Friday, 31 July 2020

Jesper Kyd – The Adventures Of Batman And Robin (1995)

Composer: Jesper Kyd

1. Introduction - Arkham Asylum Breakout 09:14
2. Level 1 - Happy Birthday To Me 07:02
3. Boss Theme 1 - Harley Quinn 04:09
4. On The Road 02:58
5. Boss Theme 2 - Joker 02:35
6. Level 2 - A Two Sided Story 03:53
7. Boss Theme 3 - Two Face's Airship 03:43
8. Flying Over Gotham City 03:59
9. Into The Clouds 03:05
10. Boss Theme 4 - Searchlight Airship 04:02
11. Level 3 - Tea Time 07:00
12. Boss Theme 5 - Cheshire Cat 03:35
13. Jetpack Ride - Chess Board 05:28
14. Boss Theme 6 - The Mad Hatter 04:25
15. Level 4 - Snow In July 06:08
16. Jetpack Ride 2 02:37
17. Boss Theme 7 - Mr. Freeze 02:21
18. Ending 01:59
19. Game Over 00:03

The Adventures Of Batman & Robin is a series of video game adaptations released between 1994 and 1995
featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Robin based on Batman: The Animated Series.
The games were released for numerous platforms, with the Genesis, Game Gear and Sega CD versions published by Sega while the Super NES version was published by Konami.
The Genesis version (released on August 2, 1995), developed by Clockwork Tortoise,
is a run 'n' gun game where both Batman and Robin must stop Mr. Freeze.
In order to keep the duo busy, he also frees the Joker, Two-Face and the Mad Hatter.
The game can be played by two players simultaneously and there are four levels consisting of several stages,
mostly of a straight left-to-right traverse to the end where the boss awaits.
In some levels the game switches to a side-scrolling shooter, in which the players must control the Batwings.
The game features a soundtrack composed by Jesper Kyd.
Jesper Kyd Jakobson (born 3 February 1972) is a Danish composer and sound designer,
who has worked on various video game, television, and film projects.
His scores use orchestra, choir, acoustic manipulations and electronic soundscapes.
Kyd started playing the piano at an early age and later, he took several years of training in classical guitar,
note reading, choir singing and classical composition for piano but he is mostly self-taught.
He started using computers for composing on a Commodore 64 at age 14 and later an Amiga.
Kyd and Mikael Balle became members of the demogroup Silents DK and collaborated with the coders group Crionics.
They eventually made the Amiga demoscene production Hardwired.
He also created and scored the first demo, Global Trash 2, together with Mikael Balle.
Kyd then left the demoscene and started to work as a game musician.
He and others created the computer game developer Zyrinx and a game called Sub-Terrania for the Sega Genesis.
Kyd composed music for two additional Zyrinx titles, Red Zone and Scorcher 
and the music for two externally developed games, Amok and The Adventures Of Batman And Robin for the Sega Genesis.
Zyrinx dissolved when their game publisher Scavenger went bankrupt.
Many former Zyrinx members returned to Denmark to start IO Interactive,
but Kyd moved to New York City and set up his own sound studio in Manhattan called "Nano Studios".
He then worked as a freelance video game musician.
He worked on BioWare's MDK2, Shiny's Messiah and IO's Hitman: Codename 47.
The soundtrack to Codename 47 was based on urban soundscapes and ethnic instrumentation.
He then recorded the soundtrack of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
 with 110 musicians of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Choir.
He recorded the score for the action/adventure Freedom Fighters with the Hungarian Radio Choir 
that was described by Film Score Monthly Magazine as "Vangelis on steroids"
He used modern electronica and symphonic and choral music in Hitman: Contracts
while the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Choir were used once more in Hitman: Blood Money.
Jesper then provided scores for the games like Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood,
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (co-composed with Lorne Balfe), Borderlands, Borderlands 2, State Of Decay, Darksiders II, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, State Of Decay 2, Warhammer: Vermintide 2
and Borderlands 3 (with Michael McCann, Finishing Move Inc. and Raison Varner).
In 2015, he scored the Chinese fantasy film Chronicles Of The Ghostly Tribe followed by the Indian fantasy film Tumbbad.
The music for the upcoming game Assassin's Creed Valhalla was also composed by Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner,
both whom have worked on past Assassin's Creed games.
Einar Selvik (aka Kvitrafn), who had written original songs for the History Channel show Vikings
will also work with Kyd and Schachner for new songs for Valhalla.
Jesper Kyd's influences include composers such as Ottorino Respighi, Igor Stravinsky, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis,
Mike Oldfield, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and bands such as Röyksopp, The Knife, Pink Floyd, and Underworld.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Desire – There Where Candles Fade (1998)

Country: Fimland

1. Insane 06:34
2. Stab In The Back 05:04
3. Let Me Come Inside 04:43
4. Beyond Gehennah 04:41
5. Senseless Eternity 03:47
6. Distance 05:22
7. The Awakening 04:12
8. Factory Second 05:08
9. There Where Candles Fade 07:16

Desire was a gothic metal band that was created in Sweden around 1991 and featured mostly Finns living in Sweden.
After several changes of composition, the group began to look like this:
Juha Vall - bass, vocals, keys, Timo Översti - drums, vocals, Arto Peteri - guitars, vocals, Jarmo Nummi - guitars
and additional female vocal by Karin Johansson.
After the release of their demo "No Light In The Dark" in 1995, they entered the Abyss Studio of Peter Tagtgren in June 1996 and recorded their debut album, “Assembled Forever", which was released the following year on Noxious Records.
In 1998 in the same studio their second album "There Where Candles Fade" was created.
Peter Tagtgren himself (Abyss Studio, Hypocrisy, Pain, The Abyss, etc.) is not only produced and mixed the album,
but also performed as a backing vocalist on the track "Insane".

Friday, 17 July 2020

Amon – El Khela (1997)

Country: Italy

1. Rise Of Thermutis 08:02
2. Khore 10:27
3. Dark Side Return 08:51
4. El Khela 11:19
5. She Touched The Stone 04:10
6. Wasted 08:56
7. Ank Sen Amon 18:46

Andrea Marutti was born in 1970 in Savona and currently lives in Milan, Italy.
He began his experiments with music in the early ’90s using mainly tapes and objects.
A few years later he also started to use synthesizers, samplers and other electronic devices
 and founded the Lips Vago Digital Studio.
His most well-known projects are Amon and Never Known.
During the late ’90s/early ’00s several of his releases in the field of Ambient/Dark Ambient music
were published by labels such as Eibon Records, Nextera, Amplexus, Silentes, Drone Records, Taâlem, etc.
For some time he was also responsible of other projects dealing with different styles of electronic music
ranging from Lo-Fi/Weird/Cheap Electronica to IDM (Wolkspurz & Ramirez, Lips Vago) and Dada/Noise/Nonsense (Spiral).
With the turn of the century he started recording and releasing Experimental/Ambient tracks under his own name,
in duo with Giuseppe Verticchio/Nimh as Hall Of Mirrors,
with Davide Del Col (Ornament, Echran) as Molnija Aura and again in duo with Andrea “Ics” Ferraris as Sil Muir.
Later on he was also involved in two collective projects: Maribor
with Giuseppe Verticchio, Maurizio Bianchi, Stefano Gentile, Pierpaolo Zoppo and Gianluca Favaron,
and Meerkat with Andrea Ferraris, Davide Valecchi/aal, Fabio Selvafiorita, Luca Bergero/Fhievel,
Logoplasm, Luca Sigurtà, Matteo Uggeri/Hue and Adriano Zanni/Punck.
Between 1995 and 2013 he also ran a small label called Afe.
Among the musicians that he hosted were Maurizio Bianchi, Bad Sector, Maeror Tri, Telepherique, De Fabriek,
Aidan Baker, Ovum, Steve Brand, Logoplasm, Ellende, Bestia Centauri, True Colour Of Blood and many more.
After a few years of hiatus, in late 2017 he re-builted his studio in a new location and began to work on new projects.
In 2016 Eibon Records with Silentes Minimal Editions re-released a remastered digisleeve edition of "El Khela",
under the title "El Khela Al'Akhdar", featuring a graphically renewed version
and a second CD with rare, unreleased and reworked tracks.
23 years after its initial release, "El Khela" still shines out like a pillar in the dark ambient field.
Mysterious, trascending, catacombal, bleak, cryptic ambience, the sound of forgotten realms in its purest form.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Łza Zeschniętej Róży – Majestat Mgieł Nocnych (1997)

Country: Poland

1. Majestat Mgieł Nocnych 08:20
2. Pamięć Uśpionych Świec 09:03
3. Pieśń Dla Zapomnianej Osady 08:15
4. Wiatr Północny 05:54
5. Pogańskie Krainy 03:00
6. Stara Baśń 03:26

Łza Zeschniętej Róży (Tear Of A Withered Rose) was a melodic pagan/black metal band that formed at the end of 1993.
Initially the band was named Bathuel and two demo tapes were recorded under this moniker.
The first one, entitled "The Legends Of Pagans", was recorded live, without mix,

during one night in Pruszcz Gdanski studio in February 1995 and consisted of three songs..
The line up at the time was Adam Wosiak (vocals, rhythm guitar), Krzysztof Twardosz (drums & percussion),
Robert Bandzul (solo guitar) and session musician Sebastian Smolak (Keyboards).

The second demo, "Deszczowa Pieśń Leśnych Duchów" (Rainy Song Of Forest Spirits), was recorded in Swarzędz studio
in May 1996, by Adam Wosiak (vocals, rhythm guitar, bass guitar)

and Krzysztof Twardosz (drums & percussion, solo guitar, keyboard, vocals).
The group had a contract offer with the German label Solistitium Records but the deal never completed.
 After recording their second demo, the band changed  their name to Łza Zeschniętej Róży and in May 1997,
they recorded their first full length entitled "Majestat Mgieł Nocnych" (The Majesty Of Night Mists), 
at Selani Studio in Olsztyn that was released on tape by Midgard Records.
New band member, Aleksandra Mazurek, participated in the recordings as a keyboardist and also adding some vocals.

Robert Bandzul, known from the first demo tape, was also involved in arrangement of some of the songs.
It is worth mentioning, that the band had nearly 40 hours for recording,

which was unbelievably short and therefore some shortcomings could not be avoided.
Only three hours were used on vocals recordings and the same time was spent on mixing,
while there were only four drum rehearsals.
Krzysztof Twardosz played an important role in the studio, as he recorded most of the instruments, 

helped with arrangement and put finishing touches to tracks.
Adam Wosiak was the author of all compositions, except "Wiatr Północny" and made the most of the drum arrangements.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Haimad – Majestic (MCD 1999)

Country: Sweden

1. Immortal Winds 04:41
2. Path Of The Elder Gods 04:41
3. Eclipse Of Mankind 02:07
4. Ancient Gates 04:41
5. Majestic 07:37

Haimad was formed in Sundsvall, Sweden in 1994.
The band was consisted of a full line up and released in 1995 the demo "A Dream Vision Vanished", 

followed by a second tape in 1997 entitled "The Horned Moon".
After the release of the MCD "Majestic" in 1999 the band went on a long hiatus.
Many years went by without a sign of life before Azradan, the only remaining founding member,

set out to resurrect the band and recruited a new line-up
in order to create melodic/symphonic black metal in the best tradition of the Scandinavian mid-90s.
Finally 25 years after their founding, Haimad released the EP "The Return" in 2019 on Northern Silence Productions.
The Memory Link contains as a bonus track the song "Under Spread Wings Of Eternal Darkness

that was featured on the compilation "Satanic Rites - A Tribute To Hell" released by Full Moon Productions in 1998.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Hemlock – Funeral Mask (1998)

Country: United States

1. Frozen Tears 02:03
2. Way Of The Wolf 03:44
3. Hemlock 05:09
4. Black Dawn 02:19
5. October Sunrise 03:05
6. Necrofuck 04:27
7. Loyal To Evil 06:10
8. Reign Of Death 04:39
9. Funeral Mask 04:38

Hemlock was created in late summer of 1992 by Laconist (guitars) and Desecrator (vocals, bass).
In that autumn of the same year His Eminence, hailing from the cult act Porphyria, joined them on drums.
He was one of the few individuals responsible for the birth of the black/death metal scene in New York City.
Later that year, Hemlock recorded a two song demo.
The band rehearsed on and off for 3 years searching for suitable members to complete their line up,
until they were joined by Balth on bass and lead Desecrator to concentrate on his vocal duties.

Weeks later, Azalin (guitars) was the last piece of the puzzle.
In June of 1996 Hemlock recorded a six song promo, which sparked interest from Head Not Found 

that later in 1997 re-released it as a MCD entitled "Crush The Race Of God".
Hemlock then took a breather long enough to enter the studio to record a split MCD

with fellow hardcore/punk/grind/thrash band Black Army Jacket.
One year later they recorded at the Smoke Grind and Sleep Studios their official full length

entitled "Funeral Mask" which was to be their last release for Head Not Found.
Due to the lack of promotion/professionalism of Head Not Found,

Hemlock decided to team up with long time supporter Jon Thorns of the Full Moon Productions.
During negotiations, Laconist departed from the band.
Hemlock as a four piece started writing/rehearsing for their second full length album entitled "Lust For Fire".
The album was originally tended to be released at the end of 1999 but instead saw the light of day in 2001.
The band has also made live appearances with acts like Sigh, Deceased, Exodus, Immolation and Usurper.
The Memory Link contains as a bonus track their cover of Kreator's "Awakening Of The Gods"

that featured on the compilation "Tribute To Kreator" in 2000.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Unveiled – Crudelis Et Invictus (1995)

Country: Denmark

1. Hammer Of The Underworld 07:07
2. Creaks And Thunder 06:13
3. Sailors Death 03:03
4. Mindbender 06:31
5. Nothingness 02:13
6. Ancient King 03:43
7. Arise 05:21
8. Creepshow 00:20
9. Invictus 06:46
10. Trancemorph 09:57

Unveiled was the project of Hansen (Hüebsch Originators, Cant, UFO).
In 1995 the project released the album "Crudelis Et Invictus" as a three-piece band,
(Hansen, Mikkel T.Ørnebjerg, Kris B. Prasada Rao), but dissolved shortly after.
The album featured more guitars, riffs and bombastic elements than the later releases.
In the end of the nineties Unveiled was brought back to life again by Hansen as a solo project.
In 2000, Unveiled's second album, "Silver" was released through World Serpent Distribution,
followed by a split album with Sol Invictus, Matt Howden and Sieben.
The split album featured one long and building track of ritual strength.
In 2003 the split album
"Chance Meeting Of Nurse With Wound And Unveiled On Charlottenborg"  
with Nurse With Wound was produced to commemorate an exhibition of  Steven Stapleton's work in Denmark.
The Unveiled tracks for this split were made up of samples from the Nurse With Wound and Current 93 back catalogue.
The same year "Winter Songs" was released, with four tracks originally composed
for a public ritual performance that took place in Copenhagen with reverend Steven Leyba Johnson in 2001.
Unveiled also appeared on the 2006 5-cd set compilation "Not Alone" (with the track "Endless", 
featuring Kim Larsen of :Of The Wand & The Moon: on vocals), alongside such artists as Current 93,
Antony, Jarboe, The Angels Of Light, Aube, Coil, Hafler Trio and many others.
The band eventually dissolved and Hansen formed Slagskygge as a continuation of Unveiled,
with an updated sound and influences of post-black metal and dubstep, while maintaining the industrial core.