Tuesday, April 5, 2016

REVIEW - ARVO ZYLO - 333 - CD

ARVO ZYLO - 333 - CD
NO PART OF IT RECORDS
EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/HARSH NOISE/INDUSTRIAL/GLITCH
PRO PRESSED CDR IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT.


I.) QUICKSAND EGGS OF A BEATEN PATHOS:
Even if I hadn't heard ARVO ZYLO's music before (I've heard one
release up until this point) It would be pretty obvious from the
album art that it was going to be a strange experience. The layout
art of 333 looks like a surrealist nightmare featuring images of 
scorched industrial landscapes populated by featherless chickens,
A small brass ensemble, Cars floating among clouds (As well as 
mushroom clouds on the horizon) Angelic statues and castle ruins
and beggars digging through piles of rubble...So yeah we are in
for a crazy trip..."Quicksand Eggs Of A Beaten Pathos" opens the
record and carries along the weird surrealist overtones of the album.
This track is around half an hour long so strap in. Slow throbbing
drum/bass rhythms guide us into creeping and sinister Electro-Industrial
patterns. Harpsichords play along and glitchy, warped synths add a plethora
of strange and unnerving elements. Chaotic pulses and signals fill the air
and then all Hell breaks loose. An all out high end noise fist-fuck quickly
becomes and aural gang-bang. Frantic noise with a very unique sonic quality
is heard over slow booming bass drum kicks. Unnerving to say the least. This
would literally drive someone outside of the noise scene fucking crazy. Even 
the most bizarre Japanoise act could seem relatively calm in comparison to
the insanity that ARVO ZYLO manages to conjure up. Shrill signals drill into
your skull, Rumbling electronic waves vibrate the brain and corrosive static
textures scrape like a dry old sponge across your eyeballs. You can literally
"feel" the sounds inside you at times. After some added percussive blasts we
go into a lo-fi area of audio murk featuring dismal piano playing that sounds
like a Phantom of the Opera type of character playing away in a dark, Dingy
basement in the bowels of a haunted mansion over a backdrop of whirring electronic
experimentation. The piano notes begin to glitch and somehow start to sound even
more ominous. Spacey keyboard notes, Thick bass lines, Every manner of beep and
bloop, Carnival organ grinders, Powerful slamming drum rhythms, Harmony, Melody,
Disharmony and atonal chaos all come, shift and morph. Mid-paced Electro-Doom
passages march on and send us deeper down a spiral staircase of utter madness.
Rhythms within rhythms and patterns within patterns. It is impossible to describe
everything featured here. Bubbling textures, Break-Beat percussion's that sound
like Speedcore in slow motion...Elements of Techno, Ambient, Experimental, Noise,
Industrial, Trance, Acid-Tech, House, And just about every other form of Electronic
music are present. It's really one giant digital head-fuck. Various passages are 
highlighted for extended periods...Some longer than others, But all interesting
to the ears. The quieter and denser segments explore Death Industrial and Harsh
Ambiance until they eventually too fall into experimental territory. At times
we go into fragmented Cyberpunk style synth work and at other's it sounds like
a Nintendo game on LSD. Warped, Wonky Techno parts carry on the drug use aesthetic.
Like I said...It's a trip...And then some. 

II.) DEADBEAT DELUXE:
If you've made it this far, We go into "Deadbeat Deluxe" where we are treated
to: Stop/go patterns that come in loud barrages as Harsh Noise outbursts form
a nice rhythm to accompany them. It sounds like a very broken machine attempted
to start up to no avail until dis-harmonic madness comes in looped segments only
to splinter off into fragmented 90's style underground Techno. Dance-able segments
and thick bass lines come and go as caustic explosions boom in the near distance.
Classic 8-bit video game style synths are tossed into the mix along with various
other synths that come in hazy, Lo-fi and distorted tones. The rhythms formed are
pretty cool and definitely keep it interesting. A lot of this sounds like the crazy
music they play on Adult Swim really late at night in-between shows or similar to those
"Cows and Cows and Cows" videos on YouTube. Other moments take us into pure mechanized Industrial that sounds like heavy pistons and steam powered machines marching across the landscape and pressing everything into a pancake. This eventually slows into scrap metal percussion's over
pure sonic experimentation. The slower pace gives you a chance to collect your wits before we
head into a really cool Nightcore/Techno/DnB/Glitch movement features playful, Cartoon melodies
and a really nice ever-evolving groove to it. Later on this transforms into dense rhythmic noise
that still carries similar patterns although they are rough, muffled and obscured. After a while
it becomes entrancing and right when you are hooked into it's lull we are hit by heavy Industrial
once again which makes for a brief, But awesome ending to the piece.

III.) PLASTHMA:
"Plasthma" starts in a similar place where the last track left off. Humming machines,
Metallic drum loops, Crisp static waves, Thundering sheet metal percussive elements,
Break-Beat/glitch drums...All that good stuff in a really nice blend. Things soon
become more frantic but without abandoning the initial rhythms. Sci-Fi/Space noise
tones come and go and switch and change. Although ARVO ZYLO can be quite busy and
overbearing at times and a complete sensory overload, There are still some really
cool moments for those who are looking for something a little less hectic. This 
last track sounds a lot more "mechanical" it it's madness and really demonstrates
a style that I rarely hear anymore these days. If you are into stuff like IN DEATH
IT SEARCH OF DEATH, BODY SHAME, and similar artists than this is worth checking out.
This track eventually goes into this almost orchestral/symphonic movement with very
doomy/eerie vibes. Cinematic stuff that has a spooky feeling to it. Kinda like an
old 70's or 80's Slasher B-movie soundtrack. The types of chord progression's that
you'd hear on a KING DIAMOND record. The synths used go from campy to haunting and
back again. Early Industrial style drums and slightly distorted lead notes give this
one a solid finish.

ARVO ZYLO ARE IN THEIR OWN GENRE. ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE PROJECTS IN THE
NOISE SCENE. CHECK EM OUT:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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