroto, M. All About Jazz Review, All About Jazz, September 7, 2009