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Against The Rule

by Vita Noctis

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Dark Entries and Minimal Maximal have joined forces to re-issue the complete discography of Vita Noctis on a double vinyl LP. Previously these songs were restricted to limited self-released cassettes, compilation appearances and a sole 12" Mini LP. Beware, this is abrasive, primal music made by irritated teenagers full of angst!

Vita Noctis were a trio from Vilvoorde, Belgium in the Flemish Region. Inspired by the post-punk movement twin brothers Kris and Jos Kips convinced Kris' girlfriend Martine Genijn to start a band in 1981.They recorded their earliest songs onto a 2-track tape deck in their bedroom studio using second-hand equipment they could afford: Roland TR-808 drum machine, Casiotone MT-31, Ibanez bass guitar and a Korg MS-20 keyboard. Their first album "In The Face Of…DEATH" was self-released on cassette only in 1984 followed by the "Much Money Good Boy, No Money Good-Bye" cassette in 1985. In February 1986 the band recorded five songs at Studio Care in Gent, Belgium later released as the self-titled 12" Mini-LP on Mad In Belgium Records. Their final recording session was November 1986 returning to the band's bedroom studio, resulting in the song "She Likes Me" which appeared on the "Climax Productions Presents" LP.

"More "arthouse" than "goth", Vita Noctis blend the sneering attitude of punk with the spartan structures of minimal electronics. The band had more in common with the early electronic Sheffield scene of Cabaret Voltaire, Vice Versa or early Human League than their Belgian contemporaries. Urgent vocals go from a whisper to a scream in seconds and sound restless, bored and irritated all at once. Fuzzy guitar, simple baselines and crude electronics take turns accompanying the dynamic vocal stylings. While lyrics tackle weighty topics like death and religion, the landscape they paint is as playfully bratty as it is grim.

All songs have been remastered from the restored 1/4" reel to reel tapes by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley California. Each double LP comes in a deluxe gatefold jacket with cover art by original designer Stephan Barbery and never before seen band photos and lyrics for each song. Spanning three years and four recording sessions "Against The Rule" is the soundtrack to Armageddon, very fitting in the contemporary climate of dissatisfaction and social upheaval.

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released April 26, 2017

ALL SONGS WRITTEN & COMPOSED BY VITA NOCTIS
MARTINE GENIJN / KRIS KIPS / JOS KIPS
(C)+(P) 2011 Dark Entries Records / Minimal Maximal
All songs produced by Vita Noctis
Tape transfer by Alberto Hernandez at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley 2010
Remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley 2010
Cover Art: Stephan Barbery
Design: Bobby Houlihan
Guitar: Peter Van Mulders (D4)
Tracks A1-B3 Recorded at Noctis Studio, Vilvoorde October 1984
Tracks C1-D2 Recorded at Noctis Studio, Vilvoorde 1985
Track B4 Recorded at Noctis Studio, Vilvoorde October-November 1986
Tracks D3-D7 Recorded at Studio Care, Gent February-March 1986
Tracks A1-B3 originally appeared on In The Face Of...DEATH cassette,
self-released 1984
Track B4 originally appeared on Climax Productions Presents LP,
Climax Productions 1986
Tracks C1-D2 originally appeared on Much Money Good Boy, No Money Good-Bye
cassette, Camera Obscura 1985
Tracks D3-D7 originally appeared on Vita Noctis MLP, Mad In Belgium Records 1986
Instruments: Casiotone MT-31, Korg MS-20, Roland TR-808,
Arirang Guitar, Ibanez Bass, Effect pedals: Distortion- Echo - Reverb - Delay
Thank you: Dirk Ivens, Giovanni Bax, George Horn, Alberto Hernandez,
Stephan Barbery, Kris Kips, Bobby Houlihan and Eloise Leigh

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