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Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T./Drawings Of O.T.

POTOMAK 819902 POTOMAK 819902

2002 release. Originally released in 1983, Einstürzende Neubauten's second album marks a radical progression in the band's sound as well as a revolutionary step forward in the realms of industrial and experimental music. Bassist Marc Chung (ex-Abwärts) and electronics engineer Alexander Hacke (later a member of Crime And The City Solution) joined the band during this time, and singer Blixa Bargeld also became a full-time member of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Despite each members' background, Einstürzende Neubauten's ethos -- "Destruction is not negative, you must destroy to build" -- treaded on ground that was explicitly anti-music. Through their intuitive compositional approach and application of found, industrial objects into song forms, the band's sonic trajectory was intent on generating entirely alternate modes of music-making. In contrast to the all-out destructive barrage of their debut, however, Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T. reveals an astonishing maturity in its varied and dynamic range of textures while still being no less uncompromising. From the gritty live wire pulse of opening track "Vanadium-I-Ching" to the disorienting field recording and jarring mechanical upheaval of "Hospitalistiche Kinder/Engel Der Vernichtung" to the panicked steel abrasions of "Neun Arme," this album is a masterpiece of what-the-fuck urban primitivism. Most effective of all is "Armenia," one of the most essential songs the band has ever made, with its subtle, slow-building tension and haunting Armenian orchestration taking Bargeld's signature inhuman screams to uncharted levels of psychological turmoil. This digitally-remastered reissue includes 3 bonus tracks and comes housed in a deluxe six-panel tri-fold digipack with an attached 16-page booklet of lyrics in German and English.