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Deviation Social – “Tempus/Deathwatch: From End to Beginning Vol. 2″ – [Dais]


It’s a documented fact that within the U.S.A., for whatever reason, the industrial movement (begun in Britain by such groups as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire) had a disproportionately pronounced impact on the Bay Area. Maybe we were just more ready for it than the rest of America, but right out of the gate, we were producing bands like Factrix. This is another Bay Area industrial group of the early 80s: one that didn’t quite take off. Deviation Social, the solo project of Arshile Injeyan, was active from 1981-1986, with occasional assistance from his friend Monte Cazazza. Injeyan’s compositions drew on the dark electronic experimentalism of Gristle, SPK et al, as well as the anything’s-possible ethos of the post-punk movement. This 2013 compilation collects two cassette recordings: 1982′s ‘Workforce/Deathwatch’ (A3-B3; recorded at his parents’ house) and 1984′s ‘Tempus Purgatio Part 7′ (A1+A2). Of these, the ‘Tempus’ tracks are the more competently produced– the other tape, which Injeyan claims not to like anymore, is muddy to the extreme and supposedly contains no synthesizer (begging the question what he did use– maybe effected guitar/bass and a drum machine). True to form, Deviation Social’s work was confrontationist, hostile and unmusical. All tracks here consist of distorted, rhythmic electrics/electronics, and all but A5 include aggressive and/or garbled spoken word that sometimes calls to mind certain Boyd Rice material. A1, A5+B3 also feature speech samples. Topics explored include such time-honored industrial themes as technological sentience (A2), the worthlessness of radio DJs (A4), the Holocaust (A5) and anti-Christianity (B3). Raw, abject and fetishistic, this is real industrial to the core. Acknowledged inspirations include Welsh supernatural author Arthur Machen. “Let us agree, there is no one single reality…”

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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