Thunder Perfect Mind (Current 93 album)

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Thunder Perfect Mind
Thunder Perfect Mind 1992.jpg
Studio album by Current 93
Released 28 July 1992
Recorded September 1990 - February 1992
Studio Topic Studios, North London
Genre Apocalyptic folk
Length 78:45
Label Durtro
Producer David Tibet
Current 93 chronology
As the World Disappears
(1991)As the World Disappears1991
Thunder Perfect Mind
Current 93/Death In June/Sol Invictus
(1992)Current 93/Death In June/Sol Invictus1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[1]
For the companion album by Nurse With Wound, see Thunder Perfect Mind (Nurse With Wound album).

Thunder Perfect Mind is an album by the English group Current 93. It contains two tracks based on the Gnostic poem The Thunder, Perfect Mind, which also gave the album its name. Thunder Perfect Mind has a companion album by the same name recorded by Nurse With Wound, released at the same time, though the two albums have little in common with each other musically.

The album is one of David Tibet's more personal records, with several songs dedicated to friends, colleagues and people he had met. "All The Stars Are Dead Now" consists of a startling prophecy given to Tibet one night by the Planh of William Blake, while the epic "Hitler As Kalki (SDM)" is dedicated to "my father, who fought Hitler." The liner notes indicate that some believed Hitler was Kalki, the tenth and final incarnation of Vishnu, who would destroy the cosmos upon a white horse at the end of each world cycle.

Original pressings contained a portrait of David Tibet's face, while later pressings contained a drawing of a startled cat drawn by Louis Wain. On its 2003 re-release, the cover sported Tibet's face again, though a second re-issue a year later on Durtro Jnana Records (due to World Serpent's sudden disappearance) featured a beige-toned pattern across the portrait. These later pressings included a bonus disc titled The Thunder, Perfect Mind which contained outtakes and alternate mixes of songs, as well as five live tracks recorded in Paris on December 15, 1990. All of the studio tracks save "Red House" and an acoustic version of "Anyway, People Die" had previously appeared on Emblems: The Menstrual Years.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Current 93, except "When The May Rain Comes" (cover of the song "May Rain" by German experimental band Sand).

  1. "A Beginning" – 0:44
  2. "The Descent of Long Satan and Babylon" – 3:00
  3. "A Sadness Song" – 4:14
  4. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead" – 4:58
  5. "In the Heart of the Wood and What I Found There" – 2:50
  6. "Mary Waits in Silence" – 2:56
  7. "A Silence Song" – 5:27
  8. "A Lament for My Suzanne" – 4:20
  9. "Riverdeadbank" – 3:46
  10. "All the Stars Are Dead Now" – 9:06
  11. "Rosy Star Tears from Heaven" – 3:05
  12. "When the May Rain Comes" – 3:24
  13. "Thunder Perfect Mind I" – 5:05
  14. "Thunder Perfect Mind II" – 2:21
  15. "Hitler As Kalki (SDM)" – 16:28
  16. "A Sad Sadness Song" – 4:40
  17. "An Ending" – 2:21 — originally a hidden track

The Thunder, Perfect Mind (2003 bonus disc)[edit]

  1. "Suzanne: She and I in Darkness We Lay and Lie" – 4:26
  2. "Red House" – 0:28
  3. "Our Lady of Horsies" – 6:34
  4. "Anyway, People Die" – 1:46
  5. "Silence As Christine" – 2:24
  6. "Maldoror Is Ded Ded Ded Ded" – 12:10
  7. "They Return to Their Earth" – 6:18
  8. "In Sadness Sang" – 4:19
  9. "'Khor Ba'i Nyes Dmigs (Live)"
  10. "Lament for Her (Live)" – 3:59
  11. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead (Live)" – 6:14
  12. "They Return to Their Earth (for My Christ Thorn) (Live)" – 6:52
  13. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead (Rebirth) (Live)" – 5:43



  1. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. Thunder Perfect Mind review 2004-02-05. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.