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BARDITUS (ORPLID) in Minsk!
CRIVIA AETERNA festival
April 12, 2009 | Club STEP | Doors open 17.00
Photos from AMBASSADOR 21 / SYNAPSCAPE gig in Minsk were uploaded. Find them here.
STIGMATA'S BEST CHOICE FOR 2008
Well, 2008 was a great year for music, so I had hard times to choose from lot's of good albums and sometimes I failed - that's why you see 2 or even 4 titles in some nominations!
BEST DARK AMBIENT ALBUMS
HERBST9 The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The Falcon LOKI
RAISON D'ETRE The Luminous Experience (Live In Enschede 2008) CMI
BEST MARTIAL ALBUMS
ARDITI Omne Ensis Impera Equilibrium
TRIARII Muse In Arms Eternal Soul
BEST NEOFOLK ALBUMS
NEUTRAL Serpents In The Dawn Eis & Licht
SONNE HAGAL Jordansfrost Luftschutz
ÐÈÒÓÀËÜÍÛÉ ÔÐÎÍÒ Èçëó÷åíèÿ Der Anfriff
ROME Masse Mensch Material CMI
ORPLID Greifenherz Auerbach Tontrager
BEST RHYTMIC NOISE ALBUM
MONOKROM One Fine Day In The Pyramid Ant Zen
BEST MILITARY POP ALBUM
DER BLUTHARSCH Everything Allright HR
BEST POWER ELECTRONICS ALBUM
VA Juche DPRK
BEST RITUAL INDUSTRIAL ALBUM
HALO MANASH AM KHA ASTRIE Aural Hypnox
VELEHENTOR | VISHUDHA KALI | CLOSING THE ETERNITY Ishopanishad Vegvisir music
BEST CHOICE FOR A PARTY
NOVEMBER NOVELET Sacred Galakthorroe
BEST EASY-LISTENING ALBUM
ANTLERS MULM Of Withered Sparks LOKI
BEST BELARUSSIAN ALBUM
ÒÐÎIÖÀ Ñîí-òðàâà West Recs.
New reviews in Russian: SECOND SKIN Illa Exuro In Silentium (Palace of Worms), ATTRITION Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club (Two Gods), ATTRITION The Jeopardy Maze (Two Gods), GREGORIO BARDINI Sentinelle Del Mattino (The Eastern Front), Steinklang Industries IV: 2007 - 2008 (Steinklang), Noise.il (Topheth Prophet), Tel Aviv Aftermath (Topheth Prophet), LUMINOUS Links (Tara Records), BABYLONE CHAOS Les Machines Ecarlates (OPN Records), FEMINA FABER Femina Faber (Milarecords), ABBILDUNG Two-Sphere Geometry (Essentia Mundi), CHAOS AS SHELTER Dawn Syndrome (Topheth Prophet), FLUTWACHT Heroinloops (Steinklang), MAJDANEK WALTZ Æóðàâëè (ÊóëüòÔðîíò), CONTRASTATE A Live Coal Under The Ashes (Tesco), VESTIGIAL Translucent Communion (Cold Meat Industry), EIDVLON Idolatriae (Malignant), WOLFSKIN feat. OBJEKT4 The Hidden Fortress: Revisitation (Neuropa Records), VON THRONSTAHL Mutter Der Schmerzen (Der Angriff), CAUL & KIRCHENKAMPF Sleep - Night - Death (Malignant), REQUIEM ETERNAM Medieval Times (BloodDivine Records), SEELENTHRON : TRAUM'ER LEBEN : TRINITHOS III (Steinklag), V/A Nikolaevka (Palace of Worms), MAJDANEK WALTZ/ SAL SOLARIS Íåáî Ðåéõà/ Íåáî íàä Áåðëèíîì (Êóëüòôðîíò), RAISON D'ETRE The Luminous Experience (Live In Enschede 2008) (CMI), Hermann KOPP Under A Demon's Mask (Galakthorroe), NOVEMBER NOVELET Sacred (Galakthorroe), ËÈÕÎËÅÑÜÅ Áåñïðåäåëüíàÿ Æàæäà Èíîãî (Assault Rex), BAIN WOLFKIND The Swamp Angel (Hau Ruck!), Rush For Black Celebration : Russian Industrial Depeche Mode Tribute (ÊóëüòÔðîíò), NOVALIS DEUX Ghost Over Europe (Ars Musica Diffundere), TRIARII Muse In Arms (Eternal Soul), O QUAM TRISTIS… Les Chants Funestes (Palace Of Worms), VELEHENTOR | VISHUDHA KALI | CLOSING THE ETERNITY Ishopanishad (Vegvisir music).
Added: photo-reports from :OF THE WAND AND THE MOON: & SONNE HAGAL gig in St. Petersburg, Russia. :OTWATM: is here and SONNE HAGAL is here.
We got some photos from Prague and it's DARK:LIVE:FEST. Enjoy Lina Baby Doll and magnificent ROME. More info is here >>>.
Best dark ambient album:
APOPTOSE Schattenmaedchen (TESCO) & DESIDERII MARGINIS Seven Sorrows (CMI)
Best military pop album:
DERNIERE VOLONTE Devant Le Miroir (TESCO)
Best neofolk album:
ROME Confessions d'un Voleur d'Ames (CMI)
Best neoclassical album:
PUISSANCE Grace of God (Equilibrium)
Best rhytmic noise album:
TWINKLE Le Jouet (Ant-Zen)
Best power electronics album:
GENOCIDE ORGAN Remember 2CD re-release (TESCO)
Best power noise album:
HERZ JUHNING Faces (Galakthorro)
Report from ICETODIRON 2007 TE festival is here.
Photoreport from NORDIC AUDIO MODERN DE in Vilnius is here.
GENOCIDE ORGAN rules!
PARADE GROUND was formed in 1982 (A time when lots of bands were popping up, and disturbing rock music with a fresh and daring electro sound) by the brothers Pierre and Jean-Marc PAULY starting with more cold wave inspired songs and evolving towards an intelligent electro pop sound "avant la lettre".
Their first release came in 1983 under the wings of Daniel B. and Patrick CODENYS from FRONT 242, aware of PARADE GROUND's talent and potential; they did collaborate to almost all PARADE GROUND's records and even released some material on MASK Records (FRONT 242's own label in the early days). Colin Newman (WIRE) was also in charge of a few opus.
Their biggest recognition - so far - came when the A-side from their 'Strange World' 12" was included on the cult compilation album 'This is Electronic Body Music' in 1987. The next year the band recorded their first album, 'Cut Up'.
The two brothers were also involved in the making of FRONT 242's albums '06:21:03:11 Up Evil' and '05:22:09:12 Off'.
In 2004, PARADE GROUND was ready for a new career and played some of their new songs live on stage for the very first time at the 3rd Belgian Independent Music Festival surprising friends and enemies.
Today, PARADE GROUND is presenting 'Rosary', their newest creation produced by no one else than Patrick CODENYS (FRONT 242).
SOUTH SATURN DELTA Experience The Concreteness CD
This is SOUTH SATURN DELTA's debut album, featuring their finest live recordings from between 2003-2005, in Osaka and Tokyo. SSD is a kind of Japanoise supergroup, formed in 2003, with guitar and voice from Maso Yamazaki (MASONNA), synth and voice from Hiroshi Hasegawa (ASTRO, C.C.C.C., YBO2) and drums from Nobuko Emi (TSURUBAMI). An extreme psychedlic noise trip over 4 lengthy tracks.
C.C.C.C. Chaos Is The Cosmos CD
The return of C.C.C.C. to Cold Spring (after their album Flash in 1996).This is also the first album from C.C.C.C. in 10 years! This cult Japanese Noise group is made up of Hiroshi Hasegawa (ASTRO, YBO2, SOUTH SATURN DELTA), Mayuko Hino, Fumio Kosakai (HIJOKAIDAN, INCAPACITANTS), and Ryuichi Nagakubo (TANGERINE DREAM SYNDICATE). An absolutely essential album for those with a penchant for extreme Japanoise.
HEXPEROS The Garden of the Hesperides Digipak CD
HEXPEROS is the new project of the soprano Alessandra Santovito and Francesco Forgione (double bass and keyboard). Both of these Italian musicians hold an impressive curriculum which covers appearances in various Classical and Jazz performances as well as a respected career in the alternative scene - Alessandra was one of the founding members of GOTHICA, who gained a strong following in the Gothic/Neo-Classical milieu with their two albums on the Swedish Cold Meat Industry.
POETS TO THEIR BELOVED Embrace the Fool Digipak CD
The startling debut by Poets to their Beloved, the German/Dutch duo who conquered physical distance through proximity of hearts, is finally ready for release. Under the title “Embrace the Fool”, their first opus gathers thirteen songs, written over the four year period that followed since the duo's first meeting in Ireland. Saskia Dommisse and Marcel Schiborr had travelled there to attend a Brendan Perry workshop, where a singular musical connection between both was forged.
On the verge of neo-folk, the album presents a unique atmosphere built on stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars, cello, violin and bass. Although a romantic tone is found throughout most of the disc, the compositions also often possess a ritualistic essence where male and female voices rise webbed to the pulsating percussions. Singing of love, loss, forlorn tales and old rituals, Saskia and Marcel invite us into the bleak forest of their soul, where an uncharacteric sense of optimism shines through the treetops to shed some light upon the shady path.
STRATVM TERROR The Only True Septic Whore CD
The best ever STRATVM TERROR material has been finally exhumed. Only 500 copies in this stylish digipack with the artwork that refer to old good porn and horror movies poster aesthetics as we all know and love them!
Find reports from CRIVIA AETERNA è MENUO JOUDARAGIS festivals.
New reviews in Russian: DERNIERE VOLONTE Le Cheval De Troie (La La Land Records), STAHLWERK 9 1905 (Achtung Baby!), STAHLWERK 9 Revolution Of The Antichrist (Steinklang), FIRST HUMAN FERRO feat. KENJI SIRATORI Adamnation (Eibon Records), FJERNLYS Within The Mind Of Ghost (LOKI), BIPOL Ritual (Ant-Zen), WALDTEUFEL Sanguis (Beta-Lactam Ring Records), STURMAST Ibis Redibis Nunquam In Bello Peribis (Cold Meat Industry), COLLOQUIO Si Muove E Ride (Eibon), NERONOIA Un mondo in me (Eibon), BRANDKOMMANDO Pax Vobiscum (Beast of Prey), BRANDKOMMANDO Nasz Ukochany Kraj (Beast of Prey), DROIN Time to Reconsider (Beast of Prey), DESOLATION ZONE L'homme machine (Beast of Prey), ISOTHESIS Cocoon of Red Light (Beast of Prey), GALE GRAND CENTRAL The 1944 Samaritan Manual (Fluttering Dragon), RED MOTH Red World (Beast of Prey), GENETIC TRANSMISSION Ascetic (Beast of Prey), ATUM/ROTO VISAGE Syndrom Cotarda (Beast of Prey), GLAUKOM SYNOD Uczulony, ÅÂÃÅÍÈÊÀ Ïðèäóìàííûé Áîã, ATARAXIA Sous Le Blanc Rosier (Shadowplay).
New interview - ATRIUM CARCERI.
MONOPOLE Complex Industrialism Militarily
New release is up and free to download from TLHOTRA!
With Monopole's long, thirty three minutes track: complex industrialism militarily, you may wonder if it's an album, an ep or a mini album? Does it matter? Within this time frame you would expect a lot of things to happen, or like in ambient music, the music to be hypnotic and ethereal. Monopole fulfil both expectations, but what's unique is how the music travels through different distances. It's like traveling through passages in time and perceptions. Carefully balanced, the listener never gets bored, something happens when you want to and you continue curious to listen like a little child wondering what will happen next.
Download it here.
2nd International neofolk festival CRIVIA AETERNA:
MOON FAR AWAY (Russia), PRAGNAVIT, OSIMIRA, ESSA, TOD GEHEIM, SVALBARD.
August 23, club Step, Minsk.
Russian indie label SHADOWPLAY and MOON FAR AWAY band invite to take part in the conceptual neo-folk compilation "Enemies" all industrial, military-pop and gothic bands from the countries that took part in the second world war - from Russia and the ex-USSR-countries, German, Poland, Japan, England, Italy, USA, Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria and other countries. The main idea of the project is to gather in one CD lyric songs of that war time which were inspired by those terrible events and human pain and feeling of the people that took part in the second world war. We would like to draw your attention that this compilation will include lyric songs that is the songs don't say about call to the hostilities, don't have political declarations, blood and so on. So we would like to concentrate our attention on perconal, national and emotional aspects of the people who became the History, people who turn into killers from usual ones with families, love... Songs or caver-versions that will be in the compilation must be written at the time of the second world war and some time before it but became popular during the war. The musicians have to present to the Shadowplay label the text of the plaing song (for making booklet) in English and national language. The planning release date is 1st September of 2008.
BRIGHTER DEATH NOW 1890 LP
Wanna quench your thirst for some more BDN? And perhaps suffocate while doing so? You got it - just ram it in! The second part in the mysterious "1890"-series is here and it's definately not a sweetie - this one gathers up to be one of the most vile and disturbing platters yet and heaven in hell for the fanatics. Those who survived last years live-shows perhaps know what to expect - the insane and thorough disgusting low frequency throbbing BDN is known or here is almost drawn out to real static wave proportions. Intense is the keyword here - dare taste the VERY monotonous lo-fi mayhem of a kind that digs deeper into the very core of your psyche.
Limited to 500 copies in heavy weight black vinyl and embossed cover.
ALL MY FAITH LOST The Hours
Romantic, melancholic, seductive. Acoustic, ethereal, lush. Sensual, beautiful and stirring. All are good words to describe The Hours' passionate search through the soul, an album inspired by the lifes and books of great authors. The Italian due of Viola and Federico create graceful and elegant music for fans of Dark Folk and Ethereal soundscapes. All My Faith Lost's second album quickly follows their 2005 debut on Cold Meat Industry. The album is slow and tranquil, featuring male and female vocals which serve as instruments contributing to the soundscape of acoustic guitar, flute, piano, violin, and cello. All My Faith Lost... unlock a beautifully tender and delicate world, a view into the soul of delicate seduction.
Please note that this release is conjunction with Projekt for the American market. All US-order please contact Sam @ Projekt.
STURMAST Ibis Redibis Nunquam In Bello Peribis digi-CD
STURMAST from Hungary plays a unique kind of folk influenced martial industrial music. Far from being an instrumental one-man computer band putting some classical loops and battle sounds together, STURMAST is a collective fronted by Varga Gabor. Here real musicians play real instruments, thus introducing the good old band-feeling to the martial industrial scene. The music contains powerful, eruptive live drums (toms, snare, bass drum), haunting violin and cello, acoustic guitar, and a selection of traditional folk instruments (e.g. kaval, jaw harp). Even the keyboards are "live" recorded in some ways, and a considerable part of the samples and special effects are made by the band itself. Absorbing atmosphere links the compositions which vary from hypnotic monotonous to marching repetitive, from moody experimental to beautiful, melancholy-filled delicate. The lyrics, portraying the fight of the historic and modern, spiritual and secular, uplifting and ill-fated, are mostly in Hungarian (one song is in German), with English translations in the stylish digipak booklet.
:GOLGATHA: Tales of Transgression and Sacrifice dvd-digi-CD
‘Transgression means to step over a certain point that normally cannot, or should not be passed; to transgress boundaries is to break down boundaries — transgression is a departure from the given, the existing, the normal, the world as we know it.’
The French philosopher Georges Bataille serves as the inspiration for the new and third fulltime album of the German ritual-folk-band :Golgatha:. Founded in 2004 by Christoph Donarski and S. Marleni, :Golgatha: began in the dark realms of ambient-drones and continually developed their use of acoustic instruments to create a unique mixture organic and electronic elements. After two acclaimed albums on the subject of heroism, ‘Tales of Transgression & Sacrifice’ marks a certain change of course in the music of :Golgatha: – in a psychonautic trip from ritual-drumming via multi-textured soundscapes up to catchy folk-songs this album appears even more sensual, erotic and fascinating than before.
Included are new versions of the songs ‘Rites of Spring’ (from CMI-compilation ‘All My Dead Friends’), ‘Garden of Love’(from NONPOP-compilation) and ‘Flesh of the Orchid’. This time :Golgatha: introduce the beautiful female voice of Sorakey besides a wide variety of acoustic instrumentation (acoustic guitar, viola, bodhran drum, Asian gong, flutes etc.).
‘Tales of Transgression & Sacrifice’ was produced in close collaboration with German photo-artist Birthe Klementowski, who has done mystic and erotic pictures for each song contained, reproduced in the booklet.
The new album by German ritual-folk-band :Golgatha: will appeal to fans of apocalyptic folk, shamanistic soundscapes and gothic-mysticism alike.
Comes in an exclusive DVD-sized digipak with 32 pages booklet
Ñáîðíèê Cold Meat Industry Live in Australia Digi-DVD 160 Mins DVD 9 - PAL
February 2006 saw Melbourne, Australia play host to 3 of the longest running and most influential acts from Sweden’s cult ambient industrial record label Cold Meat Industry. To seal the deal, collaborative and side projects and some high calibre Australian supports contributed to Australia’s premier Cold Meat Industry Festival, brought to you by Family Friendly and Heartland Records.
Two nights of mayhem, drunkeness and antics. Two evenings of hallucinatory industrial rhythms, beautiful, haunting ambience, monstrous rumbling, clanking steel and dark orchestral scores. Two shows of droning death industrial nightmares, harsh noise and abrasive power electronics topped only by pigtails and balloons. After all; what is a party without balloons?
Not only did Family Friendly have the foresight to bring such long overdue acts to the land of sunburn, marsupials and beer, they also had the foresight to record events as they unfolded. For the artists this means posterity. For you it means you get to either re-live it (if you were fortunate enough to be there) or live it through the eyes and ears of others if you weren’t. You could use it as an expensive drink coaster but we’d suggest that would be silly. It’s too good to get wet.
RAISON D’ETRE Metamorphyses (Phase III) + Evocation
BOCKSHOLM Elektrik Swastika Lokomotiv (excerpts, first part) + Pressbyran “78
BRIGHTER DEATH NOW The Killing Season + In Formalin
SHINJUKU THIEF TBC + TBC
MANTICLE The Proper Containment of Offspring + Fun in the Waterbath
BRIGHTER DEATH NOW Crimescene Nostalgia + I Wish I Was a Little Girl
DEUTSCH NEPAL Silent Siege + Tintomara/Thiudinassus
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE In-between Spaces + Deep Sky Twilight
FROZEN FACES We are the Pigs + TBC
ISOMER Eye of Dawn + Sins of Freedom + Fire Front
THOMAS NOLA ET SON ORCHESTRA Vanity is a Sin! CD
THOMAS NOLA ET SON ORCHESTRE returns with a trip through the church rectory and out into arctic carnivals. The ever-expanding orchestra - still featuring the female guiles of Karen S. Langlie (cello) and Melissey Castevet (backing vocals) - includes the new additions of Gerard Paul Powers (bass), Eric Dahlman (trumpet) and guest appearances from members of O PARADIS and COMANDO SUZIE.
With the kraut disco of "Tierlexikon", the space-age ragtime of "In The Poppy Fields" or the piano and Hammond-laden "Iron Gate", the discerning listener will be driven to bouts of ecstasy. Even includes two covers: the swing hit "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" (Charlie and his Orchestra), and the acoustic "Sunday With Jacky" (The Can't/Stanton Meadowdale).
This enhanced disc contains lyrics and bonus mp3s, housed in a far-out jewel case with sexually enticing 12 page booklet.
Stigmata recommends this event. See you there!
I'm getting married on August 4, so no mail will be answered 'till August 10. And before I go on vacations I resent new reviews in Russian: ALLERSEELEN Hallstatt (Ahnstern), IN GOVAN RING Exists and Entrances (Ahnstern), LADY MORPHIA Essence and Infinity (Surg), LLOVESPELL Symmetric Poetry & Signatures of Sympathy (Sonderubertragung), BEACHHEAD Drowning Tonight (Sonderubertragung), ARCHITRAV Arctic Museum (Polymorph), GJOLL Not to Lead Not to Follow (Ant-Zen).
2nd International neofolk festival CRIVIA AETERNA:
MOON FAR AWAY (Russia), PRAGNAVIT, OSIMIRA, ESSA, TOD GEHEIM, SVALBARD.
August 23, club Step, Minsk.
Cold Meat is now able to serve it's dishes as digital downloads in DRIVE IN store. Here you can also taste samples of each and one. Backmenu will be added daily. http://www.klicktrack.com/shop/label/cmi.
JARL Wound Profile goldenCD
The album Wound Profile by Erik Jarl, the genius of Swedish electronics, previously released in a cassette, has now, after some processing of the record, come out as a CD in a very elegant digipack. The album consists of two record sessions: one of them (6 tracks) was recorded by Erik in 1999, while the other (one track) was recorded 18 months later. Those closely following the music of the Scandinavian master may recognize the early sound of Erik’s compositions in Wound Profile album that at certain points even remind the first IRM records. Clear-cut, abnormal, psychedelic rhythmics, its distorted, massive repetitions, analogous loops of synthetic sound generate the emotions of anxiety, morbidity and degeneration. Unlike Erik’s later music marked for its abstract structure and closer to drone style, the album Wound Profile can be characterized by emotional straightforwardness and brutality.
The band returned from Scotland, where they had nice and intense holiday as well as did master the new album. Now they are working on the last bits for the artwork and soon have it ready to go into production - to have it released in time. It will be available in shops from October 16th on,both on CD and LP.
You can listen a track from the new album here "http://members.aon.at/wkn/sound/"
New reviews in Russian added: OSIMIRA Druva (Sketis music), DWELLING Ainda E Noite (Equilibrium), FIRE IN THE HEAD The Remedy Has Become The Affliction (NCC Records), ASSEMBLAGE 23 Meta (Accession Records), STORMFAGEL Ett Berg Av Fasa (CMI), Gregory Taylor Amalgam: Aluminium/ Hydrogen (Palace Of Lights), DESIDERII MARGINIS Seven Sorrows (Cold Meat Industry), SVARROGH Balkan Renaissance (Ahnstern), SVALBARD Stille, COPH NIA The Dark Illuminati - A Celestial Tragedy In Two Acts (CMI), APOPTOSE Schattenmaedchen (Tesco), V/A The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: MELEK-THA | INSUFFER | PARANOIA INDUCTA | LEICHE RUSTIKAL (War Office Propaganda), ATARAXIA Kremasta Nera (Ark Records), AHASVERSUS Ten Is a Number, K.Meizter Travelling Light (HORUS CyclicDaemon), BOCKSHOLM The Haunting Curse Of Skogs-Sara (Wrotycz Records), V/A Influences (Shadowplay), MY FLEA CIRCUS Fancy Feast, TORTURED BY TURTLES Vilnius que Dort (Gun Cums Gum).
Read them here.
Press-release: Keeping the same spirit of War Office Propaganda we have just started new chapter. A chapter called RAGE IN EDEN. We hope all of you will stay with us. We don't say farewell to WOP forever. Some of our releases will be still marked this name, but actually it's just a name. We, who stand behind it, we still remain the same.
NEW RISEN THRONE Whispers Of The Approaching Wastefulness CD
The latest offering and first for Cyclic Law of one of Italy's finest Black Ambient master. The main concept and transpiring feeling of this album and the title "Whispers of the approaching wastefulness" can best be described as the "steps" or "journey" leading to the acknowledgment of the approaching end of all things. "Whispers" represent doubts and thoughts about the prevalent decadence that is around and deep within us and "wastefulness" translates to the imminent, definitive end of all things, to oblivion... This Enhanced CD features an exclusive bonus video clip of the unreleased track "Unknown (II)".
Ïàðà àíîíñîâ îò èòàëüÿíñêîãî ëåéáëà Punch:
COMANDO SUZIE/O PARADIS
A Beautiful split between two catalan bands, the new comers on Punch Comando Suzie and the already well known and affirmed O Paradis!
For their first official relase on Punch, the crazy electro-pop duo Comando Suzie (which have been debuted at our Punch Festival receiving great acclamation) has choosen El pequeno tamborilero, this time a more folkie oriented track, with Spanish acid lyrics :-) that fits perfectly with a new and really beautiful song of O Paradis Pergamino.
Limited edition of 300 copies with insert.
Cuando el Tiempo Sopla CD
When the time blows (Cuando el Tiempo Sopla), some of them lower the head with the absent look, but we will take advantage of it to get up and to be pushed towards the salvation. The words cannot help you because they are only stones in the space without gravity, and in the darkness of the closed eyes, with the attentive ears, we can listen as our slept cities they speaks in dreams. Don't ask the devil for heaven, because he also is frightened... and Love only is a handful of sand more than we will stop to fall down in the tomb of time?
But you do not grieve, there is something that will never die in us, that the breath of time cannot remove. Look for it with me in the new album from "O Paradis". Really there are neither angels nor demons that whisper to the ears, it'is only the sound of the wind, the same breath of time that erase our fingerprints in the paradise.
New releases from Germany:
BIPOL Ritual CD
Andreas Brinkert a.k.a. BIPOL (synth, sampling, programming & arrangement) has been active since 1992. He has also supported well known bielefeld based artists such as ARS MORIENDI, TEMPLEGARDEN'S and RASPUTEEN. In 2000, he and Andreas Glockner started the rhythm industrial project PUNCH INC. which has released one cd-r and two fulltime cds. In addition, he began to develop his own project BIPOL in 2005.
Ritual is the result of two years of hard work, a mixage of electronic tribal/triphop beats, combined with dark psychotic soundscapes, drony bass lines and odd voice samples. bipol's music could be
seen as the continuation of industrial music before power noise took over; that is, pounding beat boxes, irritating electro acoustic sounds and disturbing implementation of effects. the mood is quite
the same on this release - brinkert's technical skills and ritual's production prove that this cd is a topical one. moctan's remix of invocation demonstrates that bipol's basics work perfectly in hard
four-to-the-floor context. now, if only these two artists would combine their abilities... but that's another story.
GJOLL Not To Lead Nor To Follow CD
On their second release, Johann Eiriksson and Sigur?ur Har?arson follow the ideological path that they began with 'Way Through Zero'. instead of one conceptual work divided in parts, GJOLL
presents six tracks. The lyrics printed in the cd booklet show this project's empathy for the individual who is able to detach from political, religious or social necessities. Even without
listening to GJOLL's music you can already feel the anger, the challenges of society’s excrescences, and the frustration about the way things are (and about the way things should be).
As on the previous album, GJOLL transcribe their musical statements into a process in which the listener is forced to open up. pulsing drones, mighty synth layers, heavy sequencer patterns and
disembowelling sub-basses combine with Har?arson's ear-piercing vocals and the result is an unforgettable listening experience. This project's music is hard to compare, but both musicians
are able to merge the intensity of grindcore or doom metal with industrial's sonic variety.
CONTAGIOUS ORGASM Ripple CD
Hiroshi Hashimoto started releasing music twenty years ago as contagious orgasm. right from the beginning listeners knew that there was something very unique and special about C.O.'s sound - differing from the typical japanese
'industrial scene'. The initial aural transformation of track and release titles were soon replaced by something quite different. Themes became more abstract and surrealistic; influences came from various collaborations and often
seriousness was undercut with a wink... As on previous C.O. releases you can hear musical and stylistic sources from many cultural areas; for instance on 'ripple'
you can hear indian chants, dub bass, electronic clicks/cuts, gongs, a piano, even straight beats and minimal sequencer grooves. Styles range from free form to dance music to idm to noise and to ethnic sources. In hashimoto's works these
ingredients cease what they were before - they are now transformed into coherent music (without being a eclectic cliche). An example: often many artists use voice samples in their work, to explain or to engross thoughts. Hashimoto's
usage of samples take the 'instruments of speech' out of their initial contexts - used in c.o.'s metaverse they entirely lose their initial intent and function. if we go further and think about 'rhythms', 'melodies' and 'textures' instead of 'voices', we might have a key to C.O.'s self conception.
EVA | 3 The Great Divide CD
Fich-Art presents its first pressed CD: 'The Great Divide' is the first full-length release of EVA|3.
Paul Lavigne created this album between 2002 and 2006. He was supported by Riotmiloo from the punk band VENOM SEEDS doing vocals on two tracks.
Also paul got the support of A.Schramm (ASCHE), D.Vallee (LITH), P.Munch, who added three remixes as well as S.Alt, who designed the artwork.
EVA|3 's music is a cold and sharp mixture of ambient texture and distorted rhythms. From experimental (the black lodge) to minimal songs (sweet abuse), from ambient to rhythmical
distorted music 'the great divide' offers a vast range of genres and styles with a unique personality.
Photos from the festival ICETODIRON 2007 SE (BAD SECTOR, ARCANA, DONIS) are "here".
The blows of the martial industrial music. A book about the history and the essence of martial industrial music, the philosophy and the bands. From the beginnings till today. History, backgrounds, reviews, lyrics, photos of more than 30 bands on 330 pages etc. The books are limited to 500 numbered copies only. This is the second, enlarged, revised and extended edition of the hungarian version of the book. This is not simply an information flow, this is a weapon in your hand!
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Fentanyl Martyrs 2CD
SURVIVAL UNIT Fentanyl Martyrs 2-golden-CD box is the latest cultural terror attack coming from cultic non-compromising Swedish postmortem/power electronics project. This time an especially dreadful and relevant theme has been chosen for compromising the declared illusions of human civilisation. Both discs have been dedicated to Chechnya undergoing the total genocide, the total war where neither honour nor rules are acknowledged, except perhaps those of Marquis de Sade, who - bearing in mind the facts of this war - would have never imagined how far the fantasy of brutal people can advance in order to dominate, torture and control those resembling themselves.
NECROPHORUS Imprints CD
Beautiful, sensitive and electrified. 'Imprints' by NECROPHORUS goes beyond the previous album 'elinrós' (2005) and further investigates the aural landscape of imagination and mysticism. 'Imprints' vibrates a fresh air mixed of three dimensional electrified organic field recordings and minimal immersive sequenced organ sounds thus creating the psychedelic atmosphere of virtually being inside the music, inside the magic circle of the aural landscape.
'Imprints' is the fifth CD album from NECROPHORUS. Inspired by the impressions of his visit to the amazing landscapes of Iceland summer 2006, Peter Andersson has created a new astonishing aural output. 'Imprints' consists of three variations of the same impression: two of them are pure studio compositions while the third variation is improvised as 'live in studio' recording.
CHANGES Legends LP
Reworked and remastered version out June 1st.
HERBST9 / Z?EV Through Bleak Landscapes CD
With this stunning collaboration the dark cavernous drones and ethnic-ritual instrumentation of Herbst9 melts with the complex and percussive sounds of industrial pionier and master of rhythmajik Z?EV. Ten tracks of deep spheres and blazing ruminant lightnings abducting you into golden constellations and swirling worlds full of aural effects and demonic resonance. Both projects worked with raw material of each other while the final mix was made by Herbst9. The result is a sombre and meditative soundtrack made with gongs, choral textures, deep vibrating strings and scraping effect-sounds reaching it?s climax with outbursting tribalistic sequences and drummings. An impressive and gripping journey through bleak landscapes and abandoned places accompanied by a 24-pg booklet.
FJERNLYS Within the Mind of Ghost LP
'Within the Mind of Ghost' is the second manifestation of Fjernlys bringing warm, atmospheric and sensitive Ambientsongs with accented percussion elements, vibraphone sounds and brilliant viola supplements to set the electronic soundscapes into wonderfully concentrated and organic pieces. After the massive earthing from the moon Fjernlys leads you to points of light illuminated by gilded signs and the frozen sun is shivering in the inner journeys to places where the mystic dress of stars is surrounding the night. Clear homogenic sounds creeping deep organic rhythms with lovely effects have been incorporated in a poetic ambiance guided by brilliant vocals. This outstanding melancholic and elegiac recordings follow the first album with even an more accoustic input like the reverbating guitar sound and the stringed bowed instruments too and give an handsel of the things to come.
Marco Corbelli (ATRAX MORGUE / Slaughter Productions)has left us. R.I. P.
COPH NIA The Dark Illuminati CD
The Thelemic Warlord is back; and after years of silence and solitude Aldenon once again presents us with a true masterpiece - The Dark Illuminati - A Celestial Tragedy in two acts.
This is an epic saga of eight illuminating pieces trying to penetrate the core of the Darkest Light. Aldenon's characteristic growling coupled with Linus's bombastic drums and Karin's serene voice come together in a tapestry of ritualistic, penetrating and sinister ambiance. Included are three timeless classics in new and improved formats... Choirs, strings and intricate orchestrations bring about an unforgettable tale that won't leave any listener untouched; possibly giving rise to more questions, than it poses answers.
DESIDERII MARGINIS Seven Sorrows CD
Seven Sorrows is the sixth album by the renowned swedish dark-ambient project DESIDERII MARGINIS, and a most eagerly awaited follower to the highly acclaimed album of 2005, That Which Is Tragic And Timeless. With the material on Seven Sorrows Johan Levin, the mind behind DESIDERII MARGINIS, has dug deeper than ever before within the creative depths and so ventures even further into the darklands of dispair and solitude, deeper into the vibrant shadows of the human mind. Since the very debute in 1993, DESIDERII MARGINIS has, with every new offering, refined and reinvented the trademark sound, and this release is no exception to the rule. Strummed guitars and dulcimers blend seamlessly with soaring strings, raging drones, the sound of twisted metal and spoken word. Diverse sources, yet tamed to an intriguing and alluring whole that slowly spin it’s web around the helpless listener and drags them into the vortex of dreamlike darkness.
First 2000 copies in a 6-panel digipak, artwork photos taken by the exceptional photographer Birthe Klementowski.
Mix your own version of a RAISON D'ETRE song and you have a chance to win the forthcoming NECROPHORUS CD titled Imprints (release date 21th of May). Check this 6-channel soundmixer loaded with raison detre sounds (4 sounds per channel) - click here.
The best mix (according to Peter Andersson) will win.
Make your own mix, record it by using any audio software (there are free software available, such as http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) or connect your soundcard to an audio recorder and then re-record it to your computer again). Just record your mix in a 'straight live fashion', make an mp3 of the song, and send an e-mail with download link to email@example.com via a file sharing transfer delivery service such as http://www.yousendit.com or http://www.sendthisfile.com or http://skickafilen.se . Do not send mp3 attached e-mails.
No post-processing of your mix is allowed, do not use any additional audio toys to add fx sounds or such things , use only the 'raison detre soundmixer' to make your mix.
The tracklenght should not exceed 6 minutes but should be longer than 3 minutes.
Deadline is May the 17th 2007.
The winner and the mix will be announced short after.
Interviews with Hans Johm (ANTLERS MULM, Sonderuebertragung label) and Jerome Reuter (ROME) were added. Enjoy.
Find them here.
The newest cdr EP from Russian act RITUAL FRONT. Six new tracks based on neo folk sounds with little cold wave touch. Very interesting thing is the track which was sang in Polish language as well as wonderful version Water - Fire, track from legendary Russian masters of cold wave- CHIMERA.
Cdr's are wraped into three folded gatefold with additional postcard. Fully professional printed. Limited edition of 214 hand numbered copies.
ORPLID Fruhe Werke" CD
The special edition of the ORPLID Fruhe Werke (with songs of Heimkehr) can be ordered now: www.noltex.de. Limitation 150/ bonus-track Erzengel Michael.
ALLERSEELEN Hallstatt CD
The Allerseelen CD Hallstatt will be released on 25 May 2007.
May 04-06, Vilnius, Lithuania
at Old Town Power Plant
More info >>>
ROGER ROTOR, FORGOTTEN SUNRISE, STROPS, SPIRITUAL FRONT, THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS, GOTHIKA...
GENETIC SELECTION World Of Tomorrow CD
Åwo years have passed since genetic selection's last strike. the concept album "darwin's voyage" showcased the german oneman-project as an open-minded artist who is an explorer of new musical territories. futuristic sci-fi concepts combined with complex hard beats are his trademarks and these are further refined with "world of tomorrow". on this album, g.s. combines heavy rhythms with his interpretation of various styles. hypnotic synth lines converge with pounding four to the floor sequences, symphonic choirs ('epic dreams'), disturbing shattered voice samples ('a man and his droid'), and electronic ambience ('whispers in the dark'). all of this (and more) is welded together with straight but well elaborated drumwork (and breakbeats). in short, a varied sound journey can be found within a "world of tomorrow". for instance, in 'brotherhood of steel', g.s. presents a dance track with vocals that could turn a discotheque into a starlight casino.
THIS MORN' OMINA The Hegira Triology 3CD
Herewith you will find the entire hegira trilogy, presented in a beautiful boxset. when the original albums were initially released, they only caught the attention from a few insiders; now you have the opportunity to listen to all three already deleted single albums at once, showing the concept of the trilogy which took years to create, but also the progression of the outstanding belgian project. a proof that all musical characters of t.m.o. were already present right from the beginning: ritualistic ambience, tribal beats and catching samples - a powerful symbiosis of dark electro structures and sacred-ritual trance atmospheres. so enjoy the upgraded version of this morn' ominas early years!
Web-zine h-a-z-e.org presents two free MP3 albums BUBEN and NADIN KATRIN.
1 :: 2 ::3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8
Stigmata presents a tribute to the tragedy of Khatyn, Belarusian village burned to the ground in 1943. Exclusive tracks of PROPERGOL, PRAGNAVIT, CYCLOTIMIA, BAD SECTOR, MAJDANEK WALTZ, ATARAXIA, MOON FAR AWAY, OSIMIRA, DONIS, CAWATANA, VISHUDHA KALI, FIRST LAW, NECRO STELLAR.
More info is here. Limited edition.
New album of the Belarusian cult - PRAGNAVIT. Ethnic dark ambient at it's best.. Exclusive deluxe edition. More info is here.
Interviews with GRENDEL, LAHKA MUZA, SEKTION B, CHANGES, NECRO STELLAR, ASSEMBLAGE 23, CAWATANA, ANT-ZEN, SKYFORGER, DER BLUTHARSCH, WUMPSCUT, SLOGUN, ACTUS, FIRST LAW, GA¨ BOLG, SEPHIROTH, DERNIERE VOLONTE, VISHUDHA KALI.
Comes with a CD VISHUDHA KALI One not with U.S.
You can buy it here.