First Essay: Sexual Depravity and Pleasant Atrocities

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One of the key figures of the Italian industrial scene, Pierpaolo Zoppo started releasing tapes of his Mauthausen Orchestra project on the astonishing Aquilifer Sodality label in 1982. Zoppo didn't leave much to the imagination with the titles of these early works. Sex. Death. Blood. Dealing with such topics as sexual violence, perversion, torture, and murder without sounding cheap and careless is not an easy task. Mauthausen Orchestra's atmosphere, one of true debauchery and calculated sickness; and its raw recording procedures, authentic and true lo-fidelity, have yet to be matched. Mauthausen Orchestra remains one of the pioneering exploits from the incredibly macabre Italian industrial scene that began with Maurizio Bianchi and continued through Zoppo's project, Sigillum S, The Sodality, and the later work of Atrax Morgue. It's hard to ignore how the extremity of the poetics from the Italian scene literally bleeds beyond art and into life for many of these artists. This box set contains first-time CD reissues of four challenging Mauthausen Orchestra noise decimations originally released on cassette in the early 1980s, fully remastered from the original tapes. Anal Perversions (1985) communicates a fierce nihilism that overflows into the undefined territory between sex and maniac desire, marking our brains and our skin; a single act of sensory rape that tries to deconstruct any rational particle that might approach the sound composition. Host Sodomy (1985) represents an unprecedented noise assault and spares no form of perversion, relinquishing any moral obligation in the pursuit. Bloodyminded (1984) offers one side of oppressive noise devolving into anguished vocal terror, and another, slightly more nuanced side, adhering to a similar schematic. If nothing else is doing it for you, try this at your own risk. 2nd Movement (1983) carries us, once again, into real rituals of a civilization without gods in a pure world of suffering. Infinite modulations toward a sky that has now disappeared and become locked in concrete. Each CD is housed in individual mini-LP gatefold sleeves with new art. Packaged in a hard black box with white lettering ink. Limited to 199 copies.