The music on Transparent is genuinely unsettling and disturbing, with a more primal Industrial feel than the Coil album which followed; ‘Scatology‘. An essential insight into the very early work of these extraordinary artists and an undeniable link between Coil and Throbbing Gristle.
Coming soon in February is ‘The Spirals Of Great Harm‘ a Double-CD release by Skullflower. The new sprawling double disc from black noise classicists Skullflower – referencing Inferno 17, Dante and Virgil’s spiralling descent into the abyss on demon Geryon. Full of harsh beauty and hymns for lost Albions, battle songs against the homogenisation of modern ‘lyfe’
Also coming in February is ‘Le Mal Des Ardents‘ by La Breiche, which features two well-known musicians: Arexis and Lafforgue of Stille Volk – a band best known since 1994 as one of the pioneers of Pagan Folk in Europe – and of Pagan Black French band Sus Scrofa.
Zos Kia/Coil -Transparent
Zos Kia was formed by John Gosling (Mekon), John Balance (Coil) and Min – with guest Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle). Their one and only album, Transparent, was released August 23rd 1983 in a cassette only edition on the now defunct Nekrophile label, Austria.
They were the first released recordings of both Coil and Zos Kia. It was reissued years later by Coil (Threshold House / Eskaton) in an edited edition. The entire recordings are now released on CD/vinyl for the first time and are completely remastered from the unedited tapes.
Includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks by AKE (pre-Zos Kia). The music on Transparent is genuinely unsettling and disturbing, with a more primal Industrial feel than the Coil album which followed; ‘Scatology‘.
An essential insight into the very early work of these extraordinary artists and an undeniable link between Coil and Throbbing Gristle.
CD edition presented in a 6-panel digipak with booklet containing unseen images.
Track listing: 1. ZOS KIA ‘Sicktone’, 2. ZOS KIA ‘Baptism Of Fire’, 3. ZOS KIA ‘Violations’, 4. ZOS KIA ‘Poisons’, 5. ZOS KIA ‘Truth’, 6. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘Sewn Open’, 7. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘Sicktone’, 8. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘Silence And Sorcery (Section)’, 9. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘Truth (Version)’, 10. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘Stealing The Words’, 11. COIL / ZOS KIA ‘On Balance’, 12. AKE ‘No Mas’, 13. AKE ‘Rape Live @ Equinox’
Skullflower – The Spirals of Great Harm
The new sprawling double disc from black noise classicists Skullflower – referencing Inferno 17, Dante and Virgil’s spiralling descent into the abyss on demon Geryon. Full of harsh beauty and hymns for lost Albions, battle songs against the homogenisation of modern ‘lyfe’ – fuck the new estate!
“Hedgerows, tapestries, dream woods, dragon lands. After “Draconis”, we have been released to roam through the multiverse, fashioning trinkets and ornaments from jewelled sounds, and leaving them as waymarkers on our astral travels. We seem to be circling, encountering familiar territories, yet always changed, because these circles, from a true perspective; are all part of a great averse spiral, our pattern, our map, which is the terrain itself.
You will hear hints and echoes of native keening, lush prog romanticism, and the charcoal textures of noise, but all subsumed within our alchemy, the unmistakable wellspring of sound that is SF”.
La Breiche – Le Mal Des Ardents
“Le Mal Des Ardents” (“Holy Fire”) is a concept album about fears, terrors, about the balance between folklore and reason, myth and common sense, light and darkness, past and present, modernity and archaism.
The album marries minimalism, purity, a fine approach and ancient instruments: traditional music (hurdy gurdy, shawm, polyphonies, percussion, gongs); the gloom of oppressive dark ambient; the slow pace of ritual music, wavering between modernity and archaism. Voices rise towards beauty, lifting it away from some occult mud.
Holy Fire takes us back to a forgotten world – a primal, ancient, wild and free world, pervaded by secret dances of sorcerers’, unfathomable forests, remote and lifeless places. 6-panel digipak.