Cover photo by José Ramón Caamaño.
It’s almost time for the release of what might very well be the heaviest record of 2019, «Wrecked», the debut of Zonal, in which the duo of Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin continue their alliance after having laid Techno Animal to rest two years ago. As with their first live appearances at Roadburn and Unsound, «Wrecked» sees the duo collaborate with Moor Mother during its first half, with no vocals on the latter part of the record. It its press release, «Wrecked» is described as an album in which Zonal “push the parameters and atmospheres that have earned them critical acclaim further and deeper; Zonal’s sound has become ever more corrupted, corroded, slower and lower; with the theme of exploring inner/outer space acts as the gelling agent for this shockingly monolithic sound.” In other words, revolutionizing dub/electro/hip-hop/industrial with Techno Animal wasn’t enough, Broadrick and Martin are pushing beyond that. All this being said, there are already three examples from «Wrecked» to be witnessed. First, there’s the video for the second song of the album, «In A Cage», directed by D1L0 and featuring Moor Mother on vocals.
Moreover, the instrumental title track of «Wrecked» has been released and can be heard below in all its monolithic glory.
Finally, a second song featuring Moor Mother is available, «System Error», as if to showcase how diverse the tracks featuring the poet / rapper are. Listen to it below and find its lyrics here.
«Wrecked» is set for release on October 25 through Relapse Records on cd, digital, and vinyl formats. Pre-orders are available at this location.
You can follow Zonal on bandcamp, Justin Broadrick on bandcamp and facebook, and The Bug (Kevin Martin) on bandcamp and facebook.