Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Krzysztof Penderecki - Rękopis Znaleziony W Saragossie (The Saragossa Manuscript) (1965)

Composer: Krzysztof Penderecki

1 - 29 Untitled 42:45

'Rekopis Znaleziony w Saragossie' ('Manuscript Found in Saragossa') by the famous Polish director Wojciech Jerzy Has 
was originally released in 1965 and since then has become a mile-stone of the avant-garde world cinema.
The haunting and downright bizarre score was composed by Krzysztof Penderecki in 1963, 
a famous Polish contemporary/avant-garde composer. All the special effects and sound treatments took place at the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw (one of the first studios of this kind in Europe) 
under the supervision of Bohdan Mazurek in 1963-1964. 
A great example of music concrete, free tape manipulation and a head-on trip 
into the analog music technology on the early 60s. Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Luis Bunuel and Jerry Garcia have at various times described The Saragossa Manuscript as their favorite film. 
Based on the book by the highly-esteemed Count Jan Potocki, the film version is reputedly a respectful, mostly faithful adaptation of this literary cat s cradle set in the weird fantasy landscapes of arid 17th-century Spain. 
The film creates a magical, sometimes disturbing, world of the supernatural.
Jerry Garcia, along with Martin Scorsese, put up part of the money to have it restored to its full length.
 Besides the convoluted structure,(stories within stories, and again stories within stories) 
characters pop in and out of each others tales with the random logic of a trip. 
The characters includes sexy ghost princesses, gypsies, scientists, occultists, demon-possesions. 
The intriguing stylistic flourishes sit against the wonderful soundtrack of Krzysztof Penderecki,
famous for the scores of The Shining and Inland Empire.


Wampyre ShadowWolf – Wampyricon (1996)

Country: Greece

1. Invocation Of My Demon Brother 03:43
2. In My Dominion I Am All 05:19
3. We Shall Rise 04:48
4. Deepest Sea Swallow Me 07:34
5. Princess Of Darkness 06:38
6. Stargates 05:40
7. In My Dominion I Am All (Funeral Mix) 06:11
8. Demeter / Frost 04:21

The band consisted of Magus Wampyr Daoloth (Necromantia, Diabolos Rising, Thou Art Lord, NAOS etc.), 
Wolf (aka Vassilis Zobolas of Vanity), and Shadow (aka George Florakis chief editor of Greek Metal Hammer 
back in the early 90's, chief editor of Razor Magazine in 2000 and strongly involved in the underground scene.
Together with Magus Wampyr Daoloth they released the one and only issue of Sub Terra zine in '96
and also he did guest vocals in the promo version of "Snowing Still" track of Rotting Christ).
"Wampyricon" was the last CD recorded at Storm Studio, therefore the sound quality-production (done by MWD
is very good reminding the production of the Greek bands that had already used it 
(Nightfall, Septic Flesh, Rotting Christ, Varathron).
Their music is a mixture of ambient-dark wave with gothic rock. 
Ian Read (Fire And Ice, ex-Current 93, ex-Sol Invictus)  is also participating
as a special guest on the opening track's vocals.
The lyrics, mostly written by Shadow, deal with the dark side of human nature and the black-vampire culture.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Upsland – War (1994)

Country: France

1. Awake 04:08
2. Iron Will 04:46
3. Mission 04:00
4. Dream 05:02
5. Solitude 03:02
6. Love 06:21
7. The Cross 04:42
8. Fall Out 04:55
9. Purple Wave 03:56

Beautifully arranged Martial Industrial by French band Upsland.
The band consisted of four members for this recording: Prince Éric, Freddy K. Junior, Hervé Love and Laura Move.
Released in 1994 by Cthulhu Records in a gold-embossed black digipak with booklet.