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RETURN TO L.A.Y.L.A.H - TRIBUTE TO ZERO KAMA
Limited edition of 300 copies in digipack CD
Liner Notes by Michael deWitt
This compilation brings together 16 artists representing the international contemporary post-industrial music, known as "ritual". Each piece has been composed, conceived as a tribute to Zero Kama.
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Zero Kama was a ritual experimental project of Michael DeWitt the founder of Nekrophile Records. The project was founded in 1983, and at the time, contemporaries of Zero Kama who were also engaged in the creation of post-industrial music with a heavy occult influence included the British groups Psychic TV, Current 93 and Coil, and the Italians Ain Soph. Unlike all these other bands, however, Zero Kama’s manifestation on the material plane was brief and fleeting. The band ceased to exist in 1986, having released only one album, The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H., which appeared on cassette on Michael DeWitt’s own Nekrophile Records label, as well as a handful of cassette compilation appearances. This obscurity has only added to Zero Kama’s cult reputation – after all, anyone who’s sufficiently interested has long been able to discover what early Current 93 or Psychic TV sounds like, whereas Zero Kama recordings have been distinctly more elusive. The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H. was given a CD release in 1991 on French label Permis De Construire , but that has long since been deleted, and French label Athanor collected Zero Kama’s compilation appearances under the title of The Goatherd And The Beast for a limited edition vinyl release in 2001.
“The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H”:
“All instruments to be heard on this album were exclusively made from human bones and skulls by the hand of Zero Kama. They never have been used since the time of its recording, which took place at the Secret Temple of Laylah from 5th to 28th of May 1984 . Remixed at Psychonaut Studio Vienna in November 1987, and dedicated to the symbol of Laylah, meaning night and death, as well as to its numerical equivalent, Oz, a goat or unrestrained sexual force of creation, thus showing the identity of the basic two opposite forces in this generous universe of beauty and strength, in which the Lovers my find ecstasy in Pan. Who wishes to enter this world of darkness, in which the Great Goat dwelleth, may pass through the sigil of Oz given at the front of this Cover.”
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