Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Vincent Price – Witchcraft - Magic: An Adventure In Demonology (2xLP 1969)

Country: United States

Side A 25:30
1. Prologue
2. The Tale Of Master Seth
3. Hitler And Witchcraft
4. Witchcraft In History
5. Women As Witches
6. Witch Burning
7. Witch Tortures
Side B 25:56
1. Witch Tortures (Continued)
2. The World Of Spirits And Demons
3. Preparation For Magic
4. Instruments Of Magic
5. How To Invoke Spirits, Demons, Unseen Forces
6. The Magic Bloodstone
7. The Witches Cauldron
8. How To Communicate With The Spirits
Side C 26:45
1. How To Communicate With The Spirits (Continued)
2. Gerald Yorke And Necromancy
3. How To Make A Pact With The Devil
4. How To Become A Witch
5. Curses, Spells, Charms
Side D 26:25
1. Curses, Spells, Charms (Continued)
2. Potions
3. The Hand Of Glory
4. The Witches Sabbat
5. Witchcraft Today
6. Epilogue

Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor,
known for his performances in horror films.
He identified with gothic horror and crazed villainy through a series of leading film roles in the 1960s 

that were based on such Edgar Allan Poe poems and short stories as The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher,
The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Masque of the Red Death all of them directed by Roger Corman.
Thanks to the actor's wide exposure in those movies and others like them, his voice became immediately associated 

with the horror genre, opening the door for Price to contribute to a number of different recordings.
During the early 1970s, Price hosted and starred in BBC Radio's horror and mystery series The Price Of Fear.
He also recorded dramatic readings of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems,

which were collected together with readings by Basil Rathbone.
Around 1975 he greatly reduced his film work, as horror itself suffered a slump, and increased his narrative and voice work.
His spooky laughter alone was enough to conjure all sorts of macabre thoughts and associations,

and his elegant diction only enhanced the effect.
A sampling of Price's contributions includes an appearance on Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" in 1975
and a guest spot on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 1982.
Price's album,  "Witchcraft - Magic: An Adventure In Demonology", was released by Capitol Records.


Friday, 26 October 2018

Warlust – The Final War (MCD 1999)

Country: Holland

1. Haat 06:30
2. Diabolical Hordes 03:49
3. Zyklon 05:59
4. Murder of God 06:04
5. The Final War 03:40

Warlust was raised by Furor, Sick and Nocturnasz in the spring of 1998.
They all played in various bands before, so they all had some musical experience.
In the beginning Warlust also had a vocalist and a bass player,
but a couple of months later they left because of musical discord with the rest of the band.
The music Warlust plays can be described as fast and aggressive black metal,
with minor thrash and death metal influences, combined with slower but still powerful parts.
In January and February 1999 the band recorded their debut mini-CD "The Final War".
The MCD contains 5 songs of blackened war metal, and was released in July 1999 on Happy Holochrist Records.
The vocals on this recording are done by Lord Charagnanna (Charagnanna, Unshrouded Bitterness, ex-Sabbatical Goat),
who later became a permanent member in Warlust.
Shortly after Troll, another ex-member of Sabbatical Goat, joined Warlust on bass.
With this line-up Warlust recorded in 2001 their only full length album "Trench War" that was released in 2003.
Soon after the recording of "Trench War" the band split up 
while Nocturnasz and Furor continued with their side project band Pestis.


Sunday, 21 October 2018

ConSono – Onus Uteri (1991)


Country: Sweden

1. Onus Uteri 02:06
2. Stone To Flesh 06:56
3. First Arousal 06:37
4. Insect Dawn 01:24
5. Crave Divine 04:07
6. Tide 06:12
7. Nefarior 02:06
8. White Light 02:44

ConSono was formed in Södertälje, Sweden, 1990 by Jens Lindh and Magnus Bjärlind.
Their first cassette "Onus Uteri" was released in 1991,
featuring 8 tracks ranging from tribal sounds to ambient/industrial with some neoclassical hints.
Onus Uteri was released on Sound Source, a now defunct side label of Cold Meat Industry.
ConSono contributed to a number of international compilations between 1991 and 1995,
such as Le Cenacle, Karmanik Collection, Death Odors and more.
Some of the tracks were reissued in the compilation CD "Hymns Of Deceased Deities",
that was released on Cold Meat Industry in 1995.
Their last album, "Ignoto Deo", released in 1998, brought a substantial musical change,
with a style more similar to neoclassical/darkwave and gothic atmospheres.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Forbidden Site – Catharsis (Demo 1994)

Country: France

1. Heretic 04:15
2. Celebrating My Desolation 08:40
3. Children Of Doom 09:08
4. Anathema 01:53

Forbidden Site was a French avant-garde/black/gothic metal band from Grenoble, formed in 1993.
In 1994 the group released their first demo entitled "Catharsis".
A second demo followed in 1996 under the title "Renaissances Noires".
Their lyrical themes dealt with poetry and literature inspired by Victor Hugo, Gérard de Nerval,  

Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam and Antonin Artaud.
In January 1997, the group released their first studio album "Sturm Und Drang", which received very positive reviews.
A second studio album, named "Astralgeist" was published in 1999 on the German label Solistitium Records.
The music offered by this release had a distant relationship with black metal 

with many rock and gothic passages take precedence over the traditional metal orchestrations.
The group announced its separation in 2003 at a farewell concert at the Locomotive, in Paris.
During its existence Forbidden Site shared the stage with groups like Cradle Of Filth, Misanthrope,

Dimmu Borgir, Anorexia Nervosa, Siebenburgen and The Gathering.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saerpe Metal Union (Split 1998)

Country: Norway

1. Infernal – Bloody Upon The Altar 04:31
2. Infernal – Once Again 02:49
3. Infernal – Holy Unholy 02:01
4. Infernal – The Last Eternal Winter 03:43
5. Infernal – The World Is Mine 01:52
6. Sunshine's Gone – Shield Of Flames 03:34
7. Sunshine's Gone – In The Black 03:47
8. Sunshine's Gone – When Sunshine's Gone 05:35
9. Soul Transition – The Call From Within 03:35
10. Soul Transition – In The Perdition Hearse / Dead While Living 04:09
11. Soul Transition – Nivlheim 03:39
12. Con Anima – The House On The Hill 06:19
13. Con Anima – The Price (Twisted Sister Cover) 03:49
14. Con Anima – The Angel Of Melancholy 06:47

Saerpe Metal Union was a demo compilation of four bands from the Sarpsborg (Særpe) area 
and was released in 1998 by Scarlet Records.
Infernal was formed from the ashes of Baalberith, in early 1997.
The band recorded three demos, of which the second one named "Holy Unholy" is featured here.
This demo was spread to friends and labels, in a very small number of CD-R copies.
Freddy Olsen from Con Anima was also a member of the band that ended splitting up in 2001.
Sunshine's Gone was a project band featuring members of Kharon and Ragnarok.
Thyme (Dag Ronny "Dæskis" Hansen) is providing the vocals here in their selftitled demo,

released in 1997, reminding the early releases of Ragnarok.
Soul Transition was formed by "Kessel" Frode Kobberstad and Stian "Culto" Johansen, both members of Perdition Hearse.
Their first demo entitled "The Calling" is included in the compilation and was originally released in 1996.
Con Anima was another project band of Stian "Culto" Johansen.
They released a demo entitled "The Angel Of Melancholy" (also called "Promo Tape 1998")

and a full length in 1999 entitled "The Book Of Riddles".


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Secret Discovery – Into The Void (1993)

Country: Germany

1. Introduction / Time Has Come 06:36
2. Western World 03:42
3. Execution Day 03:48
4. Despair 04:48
5. Part Of Me 06:39
6. I Left The Real 04:14
7. Let Me Always 07:01
8. Salvation 04:08
9. Into The Void 05:17

Secret Discovery was a rock band from Bochum, whose style was initially based heavily on bands 
such as Fields Of The Nephilim, The Sisters Of Mercy and The Mission.
The band was founded in 1989 by the brothers Kai (vocals) and Falk Hoffmann (guitar),
Michael Gusky (guitar) and Mattes Glathe (bass).
Secret Discovery, alongside acts like Project Pitchfork, Deine Lakaien, Das Ich, Lacrimosa and Goethes Erben,
were not only a strong motor for the renaissance of the German gothic scene in the early Nineties,
but also forerunners of gothic metal made in Germany,
and their 1993 offering, "Into The Void" is still considered a genre classic.
From 1990 to 1994 the band released four albums and in 1995 they signed up to Gun Records 
for the release of "A Question Of Time" album, which saw the light of day in 1996.
This was followed by appearances on the Out of the Dark festival with Moonspell, Crematory and The Gathering.
In 1996, the band went on a tour supporting Rammstein.
"Slave" appeared in 1997 and again used a tougher music style,
featuring a cover version of "Slave To The Rhythm" song from Grace Jones.
In 1999 before their dissolution, the compilation "The Final Chapter" was released featuring rare material and new songs.
After a successful final tour, the band split up.
In 2002, Secret Discovery reunited and "Pray", the reunion album, was released in 2004.
Several single gigs with Oomph!, Tiamat and Nightwish followed. Their last album "Alternate" was released in 2006.
The following tour was completed with Unheilig and also played at the Leipzig Wave Gotik Treffen 
as well as the Blackfield Open Air in Gelsenkirchen and a concert in the Bochum KULT Club.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Siglo XX – Under A Purple Sky (1989)

Country: Belgium

1. Baby Divine 03:52
2. When Will It Be Me 04:07
3. I Send You My Tears 03:59
4. Untouchable Flame 03:55
5. Body Meets Body 03:44
6. Alice 03:27
7. Vanity Lane 03:14
8. City In Dust 03:16
9. Summers Die 04:48
10. Waiting For A Friend 03:29

Siglo XX was a Belgian Coldwave/Darkwave/Rock group from Genk active from 1978-1990.
Their sound was influenced by the music of Joy Division and other Factory Records bands 
using dark basses, moody synths and depressive vocals.
In 1980 Siglo XX independently released their first 7'' single "The Naked And The Death".
Things really got rolling two years later with the maxi-single "The Art Of War".
Later they signed to Antler Records where they released a few of their albums and maxi’s.
In the mid 80’s a move to Play It Again Sam followed, and three albums came out.
The last was "Under A Purple Sky" in 1989.
Siglo XX was one of the more well-known Belgian Coldwave bands 
and by 2010 was considered to have been a key influence on the Belgian music scene.