Review: Boyd Rice & Z’EV (2008)


boyd_zev_1boyd_zev_2artist: Boyd Rice & Z’EV
release: Boyd Rice & Z’EV
format: 12″
year of release: 2008
label: Cold Spring
dur­a­tion: 24:17

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When two indus­trial legends like Z’ev and Boyd Rice get together, expect­a­tions tend to be high, and mine were no excep­tion when I saw this record in the shop. The present­a­tion was no joke either: Cold Spring went styl­ish for this ltd. x 1000 release, a marbled clear red 12″ in a black sleeve with art­works by the musi­cians them­selves.

It’s too bad then that the music was a tad dis­ap­point­ing. In my naiv­ité I expec­ted Boyd deliv­er­ing his usual spoken mes­sages over an indus­trial per­cuss­ive soundtrack, or some­thing of the like, but this EP is filled with, well, noise. Not that there’s any­thing wrong with noise, mind you. As we know, these are two men who know how to dish out earsplit­ting sounds, and the sound­scapes on this record are - if not exactly pain-inducing - quite abras­ive. One can vaguely hear the metal per­cuss­ive ele­ments, but most of it is warped and dis­tor­ted to a degree that sound sources are hard to dis­cern. It’ll be a tough job to pick out Rice’s sup­posed vocal con­tri­bu­tions from this swirl­ing mass of sound, for example. As a whole, the music sounds sim­ilar to Z’ev’s other recent offer­ings, like Sum Things, though a bit more intense per­haps.

Des­pite being a decent noise record, I found this col­lab­or­a­tion to be a bit under­whelm­ing, at least in terms of musical con­tent. The present­a­tion is pristine, how­ever, so this item will be of interest mainly to true col­lect­ors of these artists and/or vinyl fan­at­ics.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

45 rpm Side:
A. Z’EV & Boyd Rice - Untitled (8:09)

33 rpm Side:
B. Boyd Rice & Z’EV - Untitled (16:08)