At the risk of making a massive, sweeping assumption, Bob Bellerue seems the least likely of everyone I know to do something diabolical (pointy beard and sometimes stoic expression notwithstanding.) More assumptions - hardworking, focused, in good physical health, and from all appearances almost egoless. I don't usually get quite so personal in music reviews, but in this case it seems appropriate, as Bob's quality of character has enhanced my appreciation of his sonic creations. (We've all known the inverse, going gaga over the music of artists who are legendary douchebags, so it is sort of a "bonus" when the opposite actually happens.)
If you like Bob Bellerue, whether he's calling himself Diablo, Redglaer or Bob Bellerue/halfnormal, you'll apprehend the way he just sits there, listening, hearing, reacting in kind, shaping the sound, never once looking at the crowd. He's doing his thing, and you just happen to be there.
This set, Bob as Diablo performing "Hollow Body," is a piece that needs to be listened to either on headphones, or at high volume on a really good stereo, to be fully and deeply appreciated. In-browser ain't doin' it for this baby, not quite—not if you want to hear all the scuttling in the primordial ooze, and experience the rising power of the drone and the eventual chaos and crackle. Download and enjoy.
With these sessions and the eventual reposting thereof quickly becoming a regular three-person team, thanks must go again to Glenn L. for noise-friendly session engineering/live mix, and to Tracy Widdess for stepping on my photographs. Thanks again to Bob, and to Witchbeam for some impromptu co-hosting.