– Remastered from original analogue tapes. – CD edition in gatefold wallet with 16 page art book. Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric is a concept album by the band Rudimentary Peni, originally released in 1995.
It has been rumoured that the album was written while lead singer/guitarist Nick Blinko was being detained in a psychiatric hospital under Section 3 of the UK 1983 Mental Health Act.
The subject matter of the album is purported to be based on the delusions Blinko was experiencing at the time, particularly the idea that he was to assume the papacy, and become “Pope Adrian 37th”, the second English pope in history.
The first, Nicholas Breakspeare, was coincidentally from Blinko’s hometown of Abbotts Langley.
Musically, Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric has the band venturing into expanded song structures (their typical song prior to this being prior to this being one or two minutes long) and relentless, cyclical riffs.
The repetitive lyrical phrases and blistering sounds create an oppressive and compelling atmosphere which does much to reinforce the ideas of obsession which shroud both the concept and mythology of this utterly unique album.
(Outer Himalayan Records)