Blood Rhythms is an ongoing and constantly morphing collective spearheaded by veteran experimental artist and Chicago native Arvo Zylo.
The unit’s new LP, ‘Civil War’ began its conceptual impetus before its vinyl debut, 2014’s ‘Assembly‘ , which was a layered whale song / locomotive stomp of brass & wind instruments recorded in a meat locker, released in collaboration with RRRecords.
‘The music itself was composed of three directional recordings of five musicians in a meat locker: Arvo Zylo, Bruce Lamont, Brian Klein, Dave Purdie, and Andy Ortmann wielding brass instruments and a fifteen-foot tube. Zylo, who is the only consistent member of Blood Rhythms, chopped up and coordinated the hundreds of layers which comprise this release. If the record would take the shape of its music, it would bear a greater resemblance to the fucked up decorative record that came packaged with this release.’_Excerpt from review of Assembly
In 2010, after a few years of makeshift group performances delivering noisy, loop-based industrial drones as a brass ensemble, and inevitably growing to incorporate a series of damaged synth/junk metal outings, the group’s official debut was met with live accompaniment from legendary Chicago avant/industrial/gospel giants ONO. With that, the very beginnings of Blood Rhythms’ new LP, ‘Civil War‘, were set into motion.
From 2010 to 2016, Zylo exhibited either with Blood Rhythms or solo, at noise fests, radio stations, or various venues around the country, themes which evolved exponentially.
Some of these pieces have been performed live close to fifty times, occasionally with as many as four drummers and a five piece brass section.
Words like “cathartic” and “intense” were regularly used to describe the often blisteringly loud affairs– with contact mic’ed heartbeats, aluminum mic’ed masks, sheet metal, belt sanders, amplified packing tape, and visceral, feedback-laden howls.
Some links of live performances featuring early versions of this material:
‘Civil War’ is a studio culmination of nearly ten years of ongoing work; A synthesis of Zylo’s main focus, and what has come to be referred to by some as outsider power electronics.
The result is something that retains the meticulousness, nuance, and visionary drive of a reclusive studio rat, but without relinquishing the rawness and fortitude of a full group sonic assault.
‘Civil War’ features contributions from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House), Mike Weis (Zelienople, Kwaidan), Wyatt Howland (Skin Graft, Blackfire, Nevari Butchers), B. Zimimay (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Dave Phillips (Schimpfluch Gruppe, Fear of God), Michael Krause (Death Factory), Daniel Burke (Illusion of Safety), and Richard Syska (Secret Means of Escape, Dummy Antenna).
It comes on 180 gram vinyl, and there are standard editions in black, or special editions both with opaque red vinyl or metallic silver ripple vinyl.
It is housed in a thick gatefold jacket with a full varnish finish, and comes special editions come with a 44 page art booklet which includes collaborative contributions from collage artist Bradley Kokay, and rogue taxidermist Sarina Brewer.
Recorded mainly (initially) at Minbal, Chicago by Brian Sulpizio (Health & Beauty), and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Khlyst, NAMANAX).
Seven tracks, 38 minutes. Edition of 500 copies: 350 black vinyl (180g), 100 opaque red vinyl (180g), 50 silver ripple vinyl (140g). Silver copies (to be announced later) come with a unique piece of art.