Zircon and the Burning Brains was an ’80s improvisational industrial trio featuring British brothers Alan Freeman and Steve Freeman, authors of a book on krautrock called The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and the publishers of Audion, an experimental music magazine; and Nigel Harris. Cortex! is a 1999 CD reissue of a cassette from 1984 with two bonus tracks. It rudely belches out well over an hour of coarse, abstract soundscapes filled with fizzy-fuzzy electronics and guitars, spoken word echo, random synth stabs and distant background moaning–all supported by a heavy vintage analog synth vibe. In a nutshell, this CD sounds fantastic, and I heartily recommend it for fans of Throbbing Gristle and any other vintage industrial music from the 1970s and early ’80s.
Label: Ultimate Transmissions Catalog Number: UTCD 001 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 4 Total Time: 69:44 Country: England Released: 1999 Related Artists: Alto Stratus, Endgame, The Newt Hounds