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Remastered 12" on Dark Entries.
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- Dead Eyes Opened by Severed Heads
As I said last week with the SM Corps 12", somebody out there is preparing the re-release of some cult obscurity or super-rare lost classic every day. Considering how old this tune is it still completely tears your face off in absolutely every way. Essentially an absolutely gorgeous and euphoric Balearic electro/disco tune with this crazed neuron-melting industrial interruption in the middle, I would love to hear this played over a big system, I believe my spine would just m-e-l-t.
'Dead Eyes Opened' is the stuff of legend and much fevered discussion. At 33rpm pitched up to six it is apparently supposed to induce orgasmic behaviour in the brain for special people. It, however, just sounds a bit shit to me considering how fresh, perky and bouncy it is supposed to be. Bloody DJs, pissing around with flawless art. We're not all Beppe Loda! Thanks to dark entries again for the sheer love and effort they've put into this re-master. A true package including a proper retro newspaper insert.
Two more absolutely great tracks from these deified visionary Aussies on the flip. I've never heard a full Severed Heads album as they were always affiliated with Skinny Puppy who I struggled with. Considering the darkness and weirdness inherent in much of their material this is a very beautiful record, strange, alluring, powerful and pioneering in countless ways. Some of the synth work on 'Mount' sounds like prime Aphex Twin, it is so pretty and blatantly a huge influence on the entire Rephlex stable. 1984 was truly a turning point for electronic music if shit this amazing was being made.
9/10 Larry 1st August 2014
It doesn't get more classic than this. Apparently old Mr. Severed Heads, Tom Ellard, is sick of this being repressed/reissued, but I suppose it's difficult to accept that your best track was made over 30 years ago.
It's a perfect mix of simple, almost Kraftwerk electro, melodic but noisy in parts with a wonderful reading by Edgar Lustgarten about "heads being severed at the trunk" and "the dead eyes opened", which makes it sound like some dodgy industrial effort, but really adds to it.
The B-Sides, Bullet and Mount are excellent slabs of proto-techno as well, and are included on the forthcoming 80's Cheesecake LP reissue. Their two best LPs Since The Accident and City Slab Horror are also getting the vinyl reissue treatment as well.
And if you're not convinced of their genius, check out this video of them on the Australian ABC in 1986. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGiKhPQ-k74 . Ace.
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