The long running project receives a career-spanning boxset through Dominick Fernow’s label.

The latest release on Prurient and Vatican Shadow mastermind Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions shines a light on Patrick O’Neil’s harsh noise project Skin Crime. Titled Case Studies In Early Taxidermy Techniques, the set carefully examines over a decade of Skin Crime’s releases and rarities, spreading it over 20 CDs.

Founded in the early 1990s, Skin Crime is the “missing link between European musique concrete, Japanese noise, and the gritty abstract electronics of what became the glory and gory days of ‘American harsh noise’,” explains the label, and a key example of how noise shifted away from its roots in industrial music.

The set includes rare releases such as Desecration, Eyestrain Prenatal, Whorebutcher and Burn, many of which were previously only available on cassettes that command steep prices on sites like Discogs. The collection also features unreleased studio and live recordings as well as tracks that only surfaced on extremely limited splits and compilations.

The set is expected to ship in April and is available for pre-order now with a series of bundles including T-shirts and releases from JK Flesh and Fernow’s own Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. Listen to Skin Crime’s self-titled 2003 release on Hospital below.



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