Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEW-ARVO ZYLO-SEQUENCER WORKS VOL.1-CASSETTE

ARVO ZYLO-SEQUENCER WORKS VOL.1-CASSETTE
OUT OF BODY RECORDS/O-O-BR013
EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH INSERT AND A 
TRANSPARENT PLASTIC COVERING WITH ART PRINTED
ON IT.ON BLACK CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABELS.
LIMITED TO 100 HAND NUMBERED COPIES.


SIDE A.
I.) HYPNOCHONDRIA:

First off...Rob Buttrum is a fucker and a half for making me review this
one.We love ya man but this one was a pain in thee ass to put into words.
There is just so much going on to write about here.But anyways.Moving on.
Out Of Body records kicks off their latest batch of audio atrocities with
the first volume of sequencer works from ARVO ZYLO.What we have here is some
truly twisted electronic experimentation.Total schitso music.This tape is a
fucking trip.A vivid and lucid nightmare experience.I can't remember the last
time a release has left me with my jaw dragging on the floor and my eyes bulging
out of my head like this one has.Don't even get me started on how my ears reacted
to this shit.Too late, I've already started.The A side contains a single track 
of brain melting music that feels like a sexual assault on the senses...And like a
whore working the streets to pay for her next fix, you'll find yourself completely
hooked on this shit.Even the cover art was met with protest as some closed minded
fucks deemed it morally corrupt or some bullshit.At first it sounds like the tape
is fucked up but that's just how ARVO ZYLO sounds.Hypnochondria is manic and all
over the place like a really violent cartoon.Circus style rhythms are looped and
sped up to the point it feels like watching clowns on speed perform under a big 
tent full of some kind of nerve gas that causes you to flip the fuck out.Heavy
beats pound and break apart and pound again until they break your mind into a
million pieces of twitching mush.It takes a special kind of psychopath to make
music like this and someone even more derranged to enjoy it.I never said I was
normal did I? Pulsing bass drums blast off at light speed as glitched out melodies
play in chaotic patterns.Things speed up and then slow down so dramatically that
in less than a minute you find yourself on the opposite end of the spectrum as
where you started out.At certain points it sounds like the tape is being fast
forwarded and at others it sounds like a 90's computer game like Doom or something
similar.Wind up music box melodies and Nintendo style synth music make this sound
like one of those fucked up art videos you stumble upon on Youtube from time to 
time and then everything will shift into something totally different before you
even know what hit you.Machine gun tempos are heard like an instrumental Digital
Grind record going off the deep end.Reversed rhythms and psychedelic paradigm shifts
transport you into dimensions beyond human comprehension.If a bad acid trip somehow
left you comatose at a carnival it might sound something like this.Oldschool organ
music plays like the phantom of the opera lost in the fringes of cyber space...And
then silence...But it's not over.The massive multi-layer mindfuck continues as a
slow funeral dirge on synths that sound like a haunted house level in a Super Mario
Brothers game.Rhythms are tinkered with and sound like they are being created on
glass objects and cow bells...This whole thing is just bizarre but totally addictive.
Off tempo music that sounds like something between a school marching band and a gypsy
caravan is heard for a while until heavy synth bass blasts like a fog horn over ghastly
graveyard ambiance.Sorta sounds like it could have been in the movie Creepshow at times.
Low budget horror soundtrack stuff until cool beats and minimal noise takes over.After
this it's more creepy ambiance but much more minimal and moody.Industrial drums are
thrown in the mix and were spinning through a soundscape like something you'd hear
from FOETUS back in the day.Heavier drumming is applied to smash things up in broken
blasts and backwards beatings until we end with a slower ass kicking with equal amounts
of pain and bruising.

SIDE B.
II.) PLASTHMA (PART II) / SHIZOPHILIA (MALFUNCTION
COMPOSITION):

Ready for more? Of course you are.Trauma is what we do here at Traumatic Static and this
time we have a double dose! Two tracks of terror starting with "Plasthma (Part II) and 
the music is just as odd and creative as the track titles! This titty twister of sound
begins with dense loops and hazy synths that flow in like a fuzzy fog.Booming bass and
distortion hisses over buried beats like a white hot steam engine that doubles as a drum
machine.Phaser effects are applied to create a nauseating effect like your stomach cliff
diving over and over again.This fades into mid tempo rhythms and pretty keys playing another
video game style melody.The way ARVO ZYLO goes from chaotic to calming and everything in
between is pretty awesome.Alien electronics rise and fall like otherworldly insects buzzing
and bobbing up and down around your head.The track shifts and warps countless times but stays
close to central themes to build off of.At it's core this is another glitchy noise album but
it was created and composed in a way that is really unique and really entertaining.For quite
a while we find ourselves in a territory closer to harsh, rhythmic noise.Metallic percussion's
and scrap metal beating over deep bass movements corrupted with distortion.Yawning stretches
of sound over long periods of time.The sort of stuff that makes you sleepy and causes you to
space out for a while.Ultra dense and lo-fi like a live recording of a band that is too loud
for the device that recorded it...Cyclic loops like what we heard at the start of the track
reappear like book ends to contain and close the piece and then "Schizophilia" finishes things
off with some really weird improv style noise featuring heavy phaser and filter abuse.It kind
of sounds like a space craft struggling to fire up it's engines while deep underwater.Stretched
and clipped electronics pulses punch and grind like broken bicycle chains and harsh blasts of
pure noise rip through the speakers.Most of the track is slow and kinda creepy in a weird alien
kind of way.Just when you think it's over it continues with heavy bursts and glitchy bleeps and
bloops like a fax machine dying a slow death.I could see this being in a surrealist or avante-
garde film during some of the weirder scenes.Sloppy synth notes flip on and off like a light
switch as muddy beats come and go.At the end it sounds like the tape is a living organism 
struggling to breath during the throes of death.A bitter creature that refuses to lay the
fuck down and die already.Not saying it's a bad thing or that I wish the tape would hurry
up and end...It just has this strange struggling vibe going on.As it reaches it's demise
we hear squishy and wet sounds...Bubbling regurgitations and synths that bring a sense of
impending doom.The tape feels like it ends a dozen times before it actually does.It sounds
like synths and sewage coming up through a kitchen garbage disposal as a halloween haunted
house cd plays in the next room.A miserable end to a magnificent beast.I swear to God I feel 
like I can hear colors and see sounds after this one.

FOR THOSE SEEKING SOMETHING REALLY DIFFERENT AND OUT THERE OR SOMETHING TO GET 
HIGH AND TRIP OUT TO...THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU.FOR EVERYONE ELSE...ARVO ZYLO'S
SEQUENCER WORKS VOL.1 IS A DRUG IN IT'SELF.YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO OUT OF BODY FOR
THIS ONE.ONLY 100 COPIES SO GET TO IT:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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