Tuesday, 15 February 2011

(Reviews 87)SYRINX/REI REA,PROXENUS/GLOWINGPIXIE,GHOUL DETAIL


SYRINX(Uk)/REI REA (Usa)
This is my first encounter with these both harsh drone ambient acts,coming from Uk.And this encounter bring us to transplutonic dimensions,coz we were submerged in ethereal atavisms surrounded by spectral fog and shapes. SYRINX is formed by Ed Plenderleith,a creative eclectic spitit and deconstructive artist. Through “Reunion”,which is the only track released in this split cd,you can experience a long intellestellar voyage to the core of dark nebular holes, melting themselves into radioactive emanations developed by drones and a minimalistic atmosphere which transport you to unknown alien dimensions. In the other hand we have REI REA,formed in Usa and created by cristian Dubé, veiled with a very incredible fragmentation of sounds gathered through harsh, vaporous drone elements which express in concret way the Dub´e’s visions regarding his daily experimentations and obssession of actual modern world in which we live. The music seems calm at moments, but suddenly you can feel the intensity and somber atmosphere in each sonic explosion erupting from this split cd . This release is one of these ones you will never forget due to intensity and the way as are gathering together the whole elements as drone, effects to create a strong piece as the one you could hear here. "Gates Of Doom","Tick","Ghah Rumors"so,it’s a bit difficult to be more explicit referring the whole conceptual album. just you must hear it to have a more exact idea of what SYRINX and REI REA are about.

PROXENUS/GLOWINGPIXIE(Uk)
"Elapidae" Cdrmini-Album 2010
(Dark Meadow Recordings)
An experimental release by this enigmatic project coming from Uk,the idea of this release is just interesting,so a sample tack was created by PROXENUS and then it has been deconstructed by other artists ,this time by GLOWINGPIXIE,giving a dark drone touch to the long 28:48 minutes tracks included here.so the point here is how the composition evolves from time to time and mutating through repetitive and vaporous forms,creative such suggestive soundscapes.field recordings and bass as principal elemnts used by Dave Sunders the mastermind behinds,the solo project GLOWINGPIXIE.By the other side we have the principal structure created by PROXENUS,using guitar,samples and keys,to create a perfect union of both artists in a solel ong composition full of such mysterious atmophseres.The cover design show us abstract images of eyes,crying though a kind of black hole.A very interesting piece for those into suggestive ambient drone sounds!!!

GHOUL DETAIL (Uk)
"Medicated" Cdr 2010
(Dark Meadow Recordings)
After the impressive split cd released with Stahlfaust released.GHOUL DETAIL, returns with a massive structure full of dark eerie spaces which floats through your mind when listening it at first time, and with pass of minutes you seems to fall into its dense universe full of paradigms representing the parallel universe in which resides GHOUL DETAIL.This time with "Medicated" an album built into diverse structures with excellent evolution of the whole tracks, from start to finish. Tracks such as "Psittacosis”, with strong dense atmospheres and drone elements floating through the whole structure and evocative defragmentation of sounds, which enrich so much the composition in general. Or "Patchfinder" with such obsessive manipulated tunes and industrial percussive sounds,and corrossive elements creating, dense and hypnotic atmospheres.”City Of The Living Dead" floating into obscure abstract atmospheres, and drone elements mixed with such excellent structure of ambient nature, in which one more time GHOUL DEATIL express us all its potential.” Interferon" is a dark drone evocation of sounds in its more pure form!and with such ritualistic percussive elements converging and appearing from time to time through the whole track. This track has so many strong elements and bathed with surreal, eerie atmospheres gathering and transforming all the time! So, the latent strong position and conceptual in GHOUL DEATIL is a fact, you must explore in order to know more about this consolidated Bristish act! Other tracks are: "Septic Spectre","Scabies","Black Spoon Rising" among others...so, for more info just contacts GHOUL DETAIL!!!

SYRINX(Uk)
"Outbound" Cdr 2010
(Dark Meadow Recordings)
Again Ed Plenderleith surpeises with another projects inhis long creative carrear as exponent inside the experimental drone ambient movement.This time he emrges with a pulsative organism called SYRINX,in which through two long compositions he reveal us a harsh drone structures moving and building itself vast scenarios of oscure nature.Both compositions namely "Last Stand Of The Withering Body" and "Reborn Thru A Savaged Beagle" moves so slowly and dense,creating such decadent and abysmal soundscapes,bringing you desolation and hopeless visions,the surprise here is the inclusion of Jhon From Ghoul Detail in this project as a perfect complement of what Ed want to develop here. Guitars sound expositions mixed and re arranged though samples and effects to create isolationism soundscapes able to trascends the relities and visons of your mind.A suggestive project with such kind of trance atmotpheres and meditative tunes great to explore into loneliness.Another interesting project released by Dark Meadow Recordings.The Cdr comes in a cardboard sleeve and its limitedto 80 copies only.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

(Reviews 86)PINK VENOM,STAHLFAUST/GHOUL DETAIL,HOIST,FOREST ON FIRE/BACKYARD GHOST,

"Gravity" Cdr 2010
(Dark Meadow Recordings)
An especial release arrived to my hands lately,so the experimental illbient breakcore project coming from Uk called HOIST,with a release called "Gravity" with 70 minutes of captivating music and sonic experiemntations through 14 compositions in which you shall experience the dynamism and creativity of this British project! THis album includes 3 eps,opening with the firsto ne titled "The Unsavoury",including 4 compositions "A Quiche Too Far" a mid tempo druming track with interesting piano passages,and other elements.The second one is "Dishevelled",a short ambient composition with minimal elements and some piano and percussive elements too."Immaculate Confection" and "Choking Hazard (Pritchard's last stand)",both of them with such sticking percussive elements and atmopsheres created by piano passages as principal basis.Then comes the second Ep called "The Metro Gnome" including 4 compositions,opening with a short one called "Slang" an ilbient minimalistic piece."Kant","The Flies On You" and "A Gnome Suit And Spatula",all of them floating into such deconstructive sondscapes variating and moving all the time,with such piano passages and trumpet parts which creates a very interesting sound to the ep in general.voices and percussion are including giving a rhythmic pattern to the tracks too.The thrird Ep is called "The Unspoken" includen again 4 compositions,"Introducing Mr Blister" is a very interesting piece slow fragments gathered and joined by piano passages and bass tunes."Saline","Chump","Donuts Beyond Redeption",are the rest of the tracks all of them with the charasteristic sound which HOIST has released in the 3 Eps but still with diverse elemets included here. the labun is packed in cdr with vinyl effect cdr in vinyl like sleeve and dust cover.

FOREST ON FIRE(Uk)/BACKYARD GHOST(Uk)
Ed Plenderleith is a talented musician which has been working in several projects such as Pink Venom,Syrinx,and owner Of Dark Meadow Recordings this time under another exploration called FOREST ON FIRE,so this harsh drone machine created this split cd together BACKYARD GHOST,in which all suggestive ideas and structural void,has been evoked through 6 compositions with interesting elements worth to mention,as the way as on tracks such as "Natures Burning",built through dense repetitive passages,goes penetrating slowly into such surreal worlds of nature creating such ghastly and mysterious atmospheres.Through "No Shame" things goes more strong due the harsh nature of such composition,creating raw primitive soundscapes and mutative spaces through more than 9 minutes.The last one is called "Godbye",a perfect track for the end ,due the enigmatic structures and dark ambient atmospheres giving you the oportunity to fall in the arms of nothingness.By the other side we have BACKYARD GHOST,A project coming from usa and developed by Joseph K Is A Chicago Based Sound Artist, Former Mental Patient And Synthesizer Master.He offer us an exquisite three piece of Dark ambient exposition with a particular sound which is expressed in the whole tracks."Staircase Of Splinters","Charnal House" and "Columbarium" are gathered into diverse dark ambient patterns and subliminal structures,with such raw and obscure felling!


This time Dark Meadow Recordings,presents us an split cd with two project in which you shall found different facets,the first one STAHLFAUST,is a neo-folk with martial influences,this project comes to here from South America,Argentina,and was formed in 2000 by three souls Hernan R., Fabian L. and Alfred “The Monk” B.the music is really expressive and interesting.STAHLFAUST's part of th split cdr stars with an intro called "Ex Nihilo,Nihil" a kind of percusive ritual druming and some chakers as background and flute.Then comes "Im Scheiterhaufen",a beautiful hymn,expressing all the splendour and beauty in which STAHLFAUST focuses on.Acoustic guitars,chimes,spoken narrative voices and mixed carefully to create a very sticking piece here."Traveler" is a nostalgic one,so deprresed and sad song with moody melodies in acoustic guitar parts and perfect work of vocals,chimes were also used to complements the whole melancholic structure of the track as well as percussive tunes from time to time."El Faro" is the end...an end where the melancholy,reflective memories and sadness emerges to free you,through beautiful acoustic sounds and voices.A very promising act into neo-folk scene,so powerfull and catching.The time is for GHOUL DETAIL,which is a project coming from Northampton,Uk and reveal us through 4 compositions an in deep voyage into dense ambient drone and experimental explorations."Fluoxetine Drift",converges in its unique raw and stong ambient dronish atmospheres."Strapeed",another piece of high contex,this ti me with industrial patterns revealing a powerfull spectum due how machines evolves into repetive spaces and mixed with such ghastly atmospheres to create a very interesting piece.The decosntructive spaces continues through a dense and obscure track such as "Thirty Six Delta" and closed with "Transient Glyph",an ambient piece with such vaporous and eerie soundscapes and percussive sounds! a very dynamic release for those looking for something raw,unique and dark!


"Waste Of The World" Cdr 2010
(Dark Meadow Recordings)
This is another project of infamous spirit called Ed Plenderleith,and again he surprise us with a total harsh drone based project in which all the density and darkness are evoked through 6 compositions opening with "foetus" one of such strong explorations created through dense guitar elements and obscure passages creating a suggestive transformative track.Then we have "Fallen",a more dense and retrospective piece of ambient structure,and dense guitar sounds evolving within the main structure with the pass of minutes,not as raw as the last one but with such dark elements present.Is excellent to be catched by the emotive and subliminal atmopsheres of PINK VENOM,an album will surely you will enjoy due density and well structured one from the first track to the last one."Hostage" and "Again" floats into repetitive drone elements and dark ambient elements from avery spectral perspective.The last tracks are "End of The Days" which is a bit different in the way as some industial elements are included to increase the production and sound in general."For Those Who Wait",returns into a kind of dark ambient structure with some piano sounds converging through the whole track,a calm but dark composition for sure!!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

(Reviews 85) GYDJA,GIRLS OV CTEPHIN,NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE,DPERD

GYDJA (New Zealand)
"Helchemy" Cdr 2008
(Afe)
Abby Helasdottir is a visual artist and musician which has been developing her creative explorations since early 95.she has created magickal transformations through releases such as "liber Babalon","Cold Seed (Hagalaz Meditation","Machina mundi"...among some of her releases.This time Abby emerges with "Helchemy",an in deep musical exploration in which she focuses on a kind of self transformation basing herself into The portmanteau of alchemy and Hela, the Germanic goddess of the dead and as such, explores the way in which imagery overlaps between the two.The result is just amazing,two long compositions in which you shall be entering to a kind of magickal development though vast ambient atmospheres and surreal spaces where the mind body and soul are joined together to trascends the reality in this existential plane.The album opens with a 25:08 minutes track called "The Spirit Of The Earth With Venom Intoxicate",exploring diverse ambient atmospheres and soundscapes which evolves from time to time offering you a brilliant fountain of possibilities and obscure transformations,emerging from such magickal currents which only Abby knows how to handle here.Minimalistic structures veiled with such vaporous atmospheres,is what you shall explore here. Coming next is the second one called " The Black Sea,The Black Lune,The Black Soll"...And yes another ritualistic opus of high trascendence,through 25:35 minutes in which the percussive sounds and bells opens as a magickal entrance for self transformation.Penetrating abstract stuctures collapsing and crawling through drone passages,creating a enlightment piece full of intense moments due how the composition is evolving with the pass of minutes.Worth to note the field recordings,water samples and other elements which gives to the track a espcial sound. GYDJA has developed a very amazing piece with 50:45 minutes of pure magickal explorations. The album comes in a pro-printed cardboard sleeve and limited to 100 copies only!!! Let just enter to explore the mutative magickal realms through "Helchemy".


GYDJA(New Zealand)/GIRLS OV CTEPHIN(Usa)
"The Blue-Lidded Daughter Of Sunset"
(Roil Noise)
...So the naked splendour ov nuit,revealed throug both magickal artists,this time with a collaborative piece as this split cdr in which you sahll dance in your own orbite of your sensitive perceptions...GIRLS OV CTEPHIN is a thelemic family ,based into experimental/ambient/noise unit from Oklahoma,having Aedria has the principal point of this project,together his daughters Kaylan and Tirzah. Such collective have joined forces with the sole purpose to develop this kind of Experimental ambient musik,the use of atmospheres and ambient structures were created here under the conceived point to recreate a vision handled the hands of Nuit,and the result was impressive when exploring "the Consciousness Of The Continuity Of Existence",a composition with such sublime and enigmatic feelings from start to finish,always oening layer through layer and offering you more than just music,but a suggestive piece of magickal exaltation. Through Gydja,things goes into such sublime and enlightment path...open new portals of perceptions due the trascendence of Abby,when creating music.This time she offer us "She Who holds A Thousand Souls",a 30 minutes long opus with strong beautiful atmospheres and eerie atmospheres moving together all the time to create infinite spaces full of dynamism,mystery and
enigmatic nature,due how each passage is dressed with a veil of soundscapes arranged in a very proper way.In a way we must say this release reveals the totallity of existence of self,where the point Nuit has to be explored by the essence in which we must carve deep inside our hearts.This is one of such releases in which you must submerged to such magickal realms created by both artists.The art of the whole album is just amazing ,colourfull yellowish orange cosmic exaltaion and symbols regarding nuit!!!A very amazing work for sure!!!
Above, the gemmed azure is
The naked splendour of Nuit;
She bends in ecstasy to kiss
The secret ardours of Hadit.
The winged globe, the starry blue,
Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
Liber al I-14


"Jupiter Tmple" Digipack 2010
(My Kingdom Music)
Marco Kehren,a creative musicican known by his project Deynonichus,and the participations in projects such as Bethlehem,and Dark Sanctuary,arrives with the debut album "Jupiter Temple" from his new project NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE,and what we found here is just a very apocaliptic album,full of dark stoned passages dressed with intense martial industrial elements,which surely will keep your sences alive all the time due how the album has been developed.The album opens with two orchestral, dark compositions "Nihil Novi Sub Sole" and "Die Angeklagten",the first of them with such sticking piano passages,voices,chorus and a perfect martial atmopshere,atmoments reminds me to In Slaughter Natives or even Triarii.And the second less bombastic as the first one,but veiled with a powerfull desolated atmopshere,present through the whole composition."To Enslave & Destroy" is the thrid composition,an amazing one mixing percussive elements and diverse atmopsheres collected in an almost perfect way.A Neo classical touch can be hear in compositions such as "Avvenimiento Traumatico" and "Totgeborener Lebensmut",the last one with a sorrowful,nostalgic stmopshere."Stigma" is another track with such strong elements focusing in martial percussive sounds and spoken voices.Conceptually the album handles theterror,pain and fear of human nature,during years of war through history.And structurally the album speaks fot itself due the apocaliptic feeling and strong atmopsheres revealed through the album.Tracks such as " Stigma","Fellonia Con Sangue","Walking Over Mother Disease",following the path through such millitaristic expressionism mixed with industial patters,all of them expresing the mentioned conceptual vision of Marco,as the whole album in General.Other tracks whcih you shall find here are "Obedience To none","Paralize","Victoria Victis",and "Idolatry.The album comes in a A5 digicd,for more info just visit The My Kingdom Music Web.

DPERD(Ita)
"Io Sono Un Errore" digipack 2010
(My Kingdom Music)
Carlo Disimone and Valeria Buono are an Italian duo which has been working since aerly 90's in a project called Fear Of The Storm,and in 2003 they have theidea to create a kind of melancholic rhythmic dark wave music with elemnts of rock music,and the result is reflected in the last album "Io Sono Un Errore",being an album full of creativity,passion and charism,due the personality of each one of the 10 compositions included here.Tracks such as "Non Mi Tradieri Mai" or just " Ho Paura,Sai" are the one you can listen at the beginning of the album,and the sensations expresed here,are really incredible,dark pop,thrugh an incledible use of melodies and percussive elements. "Inverno" is a sad,melancholic journey trascending the senses,and visulising a nostalgic reality,and more when the spoken voices from Carlo,transports us to an ocean of desolation and hopeless.The use of piano,keyboards,percussions and guitars in the whole tracks,are just developed in a very proper way from start to finish."In Giorni Lontani" is a veryexpressive piece with perfect and psychodelic work of voices and keyboard passages.mostly of the pieces has such nostalgic feeling necessary to put you in a especial mood."Cold song" is one of my favorites,a kind of dark synth pop with,floating atmospheres and perfect work of voices by Valeria.The album includes a bonus track called "Democrazia E Dittatura",a track with an old school sound in bass and keys,a remembrance to past days from a creative way!! so,a very sticking and dynamic album for those into old dark wave with pop elements,so this album comes i nan A5 digipack and its ready to be explored by yourself right now!!

Monday, 7 February 2011

(Reviews 84) BATHORY LEGION,B-TONG,SOLDERCUP

"Through The dimensions"(Anarcoesoterismo) Cd 2010
(Self produced)
Is really great when we have the opportunity to see the growing in the scene with this kind of projects focusing into strong music and esoterism...well This time arrived to our hands BATHORY LEGION,a solo project released by a mental structure ,an archon demonic spirit known as BL,emerging from the deeps patheons from Rome Italy,and really what I found here is just amazing,an album containing such kind of old school industrial elements and psychotic structures dressed with sutile and penetrating atmospheres from start to finish. "mother Of Echoes" is a kind of organic mutation from in deep levels of exploation as a kind of living sigil for the next magickal explorations who will come,so strong dense structures,laments and suggestive soundscapes are the main elements you shall find here.Then comes "Anarcoesoterismo" a deconstructive piece full of diverse industrial patterns and veiled with aggressive voices and elements converging perfectly through the whole track.A psychotic piece with raw and primitive sound,so amazing for my taste!! "Silence Blosson",opening as a mysterious dark ambient piece,carring you to your own inner vacuity where senses and own magickal spectrums are joined together through this vast piece full of desolated spaces.Through "Black Glasses",things goes just perfect ,due the use of interesting sticking percussive elements and synths creating a dismal and strong piece,and more when the industrial patterns emerges to create and infernal dimension where everything is possible,one of the most amazing tracks including here for sure. Another piece coming is "T.horn"(the Call),a dark piece full of dense atmopsheres and ethereal soundscapes."Dimension and "Anticristianesimo Alchemico Militante" closes the release,both of them true pieces full of obscure vaporous pulsations,and eneigmatic passages converging and mutating all the time.Being the second one more industrilish due to corrossive sounds and apocaliptic voices through the whole track. Without a doubt a new dark star is rising at the horizon,so BATHORY LEGION is the new magickal blood,growing and trascending the limits of minds in all possible ways!!!


B-TONG(Swit)
"The Great Disintegrator" Cdr 2010
(Snowy Tension Pole)
When we walks the path of experimental music,and abstract music,created with an unique sound,we must talk about Chris Sigdell,a Creative spirit having its headquarters in Switzerland,and the main force behind his oslo project B-TONG,an experimental/ambient project which has been working from time ago and has released several albums and appeared in important music festivals.This time Chris offer us a very floating composition,focusing into ambient structures and drone elements from a point in which you shall experience a kind of astral gnosis due how each one of there 5 tracks included here emerges to each other,creating a disintegration of senses,spirit and flesh, a kind of self trasformation though such sonic soundscapes. Opening is " Voices From Within" ak ind of psychotic drone ambient structure,with such intense moments from start to finish. Then comes,"Strange Journey" a more dense composition with such industrial tunes emerging from time to time,to offer you a different angle from my personal perspective.The disintegration continues with "Batisphere" a drone ambient structure collapsing and mutating itself with the pass of minutes,always emerging with different perspectives,but having such amazing dense passages and dynamism through the whole track. The interesting point with the whole structures created by B-TONG,is the way as he decosntruct and reycles diverse sounds sources in order to create something unique and well elaborated."Bottomless Pit" is another piece which suh in deep atmospheres mutating and growing with pass of minutes."Beyond...And Further Still",closes the album thorugh such strong ambient passages and suggestive elements present again in this piece as on the rest of the tracks.a very impressive work by B-TONG,which got so much my attention due dynamism and hard structured emphasis on the whole concept in general.so be prepared to enter beyond...The Great disintegrator!!!


SOLDERCUP(uk)
"Soldercup" 12'ep 2010
(Fourier Transform)
A very interesting Release by this Experimental project,which has been working under diverse sounds mostly into improvisational and experiemental stuff. The project was created by Rhodri Davies and Louisa Hendrikien,in which they have used a lot of electronic elements to create a vast experimental paradise full of eclectic movements and dynamic textures in tracks such as "Liid","Affivian","Mergo" from side a,always mutatying and floating into such own convergences to create a very interesting musical piece!!The captivating point here is how each one of nine compositions included here in side a,offer you a dyanmism spectrum based on improvisational elements as principal basis.On side B you shall find 4 compositions,still with such dynamism and improvisatonal structures giving you the sensations as to be submerged in an abstract ocean full of possibilities and labyrinths in which each one of them are able to entering you to another level of existence.Tracks such as"Tegol","Dinpewter","Urah" are clear examples of such experimental soundscapes.The album was recorded,edited and mixed somewhere in london 2006,and offer us just a part of the potential and highest levels of this experimental project called SOLDERCUP.This piece is limited to 200 copies only.so for more info just visit the Fourier Transform page in order to know more about this projects and upcoming releases!!