Zos Kia was initially formed by John "Zoskia" Gosling along with John Balance and Min. This trio - along with Peter Christopherson on sound and other guests - recorded and performed several concerts in 1982/83 under the names Zos Kia and Coil, and this is the source of the material on the "Transparent" .
In 1983, Balance and Christopherson left to concentrate on Coil full-time. All material released under the Zos Kia name alone was primarily the work of John Gosling.
The music/non-music on this cassette has moments that are genuinely unsettling, and achieve that very rare peak in music, which is to sound , for want of a better word,....evil. A musical statement only achieved by very few composers, Nurse With Wound,Penderecki and Bartok spring to mind, but i am struggling to think of any more!(although i'm sure if i go away and come back later i can think of some!)
The bloodclotting screams(emitted by someone called Joan d'Arc?) on "Rape",for example, is a particularly tense white knuckle moment; marvellous stuff.
The work on here is far superior to that on Coil's first album, "Scatology", which i've tried to like, but have now given up on it as a bold effort in tying too hard; it just doen't seem to flow naturally like "Transparent".(and the same goes for "Horse Rotavator" too in my humble opinion.)
Later Coil releases , post 'dancey' phase,like"Musick to play in the Dark" and "Musick to Play in the Dark2",and their best album "The Ape of Naples" ,though, are beyond criticism.
01. Zos Kia - Sicktone
02. Zos Kia - Baptism Of Fire
03. Zos Kia - Rape
04. Zos Kia - Poisons
05. Zos Kia - Truth
06. Coil / Zos Kia - Sewn Open
07. Coil - Silence & Secrecy (Section)
08. Coil - Here To Here (Double Headed Secret)
09. Coil - Stealing The Words
10. Coil - On Balance
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