RIALZU -U Rigiru --1978 HIDDEN GEM OF FRENCH PROG ROCK)- LPPQR-Disques
File under: Magma, Wapassou, Catharsis, Jacula, Current 93, Death in June, Tindersticks, Coph NiaRecorded and originally released in 1978, Rialzu's first and only album is rightfully considered by savvy collectors as a hidden gem from the versatile French progressive rock scene. Firmly rooted in Magma-esque ("Khntarksz" period) dark matter, it deviates from Zeuhl towards a stultifying eeriness that is so bewilderingly fresh Ñ and in a sense makes this a proto goth-rock masterpiece. Spearheaded by a mesmerizing interplay between baritone and soprano vocals, an assemblage of sinister instrumental twists and turns constantly undermines and postpones the possibility of catharsis. In between an ode to spectrality and vainly ruminating invocations, U Rigiru might as well have been composed by a group of Gregorian singers who are fans of Jacula.
This is a truly eclectic masterpiece to be cherished by Zeuhl fans, as well as by Goth aficionados and Cold Meat Industry diehard fans. U Rigiru in Corsican is a circular endeavor, a self-referential leap from and into an existential angst-ridden enclave, enshrouded in a celestial abyss. Darkness baked right in to the name of the album.