SHUB NIGGURATH – Introduction
(Soleil Zeuhl 56 // Vinyl)
Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Nice packaging : a white vinyl housed into a printed outer transparent plastic sleeve. The cover design is a variation chosen by Franck Fromy on the original 80s tape cover. All tracks previously issued on CD in 2009 (SZ 22).
This Shub Niggurath album features the bands very first recordings, it is an absolute killer! Of all the second-generation French Zeuhl albums perhaps this recording best recreates the savage intensity of Magma’s early period instrumental moments. The two extended pieces, “Yog Sothoth” & “Barback”, by the bands two composers Jean Luc Herve and Frank Fromy, come from out of left field to musically blow the cobwebs out. The album closer, “In Memoriam”, is fittingly titled and works to perfection as a final musical footnote to the album. You will not find more powerful music made by anyone, anywhere than on INTRODUCTION. In fact, it may well be one of the top 5 French albums to have come out of the second wave of the French Zeuhl movement. Archie Patterson – Eurock.