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On Earth
Cry Or Laugh


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Het Zweet (Sweat) was the band project by Marien van Oers, native of Breda in the Netherlands active from 1983 to about 1988. The music consisted of long 10 minute percussion pieces played on self built instruments (shopping trolleys amplified with pickups, blown cardboard tubes etc.) with repetitive shouted vocals by Marien. The music was often placed in the industrial camp and linked with the likes of Test Dept. but in fact Het Zweet were more concerned with ‘tribal’ music, physicality and trance effects like Z'ev. During concerts he often performed together with other players. Marien Van Oers sadly passed away in 2013. This self-titled album originally came out on the great Dossier label in Germany in 1987. The bonus material included on this reissue consists entirely of previously unreleased material. There's three untitled tracks and two live excerpts presented as long experiences that belie their disparate origins with a unity of sound and purpose. Van Oers’ percussive nous and distantly yelled chants certainly sound capable of working up a sweat in both the performer and any movement-minded listeners, but maybe the most striking thing about Het Zweet is how vital it still sounds, despite its age and relative obscurity. Full tracklist: 1. Cry Or Laugh 2. From The Lowland 3. Topsy Turvy 4. Wild Man 5. Ram 6. On Earth 7. Red Robe 8. Massive Trance 9. Untitled 10. Untitled 11. Untitled 12. Live In Elsloo 13. Live VRD. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

Holenderski muzyk uzupełnia te hipnotyczne motywy o wycofane w tło plemienne zaśpiewy. Czasem przybiera to formę rytualnych zewów, a kiedy indziej jawi się forpocztą eksperymentalnego techno lub zamienia się w zawiesisty ambient. (...) Z noise owych chrzęstów wyłania się tu psychodeliczny motyw rytmiczny podsłuchany na kraut-rockowych płytach. Z kolei Massive Trance to ejtisowy industrial w czystej postaci: połączenie mechanicznego rytmu z mantrowymi zawodzeniami. Dwa dodatkowe nagrania z koncertów pokazują, że na żywo muzyka Het Zweet miała bardziej energetyczny charakter, a nawet pojawiał się w niej element melodii.
(Nowa Muzyka, March 2023)

Going from the sound on this CD - the project was often very sparse, and trance-inducing in its feel- with some very heavy rhythmic tribal leanings, which brought to mind the more primal/ base material released by the likes of Z EV- though with more subtle, to more pronounced chanting/ vocal elements.
(Musique Machine, April 2023)