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Headache muzak

by Zahne Zotha

Demons 06:02
Vulture 03:50
Penetrator 04:22
Crutch 03:14
Piece five 07:44
Crunched 04:23
Bang! (free) 00:08
I 04:39
II 01:48
III 02:17


This predates tPROE by 10 years if you know the last three tracks are made in 1990. I had started out making "music" in 1986 with a very bad noisepunk band. We made demotapes with about 90 songs in just 10 minutes. That kind of stuff. This album was my first attempt to make something "serious" instead of the fun before that.

In those days internet was non-exsistant or still in its experimental phase, and there was something called the "international tape circuit". Basically these were just some folks who traded cassetetapes with obscure music among each other. Many well known more experimental bands started out in this scene, and i was part of it as well. People would sent you lists what with they had and if you wanted something you could order it, or more commonly, trade it with stuff you had. It had all to be done by snailmail, so it took some time to get yer goodies.

This album is made with very, very, very primitive means. Much like the first industrial bands did it back in the 70's. For this album i used two tape recorders (2 track real to reel), a sequencial systems pro one synth my brother had and metal tools as percussion. Basically it was creating tapeloops, recording source sounds too loud and played too loud to get distortion. All very primitive and intuitive put together.

Still, when i listen to it now, 20 years later, it still sounds OK to me. Obviously it is bad recorded and mostly not produced at all, but it has the rawness and freshness of youth. Some sins are worth it, and ultimately this would lead to becoming The Peoples Republic of Europe.

This release was released in an limited edition of 6 copies. One i kept and is still in my possession. The other five are out there. I know of two who have them, the other three were sold through the Barooni music shop in 1991. So they might still be out there. The sleeve was made from carpet (as seen on the picture) and the music was on tape. It would take about 7 or 8 years before the first CDr's became available, so tapes where how lesser known acts had to release their stuff. Ah, ye'good olde days!


released July 1, 1991


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Dutch industrial hardcore/Doomcore band. With some rhythmnic noise influences and experiments into dark ambient. Started out in 2000. Already released a ton of albums and EP's though their own label New Darkness recordings and on US based Vendetta Music and recently on industrial hardcore labels Dark Descent, Noisj, Dark Like Hell and Spirit Of Progress.. ... more

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