featured Mathew Bower (Guitar/Bass) Stuart Dennison (Drums /Vocals) Stefan Jaworzyn's (Guitar) and Alex Binnie international Tatto guru (Bass). However, creative tensions within the band soon lead to Jaworzyn leaving following it's release. In 1991 Skullflower entered the studio to record the "Third Gatekeeper" album, the line-up this time featuring Matthew Bower (Guitar), Stuart Dennison (Drums, Vocal, Piano, Guitar) and Anthony Di Franco (Bass). The album was released in 1992 on HeadDirt, and re-released in 2007 on Crucial Blast records. Shortly after this Lp, Anthony Di Franco was replaced by Russell Smith (Guitars, ex Terminal Cheesecake, God, A.R.Kane) for the following releases. Over the years the group's style has changed considerably.
Their earlier releases drew influence from industrial and psychedelic scenes, forming a minimalist wall of guitar squall, distorted vocals and tribal drumming. They later evolved into a free form noise/jazz/improv outfit, abandoning traditional song structure and including instruments like chinese horns. In 1996 Bower and Dennison ended Skullflower. Bower got involved with other bands (mostly noise projects) whilst Dennison continued to play with Ramleh until it's 1997/8 dissolution. In 2002 Bower brought Skullflower out of retirement and released several new recordings.
Styles range from early Skullflower (Exquisite Fucking Boredom) to drone-noise (Orange Canyon Mind and Tribulation). The more recent recordings 'Desire for a Holy War', 'Pure Imperial Reform' and triple cd 'Circulus Vitiosus Deus' are blackened noisescapes situated between Wagnerian pomp and lofi blackmetal buzz dronemetal, but without the bass heavy drones a la Sunn O))) / Earth. May 2009 - The new Skullflower album "Malediction" (studio recording) featuring the line-up of Matthew Bower, Samantha Davies (Voltigeurs), Lee Stokoe (Culver) and Stuart Dennison (Ramleh, original Skullflower) back on drums and vocals, has just been released (on Second Layer records). Three long tracks of blackened guitar wall. No one is making music that sounds like this.
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