Boomkat Product Review:
For those of you who missed out on Vinyl On Demand’s epic 6LP Horology Box Set back in 2012, the label has now thankfully made each album available to buy as a standalone edition - in a run of just 200 copies each.
Formed in Sheffield in 1978, around the core lineup of Adi Newton, Steven Turner, David Hammond, and Simon Elliot-Kemp, ClockDVA built upon the havoc created by their industrial forefathers, Throbbing Gristle, sharing their subversive taste for sonic, moral and political deviance. They were part of a virile and prolific scene, collaborating and consorting with the likes of Coil’s Jhonn Balance, Chris Watson, Martin Ware, and Richard H. Kirk in their earliest days to forge a distempered and visceral sound.
The six albums cover their nascent releases prior to the legendary 'White Souls in Black Suits' for TG's Industrial Records label and contains primordial, bastardised electronics and psycho acoustics fused with ideas gleaned from the writings of Aleister Crowley, Marquis De Sade, Kenneth Grant, Antonin Artaud or Charles Baudelaire. With all of this in mind, it's easy to see how these six LPs comprise such an integral component in the machinery of early Industrial music. From the etheric sludge of '2nd' to the blank-eyed restraint on 'Lomticks Of Time', thru 'Sex Works Beyond Entanglement's libidinous yen, to the heady flux of ideas in 'Fragment' and their darkly seductive film soundtrack 'Fragment Of Hysteria', Clock DVA at once defied categorisation and established the aesthetics of the New Wave to come. Alongside TG, Pere Ubu, and The Pop Group, Clock DVA are genuine pioneers of this most uncompromising branch of music, and well deserving of this milestone compilation.
An absolute must for all followers of electronic/synth/wave/Industrial music.