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YEN POX - Blood Music

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Malignant Records TUMOR CD41
Release Year: 2010
Note: finally the re-issue of this long deleted dark ambient classic (first YEN POX album originally released 1995)! All re-mastered / remixed, comes with the very rare first MC on disc 2, the Cohort Rec. "Hollow Earth" EP, a rare compilation track and one previously unreleased track!! Packed in DVD-sleeve with new design
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"15 years after its original release, and out of print for almost as long, Yen Pox' Blood Music has finally been re-issued. Regarded by
many as a benchmark recording within the realm of dark ambient music, this deluxe 2CD edition contains a completely re-mastered and remixed
version of Blood Music plus a previously unreleased track on disc 1, as well as the first cassette and various compilation and 7" releases on disc 2. Combined, the discs offer well over two hours of colossal, mind bending atmospherics of the highest order, the sounds radiating outwards into a sprawling horizon of sulfur dark skies, then descending into a relentless maelstrom of shifting textures, treacherous reverberations, and endless, sinister drift.
Packaged in a luxurious 8 panel DVDdigipak, with completely new design by Andre Coelho (Sektor 304), this is the perfect marriage of both music and packaging, and will further solidify Blood Music's status as one of the all time classic dark ambient releases.
Disc One:
Infinite Domain, Twilight Eternal, Purgatorio, Descent, Illuminate, Absolute Zero,
Beneath the Sun (previously unreleased)
Disc Two: From 1993 self titled cassette: Dervish, Suction, Head Shot, Thin|Empty, Virus
From Hollow Earth 7" on Cohort Records: Hollow Earth From 1997 Release Your Mind Vol. 2 V/A CD on Release Records: Summer Skin" [label info]


"Here is the re-release of the stunning dark ambient work by Yen Pox, Blood Music. Fifteen years after its original format this double disc edition is more than welcome, and released by the same label no less. Here it combines a two and a half hour expansion with additional bonus material that was originally only on cassette and 7″ vinyl. Steven Hall and Michael JV Hensley are Yen Pox and their sound is chilling, drowse-inducing, very dark. Blood Music puts you in this place where you virtually levitate. Tracks like Twilight Eternal and Infinite Domain infiltrate a sense of being expanded in mid air, and once up there youre dangling only by your subconscious. If you might imagine yourself dead center on a runway while a jumbo jet is coming your way, full frontal you may meet half way on Descent. The atmosphere really captures this air of the depression of gravity, going down, down, way low. Illuminati is equivalent to an automated underwater carwash, drenched in the flickering and faded depths of the deep, plenty to obscure your peripherals and increase slumber. Blood Music mixes metaphors by crossing the push/pull divide between a slow-motion thrill ride and an echo chamber of mirrors where you must strategize escape. The flow of Virus places you in a cacophonous open space where the air pressure forces and sucks making it nearly impossible to ground yourself from either falling or ascending. As Hollow Earth rumbles along, a cascading wave of drone drives a sense of alarm to the edges of the room. The space quickens with a vibrancy that is sensuous in shape cloaking itself in mysterious background noise. With each step you become witness to the strange, eroding abyss." [TJ Norris, Toneshift]

"After some hot days earlier in the week, the weather has cooled down, and the sky is grey. How is that of any relevance, you may wonder, for a reviewer? I'm happy to have received the Yen Pox not earlier than now, since the type of music they play is certainly not something one wants to hear on a nice spring, summer filled day. The total and utter darkness of their ambience may not fit the grey spring day, but the early darkness of a winter afternoon I guess, but then today will do just as fine. Yen Pox have been around for a long time, and somehow I don't think they ever changed what they are doing. Its hardly any relevant I guess. Yen Pox stumbled upon a specific type of sound, a musical approach and they feel more than happy to fill their entire career with doing what they like best. This double CD harks back to a CD called 'Blood Music' from 1995 and a previously unreleased track and on the second a cassette from 1993, a 7" from 1996 and a lost compilation track from 1997. The
ultimate beautiful nightmare music. Highly atmospheric, highly drone like but also always on the move. This is not some static drone piece, but because its filled with tons of sound effects, which make the sounds bounce around. Obviously there is an immense space created through the use of reverb, which is never a personal favorite, but for this kind of music its understandable that its necessary. If Lustmord is anywhere your discman, or Troum, then Yen Pox should never be far away. The beautiful cruel world of blood music indeed. No doubt the best way to spend a grey, rainy night. Excellent." [FdW / Vital Weekly]