CoH, Iiron 2xLP, CD

Bear with me if it sounds like I don't know what I'm talking about on this one... I don't, but I can tell you that the LP is playing right now and it's flooring me. It's taking me around the room, and depositing me in about a thousand different places, even if they're all in this one seat on a cold stone floor, fire burning behind and beside me.

The fires are not real, they came of sparks, of electricity. As did the music on this album. It's not real in any sense of the world, unless hearing it convinces you that it is actually real. I'm not sold, but I can offer you this: it's incredible.

CoH is apparently the musical alias of Иван Павлов (Ivan Pavlov), who now lives in Sweden. Pavlov is a sound engineer and artist, and has collaborated with Peter Christopherson and Coil. CoH means "sleep" or "dream" in Russian, and knowing that makes this album at lot more difficult to swallow. I cannot imagine trying to sleep while this is on. Somehow the music IS very calming, but at the same time it's making me so tense and anxious that I can hardly breathe. It honestly feels like the music is messing with the chemicals in my brain; I guess the best music can do that.

I don't know how to describe this, but I wanted to leave some record of my experience of hearing it for the first time. This is not metal, but it has been described as VoH's "metal album." I don't know what that means, but the music here sure is heavy. You can't prepare for it, that much is certain.

It has been out for a couple of months, and can be had , in CD form, from Editions Mego. I got the 2xLP from Relapse, but they appear to be out. Search, if the CD doesn't cut it for you - the vinyl must be available somewhere. It's cut at 45 RPMs and sounds very, very good on wax.

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