Boomkat Product Review:
Mannequin present a superb follow-up survey of unheard Italian post-industrial madness with Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984, Vol.2; collecting further cuts from Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde and Herpes Z, supplemented by sacrifices from Der Zeltweg label owner Musumeci and The Psychopathic Blossom.
The vibe is equally agitated and unfriendly on this volume, documenting an vital period of raw creativity and expression in Turin which boldy ran against the much sleeker grain of Italo disco which would have been prevalent in Italy during that time.
The nervy, skeletal twitch of Errata-S-Corrige shares much in common with TG and Chris Carter, whilst Gasdehyde’s seat-titled sting is best compared with Conrad Schnitzler or M.B., and the playful tangs of Herpes-Z appear to be taking their cues from early Mute staples by Daniel Miller or John Bender, and even Jimi Hendrix.
Of most interest, however, is the sole album by The Psychopathic Blossom, which was originally issued as Der Zeltweg 02, yet you’d struggle find it anywhere outside of this compilation. Their Il Fantasma della Libertà is a dank, surreal thing, mixing skinny, chipping guitars with vox and washed-out dub FX in 12 concise parts ranging from abstract to rhythmic post-punk pop comparable with Xeerox as much as Wire and even the taut strings of Raime’s 2nd album.
A must check for fans of early post punk and industrial music, no less.