Mauthausen Orchestra - Under Control (Placenta Recordings #200 - 2012)

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GENRE: OLD SCHOOL ITALIAN POWER ELECTRONICS

LOCATION: TORINO, ITALY

FORMAT: LIMITED EDITION OF 250 COPIES ON 7" VINYL. 125 on transparent Blood Red and 125 on transparent Royal Blue!

Composed/Performed by Pierpaolo Zoppo/Mauthausen Orchestra in Torino, Italy, 2012.

Art/Release by Jay Watson/Placenta Recordings in Traverse City, MI and San Francisco, CA, U.S., 2012

Mauthausen Orchestra

"One of the early Italian power-electronics projects, Mauthausen Orchestra, in the person of Pierpaolo Zoppo, started in 1982, releasing tapes on his own label Aquilifer Sodality. His work explored morbid subjects, usually extreme sex, perversion, tortures and disease, and the sound was a brutal collage of noise, electronics distortions and inhuman vocals. Mauthausen Orchestra stopped in 1986, some recordings from 1988 were published ten years later by Xn Recordings. In 1997 Zoppo resurrected the project and released some new material, while a series of reissues of the early cassettes was published by Slaughter Productions. "

*I just found out that Mauthausen Orchestra died recently and the "Under Control" 7" record on Placenta Recordings was his final album! I am honored and sad. R.I.P. Pierpaolo Zoppo, I am proud to have worked with him! I am a huge fan and supporter of Mauthausen Orchestra and we were working together very well. He even got his request of transparent blue vinyl. Shame on everyone who doubted us. We released the FINAL recordings of Mauthausen Orchestra, and we are proud to have worked with such a legend. R.I.P. Pierpaolo Zoppo, my friend and a huge inspiration to many.*

- Jay Watson 2013

Here is a review of the album from Crucial Blast Records:

MAUTHAUSEN ORCHESTRA Under Control 7" VINYL (Placenta Recordings)

"One of the key figures of the Italian post-industrial scene, Pierpaolo Zoppo (aka Mauthausen Orchestra) died suddenly in early 2012, leaving behind a body of work that includes some of the most diseased and evil-sounding electronic music ever. While his more recent recordings tended to be a bit hit and miss in terms of , I've still followed his work over the years and was bummed to hear that he had died this past spring. Apparently the last thing that Zoppo had been working on releasing prior to his death was this 7" for Placenta, the two-song Under Control7", and its one of the better of his later recordings. Housed in a white jacket with the sort of morbid, cadaverous imagery that adorned his classic Necrofellatio and Murderfuck cassettes, Under Control features two tracks of writhing industrial creep.

The a-side bursts like a blister as "Under Control" pours forth in an oozing mess of flanged distortion and thumping low-end noise, the extreme low frequencies creating a strange fluttering effect as the speakers reverberate with the whump of Zoppo's synth. Like a lot of his later material, this is more of an abstract noisescape than the rotting, evil death industrial primitivism of his iconic 80's output, but it's still plenty bleak, a macro-view of collapsing machinery and diseased circuit-boards, revealing the vaguest hints of musicality in the strange descending note patterns that emerge in the final throes of the track.

"Edge Of No Control" slowly drifts in on a wave of warped, atonal synth notes and buzzing distortion, this amorphous mass sounding like some ectoplasmic residue from a carnival freaktent, as Zoppo slowly introduces additional layers of warbling synth notes, clusters of misshapen melody that later drop in and out as the track evolves into an expanse of rumbling noise and creepy minor key melodies take shape, eventually turning into an alien sort of church music. Limited to two hundred fifty copies."

-Crucial Blast Records

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