Boomkat Product Review:
A full frontal dive into the secretive, cult catalogue of Düsseldorf’s Christine Weyrether aka Maria Zerfall, rounding up lost recordings and her entire oeuvre 1983-1993 in a must-check payload for fans of Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound, Maurizio Bianchi, Pharmakon, Russell Haswell.
Scanning a huge disarray of bluntly enigmatic and poetically brutalist industrial grot, you could hardly ask for a more upfront introduction to one of Industrial Musick’s most overlooked but fetishised cult heroes. Raw to the bone and bad with it, her sound is dripping with attitude and ringing with industrial clangour from the unforgiving tone of her knuckled electronics and panel-beaten rhythms in a manner that may panic some listeners.
Pitting reams of Maria’s self-released and hard to come by material at your disposal, V-O-D have left no stone unturned in a release that took them an age to compile. Now remastered in all its rough hewn glory the set depicts a fearless artist at manacled grips with her gear, churning up amazing tackle in the trance-noise pulse of ‘Der Befehl’, plus ruthless TG-style noise-pop in and proper cyborgian strangeness recalling the skronkiest ends of the ‘Decoder’ soundtrack in ‘Für Immer Fre’ and ‘Für Hans’, sequenced along with outstanding bonus bits like the deathrock grind of ‘Abgrund’ and the early Coil-esque mix of synth noise and fanfare in ‘Alarm’ to give only a hint at Zerfall’s singular breadth and gnarled but sensitive sound.
A serious proposition, this lot.