Z'EV ‎– A Handful Of Elements

Cold Spring ‎– CSR182CD
CD, Album


1 Terra 12:00
2 Aqua 12:00
3 Aer 12:00
4 Ignis 12:00
5 Spiritus 12:00

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Mastered May 2013 at The Cage.

© Cold Spring Records 2013.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5060174955457
  • Matrix / Runout: CSR182CD



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March 22, 2017
As a treat to old school fans of Z'EV, 'A Handful of Elements' (released back in November of 2013 on Cold Spring) takes us back to the early days of Z'EV's material and focuses more on the noise and ambient aspects of experimental music, rather than the percussive pieces of the present. While the album only contains five tracks, each track is twelve minutes long, providing us with an hour's worth of Industrial, Drone and Noise. World Music is a big influence on Z'EV's compositions, therefore you can hear traces of these instruments from around the world on this long player. As indicated by the track titles, Earth's elements are also a factor in Z'EV's compositions and each song is inspired by those elements, such as Rock, Water, Air, Spirit, etc.

The complexity of this album is astonishing. It is not what it appears to be upon the first listen. The multi-layered tracks create very dense and unforgiving soundscapes. It's amazing to think that this album was created using found objects strung and/or tied together, with minimal use of synthesizers. I will admit this album can be difficult to get through, as it ranges from walls of noise to undulating drones and is very experimental in nature. However, the quality of the recording is great and I encourage you to lay back, close your eyes and let the music surround you. Then you will understand the genius that is Z'EV.

It will be a sad day when this man is no longer with us. If it was not for him and a handful of other artists, we may not have ever been introduced to the genres of Post-Industrial and Electro-Industrial. We may never get another true Industrial album in the coming years, so please take a chance on this album, whether you're into Experimental music or not. This is where Industrial music started. And this is where it will end.