CIVIL WAR

by BLOOD RHYTHMS

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    180 gram black vinyl in a high quality, full gloss gatefold jacket, and a 16 page booklet. 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 versions of the booklets are on high quality glossy paper. Feel free to express your preference with your order. Outside of the USA, copies may still be in stock at Scream & Writhe (Canada), White Centipede Noise (Germany), Cipher Productions (Australia), Narcolepsia (Portugal), and Auf Abwegen (Germany), among others.

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    VERY LIMITED LATHE CUT (STEREO) LP, 30 MINUTES IN DURATION, featuring collaborative material between David Oakspawn (State Research Bureau) and Arvo Zylo, with a very special guest vocal appearance by Gitane DeMone (ex-Christian Death)! This is a special sneak peak at a huge box set coming out from Blood Rhythms in the not-too-distant future! It sounds fairly decent, for a lathe, too! PHANTOM APOTEMNOPHILE comes in a sealed plastic sleeve with a thin stock printed slip, and printed labels. 130 gram lathe cut stereo records. This is completely unrelated to the CIVIL WAR LP in terms of audio content and art, but bandcamp won't let me add merch without starting a new digital release, and this is not available digitally at all. Thanks in advance for your support and interest! Please allow two weeks for delivery.

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    Demo from 2012, mastered by Zach Adams. Side A is inspired by Coil, Side B features source material/sequences by Dolores Dewberry, and was used as an alternate soundtrack to the silent film version of The Wizard of Oz (the tornado segment). The lathe sounds like a shortwave radio, and this is a limited preview of a box set that is in the works, slowly but surely. The box set will feature 4 tapes, 4 pro CDRs, a lathe, an exclusive silver vinyl edition of the CIVIL WAR LP, and more.

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    Limited copies of the "SICK SKIN LIVE" cassette on Aberrant Recordings, with the black vinyl edition of CIVIL WAR LP. The pro duplicated and shrink-wrapped cassette features live solo recordings from 2010-2013 that eventually ended up being recorded in ensemble/studio/final version on the Civil War LP. If you want the tape by itself, you can get it here: aberrantrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/blood-rhythms-sick-skin-live

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    During the pressing of Blood Rhythms' Civil War LP, jackets were printed separately by a different company than the vinyl pressing plant. These jackets were accidentally shipped directly to NO PART OF IT HQ instead of to the printing company, where they were supposed to be inspected first, prior to be shipped to the client. As a result, there are a number of copies with dents, dings, and other marks on the jacket. These are relatively minor, and would still qualify as "VG+" by most grading systems. However, they are available here at a discounted price, rather than being discarded. Copies still come in a plastic sleeve with a 16 page professionally printed booklet (180g Black Vinyl).

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  • CIVIL WAR (opaque red vinyl)
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    180 gram vinyl, in a high quality, glossy gatefold jacket with 44 page (mostly color) art booklet. This is for the opaque red vinyl edition only in an edition of 100 copies, many of which are spoken for. Outside of the USA, Drone Records in Germany and Cold Spring in the UK are the only shops that have been sent copies of the red vinyl edition.

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**This release is not available digitally at all. Purchase of the LP gets you one digital track from the LP, and not ever the full release in digital format, never ever.**

Some critical commentary:

"Holy shit. This album is intense. I’ve listened several times over, and find several things about it fascinating. Compositionally, it packs a lot into a short amount of time. As a complete experience from start to finish, “Civil War” is remarkably well constructed and compelling. It’s sonically deep and detailed, compositionally varied and skillful. Out loud, it’s a burner… on headphones, it’s a world to sink into and admire the project’s instigator Arvo Zylo’s studio mastery."
-Vital Weekly (Howard Stelzer)

" BLOOD RHYTHMS is just downright scary. Knowing these sounds lurk within those around us could be even more frightening. Is this a completely rearranged creativity or is there a direct connection to an unknown world, dark and foreboding by the carefree standards of today's society? ... The unknown reasons these sounds were made, clearly has purpose and tremendous significance. ...The first two tracks on CIVIL WAR are some of the most disturbing sounds ever heard. If a paranormal investigation produced these recordings, the ensuing fear of an alternate reality or after life would cause growing mass panic. At some point... ...the question needs to be asked... is this just a group of artists being extremely dark and creative, or is this just straight channeling from an ethereal existence? "
-Ken Lower/Lost In A Sea of Sound

"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

"The entire set is a delightful audio art, soundscape, collage, noise excursion. The music excels at simultaneous aggression and tranquil thematic development. I love how the music dramatically twists and turns on emotional and mood shattering dimes. It can be harsh, but there is a LOT going on… much sonic ear candy for the brain to ingest and absorb. I have listened to this LP several times, flipping slowly and intentionally through the art book, transfixed by the images. The imagery absolutely impacts the experience of the sounds on the LP!"
-Jerry Kranitz, Electronic Cottage, author of Cassette Culture - Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet-Age

"Far from being a power electronics ‘genre’ piece, this is a wildly varied and creative release, where Civil War manages to continually surprise despite its relatively short overall run time. If it is not already apparent, Civil War is a perfect album for those craving sonic diversity well beyond the expected norms of a more typical ‘power electronics’ offering."
-Richard Stevenson, Noise Receptor, Spectrum Magazine

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

Press Info:

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. 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. 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 (not available yet). 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 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. Track A3 not for airplay. Edition of 500 copies: 350 black vinyl (180g), 100 opaque red vinyl (180g), 50 silver ripple vinyl (140g). Silver copies come with a unique piece of art (not to be released yet).
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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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