"This is the album that built the reputation of the group...it still sounds as crisply smart and outta-time as ever."
– Byron Coley
"...a remarkably subtle weaving of rock, classical and avant-garde tactics."
– Alternative Press
"It’s stunning how well Univers Zero's 1977 debut holds, musically and sonically, compared to...anything else happening in so-called new music-like storm clouds rolling out of the horizon or mad shadows cast in the night, there's a dusky ecstasy present here.... On top of that, there are hints of Bartok, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and King Crimson."
– CD Review
released 13 May 2008
Over 30 years ago, after 3 years of work and rehearsals, a group of seven unknown Belgian musicians gathered in a small basement studio to record their first album, which they released themselves in a tiny edition of 500 copies. The album was untitled, but the catalog number was “1313”, which the album later became known by. The power and originality of their creation turned heads and all these years later, this album is rightly considered the beginning of the ‘chamber-rock’ movement as well as a classic of the genre. With the release of their first album, Univers Zero went on to co-found the hugely influential “Rock in Opposition” movement with four similarly-minded bands. Active until 1987 and then reactivated in the late 1990s, Univers Zero are considered to be one of the greatest avant-garde rock bands of all time.
Working in a world-class studio, this album has been re-mixed from the original multi-track tapes and remastered. It has never sounded better.