Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bad Sector – Dolmen (7'' EP 1996)

Country: Italy

1. Jackie 1954 05:54
2. Lisa 1912 06:02

Massimo Magrini was born in Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) in 1966. He has a long degree in Computer Science in Pisa University, with a thesis on musical applications of the Object Oriented paradigm. 
He studied electronic music with Alfonso Belfiore (professor at the State Conservatory of Florence). 
He collaborated with the Computer Music Lab of the CNUCE Institute of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) 
for some years, developing hardware and software tools (such as 'Aerial Painting Hand': a device that tracks the position of the musician's hands in gloves of two different colors, 'UV-Stick': an ultraviolet-illuminated stick that the musician moves 
in front of the camera-a computer reads its position and angle and makes changes to music generation algorithms accordingly, and others.), composing his interactive computer music and playing it in various countries. 
He also collaborated with private companies developing software for musical devices based on digital signal processing.
During late 80s, he played in a local electronic band (Jesus Blood), using self built analog and digital synthesizers. 
Besides these activities in 1992 he created his Bad Sector musical project, trying to discover dark sonic areas 
and focusing his attention on the melting point between ambient, experimental, noise and minimal music.
Common themes (as reflected in album and track titles) include microbiology, algorithms, physics, and space exploration.
Beside Bad Sector, in 2001 Magrini formed the project Olhon, together with the Where leading member Zairo
This project explores the territories between dark ambient and concrete experimental music 
using sounds recorded in extreme locations (caves, underwater etc.).
Dolmen comes as a limited first edition of 250 copies on yellow vinyl with a handsprayed left-hand metallic shadow cover
and as a second edition of 300 copies on blue marbled vinyl in printed sleeve with an one-sided info leaflet.


Monday, 1 July 2013

Cosmic Death – Crimson Nightgate (Demo 1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Stjärneldens Riddare 04:01
2. The Dark & the Spawn of my Thoughts 03:09
3. An Heartless Hymn of Shadows 03:06
4. Mantled in Dimlit Memories 03:44

Black/Thrash Metal project with Andreas Hedlund (from Vintersorg and Otyg fame), 
Crille Ljungblad and Fredde Lindberg.
They only released one demo which was called ‘Crimson Nightgate’ in 1997 before splitting up. 

Crille and Fredde raised the project again in 2006 but Vintersorg is not a part of Cosmic Death anymore. 
Since their resurrection they released two demos, Transfiguration Black (2007) and Perdition Haze (2010).


Diabolical Masquerade ‎– Ravendusk In My Heart (1996)

Country: Sweden

1. The Castle of Blackheim 07:14
2. Blackheim's Quest to Bring Back the Stolen Autumn 06:17
3. Beyond the Spiritual Moon 00:56
4. The Sphere in Blackheim's Shrine 03:32
5. Under the Banner of the Sentinel 03:14
6. Blackheim's Forest Kept the Season Forever 06:09
7. The Darkblue Seajourneys of the Sentinel 05:02
8. Blackheim's Hunt for Nocturnal Grace 07:46
9. Ravendusk in My Heart 02:05

Diabolical Masquerade is the avant-garde black metal solo project of Anders Nyström (aka Blackheim), 
guitarist for Katatonia and Bloodbath, origins from Stockholm, Sweden. Nyström wanted to have a band 
where he could compose more extreme music while Katatonia were exploring more mellow themes and moods.
All of the music on the first two albums were written and performed by Nyström

with guest vocal appearances from longtime collaborator Dan Swanö
Swanö later became an integral part of the project, as co-writer and co-arranger, performer, engineer, 
mixer and producer on the ‘Nightwork’ and especially ‘Death’s Design’ albums.
Diabolical Masquerade has released four full length albums: Ravendusk In My Heart (1996), 

The Phantom Lodge (1997), Nightwork (1998) and Death’s Design (2001).
Since long journey from 1993, Diabolical Masquerade was laid to rest in September of 2004. 

But recently Anders Nyström stated that he is working on a new Diabolical Masquerade album 
and he is also looking for more members for live performances.


Misanthrope – 1666... Theatre Bizarre (1995)

Country: France

1. Gargantuan Decline 07:21
2. Courtisane Syphlitique 05:39
3. 1666... Theatre Bizarre 05:38
4. L'Autre Hiver 06:30
5. Pirouetting Through The Gloom 07:37
6. Aphrodite Marine 04:22
7. Medieval Embroidery 05:35
8. Mylène 05:26
9. Trumpets Of Hypochondria 04:37
10. Schattengesang 06:16
11. La Dernière Pierre 08:09

Misanthrope is a French progressive death metal band, formed in 1988.
The name of the band is taken from Moliere's play Le Misanthrope,
reflecting the band's very theatrical style and the influence of the French dramatist on their music and lyrics.
The band's genre is difficult to define, but could probably be best described 
as progressive/technical death metal, with a wide array of tempo and style changes.
The band also makes extensive use of keyboards, and features clean, 
though tormented, vocals alongside the traditional death grunt.
1666... Theatre Bizarre is their third studio album and it is sung in English on tracks 1, 3, 5 and 8;
French on track 2, 4, 6, 7, and 11; and German on track 10.
The band vocalist, Phillipe Courtois, is the owner of Holy Records.