Vasilisk – “Tribal Zone” LP (reissue) Album Review (ritual/drone/ambient)

Tribal Zone

Some albums were meant for the LP format and this one is no exception.  Today we have the 2017 LP reissue of Vasilisk’s Tribal Zone courtesy of our new friends at Steinklang Industries in Austria.

From Discogs: “VasiliskCreate a new sound with another method of musical expression. They were admiring the techno-sound with strong rhythm to create a state of trance like ancient shamans….full of united groove. So they choose the psychedelic trance sound which stimulates their brain directly without any words.”

Vasilisk’s inception dates back thirty years to 1987 as a result of the demise of the pioneering noise group, White Hospital.  After a number of inactive years, their seven-track Tribal Zone album was initially created in 2012.  The album presents a unique blend of cavernous drones, shamanistic percussive beats (i.e. track 4, “Burning Monk” or track 5, “Into The Circle”) and sometimes simple/other times complex and organic sounding textures.  At times, what appear to sound like traditional wind and percussive instruments are used.  This album could just as easily be seen as the soundtrack of a night-side fire at a native american or shamanistic gathering.  

The nature of the album will surely be enhanced by the character of the LP release.  However, the digital album that comes along also gives the listener more of a 3-d listening experience and puts them more toward the center of the imagination.  This is done through the mixing with the left and right channels.  For that we also recommend earphones or ear buds.  

Tribal Zone is available as a limited edition LP which also includes a digital download.

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