Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – Obsidian (Organically Decomposed) (1992)

„The lineup for Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia — Reinier Brekelmans, Bobby Reiner, and Robert Heynen, with soundman/producer Tim Freeman — originally played in an industrial band called the Infants in 1985. Later in the ’80s, the group appeared as Sluagh Ghairm (Spirits Cry), but by the end of the decade they had become known as Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia — the name signifying membership in the Temple Ov Psychick Youth, the occult collective founded by Psychic TV’s Genesis P. Orridge (though Psychick Warriors weren’t connected musically to Psychic TV). In 1990, the band released their debut single „Exit 23,“ a minimalist trance epic with a haunting vocal sample from Timothy Leary („return, to the source“). As with all their future work, it appeared on Belgium’s Kk Records. The second single, „Maenad,“ was an upbeat tribal house mover, also focused squarely on the dancefloor.

The 1992 debut album, Ov Biospheres and Sacred Grooves, showed that Psychick Warriors could straddle the fence between floor-filling organic trance and dark ambience quite well. On tracks such as „Obsidian“ and the Drum Club remix of „Exit 23“ (added to the American Restless release), the chilling ambient groove easily overpowered any textured beats.

After a single release for „Obsidian“ and the Heynen/Freeman side project called Disciples Ov Gaia (on which they remix „The Key,“ from Ov Biospheres and Sacred Grooves), Heynen left to form Exquisite Corpse, a group that focused on the minimal tribal rhythms evident on „Maenad.“…“ (

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