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Saturday, July 13, 2019


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. 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.
No download code. No digital version available.

Some links of live performances featuring early versions of this material:  

In other news:

Taki's track from the recent compilation on NO PART OF IT, "HETEROPTIKS", was aired on WFMU, in addition to new issues of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Jon Mueller, Moebius, and more.   Here is a quote from the comments section by "slugluv1313":
"reading and learning more about Taki Pantos -- WOW!
"Lock Me in Your Heart" totally grabbed me
scooping up "Heteroptiks," turns out it is dedicated to dear Wm. Berger :)"

Arvo's recent UPHEAVAL full length was aired on WZRD, alongside IDM Theft Able, Loachfillet, Zos Kia, Godflesh, David Bowie, Thomas Dimuzio, Kraftwerk, and more.   Lookie HERE

An unreleased track by Blood Rhythms was aired on a different evening at WZRD, alongside Alvin Lucier, Aaron Dilloway, Severed Heads, Colin Potter, Pas Musique, Merzbow, Foetus, Mammal, and more, listen here.

Another unreleased track by Blood Rhythms was again played on WZRD, alongside Ruins, Slava Ranko, Vertonen, P16.D4, Coil, Bruce Gilbert, Nash the Slash, and more.   LISTEN HERE

AND, if you didn't see it, feel free to check out the recent addition to the NO PART OF IT interview series with Steven Krakow/Plastic Crimewave! 

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