Sunday, 19 November 2017

Umbra – Ater (1999)

Country: Poland

 1. Evil Rules 02:18
2. Ashes 05:52
3. Bitters 04:26
4. No Sun 04:43
5. Fobia 05:59
6. Utter Darkness 05:13
7. Terror 02:56
8. The Realm 02:40
9. Din 06:08

 Umbra is a Polish dark ambient band that created in 1998 in in Zielona Gora.
The group was formed by vocalist Eliza (aka eLL

and keyboardist Maciej Niedzielski (mostly known as a member of the band Artrosis).
The band's first album "Ater" was released in 1999 by the Fluttering Dragon Records label.
In 2002 a split album entitled "Possum Play Falcon" with the Norwegian band Ildfrost was released.
Soon after, the band changed the name from Umbra to Sui Generis Umbra.
That same year, the group signed a deal with Metal Mind Productions, and released their album "Coma".
A year later, eLL starred in the independent film titled "Intellect Kollapse

that was directed by Geryon, the leader of the group Profanum, and released in 2005 on DVD.
In 2004 , the group's third album, "Amok", was released and was followed by shows at Castle Party Festival (Poland) 

and Menuo Juodaragis Festival (Lithuania).
Since then eLL has moved to Scotland and the band has made a few live appearances in festivals 

while some tracks have been created but the plans for the new release are still unknown.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

XIII – Salt (1994)

Country: Iceland

1. Zoot 06:20
2. Ghost 05:53
3. Cat 03:40
4. Thirteen 03:59
5. Hammer Down 05:23
6. Home 03:10
7. Pupate 04:43
8. Slavedriver 04:45
9. Crime 05:14
10. Serpents Child 01:12
11. Moon 05:24
12. Family Affairs 05:35
13. Necropolis 06:52

XIII (aka 13, Thirteen) was founded in 1993 by Hallur Ingólfsson.
The band released its first album in 1994 entitled “Salt”.
The music was dark and heavy and had an immediate place in the international alternative/rock scene.
In 1996 “Serpentyne” was released and introduced a slightly more refined sound but still quite dark and demanding.
In 1997 the band went on a very successful tour around Germany to support the album.
After the tour the band went on hiatus and was not active until 2002 when it released it’s third album “Magnifico Nova”.
Again the album received favorable reviews and the album was very successful in the European market.
In 2009 the band resumed work and has since been very active on the rock scene in Iceland.
On the 13th of September 2010 XIII’s latest release, "Black Box", was launched.
"Black Box" is a double album including a collection of XIII’s best songs of the first three albums 
together with 6 brand new songs as well as a remake of the "Wishbone" song from "Magnifico Nova".
At the same time XIII’s complete back catalog was remastered and re-released in digital format.
In addition to this the band is hard at work playing live and working on writing material for its next album.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Morthem Vlade Art – Herbo Dou Diable (1997)

Country: France

1. Leaving The Womb - Ouverture 05:05
2. Ripallus 01:04
3. Beyond Sorrow 05:17
4. Salem 07:25
5. Barbaric Breath 05:30
6. Cortege I (Chimaera's Den) 02:35
7. The Unnameable 02:00
8. Demons Of Buried Joys 05:24
9. Surrender 06:52
10. Cortege II 02:39
11. Closer To Me 04:42
12. Endless Dream 03:34
13. Dor Mee Än - Finale 03:59

Formed in 1995 by Gregg Anthe and Emmanuelle D.
Morthem Vlade Art gained a substantial place for itself within the dark movement with its first album 
"Herbo Dou Diable" (1997) a baroque style alternation of neo-classical atmospheres, 
industrial percussions and strong gothic-rock songs with staggered rhythmics.
Without disowning its roots, MVA lets itself be carried along by its many musical, literary and films inspirations.
The result is "Organic But Not Mental" (2000) an album that demonstrates this point very well in the way 
that it turns over a new leaf and gives up the gothic-rock influences.
Just like its title, it is punctuated with electronic atmospheres of symphonic overtones, 
weird samples and distructured industrial songs.
Then, 2001 sees the birth of "Antechamber", made of aerial electronics minimalism carried by raw voices.
In 2002, the group will sign on the American label Luminal Records for the release of a first compilation "Slow Wave Sleep".
"Photography In Things" (2003), MVA's fourth album, is entirely synthetic,
that is led by the absence of acoustic instruments with a few rare exceptions.
Here the band is blending elaborate electronica, eighties sounds and industrial rhythmics.
In 2004 they completed their fifth album entitled "Absente Terebenthine".
Through loads of rhythms and new-wave melodies, this new album presents a mixture of various music genres 
leading to the future with an incredible coherence: distorted industrial and acoustic ambiance 
with electronic songs gathered together in a rock entity.
In 2005 "Autopsy", a compilation of their early works, compiling the first three demos of the group 
("Order Of The Fly",  "Azazel" and "Allegory Of Putrefaction"), was released.
In the same year however, Gregg and Emmanuelle decided to end the band.
To highlight that sad decision they decided to play one last live show,
co-headlining a festival in Luxembourg on November 26th 2005.
"Uncertain Days - Best Of 1997-2005", that was released on March 30th 2007 its a two CD set, 
with many unreleased mixes and highly seeked songs for the first time ever on CD.
Gregg is meanwhile working on his solo projects In Broken English and HNN (Hsilgne Nekorb Ni)
while Emmanuelle is writing her first book.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Asrai – So Clear That You Couldn't Tell Where The Water Ended And The Air Began (Demo 1991)

Country: Netherlands

1. Broke 03:39
2. Running 04:05
3. Decision 02:52
4. Game 03:09
5. Achim 01:54

6. Time 02:18

Asrai is a gothic metal/rock band from Schiedam, Netherlands,
that was formed in 1985 by sisters Margriet and Karin and changed their name in 1988 to Asrai.
From 1989 to 1994 they released several demo-tapes which gained them national popularity.
In 1997 they released their debut "As Voices Speak" on the label Poison Ivy.
Over the next few years Asrai worked on perfecting their sound, image, and trying to find the right line-up.
In the meantime, contracted by Transmission Records
Asrai recorded their second CD "Touch In The Dark" which was released in 2004.
Their third full length album "Pearls In Dirt" was released in 2007.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Warriors Of Nature ‎– The Roots Of Blood (1996)

Country: Portugal

1. Ophiussae 02:27
2. Callaecia 03:15
3. Oestrimis Et Saefis 03:31
4. Sun God Of Legions 02:13
5. Sunwheel's Skies 05:33
6. Seghus 02:08
7. Voluspa 04:14

Warriors Of Nature was a Portuguese tribal/ambient/experimental project 
formed by Bruno Nunes De Sousa aka B. Ardo (Sangre Cavallum, Silence, Zwickau
& Johan Aernus (Wolfskin, Karnnos, Oktober Black etc.) in the mid-1990s.
The project released only one album in cassette form entitled "The Roots Of Blood" in 1996
that contained songs about the Northwest Iberian mountains, Callaecia, the nowadays North Portugal and Galicia.
The cassette was released through B. Ardo's Forgotten Blood label that was specialized in experimental music 
with esoteric and mystical themes from the religious traditions of pagan Europe with specific interest on ancient Portugal.
"The Roots Of Blood" was limited to 60 hand-numbered copies packaged in a velvet pouch with a leather strap and a bell.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

F/i ‎– Paradise Out Here (1989)

Country: United States

1. From Poppy With Love 07:33
2. The House Of The Pharaoh's Daughter 07:24
3. The Ninth Corner 06:31
4. Om 21 18:41
5. Satellite Surfer (Bonus Track) 03:29
6. Five Crowns Of The Saxon King (Bonus Track) 05:59

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA situated F/i was founded in 1981.
They was also known as The Surfin' Führers before changing their name to F/i.
The band started producing several cassette releases first.
The early material was harsh, experimental noise structures in the tradition of Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound.
In 1987 with the release of "Why Not Now?...Alan!" album 
the band started to show the first changes to a more rocking musical style.
"Space Mantra" that was followed in 1988 was influenced by the industrial/power sound of the days provided with references to krautrock acts like Faust and Neu!.
"Paradise Out Here" was originally released on LP in 1989 on Human Wrechords
limited to 300 copies, while the CD remastered version was released in 2006, through Lexicon Devil
featuring two bonus tracks, an alternate cover artwork and slightly changed track titles.
Here the band presented a mix of drone experimental space rock with influences from Hawkwind and Spacemen 3.
Band member Richard Franecki went on with his new project Vocokesh in 1990 
but returned in 2003 with the release of "A Question For The Somnambulist" album.
The band is still active with Richard Franecki, Brian Wensing and Grant Richter as the core 
supported by Jay Tiller (drums) and Russ T. (bass).

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Cryptic – A Northern Wind Of Holocaust (Demo 1994)

Country: Sweden

1. A Northern Wind Of Holocaust 01:13
2. A Blaze From The Pagan Moon 03:25
3. Diabolical Landscapes 03:36
4. A Frozen Shadow 04:32

Cryptic was a Swedish black metal band that formed in 1992.
Their line up featured Thypheus (Thornium, ex-Cabal) and Eliphas (Ulverheim, Deletion, ex-Thornium, ex-Cabal).
The band released only one demo in 1994 entitled "A Northern Wind Of Holocaust".
After the release of the demo the two main band member joined their forces once again with Thornium 
and after that they separated parts and each one continued with their own projects.