Herukrat is the solo project of Jackson Abdul-Salaam, a revered figure in the noise scene who has been active since 2013 with his last album released earlier this year on Berlin’s Total Black label. The project’s roots sprang from harsh noise and feedback bludgeoning but has since been reborn as a brooding power electronics entity exploring violence, war, and spirituality. It’s the latter on which Herukrat has based this newest release and he has provided a statement on its genesis.
“Songs of Religious Devotion moves away from any external themes and influences and goes right to the core of my project. I started recording for this album, which was originally going to be a four track EP, while finishing the Darkness Over Najaf LP. Working so extensively on the idea of war in the Middle East on the last major Herukrat project, I wanted to shift my focus to the other theme that is always the most important undercurrent of Herukrat – my own religious and spiritual life. This album is essentially a celebration of my relationship with The Almighty and what it took for me to get there, and although I use the term “celebration,” this album doesn’t come across with overwhelming sounds of joy. In this case I’ve tried to dig deep and lay out the sound that represents true “spiritual devotion” to me, and the result is some of the darkest and most somber material I have recorded to date. For me, there is always a side to spiritual devotion that is heavy and mournful, and that is the primary sound that towers over this material. This album represents the difficult and incredible journey to live in God’s light, continuously.”