Mauthausen Orchestra was one of the most important musical projects of the Italian industrial scene in the 80’s and has contributed to the birth of the power electronics and harsh noise across the globe. Tape after tape has constituted, in a few years, the backbone of what we will know as an alienating and extremist style, made of metal nightmares and sonic torture , often dilated, dissected and extended up to the limit of endurance. Mauthausen Orchestra carry us as real rituals of a civilization without gods, in a pure world of suffering. Infinite modulations towards a sky that has now disappeared and locked in concrete. A fierce nihilism that overflows into the undefined territory between mind and matter, marking our brains and our skin. A single act of sensory rape trying to deconstruct any rational particle that approaching the sound composition.
About almost ten years after the death of Pierpaolo Zoppo, an unforgettable artist and a forerunner of Industrial music with his Mauthausen Orchestra ‘cult’ project, this new release of completely unreleased material – containing tracks he composed between 2009 and 2012 – is released by Urashima in double cassette format, after CD format released last year by Standa, with five bonus tracks (for a total about forty minutes of unreleased material) not present on CD.
This new work – a release which has been officially authorized by his family – shows us Pierpaolo Zoppo at the peak of his artistic maturity: after investigating the most extreme and intransigent sounds for years with impetus, he finds a moment of reflection and some quietness, without completely abandoning its original instinctive and ‘wild’ nature, he knocks corners and softens forms, giving us fifteen tracks of music/non-music as ‘strong’ as ever, but at the same time touching and ‘poetic’ as never before.
Private Thoughts Recordings (the title of the album was taken from notes that Pierpaolo himself had pinned with a felt-tip pen on a few home-burned discs containing his original recordings) is perhaps the best gift that the artist could have left us before departing for his long journey, and the most intense proof of his deep sensitivity and his incredible avant-garde ‘sound visions’. Released as double cassette in a very limited edition of 99 hand numbered copies, plus DL code for digital album, housed in a beautiful deluxe wooden box of seven inch size with five doble face inserts with nine amazing collage by Stefano Gentile and audio compiled and mastered by Pierpaolo’ s longtime friend Giuseppe Verticchio. A final chapter absolutely not to be missed!