Wednesday, December 30, 2009

:Golgatha: - The Waste Land (re-release) [2009]

1. Purification
2. Vortex of Life (V.2)
3. Eternal Kali Yuga
4. Transmutation (V.2)
5. The End (V.2)
6. Shadowland
7. Echoes from the Past
8. Prayer (V.2)
9. Agonia / Invasion (V.2)
10. The Clash (V.2)
11. Ruins
12. Room 101
13. March and Elegy (V.2)
14. Waste Land - Cactus Land
Bonus tracks
15. In the Crystal Cage (from In the Crystal Cage compilation, 2005)
16. Shred Your Skin (from SAW II soundtrack, 2006)

The German ritual-folk-formation :Golgatha: was founded in 2004 by Christoph Donarski. The first full length album ‘Waste Land’ after two compilation tracks appeared in an edition of 100 hand-numbered CD-rs. Published by the musician himself it shed first light on things to come. ‘Waste Land’ is the rare prequel to the acclaimed and successful 2008-album ‘Sang Graal’ (with Dawn & Dusk Entwined) and is itself inspired by T. S. Eliot’s enigmatic grail-poem ‘The Waste Land’ which works as a key metaphor for a spiritually dying world.
On “Waste Land” sinister and pessimistic soundscapes unfold and spread fragmented allusions and remarks on spiritual death and cultural clash. The symbolic name of :Golgatha: - which is the execution hill in Jerusalem where Jesus had been crucified - was never more fitting than in this early apocalyptic soundtrack for an Inner Cinema, carried by ritual drums, dark drones, mysterious sounds and sacred voices.
For this re-release the original sound was totally re-mastered and appears more powerful than ever before. The original artwork is added by bleak photos from the same era to complete the image. This CD contains two original versions of tracks later remixed by Dawn & Dusk Entwined for ‘Sang Graal’. Bonus tracks: two combined tracks from ‘In the Crystal Cage’-compilation (2004) and ‘Shred your skin’ from the SAW II-soundtrack by Charlie Clouser (Trisol).

‘Waste Land’ is a terrifying soundtrack for the Kali Yuga, the darkest of ages.
Apple Lossless

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tor Lundvall - Yule (EP) [2006]

1 Busy Station
2 The Train Home
3 Christmas Eve
4 12:00 AM
5 Snowy Morning
6 Yule Song
7 Fading Light
8 January
9 White On Grey
10 The Falling Snow (Full-Length Version)
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thomas Köner - Unerforschtes Gebiet [2001]

1 Unerforschtes Gebiet A
2 Unerforschtes Gebiet B
3 Les Sœurs Lumière

Unerforschtes Gebiet is the seventh solo album from German ambient music producer, Thomas Köner. Originally released in 2001 only as a limited number picture disc LP (700 numbered copies; repressed in 2004, this time not individually numbered). Re-released on CD in 2003.

"Unerforschtes Gebiet" is German for "unexplored area".
Apple Lossless

Monday, December 14, 2009

Neun Welten - Destrunken [2009]

1. Frosthauch
2. Destrunken I
3. Destrunken II
4. Jarknez
5. Weites End
6. Ewig Ruh
7. Dämmerung
8. Schein
9. Der stille See
10. Tau

Three years after their first album "Vergessene Pfade," Neun Welten again elicit their natural folk sounds out of the dark depths of the forests and into the light of the music world. It now becomes clear that the mythologically named band's decision to take their time to work on "Destrunken" — the successor to their highly acclaimed debut — was more than right. With "Destrunken" — an imaginary word solely designed to inspire multiple associations and emotions —, these nature mystics offer a sophomore of impressive coherence and characteristic compositions, delighting and enchanting their listeners once more with mystical and melancholic folk odes.

With its elegiac chords, 'Frosthauch' introduces the new album, which by virtue of its emotional depth could manage to bridge the gap left by Empyrium. Like this project that unfortunately called it a day, Neun Welten base their compositions on primordial folk roots, but complete their melancholic, crepuscular song material with numerous details, ideas, and unexpected turns, thus weaving an atmospheric density that simply renders it impossible to not take notice. A prime example for that is the two-part title track many will know from their tours with Tenhi and Dornenreich: 'Destrunken I & II' offer a dramatic build-up and oppressive intensity you rarely find in other folk bands.

"Destrunken" is topped of by a masterful artwork courtesy of Fursy Teyssier (Alcest, Les Discrets, Amesoeurs), designed on the basis of the music to perfectly complement the album's various moods on the visual level.

Empyrium may have left a legacy that's hard to match, yet "Destrunken" proves that their loss is not irretrievable, despite the sheer genius of the creators of Empyrium — this album is a sophomore somewhere between folk, classical music, and wonderful settings of nature, raising a worthy monument to the world beyond the cities. An acoustic hike through the forest you won't forget. In perpetuity woods.
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Tony Wakeford - Not All of Me Will Die [2009]

1 Non Omnias Moriar
2 2
3 Fullness of August
4 4
5 5
6 6

Tony Wakeford is an artist who needs no real further introduction. When simply evoking his involvement in legendary bands like Death In June, Current 93, Nurse With Wound and of course his very own brainchild Sol Invictus this musician simply deserves his rank of cult musician from the neo-folk and industrial scene. Tony Wakeford has also released several albums under his own name and with this "Not All Of Me Will Die". This new opus commemorates the life and work of the Polish-Ukrainian Jewish poetess Zuzanna Ginczanka, who was executed by the Gestapo in Kraków in 1944. The lyrics have been taken from the work of Ginczanka adding a very sensitive touch to the work of Wakeford. Musical wise Tony Wakeford moves in between soundtrack compositions and his beloved neo-folk influences. The music and the spoken vocals by Susan Matthews give an extra visual strength to the entity. It's very poignant while the use of several classical instruments like violin, flute or yet clarinet reinforces the sensibility of the songs. Tony Wakeford invited a huge number of contributors to his work like members of Orchestra Noir, Zunroyz andSol Invictus . "Not All Of Me Will Die" is one more accomplishment in the long career of Wakeford who always finds new inspiration and more and more sensibility in his releases! The fans of the musician will be satisfied! - Sideline
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Les Jumeaux Discordants - Les Jumeaux Discordants (EP) [2007]

1 Malédiction
2 Almus Spiritus
3 Betrayed Bride
4 Être
5 Le Destin
6 The White Room

Les Jumeaux Discordants is a project born in 2005
by the union of two pre-existent projects:
THE LAST HOUR by Roberto Del Vecchio and AIMAPROJECT.
The first is a strictly musical project; the second is born in 1996 and it works
in various expressive fields: poetry, photography, music and multimedia.
Aimaproject comes from neofolk and she works with many musical projects.
Les Jumeaux Discordants project presupposes a strong interaction between
poetry, image and music. There’s even a bent for the cinematographic transposition
of the visionary poems,about the various range of the human feelings.
Nevertheless, Les Jumeaux Discordants is ascension, it is the coscience of earthly,
a coscience which is turned to the overcoming of the human miseries,
made by the unique instruments which are still free: mind and spirit.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Ben Frost - By The Throat [2009]

1 Killshot
2 The Carpathians
3 O God Protect Me
4 Híbakúsja
5 Untitled Transiet
6 Peter Venkman Pt I
7 Peter Venkman Pt II
8 Leo Needs a New Pair of Shoes
9 Through the Glass of the Roof
10 Through the Roof of Your Mouth
11 Through the Mouth of Your Eye

Ben Frost's 2007 album Theory Of Machines caused quite a stir within the electronic music community, shattering genre conventions with its deft conflation of intensely dark metal, academic electroacoustics and blissful, drone-weaving modern classical touches. By The Throat takes these same principles and develops them into something altogether grander. This is an album of contradictions: during the opening piece 'Killshot', you'll be exposed to music that's both viscerally hard on the ears and achingly beautiful, combining gracefully cinematic dulcimer melodies and mesmeric swells of noise that swirl amid a sea of nerve-shredding electronics. The track segues into a dirge of howling wolves with 'The Carpathians', a piece of doom-laden menace that competes with the grimmest moments of SunnO))) or KTL in terms of intensity. We're only a couple of tracks in so far, but already this is shaping up to be pretty special. Despite opening with a tuneful flurry of string plucks, 'Hibakusja' soon reveals a darker side, collapsing into a horrifying mess of respiratory unpleasantness, as if soundtracking a drowning man trying to keep afloat - the field recordings of someone desperately drawing breath take on a creepily emotive timbre once immersed in serrated noise signals and melancholy string arpeggios. This is no easy ride, yet despite the disturbing undercurrents and horror soundtrack tactics this album never ceases to sound beautiful. Co-produced by Frost and the dependably excellent Valgeir Sigursson, By The Throat also owes some of its sonic prowess to contributions from Amiina, The Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara and fellow Bedroom Community star Nico Muhly. This formidable and far-reaching body of work might be one of 2009's most singularly impressive listening experiences, and very likely the only record you'll hear this year whose repertoire consists of both luscious classical chamber compositions and the hunting calls of killer whales... A very high recommendation. - Boomkat
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

raison d'être - The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice [2009]

1. If It Bears Thorns Its End Is To Be Burned
2. Withstand The Fire
3. The Spirit Will Not Share The Guilt
4. Desecrated By The Blood
5. Purified With Fire
6. Without The Shedding There Is No Forgiveness
7. Death In The Body But Made Allive By The Spirit
8. The Temple Is Eternal Sacred

The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice' is not only vibrating on the surface of your skin. It is alive and breathing, a creature with a knife that cut deep wounds in your body while your soul shatters for air. It is a psychosomatic and transgressive disease opressed by a compulsive behaviour manifested in dualities - the one of your body and mind - and states of metamorphoses - mind becomes flesh become wounds become fluids become stains. Play it loud if you want to become the martyr. Play it low if you are the innocent victim. There are no levels in-between. Violent and intense, it is a hell of an ordeal. But withstand and you are promised bliss.

High-profile release, so grab it quickly before CMI comes after me.
FLAC (lossless)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Anduin - Abandoned In Sleep [2009]

The Equal Of God
Contents Of A Black Box
Our Future Is A Debt
Hands Behind A Curtain
Autumn Looming
Octagonal Forms
Lovers In Transit
A Light In The Darkness
Labyrinthian Void
Into Abandon
Filed Away
Black River

*THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF INCREDIBLE DARK AMBIENT ALBUMS RELEASED THIS YEAR - HARROWING TEXTURES AND GHOSTLY LOCATION RECORDINGS PLAYING TRICKS WITH YOUR PERCEPTION AND SLOWLY PULLING YOU INTO AN INCREDIBLY IMMERSIVE WORLD OF LAYERED SOUNDS* For his second album Jonathan Lee draws on two years of recording and performance - and it's not just his own material that's used for the record either. 'Abandoned In Sleep' features studio recordings, sample edits and collaborative work with artists including Xela, Jasper TX, Svarte Greiner, Stephen Vitiello and Gareth Davis among others. This album is all about dark, nocturnal ambience and combines a variety of half-dreamed soundscapes together for every track: Xela's falsetto murmurings clash with deep synth swells and scratchy, rhythmically organised field recordings on 'The Equal Of God', before distant footsteps and what sounds like a Doppler effected harmonica drape 'Contents Of A Black Box' in a kind of doomy, sub-bass buffeted blues feel. Chugging drones and low frequency bowed strings arise on 'Our Future Is A Debt', lacing the soundscape with rattling sonic detritus. Rumbling and layered bass exercises tend to be at the heart of this record, and there's none more haunting than 'Autumn Looming', an album highlight that plays to Anduin's greatest strengths - jostling rhythmic loops made from interrupted electronics and clattering incidental sounds merging into a sludgy dark ambience that punds irregularly with thunderous bass drum hits, making for one of the most sonically rich entries on the album. More haunting still is the Dag Rosenqvist-aided 'Labyrinthian Void', an all-encompassing turbine hum of low-end presence mixed in with shoots of distortion and squeaky door hinges. The CD edition comes with a further two bonus cuts: 'Filed Away' (an installation for Manchester's Startrunning) and 'Black River', a live performance with Svarte Greiner that closes the album with an immense nightmarish exchange of tones - like ships' horns sounding off through fog. A quietly epic, dense and harrowing sonic experience - do not miss. - Boomkat

*Link removed at request of SMTG Limited*

Friday, December 4, 2009

Want free exposure for your personal music project/band?

In the past I've received many emails from musicians asking me to listen to their work and then post it on the blog for promotion.
This is something I'm happy to do but most of the time I've been given either a myspace music page or some weird flash player somewhere on a music hosting site.
Half of the time the audio doesn't stream/download correctly or these pages get lost in the 100's of bookmarks I sift through every day.

Thanks to Megaupload's file box plug-in there's an easy way to send me your music directly for promotional purposes.
Just zip or RAR your album/demo and upload by clicking the "browse" button and finding the file on your computer.
Enter a short description and click "send".
Once the file is uploaded I will automatically be emailed the download link.
I will listen to every album/demo in it's entirety.
If the quality is good and the content appropriate for this blog, I'll glady post it here for everyone to see.
I'll post up a download link to your music, a link to your project's Myspace/blog/website and any other information you provide me with.

Small record label owners are also welcome to send me their releases for promotion on this blog.

*There are a few simple requirements*

• Any audio format is accepted, but the bit rate must be a minimum of 192 kbs.
Lossless audio is very much preferred, but not required.

• An HTML or text file with a link to your Myspace/blog/website must be provided.
A short bio would also be appreciated, if possible.

• Your music must fit with the overall theme of this blog.
Take a look around to see if your work would fit in well here.

Any submission that fails to meet the requirements above will be ignored.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

• S.E •

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Zelienople - Give It Up [2009]

1 Aging
2 Can't Stop
3 All I Want Is Calm
4 Water Saw
5 I Can Put All My Faith in Her
6 Little Lady Eyefull
7 Dust Bowl
8 All Planed

This unbelievable album from Chicago's Zelienople evokes the spirit of some of the most treasured music we've come to know over the years, fusing in elements of Talk Talk at their most washed-out, early Bark Psychosis, and the narcotic sweeps of Slowdive fused in with the smoky menace of Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Angelo Badalamenti, and the darkest nightscapes of David Lynch. Album opener "Aging" shrouds a veil of mystery over dusted instrumentation that's somehow both evocative of vast abandoned landscapes and the most intangible and detailed abstractions brought on by incurable insomnia. It's that 'epic' evocation of intimacy that's so distinctive about the whole album, utilising that same sumptuous, slowly-evolving methodology that defined the seminal 'Scum' EP Bark Psychosis released almost 20 years ago. 'Can't Stop' introduces skittering percussion and even hazier arrangements, building from a quietly menacing drone to an almost hallucinatory tapestry of sounds, but it's "I Can Put All My Faith in Her" that crafts the formula to its most affecting, narrowing itself to a focused acoustic arrangement that's more conventionally song-like, with all those enveloping signatures cleverly and gradually submerging you deeper into its murky waters. There's something unspeakably magical about the way this band somehow alchemise familiar components into this deep, almost haunting mass of sound, making for an album that's virtually impossible to categorise but which will no doubt end up taking up one of those hallowed spots in your collection reserved for the most special, moving records you feel the rest of the world just couldn't possibly understand. Immense. - Boomkat
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Thomas Köner - La Barca [2009]

1 35° 40' N 139° 42' E Hour One
2 43° 42' N 7° 16' E Hour Two
3 45° 26' N 12° 20' E Hour Three
4 28° 41' N 17° 45' W Hour Four
5 41° 53' N 12° 29' E Hour Five
6 33° 31' N 36° 19' E Hour Six
7 48° 52' N 2° 21' E Hour Seven
8 30° 3' N 31° 14' E Hour Eight
9 78° 54' N 18° 1' E Hour Nine
10 31° 46' N 35° 13' E Hour Ten
11 42° 7' N 19° 6' E Hour Eleven
12 41° 24' N 2° 10' E Hour Twelve

"In a barque she sails across the high lands of the past.
The barque heads shimmer and glow at stern and bow,
and that lights her unseeable passage.
She calls to the spirits of this hour, and that is how we come to even hear her voice."

There are few artists in the world of recorded music who have such an innate understanding of the use of silence and atmosphere as Thomas Köner. Next to Helge Sten, The Hafler Trio or Mika Vainio, Köner is an acclaimed master of ultra-subtle ambient acoustics, providing some of the finest records on labels like Mille Plateaux, Die Stadt and Chain Reaction, both under his birth name, and as half of seminal techno act Porter Ricks. Like a friendly apparition emerging from the ether, his latest album - the first in nearly five years - has just dropped into our world, with little prior warning, to completely remove us from our day and place us within an environment coloured with moving air, tones of sublime melancholy and indistinct aural landscapes. The tracks are titled by a set of coordinates, which we're sure the more intrigued folks out there will be researching on Google maps, but those looking to leave the mystery intact can attempt to imagine the locations through their associated voices, languages and surrounding aura. For example, without checking, on '48º 52' N 2º 21' E' you could be standing in a train station in Azerbaijan, wrapped up in an intangible moment of cinematic bliss, while on '31º 46' N 19º 6' E' one feels like a ghost in the midst of a Central American pueblo, or somewhere completely unknown. This is music ripe for the imagination, from an unrivaled mind dedicated to enhanced auditory experience and deserves undivided attention from anyone unafraid to let themselves be taken by it. - Boomkat
FLAC (lossless) w/ CUE

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Northaunt - Barren Land [2004]

1 Dying Day / Dawn And Ashes
2 A Silent Battle
3 Kapp Farvel
4 Whiteout
5 Laid Bare Beneath The Stars
6 Just Another Cold Spring
7 Lost Days
8 Varghjerte
9 The Fire
10 Shadows Over The Barren Land

Northaunt started making ambient soundscapes in 1996.
The music is mainly made from atmospheric drones, crisp field recordings (from nature here in Norway) and sometimes simple melodies (guitar, piano etc).Northaunt has a special focus on seclusion, melancholy and the relationship between man and nature. 3 cd's have been released so far.

FLAC (lossless) w/ CUE

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Necrophorus - Drifting In Motion [2000] (Remastered Re-Issue w/ Bonus Tracks)

1 Lost Land Part 1
2 Ice Shifting
3 Frost
4 Partial Melt
5 Lost Land Part 2
6 Drifting
7 Arcane Angelicum
8 Untitled (Dedicated To Z. Beksinski)
9 After The Silence

”Arctic ambience, melting with imagination, leads the listener to the frozen tundra at the top of the world. This rarely explored land, resonant with a shimmering radiance that is bleak, barren and mysterious, is distinguished by slivers of fantastical nuances that twinkle like crystals under the midnight sun.”

The above quotation was taken from a review of the original CD release of Drifting in Motion (2000 on Crowd Control Activities). Now, 8 years later it is time for an enhanced re-release for even more refined sound and experience of Drifting in Motion. The entire album has been carefully re-mixed in 2007 and has been spiced with 3 more nuances.

Peter Andersson is a multi-talented man most famous for his RAISON D'ETRE project on the label Cold Meat Industry label but he is also are responisble for music projects like Stratvm Terror, Bocksholm, Atomine Elektrine, Panzar and many more.

For this new release, two artists, Maria Gullqvist (Sweden) and Eva Verholen (Holland) has been asked to contribute with their own impressions of experiencing Drifting in Motion. Their amazing works are presented on the completely new designed CD artwork in a six panels digipak.

AAC @ 320 kbps

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Triore - Three Hours [2009]

1 The First Three Hours 4:08
2 Victory Rising 3:10
3 After Summer We Fall 4:06
4 The Missing Hour 3:02
5 Another Love, Another Hate
6 No Tears Are Shed For You And Me
7 Pleasures & Tortures
8 Fires Burn, Like Fires Do
9 Let Us Meet In The Trenches
10 There's A Smell To Life That Dies
11 Europa's Dream
12 The Last Three Hours

This fairytale started to unravel four years ago with the release of
Triarii's "Piece Heroique" (ES-05). A sinister seed was planted in
the fertile soil of northern Europe as Christian Erdmann (Triarii)
and Tomas Pettersson (Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio) gave birth to the
track "Roses 4 Rome".
And now finally, the progeny has been conceived and fully developed;
and what they call TriORE, has ultimately been born.
Both participants go beyond themselves and step out of normal
character, but TriORE is nonetheless the embodiment of all that which
is Triarii, and all that which is Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio; like a
succulent apple in two opposite pieces just waiting to be devoured.
The bombastic touch of Triarii is still there; the string sections,
the choirs, the martial drums and much more; alongside the eloquence
of Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, musically, melodically, as well as
This is what all lovers of both bands have been waiting for, a
complete forty minutes of Art Deco Industrial Pop.
This work begins where Roses 4 Rose left us, and takes all the way
from the rising of victory, through the trenches and all the way till
Europa falls.
FLAC (lossless)
AAC @ 320 kbps

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Inade - The Incarnation Of The Solar Architects [2009]

1 The Engine Of The Mind
2 Abandoned Inferno
3 A Lefthanded Sign
4 Altar To The Unknown
5 The Tellurian Vortex
6 The World Behind The World
7 From The Angle Of Aleph
8 The Veil Of Eternal Unity
9 Canon Of Proportion
10 Aion Teleos

There is a world that shadows our world, a world of mysterious design and unspoken secrets, of space that breathes and infinite echoes that never cease to cry.
Mirrors that refract images into dark pools of cosmic nothingness.
Inade explore these worlds on their latest masterpiece, The Incarnation of the Solar Architects, in which sound is utilized in a transformative manner, not only to focus on that which lies beyond and that which has never been seen, but to embrace the Darkness and let it wash over one’s soul.
The mythology that Inade has created touches that place beyond forever, yet now, through the insistence of that which lurks in the margins, a metamorphosis has transpired, in which the cosmos of self has awakened.
If one believes that God is everywhere, so is the Darkness that came before Him.
A Darkness thriving with anonymous ideals (the possibilities are endless …) and devious intentions, resplendent with mystical creatures that shamble through antediluvian kingdoms constructed from polished metal, luxurious crystals, and unlimited dreams … though one would need new eyes to see them, and new ears to hear them.
Inade provide the soundtrack, the frisson of unease is abundant, a churning, seething dread that veers into awe.
It’s up to the individual listener to listen intently, behind shuttered eyelids …
To see and experience the true labyrinthine hierarchy of black splendor that awaits.
FLAC (lossless)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (3xCD) [2009]

1.1 When We Parted, My Heart Wanted to Die
1.2 Sound of Music Vanishing
1.3 Beauty of the Impending Tragedy of My Existence
1.4 And as I Sat Beside You I Felt the Great Sadness That Day
1.5 Tonight Is the Last Night of the World
1.6 To the Place Between the Twilight and the Dawn
2.1 When Did Our Dreams and Futures Drift So Far Apart ?
2.2 Not Even Nostalgia Is as Good as It Used to Be
2.3 Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was
2.4 Stay Light, There Is a Rainbow a Coming
2.5 And Nothing Comes Between the Sadness and the Scream
2.6 I've Hummed This Tune to All the Girls I've Known
2.7 Not as She Is Now But as She Appears in My Dreams
3.1 Memories Live Longer Than Dreams
3.2 Don't Sleep I Am Not What I Seem, I'm a Very Quiet Storm
3.3 Longing to Be Absorbed for a While into a Different and Beautiful World
3.4 Days in the Wilderness
3.5 Stralauer Peninsula
3.6 We All Won That Day, Sunshine
3.7 And at Dawn Armed with Glowing Patience, We Will Enter the Cities of Glory

Leyland Kirby broke cover back in the mid-90s as the sinister music intelligence behind V/VM, an anarchic music project-cum-production house that specialised in feeding kitsch pop hits – Chris De Burgh’s Lady in Red, Robbie Williams’ Angels, and so on – though a grisly sonic mincer. The results came out sounding like the karaoke booth of your worst nightmares, humorous and nauseous in equal measure, but you had to admire Kirby’s dedication to the cause: he certainly knew how to turn your stomach and put a smile on your face at the same time.

Kirby’s debut album under his own name comes after a spell recording as The Caretaker, which with the benefit of hindsight, feels a little like a bridge between where he was then and where he is now. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, The Caretaker’s early music was built from antique ballroom dance 78s, often heavily treated, pitched to alien speeds and fighting through ghostly curtains of reverb. And indeed, Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was (a trilogy, available as digital download, triple CD or, for the moneybags, six platters of vinyl) shares something of The Caretaker’s drifting, ethereal feel, existing in a sort of liminal, dream-like realm where time passes slowly and signposts melt into the fog.

But this collection feels like a step on from The Caretaker, as well. Colours are sharper, the emotional content is broader, and often the fog falls away to reveal the surprising fact that Kirby happens to be a pianist of some note. On When We Parted, My Heart Wanted to Die (Friedrichshain Memory), elegiac piano and synthesised strings rise gently over a sea of vacuum hums and static crackle, and while there’s clearly no finger hovering over the edit button – the track billows out to 15 minutes in length – there’s little feel of stasis or torpor.

It’s ambient music, yes – but Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was boasts an emotional, melancholic undertow so accomplished it shames many other examples of the form. - BBC Music
FLAC (Lossless) + AAC @ 320 kbps

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wormphlegm - In an Excruciating Way... (Demo, 2001)

Got a bit of a special post here for those that have been wanting to hear this as it was intended. This isn't the crappy tape rip/transcode that has been floating around. The story is that Wormphlegm were to release their demo on CD but it fell through, and subsequently the file that was sent to the label got leaked. This is slightly different to the original version, 7 minutes have been cut. Encoded from a lossless source.

Label: Self-released


1 In an Excruciating Way Infested With Vermin and Violated by Executioners Who Practise Incendiarism and Desanctifying the Pious


Monday, August 24, 2009

Gruel - Solstice Ritual (2009)

Ordinarily a Doom/Sludge Metal band from the UK, however this is a really good Drone piece. It was given away on a CDr with preorders of the self titled LP.

Label: Miscreant/Feast of Tentacles


1 Solstice Ritual


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ginnungagap - Remeindre (2004)

Acoustic drone project from Stephen O'Malley, this release also features contributions from Alexander Tucker, Anthony Sylvester, and Mell Dettmer. As this is now out of print, I've taken the liberty of uploading it in V0 and including scans of all the inserts.

Label: Latitudes


1 Duel Ravens
2 Guenevere Of The Ganges
3 Black Snow, Blood Mountain
4 Aurgelmir


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wreck of the Hesperus & De Novissimis Split (2008)

Extreme, maggot ridden Irish sludge/funeral doom.

Label: Stitchy Press


1 Wreck of the Hesperus - Raw Sewage Heart
2 De Novissimis - Worthy of Nothing

Buy 10"


Friday, June 26, 2009

Rome - Flowers From Exile [2009]

I. Reiseherrschaft
1 To A Generation Of Destroyers (1:48)
2 The Accidents Of Gesture (5:10)
3 Odessa (4:37)
4 The Secret Sons Of Europe (3:13)
II. Besitzbegrenzung
5 The Hollow Self (1:58)
6 The Legacy Of Unrest (4:51)
7 To Die Among Strangers (4:02)
III. Ruheverbot
8 A Culture Of Fragments (1:09)
9 We Who Fell In Love With The Sea (4:13)
10 Swords To Rust - Hearts To Dust (3:53)
IV. Verzicht
11 Flowers From Exile (3:12)
12 Flight In Formation (5:36)

Highly detailed arrangements use the sound of the flamenco guitar as well as mysterious samples, pulsating beats and sad melodies. In ROME’s songs there lives a stoic sense of the melodramatic. As well as Cohen, one must look to icons such as Tom Waits and late Johnny Cash in order to be able to describe the lyrics and voice of Jerome Reuter.
"Flowers from Exile" is just as much an emotional as a critical work. The personally stamped album of a modern singer-songwriter which tells of journeys both within and without. Jerome Reuter’s moving vocals and Patrick Damiani’s complex musical arrangements leave the musical roots of folk far behind and send these "Flowers from Exile" to all listeners who are willing and capable of feeling the dignity, the hope and the pride behind the lyrics and who are prepared to recognise themselves in those restless spirits whom the twelve part song cycle conjures up. Into the heart…


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Die Weisse Rose - A Martyrium Of White Roses [2009]

1 A Martyrium Of White Roses (5:52)
2 Im Nebel (1:17)
3 The Solitary Volcano (5:00)
4 Letzter Wille (4:33)
5 Unser Leben Geht Dahin Wie Ein Geschwätz (5:15)
6 At The Doorsteps Of Our Temple (5:59)
7 Nicht Schuldig (4:38)
8 As The Last Of The Petals Are Shattered (4:40)

It might seem strange that a band without a single release to its name has played concerts
and festivals all over Europe. But anyone who has ever experienced Die Weisse Rose on stage
knows why.
More than concerts, Die Weisse Rose's performances are elaborate rituals, caleidoscopic (or
even psychedelic) experiences. Elements such as uniforms, burning torches, snippets of old
schla"gers, segments from documentary films and philosophical proclamations are wowen
together by orgies of live drums and electronic sounds.
Die Weisse strives towards what Wagner called "Gesamtkunstwerke" - total works of art. When
most other bands talk about Gesamtkunstwerke, it sounds pretentious. When Die Weisse Rose do
it, it makes sense.
Die Weisse Rose also like to think of their songs as "audiodocumentaries". Again, such a
seemingly pretentious term makes sense, as Die Weisse Rose's art is just as indebted to the
History Channel as to Throbbing Gristle.
To bolster Die Weisse Rose's lineup (which really consists only of the band's mastermind,
Thomas Bojden) over the years the unit has recruited collaborators to its ranks that makes
DWR smack of an Industrial supergroup. From Marco Deplano (Foresta di Ferro), Gerhard
(Allerseelen), Kim Larsen (Of the Wand and the Moon) to name but a few.
In return, Thomas Bojden has returned the favour and played with a who's who of of the
Industrial and Neofolk underground, from well-established outfits like Rome, Blood Axis and
Foresta Di Ferro to up-and-coming Austrian neofolk band Klammheim.
Now, Die Weisse Rose are for the first time available on record. If you fear that we have
another "martial" clone band on our hands, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The music is
painstakingly crafted and orchestrated to perfection to include electronic elements, field
recordings and real instruments, and its creative merits really stand out in an underground
culture where bands of far lesser talents than Die Weisse Rose would release three albums in
the time Die Weisse Rose have patiently worked on theirs.
Let one thousand white roses bloom, as Die Weisse Rose unleashes "A Martyrium Of White


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Troum - Eald-Ge-Streon / Abhijňâ (2xCD) [2009]

1-1 Elation
1-2 Usque Sumus Lux
1-3 Eolet
1-4 Ecstatic Forlorness
1-5 Dhanu-H
1-6 Procession
1-7 Crescere
2-1 Abhijňâ

Design, layout and artwork by Stephen O'Malley of SunnO))) packaged in a custom made book bound gatefold CD and DLP case. The first 500 copies include the bonus album 'Abhijňâ'

Welcome to the Thunderdome. Troum’s bone-cracking reverberations respirate with such ferocity that all non-Troum molecules are blown away. Eald-Ge-Streon is a massive, rising beauty. It is a great becoming, and we are nothing but an ant in the afterbirth. Troum has set its controls beyond the heart of the Sunn. The pulsating inferno of these 7 drone concertos may require an insurance adjuster, but what a lovely way to burn. It is in your nature to do one thing correctly. Before Troum, you rightly tremble. But fear is not what you owe Troum. You owe Troum awe!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sorc'henn - Harmonium Pieces and Dead Reveries (2007)

Sorc'henn are emerging as one of the more interesting and unique entities in the drone/dark ambient underground. They create dreamy, organic sounding drones and loops, this is their first full-length that was released in a very limited quantity of CDrs. This one's quite simple and lo-fi, however enjoyable all the same.

Label: Faunasabbatha

1 Toulgoat
2 Took their rise in funeral games
3 Kergoat ar lem
4 Heathendom
5 Where does the breath of the dead pianist come from?
6 Grand-Harmonium du diable
7 Huelgoat and the droning stones


Friday, May 15, 2009

Rome - To Die Among Strangers (EP) [2009]

1 To Die Among Strangers (4:14)
2 Reversion (Edit) (4:45)
3 Wir Götter Der Stadt (Edit) (5:16)
4 Mourir A Madrid (9:15)

News from the orchards of ROME. With their works inspired by expressionist literature and the feeling of departure of the early 20th Century, ROME has made quite a name for itself in the european underground.

Within only 3 years ROME have released their debut EP and three full-length albums. ROME’s music is steeped in melancholy, loss and despair and a sacred solitude that is defined by the detachment from all political and religious systems.

As a teaser to the upcoming album ROME now announces the release of the EP „To Die Among Strangers“, limited to 999 copies and sold only via mailorders. The EP features a single from the album, the remixes of two classic ROME tracks „Reversion“ und „Wir Götter der Stadt“ and an exclusive dark ambient track which perfectly evokes the theme of exile so characteristical of the upcoming album.

ROME proves yet again that they have created a unique brand of apocalyptic folk with subtle lyrics, a haunting voice, melodic guitar work and a sound coming from the nebulous depths of European history.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Deathprod - Deathprod (4xCD Box Set) [2004]

Reference Frequencies
1.01 Reference Frequencies # 3 (3:25)
1.02 6:15 (8:04)
1.03 Recording The Jürg Mager Trio: La Luna (4:18)
1.04 Recording The Jürg Mager Trio: A Shortcut To The Stars (5:49)
1.05 Reference Frequencies # 7 (10:33)
1.06 Reference Frequencies # 8 (6:39)
1.07 Reference Frequencies # 5 (1:30)
1.08 Dora 3 (5:01)

Treetop Drive
2.01 Treetop Drive 1 (14:51)
2.02 Treetop Drive 2 (9:35)
2.03 Treetop Drive 3 (9:32)
2.04 Towboat (18:12)

Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha
3.01 Burntwood (2:20)
3.02 Stony Beach (2:19)
3.03 Hotentott Gulch (1:51)
3.04 Boatharbour Bay (2:09)
3.05 The Contraceptive Briefcase II (30:38)

Morals And Dogma
4.01 Tron (11:07)
4.02 Dead People's Things (18:35)
4.03 Orgone Donor (8:05)
4.04 Cloudchamber (11:02)

One of the most acclaimed releases of 2004. Beautifully packaged 4CD boxset (4 digipaks in a heavyduty-box, nearly all black packaging). Includes the Deathprod album Morals And Dogma, plus 3 box-exclusive albums - Reference Frequencies, Treetop Drive, Imaginary Songs From Tristan de Cunha, with a 32 page of liner notes, all eloquently designed by Kim Hiorthoy. The four CDs here document the period from 1991 to 2001. Treetop Drive from 95 and Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha from 94, both remastered and included here in full, were originally released in limited editions of 500 copies.


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Nordvargr - Interstellar 2 [2009]

Interstellar 2
01 Transmission 5 / Transmitting Emptiness
02 Transmission 6 / Entering abandoned sector Cosmos 69
03 Transmission 7 / Kvasar
04 Transmission 8 / Ultra Deep Field
05 Transmission 9 / Barrier
06 Transmission 10 / Expanding Matter II
07 Transmission 11 / Song of Saturn (demo pre Interstellar)

08 Transmission 1 / Nothingness Approaching
09 Transmission 2 / Massive Interstellar Darkness
10 Transmission 3 / Expanding Matter
11 Transmission 4 / Returning To A Balanced Existence

" I am the first to admit that the MP3 format is not the best way to enjoy
this music, but I have worked with the mastering quite hard to make the
files sound as good as possible, even though they are compressed.

Spread it as much as you want - seed, copy, burn etc... sharing is caring.

I will not go in to a long rant about free internet and piracy, but to sum
it up:
Support what is good and worth supporting (small independent labels are
always good and should be encouraged and supported).
Put pressure on the system to make it better.


If you would like to give something back to the artist to show
appreciation, please go to and find the contact info.
Paypal donations are welcome. "


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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rudi Arapahoe - Echoes From One To Another [2008]

1 I Close My Eyes And Float To The Ceiling (2:10)
2 To Gather Flowers (4:56)
3 Forest Of Arches (5:38)
4 Dionysian Birds (2:53)
5 Every Time I Sleep (1:14)
6 Echoes From One To Another (5:48)
7 Lunar Semaphore (5:10)
8 Conversation Piece (4:41)
9 Vulture Phantasy (1:30)
10 Pleroma (4:04)
11 Last Words Unspoken (2:18)
12 My Shadow (Vanishes) (9:31)

Born of a shadowy unconscious,

‘Echoes From One To Another’ weaves poetic verse through sleep, dreams and the afterlife.

A strange and beautiful tale,

voiced across the windswept plains and forests of purgatory.


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Monday, May 4, 2009

Celer - Discourses of The Withered [2008]

1.This Thinking Globe Exploding (14:19)
2.The Carved God Is Gone; Waking Above The Pileus Clouds(12:51)
3.Stargazing Lily Lacks The Flower (10:55)
4.A Crush, A Hero-Worship & Hyperrealism (5:51)
5.The Separation Of The Two-Phased Apple Blossoms (8:50)
6.Delaying The Entropy; In Emptiness, Forms Are Born (14:26)

Celer is a husband (Will) and wife (Danielle) duo from California that use a variety of strings as the basis for their sound. Cello, viola, violin and the sounds are mixed in with field recordings, choir. live theremin and then tape spliced and re-assembled in varying lengths to create a loop base. Those sounds are then sampled, layered and processed. The result is a shimmering orchestra. Periods of silence between the notes only enhance the sound. Though at times very haunting, it's brightly hazy ambient. Initially "Discourses..." was to be 1 full-length CD with a bonus CDR ("The Everything and the Nothing") to accompany the first 100 copies. When Celer presented the bonus material, with field recordings mixed in obtained by Danielle over several months in India, the quality of the material was so high that it was suggested and agreed to instead be a concurrent release of two full-length discs. Edition of 500.


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Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Wake A Week - Little Black Cloud [2009]

1 Home (4:54)
2 Little Black Cloud (4:12)
3 I'm Always Writing Endings (3:38)
4 Your Rain Isn't My Rain (3:23)
5 Leaves (4:03)
6 One Take Away One (4:13)
7 Faerie Photo (3:05)
8 Beginnings And Endings (5:47)
9 Waking (2:41)
10 A Wake A Week (6:09)

A Wake A we never tire of these endless reruns of our grief? With this debut release from his new project, Dave Dando-Moore (Detritus) offers us an intensely composed symphony of unending sorrow. If Detritus is the debris of emotion, A Wake A Week is the tar-black residue still clinging like a parasite, clawing away at old wounds. Like ashes on celluloid, Little Black Cloud opens up a widescreen vista of sound, albeit sullied and decaying. Eschewing the polish and sterility that digital production can entail, the album embodies the crackle and spark of embers of a once-consuming fire, giving us an album that feels organic and alive. From the opening waves of House, the listener will submerged in cascades of suffocating, drowning synthesis. Capturing the very essence of heartache, each rumble and pulse pulls us deeper into a heart of darkness. Yet, there is beauty and hope shattering through this black firmament. Opening up the the instrumentation to such diverse timbres as neo-classical pianos, tranquilized guitar and the perfumed atmospherics of ethnic vocals, expectant warmth rises through the swathes of oppressive intensity. No artistic hubris is attempted here. This is as raw, open and confessional as music can get. Drawing comparisons with Max Richter, Deaf Center, Johann Johannsson and The Protagonist, A Wake A Wake will evoke cathartic exorcisms of woe in even the most glacial of hearts.


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Maeror Tri - Ambiguitas [1995]

A1 Death Surrounds You (15:41)
A2 Fusion Of Segmentary Intelligence (5:59)
A3 Furtive Menace (3:24)
A4 Caligo (4:58)
B1 Amplexari (5:54)
B2 Magical Attraction (5:58)
B3 Pulchritudo (4:38)
B4 Delphic Oracle (6:39)
B5 Northern Lights (4:50)
This tape is dedicated to the never understandable ambiguity of life!

Limited edition of 149 numbered copies.


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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Maeror Tri - Peak Experience (CDr) [2005]

1 My Electrocution (9:12)
2 Sneaking Movement (2:32)
3 Sensory Deprivation (4:16)
4 Cursed Colours (2:42)
5 Boundary To Insanity 5 (White Noise In My Head) (10:32)
6 Talita Kum! (5:05)
7 Translucent Vault (5:56)
8 Wovoka (4:04)
9 The Threat (5:18)
10 Endless Space (4:05)
11 The Last Perception (4:16)
Limited to 150 hand numbered copies in a special wooden package.
An edition of 50 hand numbered copies also exists. It is packaged only in the laminated paper sleeve, and the '1' in '150' has been covered with black ink. It is unclear if this is a second edition or a promo edition.

"Peak Experience" was the very first widely available Maeror Tri cassette, it was released in 1989 in two versions: the first was released by the american cassette label Harsh Reality Music, the second appearead later on the german label Bestattungsinstitut.


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Monday, April 27, 2009

Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses - Manfauna (EP, 2007)

"Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses are a British instrumental quintet that plays dark, antiquated sounding music encompassing elements of Eastern European folk, avant-rock, broken-down calliope music, and neo-classical film composition. More a trip to an anachronistic world of neo-baroque psychedelia than a simple study in diced-up ecclecticism, the music on Perils sways between lush chamber orientated melancholia, apocalyptic bombast, and epic ghost train high-drama. Featuring members of Guapo, Aethenor, Chrome Hoof and Cathedral."

Label: Latitudes


Daniel O'Sullivan
Orlando Harrison
Sara Hubrich
Leo Smee
David Smith


1 Manticore
2 Taus
3 Garp Gadriel



Sunday, April 12, 2009

This Morn' Omina - Momentum of Singular Clarity (EP) [2009]

1 Momentum I (5:41)
2 Nuraghi (6:54)
3 Ananda (7:59)
4 Tellurian (7:02)
5 Momentum II (4:22)

Five years have passed since the self-contained 'drake equation'. this ep is also a stand-alone release - a stop between the second and the third part of the nyan trilogy. sal-ocin joined t.m.o. as a full member a few years ago and now the project is a trio with the inclusion of the live concert drummer spike.

this morn' omina created five tracks which combine rhythmic complexity with impulsive power and tuneful depth to aurally express mass and velocity of an object (=momentum). framed by the fast, pulsating floor burners momentum I and II, you will discover the melodic beauty of nuraghi, the tribal, symphonic darkness of ananda, and the slow, melancholic flow of tellurian. synthetic beats, acoustic percussion, sub-basses, atmospheric electronics and energetic vocals result in the uniqueness that this morn' omina stands for.


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Monday, April 6, 2009

Wormsblood - In the Stars (2008)

Absolutely insane band. Describing this release is beyond me, so I refer you to the press release for the vinyl version below.

"Hailing from grim Wisconsin, WORMSBLOOD have honed their craft since 2002 on solstice and eclipse. They create "BLOOD SORCERY = Progressive Blackened Stenchcore". "In the stars" is a tumultous sonic cauldron overflowing with elements of true metal, noise, black metal, field recordings, free folk and eye of newt. Littered with occult references and clearly a work of some intelligence, "In the stars" baffles the listener as it drags them through the bleak Oshkosh woods in a lysergic Wild Hunt: from the ritual / field recording sounds of primitive percussion and the united voices of animal and man that give way to epic riffing and the deranged vocals of opener "Thundercall", its clear that these kids didn't have a lot of friends at school.

Sabbath-esque riffs, putrid thrashing, animal howls, primitive blast beats, cheap keyboards, broken throat vocals, necro production, guitar solos, abyssic noise, and a theatrical sensibility for the epic make WORMSBLOOD defy attempts to pigeon hole. Nay, they take the pigeon, sacrifice it on a primitive wooden altar to the spirits unknown and stuff the corpse in your hole. "Outsider Black Metal" seems to be the best match, but "In the stars" is so much more." - Aurora Borealis

Label: 23 Productions / Faunasabbatha / Aurora Borealis


Zodiac "Wyrdskull" Widdershins
Crimson Maaritkitaka
Vragknacht the Two-Handed


1 Thundercall (Intro)
2 Ritual Use Of The Athame
3 Inheritor
4 The Marriage (Eclipse)
5 The First Dim Shinings (Of Those About To Awaken)
6 Street Jammer (Manilla Road Cover, Live Rehearsal)
7 The Axis of Apator
8 Tolling Beyond Our Lunar Trance
9 Fyrnsidu
10 Siege (Live Rehearsal)
11 In The Stars
12 From These Dark Fields (We Can See The Stars...)
13 Ritual Of Bone And Horn / A Houndish Child Arise
Buy Cassette/LP:


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Xela - The Illuminated (Cassette + Vinyl) [2008/2009]

A Black Scripture (19:57)
B Gilted Rose (19:57)

"The Illuminated" was originally released on cassette, a format very fitting to the gloomy, waterlogged sounds; but having sold out in a matter of days it now recieves the much needed deluxe re-issue treatment. Taking cues from the cracked black metal of Burzum and Striborg and fusing this with heavy, synthesized noise "The Illuminated" is possibly Xela's darkest, most spine-chilling work to date. We are taken through chiming Nurse With Wound-inspired soundscapes into Middle Eastern marketplaces and through caverns of thick, buzzing synthesized noise on the album's first piece. Entitled "Black Scripture" this takes the dank religious themes of "In Bocca Al Lupo" and goes even deeper into the Church dungeons, digging up lost artifacts and the angry spirits that accompany them. The flipside extends this heresy with a throaty vocal and distorted electric guitar, leaving blackened corpses and the traces of a sleepy village in its wake. Devastating and dark material, listen if you dare...

"In this the signs shall be those of Set triumphant and of Baphomet. Also shall Set appear in the circle. Let him drink of the sacrament and let him communicate the same."

Cassette Info
Vinly Info

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SEVEN PINES - The Garden of Fand [2001]

1- Fand
2- La Rumeur
3- Le Jardin Des Mensonges
4- Abandonné
5- Tintagel
6- L´île Des Morts
7- Dorian
8- Le Rêve De Fand
9- Les Jardins De Fand
10- Le Danseur De L´ombre
11- Le Vieil Homme
12- Rêverie
13- Ma Reine
14- Sirènes

The Garden of Fand" is the first album of Seven Pines, a project from Eric Roger, well know for his schizophrenic alter ego Gaë Bolg. This mysterious and onirical album full of rich musical textures somewhere between troubadoresque, militaristic and medieval music that reflects romantic and folk influences tinted by psychedelia and is essentially built around the piano, strings (guitars, violin) and wind instruments such as recorders, oboes and trumpets with the superb voice of Gaë Bolg, which illuminates marvellously the beautiful compositions of this album. The listener is invited to explore the different secret nooks and crannies of this enchanting garden dreamt by Fand...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Disharmony - Malignant Shields [2007]

1 Drops Of Dust (5:39)
2 Vanity (4:17)
3 Spiritual Tribe (2:43)
4 Human Deadline (4:02)
5 Gone In Silence (4:09)
6 Virus (2:55)
7 Confused (3:18)
8 Oblivions (7:58)
9 Parasite (4:35)
10 Storm (3:29)
11 Twilight Zone (4:39)
12 Ridiculous (6:44)
13 Out Of Time (3:56)

Endless transformations and experimenting with sound is natural phase that brings Disharmony in their next work. This time fifth stop and mapping of their territory, Disharmony opens their next phase and with their new album opens the gates into the space of electro underground. Combining industrial elements and idm puts Disharmony into the modern, electro revolution and with this opens next phase and possibility to look into the ambiental waters covered into hybrid structures that seconds cinematic moods and lived vocals. Destructive and at the same time beautiful listening. Those who listen to Disharmony from their beginnings will hear a primary root that has put their electrodes into the time depths. Electronic vibrations are pulsating between organic frequencies and beautiful moods. Disharmony has moved one level higher. Intelligent and modern work!!!

Limited to 550 copies.
Comes in a mini DVD package.


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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Svarte Greiner - Penpals Forever [2008]

A1 Untitled (11:02)
A2 Silence (5:12)
A3 Untitled (8:54)
B Untitled (13:59)

*STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION - 150 COPIES ONLY FOR THE WORLD!!!* Deaf Center sound sculptor Erik K. Skodvin caps off his recent bout of activity with this now sold-out-at-source cassette from Digitalis' limited edition series. Don't let that oddly cheery title fool you: Penpals Forever is an auditory grimoire of disturbing soundscapes and blurred dissonances. As we've come to expect from such a skilled electronic composer as Skodvin there's an intangibility and fluidity that hides the seams of this music's construction, burying just about any clearly defined instrumental element and casting it into a pool of analogue hiss. As with any music this mysterious and furtive it's bound to carry all manner of subconscious connotations, suggestive of nocturnal spaces, coastal, wave-like motions and cavernous depths, you feel as though you're being taken on a tour of dark corners and abandoned, desolate locales. Although not nearly as explicitly intricate as his Knive debut album, Penpals Forever maintains the gloomy brilliance of Svarte Greiner's career to date, and delivers a piece of music that aligns wonderfully with the characterful, lo-fi eeriness the cassette format can so aptly lend itself to. Amazing stuff - A real collectors item. - Boomkat


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