CIVIL WAR

by BLOOD RHYTHMS

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    Shipping on the first of September. Comes on 180 gram vinyl, in a high quality, glossy gatefold jacket with 44 page (mostly color) art booklet. This pre-order is for the opaque red vinyl edition only in an edition of 100 copies, many of which are spoken for.

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    Edition of 350 copies, comes with a stripped down black and white art booklet which is smaller than the red editions. There are variants of black and white booklets set for a xerox aesthetic, or a more stylized black and white booklet with occasional pages that include red. Both are on high quality glossy paper. Feel free to express your preference in the order comments. Full gloss thick gatefold jacket, 180g.

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about

BLOOD RHYTHMS is an ongoing and constantly morphing collective spearheaded by veteran experimental artist and Chicago native Arvo Zylo. 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.

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.

Fittingly, CIVIL WAR’s subject matter for each piece came during a greyhound bus tour, like an instantaneous bolt of lightning, including lyrics that ended up resembling a poem by Charles Baudelaire so remarkably, that it became easy and necessary to find it and make it official. Overall, it makes for an uncommon approach to power dynamics, to say the least. In short, this incarnation of BLOOD RHYTHMS explores the limitations of consciousness within the body, especially as it relates to the outer collective consciousness, and addresses the paradoxical nature of what most conflicts boil down to: If it is righteous to turn the other cheek, to be in the world but not of it, to die for the sins of others, then why did St. Michael, Joan of Arc, and so many others fight against the snares of the devil? In fighting the dragon, do we not become the dragon?

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. 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. 

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 (140g) silver ripple vinyl. It is housed in a thick gatefold jacket with a full varnish finish, and special editions come with a 44 page art booklet which includes collaborative contributions from xerox collage artist Bradley Kokay, alchemical portrait artist Steven Leyba, 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. Track A3 not for airplay.

Some pre-release commentary:

"Civil War is a literal civil war on the senses, ears versus mouth, mind versus heart, all boiling blood and bile as it tries to get a foothold on reality through its blind and bludgeoning rage.... ...Civil War is civil war, a blitzkrieg of mechanized sound delivered at high volume and intensity."
-Tiny Mix Tapes

"This caught me by surprise – it’s an album that, while it grabs you by the scruff and shakes you about, is also enterprising in that it doesn’t deny itself the chance to veer away from strict noise parameters."
-1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1

"This was a bit too violent"
-excerpted rejection letter from unnamed European review site

credits

released September 1, 2019

Bruce Lamont, Mike Weis, Michael Krause, Daniel Burke, Dave Phillips, Brian Zimimay, Richard Syska, Wyatt Howland, Arvo Zylo. Mastered by James Plotkin. Partially recorded at Minbal, Chicago, by Brian Sulpizio.

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