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Zu “Igneo” [Amanita]

Thurston Hunger   11/21/2004   A Library

Igeno ain’t bliss, but it is burnished and blistering rock
done as if by magic without a lead guitar. Black magic indeed
with smoke coming out of Luca Tommaso Mai’s saxes, on two
tracks Ken Vandermark doubles that damage. Additionally two
other Chicago Brotzworkers join in the fiery festivities,
but Zu really needs no assistance. The rhythm section of
Massimo Pupillo on bass and drummer Jacopo Battaglia, they’re
sort of an Italian answer to the Ruins. They provide an
infernal (lower-case m) magma of sound. Pupillo’s basswork
is active, with chord flashes and quick fingerwork to make
one almost swear that guitar is present. Or maybe that’s the
contribution of live soundman Alberto Mattaroccia. Crunch
and feedback whinny fit so well with the angry horn work.
A powerhouse release, with unquenchability.

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duncan says

FR022? ZU "Igneo" CD with re-mixes by Dalek (Ipacec), DJ Olive (John Zorn, Sonic Youth), Andy Ex and Giuseppe Lelasi. This will be the first time "Igneo" will be available domestically in North America. Recorded by Steve Albini in 2002 along with guests Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop and Fred Lomberg-Holm, this CD will blow people away. Not to mention the stellar re-mixes that are mind expanding.

Out on Frenetic Records September 2005

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