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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B0000658MV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Followed by the closer, `Mysteries', a perfect and dark end to a perfectly dark work.
Eyes and Teeth
John Zorn is a musician of startling diversity and perhaps an even more startling batting average when it comes to the quality of his music.
Michael Stack
"Leviathan" is a thick, complex hulk of death metal noise with Mike Patton's screaming sounding like an evil spirit being exorcised.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Another John Zorn album and, well... it's excellent. As usual, Zorn's collaborators are superlative: Cyro Baptista, Greg Cohen, Bill Laswell, Mike Patton, Jamie Saft, Jim Pugliese, Jennifer Charles, Rebecca Moore, and Beth Hatton. This time the theme is "Alchemy, Mysticism, Metaphysics and Magic both black and white." Like the Music Romance series (_Music for Children_ and _Taboo & Exile_) the music is astoundingly diverse yet presents a unified mood and character, and like the kind-of-but-not-really-Music-Romance disc _The Gift_, it is highly pleasing to listen to -- in a dark, disturbing kind of way.
The pieces are strange because they don't really seem to go anywhere. There are no discernible beginnings or endings to these pieces, they are just...there. That is not to say they are repetitive -- they aren't. This is music that doesn't really flow, it just exists and captures the mood flawlessly. There is lots of development and tense dynamics, but their primary characteristic is their self-contained ritualistic element that pulls you in, hypnotizes you, and leaves you feeling strangely changed afterward. Dark spiritual relevation is possible with this cd.
The songs themselves? "Invocation" has murmuring organ with modulating pitch, watery percussion, electronically manipulated voices, and ominous noisy squalls of feedback. "Sex Magick" is a thirteen-minute percussion ritual with Cyro Baptista and Jim Pugliese, with jagged beats. It paradoxically seems to be both tribal & primitive and advanced and transcendent, with geometrically influenced rhythmic patterns. "Sacred Rites of the Left Hand Path" is an eerie, dissonant, frightening piece with a minimalist slant.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eyes and Teeth on December 6, 2005
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John Zorn is one of contemporary music's most enigmatic and talented figures. The range of musical output by his Tzadik label is mind boggling. In my mind, Tzadik is the quintessential label for avant-garde and experimental music. Tzadik was founded in 1995 by Zorn and is responsible for releasing some of the most unique and uncompromising music ever recorded on this planet. Zorn himself is a masterful musician and composer. Since the 70's, John has explored Jewish music, soundtracks, grindcore, free jazz, chamber music, rock, mysticism, world music, and everything in between. He has worked with Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Bill Laswell, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Marc Ribot, Yamatsuka Eye, and numerous others.

`I.A.O.' is inspired by Magick. Specifically, by the writings of Aliester Crowley and the films of Kenneth Anger- 2 of the 20th century's most notable students of the Occult. This is music with a purpose. It is intended to be used in invocations of the Beast. In fact, the name IAO is Kabbalistically identical to Satan. Just look at the song titles: `Invocation', `Sacred Rites Of The Left Hand Path', `Lucifer Rising', and `Sex Magick'. A dark ambience pervades this music. Much of it is hypnotic and trance inducing; some of it is downright creepy. `I.A.O.' is a very atmospheric work.

The first track, `Invocation' is a 7-plus minute drone-piece, making use of minor key organ, unclassifiable eerie sounds, human voice, and sinister synth tones to create tension and prepare the listener for what awaits. It is the perfect introduction for this album. `Invocation' is followed by `Sex Magick'.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Defoe on September 10, 2002
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I have to say that John Zorn is one of the more prolific artists out there, especially one that is working so far under the mainstream radar. After being totally blown away by THE GIFT, I picked this one up simply because the subject matter seemed to be well suited to Zorn's ambient jazz noise feel & I wanted to see how he pulled it off. Add to the mix Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles (who were last seen together on Dan the Automator's Lovage album with outstanding results) and this was an album that I had to check out.
While the packaging likened it to being as accessable as THE GIFT, IAO is a different kind of beast all together. Where THE GIFT was simply a grooving composition with a hidden agenda under the tropical feel -- IAO is a contemplative work in which all of Crowley's main themes are touched on. It lacks the overall listenability that oozed from THE GIFT but it is a much more deeper, brooding album. The shift in genres throughout the album meld so well together - tribal beats to a haunted house melody of nightmares to slow brooding electronica to a seductive female choral arrangement to a Mike Patton screeching noise collage, this album encompasses it all & succeeds with each jump and movement.
As with all of Zorn's releases -- this is a distant album, much different from the usual musical releases but fits wonderfully into Zorn's own collection. In a way it is a darker version of THE GIFT, all tropical elegance and beauty is replaced by a dark magical circle that is both beautiful and horrifying in the same instance. But unlike some of Zorn's releases, this is one that I see myself coming back to after time, to slowly hear it reveal more and more of it.
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