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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Zos Kia - Sicktone
A2 Zos Kia - Baptism of Fire
A3 Zos Kia - Violation
A4 Zos Kia - Poisons
A5 Zos Kia - Truth
B1 Coil / Zos Kia - Sewn Open (Rehersal 5.X.83)
B2 Coil / Zos Kia - Sicktone
B3 Coil / Zos Kia - Silence and Secrecy (Section) (Live at Magenta Club, London 5.VIII.83)
B4 Coil / Zos Kia - Truth (Version) (8.X.83)
B5 Coil / Zos Kia - Stealing the Words (3.VIII.82)
B6 Coil / Zos Kia - On Balance (5.V.82)

Bonus Tracks on later issues
Ake - No Mas
Ake - Rape (Live At Equinox, June 21, 1983)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Balance / performer
- Joan D'Arc / performer
- Min / performer
- Peter Chrisopherson / mixing, performer

Releases information

1984 Cassette Nekrophile / NRC05 Austria
1997 CD Threshold House / LOCI CD13 United Kingdom
Transparent [clear vinyl] Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition
1998 Vinyl LP Eskaton / ESKATON 017 United Kingdom
Transparent [green vinyl] Colored Vinyl, Numbered Edition
1998 Vinyl LP Eskaton / ESKATON 017 United Kingdom
Transparent Limited Edition
2000 CD ArsNova / AN 2201 Russian Federation
Transparent Bonus Tracks, Digipak, Remastered
2016 CD Cold Spring / CSR230CD United Kingdom
Transparent Bonus Tracks, Digital Download, Gatefold, Remastered
2016 Vinyl LP Cold Spring / CSR230LP United Kingdom
Transparent [white vinyl] 33 rpm, Bonus Tracks, Colored Vinyl, Digital Download, Gatefold, Limited Edition, Remastered
2016 Vinyl LP Cold Spring / CSR230LP

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Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars After COIL released their debut album "Scatology" in 1984, they quickly released a collection of their earliest primal and mind- altering sonic experiments from the early 80s from the brief time when they would be closely connected with yet another errant electronic band Zos Kia, a project of John Gosling which was an offshoot of John Balance's Psychic TV. The two groups were essentially the same at this point separated in identity only by name showing the complex revolving door policies of the early industrial sound collage movement in the early 80s. These tracks on this only album to be released with the ZOS KIA moniker attached contain some of the most horrific sounds ever to be recorded onto tape with bombilations so utterly unsettling that i can not think of another album that exudes the primal essence of fear and so successful delves deep into the psyche of the listener to locate the ultimate sonic methodology for evoking intense discomfiture.

Originally released by Nekrophile only on the cassette format, the collection would finally find a home on CD in 1997 (with a different track order) by Threshold House and in 1998 Eskaton would reissue a vinyl edition. Finally in 2016 these rough drafts of soundtracks for nightmares would undergo a remastering and released by Cold Spring with two bonus tracks that were recorded by the pre-ZOS KIA noisemakers AKE and show a glimpse of the live underground event played at the Equinox event on June 21, 1983. TRANSPARENT is a bona fide history lesson in the errant nihilistic origins of COIL when they existed side by side on various Rising From The Red Sand compilations with other avant-garde electronically leaning artists like Nurse With Wound, Attrition, Konstruktivists, Lustmord and the Legendary Pink Dots. Likewise these recordings point to the antecedents of COIL's rather eccentric and occult interests and how they relay them in sonic form which continued throughout their multi-decade career which include wax cylinder recordings of Aleister Crowley and inspiration from his disciples especially Austin Osman Spare.

After the somewhat synthpop oriented debut "Scatology" that showed a slightly normal side of COIL, the collection of tracks on TRANSPARENT is downright frightening in comparison. Although some tracks like "Rape" (titled "Violation" on original release) would find their home in a new packaging on a future album (can't pinpoint it), most of these tracks are non-musical and focus more on rhythmic bursts of noise punctuated by intense spoken manifestos or psychotic keyboard deliveries that makes most horror soundtrack music seem like a walk through Disneyland. In sync with the chaos that is the discography of COIL, some tracks are solely credited to COIL, some solely to ZOS KIA and others to both while the bonus tracks are credited to the earlier KIA outfit AKE. Often referred to as monochrome psychedelia, TRANSPARENT even utilizes of all kinds of freaky everyday noises to scare the bejesus out of you. The track "Silence And Sorcery" for example is nothing more than a background of rhythmic crickets chirping with industrial noises randomly jumping from the abyss to signify their presence.

Listening to TRANSPARENT is a journey into the darkest recesses of the mind that captures the most disconcerting sonic amalgamation of factors that create an aura of shock and awe. While COIL would continue on to add more musical elements to their unique style of psychic torture, they would continue to employ many of the same non-musical elements that were laid out at this early stage with some of these tracks being cannibalized and used for sound effects in later offerings. TRANSPARENT is an interesting historical artifact that clearly lays out the antecedents of COIL's ascension into the industrial underground and also displays the less than clear delineation between all the affiliated groups and sub-groups that existed in the fluid world of John Balance and Peter Christopherson. TRANSPARENT is a must for those who crave the shadowy sonic expressions of the underground industrial world of the early 1980s when strange new unthinkable sound combinations were codifying a new "musical" movement that would find more prominence a decade later but for the uninitiated this could be considered a sonic assault that may leave them shivering under their sheets for days.

3.5 rounded down

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