Sunday, November 22, 2020

Esplendor Geométrico - "EG-1" [1981]

Artist: Esplendor Geométrico
Title: EG-1
Genre: Industrial, Rhythmic Noise
Country: Spain
Release date: 1981

Track List: 

  1. Muerte A Escala Industrial
  2. Neuridrina
  3. El Cabecilla Del Vaticano
  4. La Ciudad De Los Héroes Rojos
  5. Amor En Mauthausen
  6. P.I.E. (Versión)
  7. Destrozaron Sus Ovarios
  8. Quince Años Tiene Mi Amor
  9. María Luisa
  10. El Sentido Es El Uso (Bonus)
  11. Edad Del Hierro (Bonus)
  12. Moscú Está Helado (Bonus)

I already have mentioned Esplendor Geometrico on here as a rare example of a classic noise/industrial band from Spain, so I think posting their debut album won't hurt. Honestly I'm not very familiar with the rest of their discography, and maybe I'm not missing much, since many sources describe it as standard boring rhythmic noise. This album, however, is fairly interesting for a early noise release, and has a significant historical importance:

"After their first single, ‘Necrosis en la poya’ (1981), Esplendor Geométrico released their first cassette that same year: “EG-1”. A cult band of Industrial music, they were one of the first cases of true independence in the history of Spanish music. Not only financial and organizational, but also creative independence. These first works were self-produced and distributed by the band themselves, before the appearance of the Spanish independent record labels in the early 80s. 

Without a doubt, “EG-1” is one of the fundamental works by Esplendor Geométrico, where they started to develop their unique style of rhythmic-noisy- industrial music which would be such a great influence on other artists afterwards. Tracks like ‘Muerte a escala industrial’, ‘Destrozaron sus ovarios’ and ‘Neuridrina’ are regarded by their fans as some of the best recorded by the band..."

 "An uncomfortable and creepy, yet entirely hypnotic, exploration of the intersection of machine and body that makes you feel imminently breakable, but also as though your physical form will endure, one way or another, and for better or for worse, no matter what's done to it"

P.S. It also contains their probably best known track, "Moscú está helado", as a bonus, which is a good example of their flirting with the Soviet aesthetics (and from what I know, they also became influenced by the Middle Eastern cultures later on).

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