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After all these years and scores of Justin Broadrick side projects, we're finally graced with some solo material from Ben Green, the other half of Godflesh. The album is definitely interesting, on ocassion sounding similar to Final, which Ben appeared on from time to time. Below is the press release regarding Vitriol's first release, I-VII. The album was recorded in 1995-1996, and has been sitting around for all that while, waiting for someone to release it!
In 1995 I moved to a remote cottage in the Cambrian Mountains, at the top end of the Ystwyth Valley, a place I had spent a lot of time as a child; a beautifully bleak, magickal place. The main reasons for this was to escape the noise of the city in order to listen, without distraction to the sounds within, sounds that I had been feeling for a long time. I spent 12 months here in virtual total isolation, focusing not only inwards, but also allowing myself to be an elemental "sponge", initially at nature's mercy, but eventually learning to coexist with all natural elements, becoming completeely aware of the natural order and flow of things. I was also deeply immersed in the philosophies of alchemy, of natural sciences, and acquainted myself with the rudiments of magick and the qabbala, endeavoring to understand and utilise these divine and natural energies. One of the ways in which I explored this was using sound, for as a musician I was very aware of the strength of sound, particularly in a pure state, and the effect it has on our psyche, and therefore our fundamental state of being. Using a basic 8 track, a guitar plugged directly into it, and a couple of microphones, capturing natural acoustic phenomena, I layered extremely pure sources of sound and energy. I found this material to be a potent tool with which to focus and direct energy within as well as from without, allowing my body and my senses to be used as a medium for this natural energy allowing what is within to be what is without, following the maxim "as above so below". A lot of my philosophical and spiritual ideaas came to fruition, and the music created will always serve to remind me of how clear and, ultimately final things became. Each of the seven tracks is an interpretation and consolidation of the seven stages of self realisation, and, therefore spiritual freedom that was to be my ultimate destination in traversing the seven-fold path that is Vitriol.