Monday, 31 May 2021

Blackwinds – The Black Wraiths Ascend (7'' EP 1999)

Country: Sweden

1. The Black Wraiths Ascend 06:38
2. The Watchers 02:47
3. Share My Doom 05:40

Blackwinds was Lord Mysteriis (Setherial, ex-In Battle etc.) project
which he formed around 1998 during Setherial's downtime.
In 1999 he released the debut EP "The Black Wraiths Ascend"
with the help of Zathanel (Blot Mine, ex-Sorhin, ex-Setherial etc.) on bass
and Lord Kraath (Setherial, ex-Egregori) who handled the vocal work and guitars.
The EP was released through Bloodstone Entertainment in a limited edition of 300 hand numbered copies
and was recorded and produced by the band at Greencastle Studio.
After a long hiatus
Blackwinds gave a sign of existence in 2008 with the release of "Origin"
that presented the three tracks from the sold out debut EP plus four unreleased tracks
featuring Infaustus (Sorghegard, ex-Setherial) on vocals.
The same year Blackwinds released their first, and only, full length album "Flesh Inferno" on Regain Records.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Composer: Gil Mellé

1. Wildfire 02:46
2. Hex 04:00
3. Andromeda 02:24
4. Desert Trip 04:14
5. The Piedmont Elegy 02:23
6. OP 02:45
7. Xenogenesis 02:40
8. Strobe Crystal Green 04:55

The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction thriller film produced and directed by Robert Wise.
It is based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding.
The film stars Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne
as a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin.
With a few exceptions, the film follows the book closely and it is notable for its use of split screen in certain scenes.
The Andromeda Strain was one of the first films to use advanced computerized photographic visual effects,
with work by Douglas Trumbull, who had pioneered effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey,
along with James Shourt and Albert Whitlock who worked on The Birds.
Reportedly $250,000 of the film's budget of $6.5 million was used to create the special effects, 
including Trumbull's simulation of an electron microscope.
The film contained a faux computer rendering, created with conventional film-making processes,
of a mapped 3-D view of the rotating structure of the five-story cylindrical underground laboratory
in the Nevada desert named Project Wildfire.
A 2003 publication by the Infectious Diseases Society of America noted that The Andromeda Strain is:
"the most significant, scientifically accurate, and prototypic of all films of this (killer virus) genre,
as it accurately details the appearance of a deadly agent, its impact, and the efforts at containing it,
and, finally, the work-up on its identification and clarification on why certain persons are immune to it."
The soundtrack of the fim was composed by Gilbert John Mellé (31 December 1931 – 28 October 2004),
an American artist, jazz musician and film composer.
Melle was born in New York City, where he was raised by a family friend after his parents abandoned him at the age of two.
As a child, he began painting and playing saxophone as a teen.
Before he was 16 years old, he was playing several jazz clubs in Greenwich Village.
At the age of 19, he signed to Blue Note, becoming the first white musician on the label’s roster.
At Blue Note, he released five 10'' EP records before recording his first full-length "Patterns In Jazz", in 1956.
In addition to recording and performing jazz, Melle continued with his artwork
and his paintings and sculptures were displayed at several New York galleries,
while his art was featured on his own albums, as well as records by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonius Monk.
He left Blue Note shortly after the "Patterns In Jazz" sessions, signing with Prestige.
Between 1956 and 1957, he recorded three albums for Prestige ("Primitive Modern", "Gil’s Guests", and "Quadrama"),
before deciding to halt his career as a traditional jazz bandleader.
Melle moved to Los Angeles in the ’60s, where he began to compose scores for film and television.
Over the next 30 years, he wrote scores for over 125 films.
He also began working with electronic music, building his own synthesizers, including (arguably) the first drum machine
and performing with the first all-electronic jazz band, the Electronauts, at the tenth Monterey Jazz Festival.
In 1967, he returned to recording with "Tome VI", an all-electronic jazz album released on Verve.
He continued to pioneer electronic music, writing scores for the tv series Night Gallery
and The Andromeda Strain entirely with synthesizers, which was unheard of at the time.
In addition to writing music for films, he composed several symphonies,
which he performed with symphony orchestras in Toronto, London, and New Zealand.
During the mid-’90s, Melle decided to concentrate on the visual arts,
in particular his computer-based digital painting, which drew great acclaim from art critics across America.
The Andromeda Strain was originally released by Kapp Records as a hexagon-shaped vinyl,
housed in an elaborate folded pod-shaped sleeve featuring an insert with folding instructions.

Friday, 28 May 2021

Hel – Orloeg (1999)

Country: Germany
 1. Erlkönig 07:24
2. Mutter Erde 05:56
3. Wunden 03:38
4. Zeitenwende 04:51
5. Fimbulwinter 07:45
6. Der Weg Ist Das Ziel 06:28
7. Der Alte Mann 08:47
8. Der See 04:44
9. Ragnarök 07:51
10. Spuren 02:54
 11. Windows (At The Gates Bonus Cover) 04:46
12. Through Blood By Thunder (Bathory Bonus Cover) 06:21
13. Cold Ways (Katatonia Bonus Cover) 05:37

Hel was a German pagan black metal band that was created in 1994 by Valdr.
In 1995 he released in limited numbers the first demo entitled "Miölnir".
A keyboardist helped him out, but the result didn't really meet his expectations.
In 1997 Skaldir joined him and together they released their second demo "Gedanken Und Erinnerung".
The demo caught the attention of Ars Metalli 
and a contract was signed for the release of their first full length album "Orloeg" in 1999.
After a long pause Hel recorded in 2004 the 10" EP "Pagan Midgard Art"
that was published by Det Germanske Folket in 473 copies.
From 2005 to 2012 three more albums were released before the band decided to split up.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Exorial – Licht Und Finsternis (1999)

Country: Germany

1. Intro 01:27
2. Anmut Des Kosmos 02:52
3. Schwarze Schwingen 03:15
4. Untermenschen 02:23
5. Kaos 04:37
6. Gift Der Götter 04:35
7. Der Dunkle Herrscher 02:02
8. Liebe Unter Willen 07:25
9. Totendämmerung 02:09
10. Herr Der Flammen 03:27
11. Outro 02:14

Exorial was created in 1998 by Ruben Schmitt aka Asmodeus (ex-Donnerkeil, ex-Sinnestäter) as a solo project.
The same year he released his first demo entiled "Totendämmerung (Die Vernichtung Der Lebensform Mensch)".
From 1999 to 2002 Exorial self released three albums and a split with Kälte.
The last sign of the band was in 2006 with the release of the compilation CD-R "Schwanengesang"
that featured tracks taken from all Exorial releases.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Mario Nascimbene – Barabbas Original Soundtrack (1962)

Composer: Mario Nascimbene

1. Main Theme 05:04
2. The Whipping Of Christ 02:23
3. Eclipse 03:18
4. The Tomb 02:47
5. Intermezzo 01:55
6. The Mines 04:11
7. Arrival In Rome 01:48
8. Rome Afire 03:31
9. The Death Of Barabbas 03:00
10. Musical Examples 06:16

Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas,
from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels.
The film stars Anthony Quinn as Barabbas, features Silvana Mangano, Katy Jurado, Arthur Kennedy, Harry Andrews,
Ernest Borgnine, Vittorio Gassman, and Jack Palance, and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
It was conceived as a grand Roman epic, was based on Nobel Prize-winning Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel of the same title.
The film was directed by Richard Fleischer 
and shot in Verona and Rome under the supervision of producer Dino De Laurentiis.
It included many spectacular scenes, including a battle of gladiators in a Cinecittà film studio mock-up of the arena,
and a crucifixion shot that was filmed on 15 February 1961 during an actual total eclipse of the sun.
The music score by Mario Nascimbene, which was conducted by Franco Ferrara,
the noted conductor and lecturer on conducting at several famous international academies,
was noted for its unusual, stark experimental component, which included the introduction of electronic sounds
achieved by the manipulation of tape speeds, as "new sounds".
Mario Nascimbene (28 November 1913 – 6 January 2002)
was one of the best known Italian film soundtrack composers of the 20th century.
His career spanned six decades, during which time he earned awards for the innovative contents of his composing style.
During his career he composed soundtracks for more than 150 films.
Nascimbene studied composition and orchestral conducting at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory of Music in Milan
under the guidance of Ildebrando Pizzetti, Following graduation he wrote several pieces for chamber music and ballet.
He was commissioned to write the soundtrack for the film "L'amore Canta" (Love Song), directed in 1941
by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, and the success of this film opened the doors of an entirely new career for him.
He was one of the few composers in Italy whose career was based on his work in the cinema.
He was particularly appreciated for the revolutionary innovation of incorporating the sounds
of non-orchestral instruments like that of a jaw harp or a harmonica, everyday noises
(like the tick-tock of a clock, the ring of a bicycle bell or the ticking sound of typewriters in Rome 11:00) in a musical score,
with the purpose to underline some particular film scenes.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

B.E.T.H. – Blighty/Back To Blighty/The Incredible News To Access (12'' EP 1997)

Country: England / Germany

1. Blighty 7:11
2. Back To Blighty 10:00
3. The Incredible News To Access 09:42

B.E.T.H. (Brain Energy To Human) was a very short-lived project featuring
Dino Psaras (Cydonia etc.), Tim Schuldt and Steve Ronan.
They released only this 12'' EP on the German label Aurinko Records.
The Memory link features as a bonus a fourth track entitled "Harsh"
that it was taken from the 1998 Aurinko Records compilation "Score".

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Allegiance – Blodörnsoffer (1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Intåg 01:45
2. Med Svärd I Hand 04:37
3. Likbål 04:57
4. En Svunnen Tid 05:52
5. Heimdal 07:07
6. Yggdrasil 04:26
7. Korpen Skall Leda Oss 05:43
8. Blodörnsoffer 05:41
9. Blot 05:35
10. Uttåg 03:18

Allegiance was formed in 1989 in Söderköping, Sweden,
featuring in their ranks drummer Fredrik Andersson and vocalist/bass/guitar player Roger 'Bogge' Svensson (aka B. War)
both of them mostly known for their later involvement with the black metal band Marduk.
The same year they released their debut demo "Sick World" delivering old style traditional thrash metal.
By drafting Magnus 'Devo' Andersson in 1990, Allegiance got decidedly more brutal
adding death metal elements on their style and released two more demos,
"Eternal Hate" in 1990 and "The Beginning Was The End" in 1991.
Undergoing a radical line-up shuffle the next years they released their fourth demo, 1993's "Odin Äge Er Alle",
and began to evolve to a more viking/black metal act and also shift their lyrical focus toward more pagan matters.
The "Höfdingadrapa" demo, a year later, solidified this shift
and its three songs would be later re-recorded for the band's debut album.,
Pär Thornell would be introduced on vocals and guitar with Mikael Almgren as new bassist in 1995.
In March 1995 Allegiance was signed to No Fashion Records and in July the same year they entered Unisound Studio
 to record their long awaited debut album "Hymn Till Hangagud" that was released in 1996.
From there, Allegiance would go on to release two more albums, 1997's "Blodörnsoffer" and 1999's "Vrede",
both of which made the Swedes a cult band.