[Loss, Decay and Insanity sleeve]"Loss, Decay and Insanity" (Album, 2020) !Recommended!

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Sickness is a solo project from Nick Carter, and as the title implies, it is not a happy record.

Recorded in the spare bedroom of the marital home (some of it on his phone) following his decision to leave Sanction This due to health issues, depression is at the heart of this material, marking the songs with a dark smear as black and viscous as pitch; but coupled with a bloody-minded refusal to give in and a cathartic rage that is just as evident in every note and word.

The influences on show (principally Amebix and thus Killing Joke - and Rudimentary Peni) are clear, but not overwhelmingly so; it sounds a lot like the best bits of Sanction This, but Sickness sounds like Sickness rather than any influences.

Its a very difficult set of songs to listen to, as Loss, Decay and Insanity catalogues the disintegration of his mental health with a brutal list of torments. I could quote reams of lyrics from any of the songs here, but the image of being crushed in the cogs of a great machine, of being confined and tethered by straps and chains, of being imprisoned and entombed, of being devoured and consumed, of a numbness of the soul and a dulling of the senses recur throughout.

Nicky Hydra (July 2021)

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Sanction This