Wednesday, 27 October 2010

(Reviews 76) NEZNAMO,VRESNIT,KSHATRIY

NEZNAMO(Rus)
"Zavet" Cdr 2010
(Vetvei)
NEZNAMO is a project which emerges from russian Federation,having as principal basis the exploration of human's true ego through the development of soundscapes and atmospheres which open channels via uncosnsious currents,as a way to enter into deep states of mind. "Zavet " is the third part of a trilogy concept released by Dmitry N. Shilow,the mastermind behinds NEZNAMO,in which through dense atmospheres you shall be submerged in such enigmatic dimension full of distant soundscapes and eerie passajes with very somber elements thoguh the whole album!A long 31:15 minutes voyage to the center of earth through the well performed use of drone elements bathed with a kind of suggestive and subliminal atmospheres going perfectly arranged with the whole structure of the track.The high impressive use of percussive elements mixed with such field recordings makes of this release one of the most interesting ones by Neznamo. At moments such hypnotic composition seems to transport you to the very primal states of counciousness,due the magickal atmospheres created by Dmitry.Without a Doubt another excelent release by Russian Vetvei recs,also its worth to note this release comes in a special package of full colour six panel envelope!!! for more info just visit Vetvei's page...


"Tunvet" Cd 2009
(Vegvisir)
when talking about creativity,and intense magickal development we must mention this Russian project known as VRESNIT,which has been polluting the world with all of its interesting releases,all of them with such hypnotic elements which encaptures the listener though a ritual shamanic voyage,due how the music is developed.So,this time through " Zavet" an album which fill my spectatives in a proper way,coz through the solo track of this release you shall explore the intense drone ambient atmospheres and eerie elements created here. At moments its as if a natural vortex of energy is open ready to devour and transport yourself to another level of existence.Through the whole album the well executed use of floating wind instruments and such archaic persussive sounds are gathered to offer you something more than just an album,but a chtonic voyage to the labyrinths of nature in all its forms,showing you strange symbols and wooden totems.A perfect equilibrium when hearing the metal gongs and diverse ritual instruments mutating all the time,going around with such dense drone atmopsheres.The natural development in "Tunvet" is the path of nature with its own mysteries and enigmatic elements ready to be explored by yourself.Again VRESNIT surprise me a lot with such kind of ritualistic music,always offering intense and in deep moments from start to finish. The album comes in a special package,having six panel digi file with archaic visuals reprsenting just the visual side of what you shall experience when hearing the ritual mantras generated at "Tunvet".


VRESNIT & KSHATRIY(Rus)/(Rus)
"Taet" Cd 2009
(Vetvei)
Again VRESNIT surprises with this amazing release,but now with a cooperation release with another russian project known as KSHATRIY handled by Uak-Kib from St. Petersburg/Moscow. this project has been developing several albums going oriented into drone ambient elements.and VRESNIT is well known by its shamanistic ritual exposition of atmospheres from time ago...So both spirits joined forces to create a vast scenario of drone ritual structures collapsing perfectly to consagrate mother gaia,in all its enormous splendour.This long 48:50 minutes composition has such intesne passages and structures based into drone soundscapes surrounded by suggestive whispers ,subliminal spoken mantras and organic atmospheres whcih together generates differents sensation in human aura,as isolation,inner transformation,meditative states. The most impressive element here is how the whole composition involves you with such archaic percussive pasaages and wind instruments floating mysteriously through the whole album. Water falls sounds,past incarnated spirits evoking its proclamation in nature's world,petrified drone patterns and eerie atmospheres complements the whole stuff here,generating a very amazing release worth to check. Shamanic Ritual trance album is what both artists offer us here.Just keep an eye open because a full interview with Sergey the spirit behinds VRESNIT and Vetvei will be done soon to cover all the enigmatic reality behinds this acclaimed russian project.The album comes in 7"EP 6-panel cardboard envelope covered with the signs of Vetvei. Standing in awe of Majesty and experience of true Beauty. Tradition, vibrations for a New Cycle.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

(Reviews 75) VRESNIT,OGNI VIDENIY

VRESNIT(Rus)
"Kalen Ven" Cdr 2009
(Vetvei)
VRESNIT emerges again, this time with its second album. Offering us a long 33:33 minutes track, in which the archaic ritualistic atmospheres converges in its own symbolism, creating a vast ambient composition with such eerie passajes, cthonic structures and subliminal atavisms evoking pure sensitive spirits though this long piece. At moments you seems to floats through such dense drone soundscapes and profound eerie atmospheres as if you were found in midle of jungle and elemental spirits calls you to its own worlds.This project is one of the best I have heard through the ambient ritual scene. Its raw, dense, obscure, it gathers allthe parameters we search in an ambient ritual project! Dark pulsations carries you slowly to such cthonic underground regions of your subconscious, being primal and dark. Without a doubt "Kalen Ven" is one of such releases which you will never forget! As the whole Vetvei releases this one comes in a especial package, this time - triple brown cardboard incl. 4 cards. Lets just immerse yourself though the Cthonic corridors and primal dakness evoked by such ritual ambient project VRESNIT!


"Skvozь Temnotu" Cdr 2007
(Vetvei)
OGNI VIDENIY is an ambient experimental project created by the shape of Petr Abysov which was born from the ashes of his other past industrial noise projectcalled: Fires Of Images. Now with OGNI VIDENIY, he has traced some parameters floating into a very impressive work of atmospheres,which seems to evolve through simple minimal sounds to diverse soundscapes,penetrating slowly through each one of the 6 compositions generated through "Skvozь Temnotu"(Through Darkness). The whole album tracks are in russian language,and has translations too.So,opening the album is "Visions Of The Source",a minimal ambient composition with such drop water atmopsheres mixed with some dense elements and arrangements which surely will surprise you due how enigmatic the trackturns.Then comes "Keepers Of Fires" and the spirits of fires burn high through the forest,with a very interesting piece in which OGNI VIDENIY offer us part of his potential with an ambient track full of desolation and obscure atmopheres,gathered around the whole picture of the track.The next composition is called "Clearing The Wind",and the enigmatic journey continues this time with a call to the spirits of air,with such sutile but effective atmopsheres,bells and field recordings."Sacral Days",is perhaps one of the bes tracks here.The whole track is built into eerie,dense atmopsheres and subliminal passages covered by defragmentation of diverse sounds and the characterized dynamism in which OGNI VEDENIY seems to focus through each one of the tracks."Internal Hearing" and "Shadows Of Grasses" closes the album,in which everything its transformed through shamanic ritual atmospheres opening so many gateways to explore the obscure mysterious of nature. Its important to note the use of acoustic instrumnets which gives to the album a very interesting touch due how music evolves from time to time. The Release is presented in six-panel full colour envelope,with the always amazing visual art by Vresnit!!


VRESNIT(RUS)
"Vjuga.Ljet.Duj" Cdr 2009
(Vetvei)
Vresnit present a long mysterious voyage to such ancestral primordial tribes which rules the desolated territories in earth thoudsand years ago,with an impressive solo piece track of 41:55 minutes.The impressinism when hearing this album was simply amazing,it generates in oneself a kind of retro atavism in which all structures of mind seems to devour themselves to create a pictoric idea of how such tribes worships its own gods,the nature open so many path of such search of knowledge.Drone ritual spaces crawling within the whole composition with intense moments and well performed use of flute sounds and hypnotizing acoustic analog atmospheres,also the use of percussive tunes are enough elements worth to expore,due how in a sutile form the whole composition if filed with dynamism and structures which appears and start to grows slowly with the pass of minutes.Some spoken voices emerges as primal evocations to complement the perfect drone ambient structures here. All is integrating in a solid structure with such dynamism and ritualistic elements which makes of VRESNIT ,one of the best projects coming from russian federation. The release comes in 8-sided red paperboard booklet + Рђ5 insert. 19 copies include 4 colored A5 inserts. And strictly limited to 181 copies only.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

(Reviews 74)KSHATRIY,NEZNAMO,HLADNA & VRESNIT

HLADNA & VRESNIT(Ru/Ru)
"Inej Senju Kornej"
(Vetvei)
Its primal forces awakened from the icy far forest of Rusia, emanating all its atavistic forces beyond the nature forces. So a proud to present the release of two of the most enigmatic projects coming from russian federation both of them creating dense and obscure pulsations though the whole three tracks included on this album. The album was recorded under the influence of winter woods of Vepsky Park, and the result was so amazing, because the music itself seems to be a transfigurative organism growing and growing with pass of minutes, at moments the music reminds me to Halo Manash, the Finnish project, but HLADNA and VRESNIT has its own characteristic sound mixed and created specially for this concept release. One of the most important aspects of this album is how osbscure pulsations generates such high states of trance and meditative structures for ritual use. I am very impressed by such suggestive enigmatic pieces of both artists namely, Nikolay Kalmykov (Hladna) and Sergey Ilchuk (Vresnit), so penetrating our sences in a very suggestive way, due to dark dense atmospheres and well created use of singing bowls, and other structures. At the second track you shall hear some strange vocal mantras as if there comes from the trees speaking in strange languages. A ritualistic piece of drone noise ambient highly recommended to all those into obscure mantras dressed with such shamanic pulsations always bringing new elements with this kind of projects!!! The album is limited to 383 copies and the whole album designed by full-color six-panel envelope From Vresnit Art.


HLADNA & VRESNIT(Ru/Ru)
"Kornej Senju Inej"
(Vetvei)
The transmission continues, and even the organic cells of nature mutates one more time, to create the second part of this collaborative release of HLADNA & VRESNIT. This time the suggestive pulsations emerges under almost the same facet as on its first part. Offering you a vast, dense drone ambient structures gathered under such subliminal forces with a very obscure and vaporous atmosphere. At moments music is a gateway to the worlds of elementals of nature due how each one of the four compositions here ihas been built. The second track including here has some very tribal druming parts such as its spirits opens its portals to coming to underworld. Its corridors opened and the drone passajes emerges to encapture the listener with such shamanic ritualistic soundscapes. Using some field recording ,wind isntruments and metal sounds they have created a very amazing piece having such high connotation due how the music penetrates slowly to your mind, and opens to you channels of perception to a latent magickal world. This kind of music is just perfect to be listened under the use of magickal herbs. Also some spoken voices can be hear at least on track 3. A very meditative piece of ritual musik persented by both artists creating a monumental artistical expression due its magickal connections with nature. The album comes in a six panel cardboard and limited to 181 copies only!! ...so just write Vetvei recs now!!






"Seme>Zemlya" cdr 2010
(moonsun)
NEZNAMO is one of such projects arriving from russian Federation and founded in 1996 by dmitry shilov,reveal us part of all its creativity and well structured music,due the dynamism and eclectic nature in each one of its albums.So this time we have the pleasure to review "Seme>Zemlya" an album with so many intereting facets focusing into drone/ambient minimalist atmospheres,creating vast soundscapes full of dense and versatile moments.So two long tracks being the first one a 9:30 minutes track called " Zemlya",built into drone elements and covered by such eclectic atmospheres from start to finish.The interesting point here is how the track is evolving within the pass of minutes ,creating a very rich and well structured piece, based in drones as the principal element here.So,then comes the second one ,through 10:14 minutes in which you shall experience a kind of different facet due the minimalistic elements handled here ,but still with some strong atmopsheres worth to explore.The whole album has such strong elements which keep your sences alive all the time,such enigmatic atmospheres crawling from within the core of this interesting russian project.For more info just contact Moonsun Productions.

"Slepok Soznaniya" Digipack 2009
(Muzyka Voln)
Though this debut album,this promissing Russian project emerges as a very interesting one,when we look the projection this alum has,due the intense moments and creative musical exploration developed through each one of the 9 tracks developed here.The name of the project translated as warrior (sanskrit), great warrior of the truth, which can one foughts with a thousand... KSHATRIY has been creating music since 2004 ,but now it arrives with a proper concept based on a perfect equilibrium between mind,body and soul,creating such vast and enigmatic passages to a cosmic dimension full of joy,liverty,light,love... tracks as "Put' Voina" and "Magic Forest" opening the album,through well structured drone ambient passages and diverse field recording creating an amalgame of soundscapes with incredible passages.Then come tracks such as "the Spirits" and "Loki",being the first one an indeep exploration to nature's world,evoking the elemental powers of water through sensitive soundscapes full of power.And more with some industrial traces and the inclusion of some kind of voices as background at the middle of the track.The other one is more dense and cryptic,full of slow agonic drone passages gathering around a vast execution of sounds converging perfectly in the atmosphere handled here.Some percussive sounds emerges too to enrich the whole atmopshere of the whole track.The suggestive trip continues with tracks such as "Lights" and "Hymn To Kali(Part I)",both of them amazing pieces built through dense drone passages,floating into obscure atmopsheres with such enigmatic touch with Characterize KSHATRIY through the whole album.This album is just amazing,this one encaptures the true essence of dark industrial feeling mixing also such in deep drone elements which incorporates perfectly for a perfect result in "Slepok Soznaniya"! An unforgetable album with very interesting moments worth to explore. Other tracks included here are "Space Travel","Mother Earth",and "Moment Istiny"!! important to note thar Muzika Voln is a sub divison label of Zhelezobeton! forinfo just check the link.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

(Reviews 73)SECRET DRUID SOCIETY,MYSTIFIED,FAHL,PALE ROSES

MYSTIFIED (Ger)
"Passing Through The Outer Gates"(Eulogy Series,Vol I) Digipack 2010
(First Fallen Star)
when talking about creativity and eclectic nature we must inmmeditely must carve deeply in the shape of Thomas Park,a musician with has been creating lots of interesting releases through the years,and now is here presenting us ,a part of his creativity though Eulogy Series,Vol I,founding so very attractive elemnts and suggestive pieces of music which reveals us different aspects of his own perspectives and visions.revealing the spiritual trascendence of his own visions reffering death and its entrance to another levels of existence,the passing of soul through different gates.The album opens with "Eulogy For Thomas Park" and the revelation began,created through classical atmospheres full of eclectic sounds and sutil passages generating a very impressive collage of different musical vortex.Then,comes "Dark Transition",an obscure piece full of neo classical atmospheres and percussive sounds increasing the whole aspect of the track with a kind of atmospehre rich and dynamic!! "Lost My Body",show us another surreal piece of ambient passages,this time bathed by some experimental passages and percussive sounds which gives such magickal ritual touch to the whole track in general. Through "Up Down Or Out",things here are going more dense,floating the whole composition in minimal dark ambient passages but stil dressed with such classical tunes surrounding everything.Really,a very interesting piece full of dynamism and well performed is what you shall find in the whole album."Approaching something" is one of such ambient experiemental pieces which keep your senses alive all the time due how its growing within the pass of minutes,so dark,moody,and dynamic,one of the best tracks here. "Soul In Motion",emerges with its infiltrating atmopsheres and very impressive work of experimental percussive soundsmutating all the time,to create vast soundscapes full of diverse characters as voice effects and more yet to be discover.other two tracks which complements the whole release are "The Final Gate" and "The Soul's Resting Place" both of them complementing perfectly each other to give you birth to another dimension perceived through the gates.A very recommneded release due the trascendence all the whole album has from start to finish.The album is presented in an A5 digipack with silver foil embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hnt of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret's "burning Souls" painting.limited to 500 copies only!!!


SECRET DRUID SOCIETY(Rus)
"Restles" Digipack 2010
(First Fallen Star)
The enigmatic minimalistic ambient duo known as SECRET DRUID SOCIETY,present us an work based on desolated soundscapes,hybrid atmopsheres which seems to express a latent reality which must be present in a near future,a desolated dismal paradise with no life.Though 7 compositions of dark ambient expresionism SECRET DRUID SOCIETY arrives with not just a simple album,but an spectral voyage to isolationism!!! "Desert World" is the opening composition floataing into dense ambient atmopsheres and minimal structures emerging slowly to create a vast amalgame of circular sounds moulding themselves to the point of transporting yourself to nothingness.so, the next track is"Restless(Foreboding)",a more based drone pattern track full of power and character due how each one of the sounds crawls themselves to create a cold and strong structure.it seems to carrie you to a near future in which cold isolationim rules everywhere.Though "Lonely Moon",the drone patterns seems to capture you to the void,and momified your spirit though such intense moments of cold atmopsheres,and distant colosal isolationism."Phobia(Stones Are Moving)",continues with its strong march to nothingness itself,but ths time the drone passages are mesmerized by such sutile atmopheres gathering slowly through each one of minutes of the whole composition here.Erosive atmospheres going aroung repetitive movements once again and again!. "Restless(night Is Here)"offer us dismal
passages and sugestive drone elements,covered by such sutile sticking dark ambient atmospheres which makes of this release a piece of dense dark ambient with so much well processed elements."Dawn Over The Deserted World" is the equilibrium of nature calling for freedom,is the self procreative reality of nature,this time expressed through sutile melodies and ambient structures converging themselves to create a vast universe,a new dawn in a desert world.And closing the release we find a tack called "Endless Ice plains",taken the hybrid scenarios,this time with such drone cold sounds and sterile atmospheres to create a perfect final for this album!!! Also limited to 500 copies and as the whole First Fallen Star Releases,coming in a digipack format with an 8 pages booklet featuring short poems penned by the hands of the project's musicicans.


FAHL(Ger)
"Paths To Emptiness" Cd 2010
(The Eastern Front)
FAHL being part of the artist circle "Die Neue Runde",and founded in 2008,has been developing an universe full of dense atmospheres and soundscapes with a very sugggestive touch.So this time FAHL arrives with its debut album,in which you shall explore 10 compositions,in which everything was created into special subconsious methods and becoming flesh for your own personal experimentations.The album opens with a track floating into obscure passajes and diverse whispers and voices as background with a powerfull atmosphere.so while the second one,is a very sutile dark ambient composition full of minimalistic atmopsheres and spoken voices crawling through the whole track.The main structures of the whole album are the spoken voices and atmospheres which together creates such magnificent pieces of music with a powerfull and suggestive touch.so track 4 for example is one of the best one,with an almost perfect work of voices and atmopsheres which seems to be hypnotizing you with the pass of minutes.All in all, you shall discover the enigmatic essence of the whole album withing hearing the complete tracks,because each one of them has such a codified structure which you must discover by yourself.The Album concept is based on the Mahabharata as well as poems and texts by John Milton, Jack London, Stefan George, Christian Dietrich Grabbe and Cornelius Waldner. One of the aspect We must mention here is how it seems each track is connected to each other.The albums comes in a jewel case cd and includes a 8 pages booklet with images and information about the concept and project!!! so,a short but effective review here and reccomended for fans of Lustmord,Endura!!! THERE ARE SIGNS OF THE END OF THE YUGA!!


"Fear Of Dawn"
(The Eastern Front)
A new rising star is shining at the distant horizon,and its bright enlight us with such incredible melodies and neo-folk hymns.so we are proud to present the debut album by PALE ROSES,a French project which has been very inspired by acts such as Sol Ivictus,Death In June just to name a few...they have created their own unique style focusing on ,melodies atmopsheres created by acoustic guitar tracks and voices which seems to transport you to such pagan era back in time,so one aspect to mention here is how each one of the 10 tracks developed here have such nostalgic feeling and penetrating sadness which touch your heart,so tracks such as "Flow My Tears" and "four winters" opens the release in a proper way.Really I am impressed by the development of this act,so much due the effect music produces in my mind,so perhaps because when writting and listening it there was a plenty rain over the city and as I living near mountains so the atmosphere and fog its really great!! The next track is a tribute to Tony Wakeford called "Sol Invictus",and this is really amazingly beautiful,such acoustic guitar tunes and voices gathered specially for this composition.Through tracks such as "Lord Gregory" and "Heroes Dawn",things goes a bit different,for example in the Gregory's one you only hear a spoken voice alone through the whole track,and with the next track ,you shall find some piano passajes and two viices complementing perfectly though the track, to create a very interesting musical piece."When The War Is Over" is a very sensitive piece too,with such sad melodies from start to finish."Niflheim",rises as as splendour of nature,as the splendour of your mind as a free spirit flying around,a very rich piece full of interesting moments."Pagan","Two Ravens" and "Are You Ready (For Total War)?" are closing this release.so I higly recommend this release to all those sensitive spirits out there thirsty of good music,and professionalism!! "PALE ROSES deserves all their attention due how such pagen ,neo-folk compositions are structured here!! one more tiem a very exquisite release by The Eastern Front. The album comes with a 8 pages booklet including lyrics!!!