Saturday, 25 March 2017

Monastery – Plena Sunt Celestia (Demo 1998)

Country: New Zealand

1. The Mountain 05:59
2. Devotion 05:07
3. Cave Of Light 04:06
4. Garden Of Tranquillity 04:30
5. Mountain Of Prayer 02:05

Monastery was the project of Sean O'Kane-Connolly known mostly for his involvement with bands like
Apnea, Corridors Of Pale, Gaoth Anair, Lyra, Nystagmus, Taur Nu Fuin, Uppsalan Temple etc.
In 1998 Sean became a Christian and devoted his musical projects onto God.
Prayer On The Mountain was his first solo project that was originally medieval based but later took a more industrial path.
Since he wanted to continue musically into the medieval-atmospheric genre he decided to create a new project,  
Monastery, that was inspired by Orthodox traditions, and Celtic Christianity.
With this project he tried to engineer visual music intended to build pictures into imagination, 
taking on a voyage through ancient monasteries, stone structures, statues of angels and icons of the saints.
Sean has used many pseudonyms for various ambient and black metal projects over the course of the past handful of years,
including projects like Bashy Troll Fetus, Verrottentrolls, Seregost, Undiscovered Moons Of Saturn, as well as others.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Solhverv – Gravlandets Vogtere (MCD 1995)

Country: Denmark

1. Gravkammerets Gru 05:45
2. Blodig Hævn 02:53
3. Under Dødens Grumme Svøbe 06:17
4. Månens Skygge 04:31

Solhverv was a black metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark that was formed in 1994 and split up in 1997.
Their line up featured Martin F. Jørgenssen (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards),  
Eric E. Marcussen (Drums) and Thomas F. Jørgenssen (Guitars, Vocals).
The band from 1990 to 1994 was known as Fallen Angel and played a mix of death metal with grindcore.
Through that period they released two demos.
In 1994 they changed, for a short period, their name to Helheim before going into Solhverv.
In 1995 their demo cd "Gravlandets Vogtere" was released and in 1996 their first full length album "Tågernes årtusinde
was issued through Euphonious Records.
A split with Nidhug called "Akustiske Ekko Af Fortiden" was also planned for 1997 but this was never happened.
After their disbanding two compilations were released with unreleased/rehearsal material.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Of Unknown Origin – Seven Ovens Of The Soul (1998)

Country: United States

1. From The Womb 00:46
2. Meditation Ladder 05:09
3. Saturnine Night 09:53
4. Chemognosis 07:37
5. The Son Of The Red Dawn 05:35
6. Sphered In A Radiant Cloud 08:34
7. Urlo 05:04
8. Nemonik Entropy 07:45
9. And So On For Ever 01:08

Of Unknown Origin was a collaboration project between Bryin Dall and Derek Rush.
The two artists had already a well established history of collaborative efforts
like A Murder Of Angels, Dream Into Dust and Loretta's Doll.
Of Unknown Origin was yet another project birthed out of their collective interest in dark ambient/experimental sonics, containing segments of industrial/noise electronics.
The band released only one album on The Order Of The Suffering Clown label
and was distributed worldwide by World Serpent.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mors Amara – Der Sonne Abgewandt... (Demo 1997)

Country: Switzerland

1. In Triumph We Stand, Eternal We Fight 05:07
2. Awaiting The End 07:22
3. Nocturna 02:19
4. Der Sonne Abgewandt... 06:58

Mors Amara was a Swiss melodic/atmospheric black metal band that formed in 1995.
Their line up featured Gryff (Guitars, Vocals),  
Sabnock (Drums, Backing Vocals), Noctua (Keyboards) and Teriel (Bass).
Unfortunatelly Mors Amara did not managed to sign on any label or to release a full length album 
but this short lived band will always be remembered for their "Der Sonne Abgewandt..." demo that was released in 1997.
The demo was recorded in February - April 1997 at Core-Studios and offered four amazing tracks of melodic black metal similar to the early works of Gehenna and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Violent Fury – ...Circle Of Pacts... (Demo 1993)

Country: United States

1. With Blood We Attain 03:31
2. After The Seventh Sign 04:36
3. Black Domains 03:08
4. Liturgy Of Desecration 04:19

Violent Fury was an American death/black metal band that formed in 1992, and offered a blend of heavy death metal, 
like older Deicide and Morbid Angel, with a touch of extreme forms of black metal.
The band hailed from the Syracuse area of Central New York and through 1992 to 1995 they released six demos, participated on many compilation albums and played live with a variety of bands including:  
Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Fear Factory, Incantation, and Vader. 
Violent Fury was supposedly working on new material that would came out as a full length and would combined 
new tracks with some older re-recorded ones but still nothing has been released or heard from the band.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Desiderii Marginis – Songs Over Ruins (1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Songs Over Ruins I 04:46
2. Scintillate II 06:28
3. Ephemeral 07:05
4. Chrism 03:59
5. Entombment 04:53
6. Ashes 04:24
7. Solemn Descent 05:00
8. The Core Of Hell II 05:08
9. Embossed In Bones, Hidden... 04:15
10. Songs Over Ruins II 05:02
11. Chreston 05:38

Desiderii Marginis ("Edge Of Desire" in Latin) was formed by Johan Levin in 1993 in Mjölby, Sweden as a solo project.
The initial intention was to release just a few demo tapes with material 
that failed to fit into the repertoire of his main band at the time, The Wounded Meadow.
The first three tapes "Consecrare", "Via Peregrinus" and "Triptych" were released in limited editions. 
Some of these songs later appeared in new versions on his critically acclaimed album "Songs Over Ruins", 
released on Cold Meat Industry label, while these three tapes were released 
as a cd compilation entitled "Years Lend A Golden Charm" later in 2009.
Apart Desiderii Marginis Johan is also involved in the team Galtagaldr, playing authentic medieval music, 
and using instruments like the Greek bouzouki, dulcimer, flute, oboe and other of that era.
Among his other interests, history, medieval art and architecture, calligraphy, philosophy and archeology,  
Johan works in the archaeological department of the museum province of Östergötland.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Evan Albam – Begotten (1990)


Composer: Evan Albam 

1. Untitled 44:49
2. Untitled 30:26

Begotten is a 1990 American experimental film written, produced, edited and directed by E. Elias Merhige.
The film narrates the story of Genesis while re-imagining it.
Begotten is considered by Merhige himself as the start of an unofficial trilogy. 
The second film in the trilogy is the 14-minute short Din Of Celestial Birds, which deals with evolution 
and premiered in 2006 on Turner Classic Movies, and was shot in similar visual fashion as Begotten.
Development for the film began in 1984.
Merhige, who was twenty at the time he wrote the script, was inspired by the theories and ideas of Antonin Artaud 
and Friedrich Nietzsche, which in his opinion had not been developed on film to the fullest extent.
The film incorporates many different religious themes and events from Christian and Slavic mythology including Creation, Mother Earth, and various other religious themes on which the events that take place in the film are loosely based upon.
Filming took place over a period of three and a half years in several different locations, with Merhige filling multiple roles in the film's production including working on the film's cinematography, and special effects. 
The film was shot using a 16mm Arriflex camera on black and white reversal film. 
While filming, Merhige would experiment with the film reel to give it an old, withered look. 
This included running the unshot negative through sandpaper in order to scratch it up before shooting. 
Unsatisfied with the overall effect, Merhige decided to use an optical printer but that was over the film's budget. 
He then constructed one himself using old, spare parts that he acquired from camera stores and special effects houses.
The eerie music of the film was composed by Evan Albam.