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Psychedelic Flashback: Sibilant – Screecher Creature

Blog | December 13, 2007 | Updated: June 27, 2012 | Posted by Basilisk

The Dutch producer Lorenzo Zoeter revolutionized the use of breakbeat rhythms in psychedelic trance with his work as Sibilant and Metal Spark. His efforts helped to propel breakbeat-laden psytrance to the forefront of the international movement by late 1997.

In the mid-nineties, the legendary Mazzo nightclub in Amsterdam founded several spin-off labels to showcase a diverse array of electronic music styles. Formed in 1995, the M-Track imprint was chartered to release trance and techno records–many of which were written by local artists such as Synchro and Cwithe. Shortly after the formation of the label, Mazzo resident DJ Lucas released a CD mix entitled The Gathering Volume One. This marks the debut of Lorenzo Zoeter, the influential producer behind Sibilant–his solo project–and Metal Spark, a project formed alongside Lucas Mees (DJ Lucas) and Patrice Van Den Berg (Syrinx) in 1996. Zoeter’s appearance on the scene coincides with a sharp increase in the complexity and artistic maturity of the nascent Dutch “break-trance” movement. In essence, Zoeter acted as a catalyst–the cutting-edge sound he pioneered soon spread to other Dutch producers, infusing their work with a newfound artistic legitimacy that led to international recognition.

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Lorenzo Zoeter’s influence can be traced back to the release of Screecher Creature in 1996. Originally released on a vinyl single from Symbiosis Records, Screecher Creature is the finest early example of Zoeter’s futuristic “cyberdelic” style. It begins with the otherworldly resonance of a synthesized cyborg voice, firmly establishing a sense of the alien that pervades much of his work. Intricate breakbeat rhythms soon flow like black liquid chrome beneath the jagged movement of tortured metallic leads and shrieking industrial noises. The effect is one of dystopian dread punctuated with devious mirth. In this sense, Screecher Creature is completely at odds with the “shanti vibes” and positive themes that dominated trance in 1996.

Zoeter disappeared from the trance scene by 1999 and has not been heard from since. Perhaps as a result of such a long absence, his impact on the development of psychedelic trance is seldom recognized. Nevertheless, Lorenzo’s productions as Sibilant and Metal Spark remain among the most highly advanced psychedelic breakbeat songs ever made.

Listen to Sibilant’s Screecher Creature (Flash required):

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If you wish to procure a copy for yourself, Screecher Creature can be found on a number of CDs, all of them relatively rare: Advanced Technologies Of Amsterdam, the Funk compilation from Symbiosis, and Proper Filth, Sibilant’s full-length album from 1998.

This is the second in a series of articles designed to profile the songs that shaped psychedelic trance history. Stay tuned for more!


4 Comments

  • reger says:

    I think this one reminds quite alot of todays so called forest/dark psy :) an old forgotten relative of dark psy :D?

  • Delysid` says:

    How i could download this perfect song ? :)

  • x3nse says:

    This 12″ rocked along with the Metal Spark album.
    They were definitely the pioneers of the minimalized tech trance sound.
    It’s too bad Lorenzo Zoeter and the Metal Spark sound never had a chance to develop further.

    Time to dust off the Corrosive album and have a listen again.

  • Dervish says:

    Yay! I been to the Mazzo’s gatherings on sundays a lot way back when!
    Very nice to hear this track again….
    Damn those nights in Mazzo were very LSD, for me at least :D