July 26, 2010

a pearl from the past…

Horus Chamber became real on an irregular timeline, throughout the 90s, descending from a pioneer cell of early industrialism in the city of Aveiro, Northern Portugal, on the mouth of river Vouga. That was Turbina Panzer, a very rough DIY einsatzkommando that started late 1980 (curiously enough, teased by the psychedelic side of early UK industrialists TG and CV, plus the relentless craftsmanship of NYC No Wave…). Some other people would say that the original 3 that formed Turbina Panzer (TeePee for the inner circle of mates…) got influenced by two events in their late teenage: witnessing a gobsmacking Nash the Slash solo performance in Oporto in 1981 and seeing “Eraserhead”. On account of their gossiping tongues, some people get accurate in their depictions… But TeePee also had a huge heart for Metal and when they came to the conclusion that playing true metal instruments inside one of their dad’s workshop, plus the addition of a cheap keyboard and two enormous 1950s stereophonic woodbox valve radio receivers for the manipulation of KW and LW noise, wasn’t exactly the kind of “style” their mates liked down at their comprehensive schools.                                They were 18 but they didn’t like what others did.

Since 1979 TeePee had become Motörhead-obsessed (not only on account of their loud RnR..) and so decided to form Born to Lose ( in a tribute to another of their heroes, Johnny Thunders, apart from Lemmy). They were lucky to find a Maecenas, who lent them Ibanez, Eko, Tama Imperial Star, Zildjian,  EmThree and Shure material ! Counting their blessings, BTL were kings of the neighbourhood for, say, … 20 months, recording two surprisingly good tapes (“Não vai lá!!!” and “Volume Eleven”) and ending up in a haze of Smirnoff and cheap thrills on Live Aid day (significant, heh?!), after having literally performed less than a handful of gigs. A new era was dawning in the country, one with better access to means but far less liberties for the individual, especially in matters of time. So, the early trio, the subsequent quartet and then the surviving duo called it a day. University, careers and marriages ensued and limited every creative aspect, although allowing an interesting parallel radio activity, but that’s just another story. In the very last throes of the 80s one element of said bygone projects, just like the subject in the Van der Graaf’s song started “wondering if…”. After having recorded a home-tape under the successive monikers of Village Sleepwalker (an inside tribute to Amon Düül II ) and UrFeuer ( this time for Faust!), the entity went through a process of intense theoretical literary learning and hermetic/gnostic discovery. The access to a certain music wave coming from Europe and the USA was available overnight, something which enticed whichever spirits to orient the entity in such a direction that lead to some of the recordings of Horus Chamber (an original tribute to the work of Edgar Pierre Jacobs, under the influence of the likes of Steven Stapleton, Diamanda Galás, Zone and Endura, just to quote a few).

After having had the chance of playing with good instruments in adequate places, the entity that was part of TeePee and BTL became once again enamoured with the transcendental possibilities of musical home-working and for a period of over 10 years recorded a few tapes that form the backbone to this ep, kindly brought forth to you by lvcenti 14bis. For the time being the entity behind Horus Chambers is “asleep” but not dead; in a time of change as this is, it may as well be possible that unknown energies re-ignite the unit and activate the mechanism. One thing is for sure – his descendants still walk amongst you…

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