Friday, 11 July 2008

(Reviews 14) KIA KARMA ,ARKANE,BRITISH IRON AGE

KIA KARMA (Fra)
“Ma –Kala” Cdr 2008
(Self Produced)
An amazing surprise was to know that Brad Salo, the French spectrum behind the act called Sigill, has a Project with the ritualistic and magickal context as KIA KARMA. “Ma-Kala” consists of two tracks through 42 minutes recorded recorded on spring equinox 2008 in kala temple Paris. Both tracks are a deep voyage to underworlds to such inner dimensions of our subconscious in which “Ma-Kala” is the key to explore such dimensions. The music is a pure ritualistic exaltation of dark ambient soundscapes, built through samples and tambours which evokes obscure trance induced music with such abrasive and somber atmosphere which seems as bringing elemental forms from another planes of existence. This album is perfectly, at least for those of us walking the magickal paths. Another point to mention here is how music turns so dense and penetrating, and more when voices are included, in both forms,lena with female whispers and Mr. Salo with its dark summoning, creating an hybrid album in context, with the strong character and enigmatic perspective to keep your mind,soul,and body enlighten all the time. “Ma-Kala” comes in a suggestive red A5 cover with a picture inside, showing us another facet of Mr Salo.the visual art in all its splendour, kundalini crawling from within to complete the whole concept of “Ma-Kala” and beware this is limited to 222 hand numbered copies. Just suck the poisoning wine of Hadit falling as Kalas from the starry eyes of Nuit.

ARKANE (Gre)
“Enraptured Serene Mesmerism” Digipack 2008
(Seduction Prod)
After the release of “Arcane Elitism” back in time,anno 2002,the shape of Arkanum X,continues developing its creative talent and originality through this mighty expressive album called “Enraptured serene Mesmerism”, where converges its most dark feelings with such beauty atmosphere going far away from o many acts, developing orchestral ambient music. 8 penetrating compositions dancing into seductive forms through sonic mantras evoked by the sensitive symphonic arrangements and dark wave neo-classical passages which at moments reminds me the early works of Swedish Arcana,but with its own musical identity and character revealed in each one of the tracks developed here. Tracks as: “Sirenia Allure”, creating a beauty relationship between sensations and emotive melancholic passages, and the impressive vocalizations of Arcanstra M, which reminds me to Ataraxia, are capturing you due the very well built development of the arrangements generated here. “Enraptured Serene Mesmerism” & “Seduced In Reverie” are gats to explore obscure sensations and melancholy veiled in each one of us. We must say, this release is just amazing and bombastic, because it fills all the needs of good musical taste due the creative, sensitive and talented musical art expressed here. This album is a picture of universe’s beauty hidden in each of us, ready to be explored. Also musicians as Drag, Stephen Svanholm and Arcanstra M were invited to take part in this amazing dark and brilliant production. “Enraptured Serene Mesmerism” comes in a black DVD –digipack. Just, get relaxed and be enraptured and mesmerized by the seductive art of Arkanum X & ARKANE.for more info just contact him at seductionprod@hotmail.com



BRITISH IRON AGE (Can)
Cdr 2008
(King Vampire Recs)
This is a fantastic display of deep reverberating industrial transgression and martial neo-folk expressionism developed by the Canadian Thelemite Nicholas Packwood, who performs as GHOST OF FLEA. And through this release which is dedicated to Robert Holdstock. Mr Flea experiment with sounds, opening with a prelude, developing ambient soundscapes revealing us an introduction for upcoming tracks. “Horse Shrine” is focused through industrial passages and repetitive sounds which goes moving all the time. In “Battle Angel” you can experience both, bombastic martial sounds adapting itself perfectly to the whole concept in general. “No Sacrifice, No Victory” is floating through the well arranged female words and a very dark atmosphere through martial touches. Also, you shall find rhythmic confrontations in the track “Lady Of The Lake” and abrasive, transgressor art though an amazing composition such as “Boudicca”. The most interesting point with BRITISH IRON AGE, are the arrangements and how the whole tracks are built, through such sutile but penetrating industrial passages, always mutating through ambient and martial elements. We will hope there will be more new material released by GHOST OF FLEA though BRITISH IRON AGE, or his other projections, always bringing new elements to the musical nature explored by his creations.