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60 minutes of noisy, distorted, lo-fi, naïve Musique concrète/ tape music.

Black sonics from the void > An obsession with the fragility of existence.

B-side is the A-side in reverse.

Edition of 23 copies.


A: Is There a Heaven?  29:29

B: ?nevaeH a erehT sI  29:29 |

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Triumph of the Will by zydol 1 review. Add your own review. 9/10
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9/10 Staff review, 29 November 2013

Cataclyst is a small label concerned mainly with cutting-edge electronics and sound-art. It's run by a really nice guy we know who quietly devotes most of his life to the dogged pursuit of music that moves and inspires him. His releases are borne of a desire to unleash something different and cerebrally engaging on an unsuspecting - and most possibly unprepared - world.

This curious tape from Zydol is the first cassette release on Cataclyst and has landed here wrapped in a really handsome J-card. Apparently the enigmatic artist took the picture himself as a symbolic gesture to the fragility of existence and had the desire to immortalize the dead new-born chick as it reminded him of a very personal grief. One we all share when people we love are suddenly not there anymore and the loss is profound.

From the outside, 'Triumph of the Will' kinda looks like an old, obscure noise release. To describe the half-hour of music is hard as there are many elements to the sounds I hear. At its core is a low churning thrum encompassing volcanic noise and the sound of human chaos which resembles an ambient New Blockaders. Over this melee, clattering industrial staple-gun rhythms and calming wordless vocal samples are triggered.

Some really strange and fascinating shit going on here - a wall of white fuzz kicks in at 9 minutes odd with some scary reverse vortex noises whipping your ears, pulling you into a unexpectedly welcoming place. When the racket dies down a bit you can hear a Burroughs-esque melting-dialogue beneath. There's not a dull moment on this recording and dare I say in its naivety and wanton experimental nature I feel like I'm listening to something pretty fresh and exciting.

This review is simply to give you an idea. It's a personal journey that Zydol wishes you to share with him. I've heard lots of stuff on this label but the obscurities by the lesser known artists on the label are the ones that have piqued my interest the most.

The composer of this music heartily extols the virtues of painkillers. If they're not your bag then this tape may suffice. But there's only a tiny magick 23 so I'd not dilly-dally.



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