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Second (!) edition with 'amended' artwork (no more lightning bolts that look like varicose veins).
Live & 'studio' material, including a great piece from the Demolition Club and a sickening 27 minute twin guitar feedback 'duet'.
How did this ever sell out the first pressing? What a world.
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A mere five months after the first lacquers were cut the latest and presumably last in the Shock 12” EP series arrives. This particular episode features simultaneously the most mentally unbalanced and ‘commercial’ (within certain parameters…) Shock music yet. Cycle of Aberration is just that, nine minutes of pulsing, crackling & clicking overlaid with a demented synth attack dissolving into clouds of distorted hiss.
Distinguished Invalids is a massive pop tune created solely to appeal to ‘the kids’ and ‘the dance floor’- fourteen minutes of pounding rhythm, heavenly voices and massive, sub-bass organ blasts.
1. Cycles of Aberration
2. Distinguished Invalids
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“It's flashback time at Shock! Everybody loves the '80s now innit, and everybody positively adores old tapes of bedroom noodling... So, always keen to exploit the latest trends, Shock has rummaged through the archives to come up with EATEN AWAY BY SHADOWS, over 79 minutes ('value' for money!) of SJ archive stuff recorded between '82 - '83, before editing Shock Xpress, playing in Whitehouse, Skullflower etc…
This was recorded mostly in Bristol, some in London while living in a squat up the road from M Bower. (Mr P Best was crashing on my floor around then. Hilarious times were had by all.) It moves from 'guitar rock' to metal-banging, drone and industrial & ends with some major guitar 'deconstruction' and a positively uplifting organ/feedback orgy…Most of it doesn't sound too obviously like anyone else, so as far as influences go the dedicated can ponder what I'd been listening to (other than the Satanic voices in my head) at any given point. Suggestions on a postcard please.
Many cheap instruments were abused in making this music. Guitars and mics were dropped, hit, beaten with pieces of metal and occasionally with an axe, and pretty much all of it (including a good old Dr Rhythm) went through some sort of distortion and a dysfunctional tape echo unit. Various glitches and tape oddities may be discerned at various points, all part of the music's many charms…
Tracks are ordered as they appear on the cassettes, the titles (some a tad uninspired or stemming from idiotic 'private' jokes, sorry) are off the inlays. One piece was previously heard on a Fusetron 7", another appeared as the Hydra track on the Melt/Dissolve compilation, and one was chopped up & used on Band of Pain's Reculver CD. All are presented here in vastly superior sound quality.
The album's mastered by Andrew Liles so it sounds amazingly good (given the limitations of the source material…), and we don't want to hear any moaning about the fact it's in a jewel case not a repulsive digipak! “ – Stefan
2. Two Note Bass
5. Torn Apart
6. Second Orgasm
8. Thrown Into Convulsions
9. Guitars I
10. Guitars II
11. Organ & Guitar
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"Bilharzia is 15 minutes of electronic nausea, adding layers of bleeping LFO nastiness to a relentlessly repetitive base. You should know you'll get what's coming to you with a song called Make a Joyful Sound, and I don't feel it disappoints.
Pounding brutality you could bury your dad to, and a bad time guaranteed to be had by all. There is a kind of tune in there somewhere though, lurking dimly in the background...” – Stefan Jaworzyn
2. Make a Joyful Sound
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A great compilation of unbelievable rarities and unreleased junk from the Twisted Village label. Artists include: Crystalized Movements, Vermonster, Luxurious Bags, Bongloads of Righteous Boo & Garbage and the Flowers, plus a couple of 'special' items.
Totally amazing, if I may say so myself.
1. No Artist – Deep Funnel Of Entry
2. Vermonster – Black Crack Boogie (Remix)
3. Bongloads of Righteous Boo – Jimi (Remix)
4. Luxurious Bags – Powerline
5. Crystalized Movements – Blown Over
6. The Garbage And The Flowers – Carousel
7. Wormdoom – One Way
8. Luxurious Bags – Airpocket
9. Bimbo Shrineheads – Separating Your Face From My Windshield (Remix)
10. JT – God Is Red
11. Crystalized Movements – Hall Archer
12. Bongloads of Righteous Boo – Maddened By Hashish
13. The Garbage And The Flowers – Nothing Going Down At All
14. Tono Bungay – Caliper
15. Luxurious Bags – Blow Some Fucking Steam
16. Vermonster – Live Excerpt, November 1, 1991
17. No Artist – Deep Funnel Of Exit