Thursday, 31 December 2015

Memories Yet To Come 2015

In alphabetical order:

1. Abyssal - Antikatastaseis (Full-length 2015)
2. Akhlys - The Dreaming I (Full-length 2015)
3. Akitsa - Grands tyrans (Full-length 2015) 
4. Arcturus - Arcturian (Full-length 2015)
5. Atrium Carceri - Metropolis (Full-length 2015)
6. Batushka - Litourgiya (Full-length 2015)
7. Borgne - Règne des morts (Full-length 2015)
8. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss (Full-length 2015)
9. Death Karma - The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I (Full-length 2015)
10. Disasterpeace - It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2015)
11. Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega (Full-length 2015)
12. Grift - Syner (Full-length 2015)
13. Helheim - raunijaR (Full-length 2015)
14. Himinbjorg - Wyrd (Full-length 2015)
15. Jess And The Ancient Ones - Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes (Full-length 2015)
16. Karjalan Sissit - ...Want You Dead (Full-length 2015)
17. KZOHH - Rye. Fleas. Chrismon. (Full-length 2015)
18. Lindemann - Skills In Pills (Full-length 2015)
19. Macabre Omen - Gods Of War-At War (Full-length 2015)
20. Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu (Full-length 2015)
21. Nadiwrath - Circle Of Pest (Full-length 2015)
22. Necromantic Worship - Spirit Of The Entrance Unto Death (Demo 2015)
23. Scythian - Hubris In Excelsis (Full-length 2015)
24. She Past Away - Narin Yalnızlık (Full-length 2015)
25. Sunset In The 12th House - Mozaic (Full-length 2015)
 26. Thomas Happ - Axiom Verge (Soundtrack 2015)
27. Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) - Mad Max Fury Road (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2015)
28. Triumvir Foul - Triumvir Foul (Full-length 2015)
29. Zgard - Totem (Full-length 2015)
30. 冬将军 - 明礬 (CDr EP 2015)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

This Empty Flow ‎– Magenta Skycode (1996)

Country: Finland

1. Nowafter 06:44
2. Useless 08:54
3. Stream 06:37
4. Towards Distant 08:25
5. Snow Blind 05:03
6. Distress 04:44
7. (But I Am) Still 06:27
8. Sweet Bloom Of Night Time Flowers 04:54

This Empty Flow was an atmospheric-post-rock band from Turku, Finland, formed in 1994 
by Jori Sjöroos (vocals, guitar, programming) and Niko Sirkiä (keyboards), 
also founders of funeral doom metal pioneer band Thergothon
Aku-Toumas Mattila (bass), the leader of local goth-electro band Sad Parade, joined the band in August.
In April 1995 they signed to Avantgarde Music
Between September and November the band spent 12 days at the Studio U96 in Pori, Finland 
and recorded their debut album, "Magenta Skycode", released in March 1996. 
In December Niko Sirkiä decided to leave the band to concentrate on his own projects.
Eventually in the Summer of 1997 they decided to disband. 
After the disbanding Jori Sjöroos and Aku-Toumas Mattila continued with their own new projects.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Demonic – Lead Us Into Darkness (MCD 1995)


Country: Norway

1. Spell Of The Witchdemon 03:39
2. Unholy Gates Of Limbo 02:54
3. His Eyes Burns Hate 03:13
4. Når Mørket Faller 04:25

Demonic was formed by Witchdemon and Fiend in 1994 (Oslo Norway).
The band existed from 1992-1994 under the name Demonic Manifesto.
In 1994 Fiend helped Witchdemon to record, at Grieghallen Studio, three songs that he had written,
so the “Når Mørket Faller" (When Darkness Falls) demo tape created.
Their demo caught the attention of Necropolis Records which signed them for a MCD entitled “Lead Us Into Darkness”.
The MCD featured their demo plus a new track named "His Eyes Burns Hate”.
Demonic was going to release a split with Abyssic Hate but since Shane Rout (main man behind Abyssic Hate)

 didn't get along with Necropolis Records, and their terms,that never happened.
In 1997 they released their first, and final, full length album entitled "The Empire Of Agony".
Fiend also released a few extremely limited underground demos/projects 

under the name of Pest, Svartgaldr (with Carl-Michael Eide of Ved Buens Ende on drums), Slaktar and Nukleus.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Wojciech Kilar – Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Composer: Wojciech Kilar

 1. Dracula - The Beginning 06:41
2. Vampire Hunters 03:05
3. Mina's Photo 01:25
4. Lucy's Party 02:56
5. The Brides 04:56
6. The Storm 05:04
7. Love Remembered 04:10
8. The Hunt Builds 03:25
9. The Hunters Prelude 01:29
10. The Green Mist 00:54
11. Mina/Dracula 04:47
12. The Ring Of Fire 01:51
13. Love Eternal 02:23
14. Ascension 00:50
15. End Credits 06:42
16. Love Song For A Vampire 04:21

Wojciech Kilar (17 July 1932 – 29 December 2013) was a Polish classical and film music composer. 
His film scores have won many honors including the best score award for the music to Ziemia obiecana / The Promised Land in 1975, followed by the Prix Louis Delluc in 1980 for the music to Le Roi et l'Oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird
and an award at the Cork International Film Festival for the music to From A Far Country (1981) 
about the life of Pope John Paul II.
One of his greatest successes came with his score to Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula in 1993 

which received the ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producers in Los Angeles, nominated also for the Saturn Award for Best Music in a science fiction, fantasy, or horror film in San Francisco in 1993.
In 2003, he won the Cesar Award for Best Film Music written for The Pianist, at France's 28th Cesar Awards Ceremony, 
for which he also received a BAFTA nomination.  
The Pianist featured his "Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940" with the other 10 tracks being works by Frederic Chopin
The music in the movie includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach.
Diamanda Galás contributed vocals to the soundtrack as a group of female vampires while the end credits of the film featured "Love Song for a Vampire" by Annie Lennox, which became an international hit.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Dark Embrace ‎– The Elusive Dreampath (Demo 1997)

Country: Greece

1. Dreampath (Introduction) 01:35
2. Endless Darkness 05:21
3. Elusive Existence 07:15
4. Below Black Clouds 05:21
5. Lost Site 04:00
6. Conclusion 00:32

Dark Embrace was a Greek atmospheric black-death metal band that formed in 1995.
They consisted of Sir Zenoth (vocals), Athameron (guitars, synths, vocals), Lord Satha (bass) and Stormbringer (drums).

In 1996 the band recorded a rehearsal tape and in 1997 they released their first demo entitled "The Elusive Dreampath".
After some line up changes they completed in 2000 their second demo "Son Of Dawn".
Lord Satha and Athameron participated on the unpublished demo of the
atmospheric death metal band Opertum 
while the former one also played bass for the death metal band Soultaker.
Currently Athameron is continuing with his folk-black metal band Culto Apokrypho.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Elhaz ‎– The Black Flame (1997)

Country: Germany

1. Pilgrimage 01:47
2. Glory 04:22
3. Desertion 05:54
4. Heedless 03:30
5. Blessed 09:11
6. Bloodthrone 06:12
7. Nailed 08:43
8. Devil 08:56
9. Terminus 06:48

Elhaz was a short-lived side project by Phallus Dei members.
The band released only one album in 1997 through the German Memento Mori label.
Their album is full of intense neo classical and dark industrial anthems,
with influences from pagan folk with deep vocals, all revealing the groups true Satanic soul.
Very forceful and majestic filled with many movie samples and inspiring pounding rhythms.
The track "Devil" contains also some vocal contributions by Diamanda Galas.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Mynox Layh ‎– Intra In Caelum (1990)

Country: Germany

1. Nie Wieder Politik 03:01
2. Take A Picture 03:19
3. Mynox Lai 04:15
4. Absolve Nos 03:41
5. Short Way 03:56
6. Save The Ania 03:57
7. Elia 02:39
8. Phantom's Life 03:56
9. Steinern 03:39
10. Illuminated 03:43
11. Turn Of Stage 06:57
12. Ecstasize 03:23
13. Ich Bin Mein Hirte 06:17

A shrouded-in-mystery industrial project hailing from Düsseldorf, Germany, 
the trio Mynox Layh was musically active during the years 1990-1995. 
In this period, the band released a series of critically acclaimed albums, 
which featured a cross-over of bombastic film music, neo-classical arrangements, 
martial percussion and avant-garde sample-collages.
While their sound bears similarity with bombastic industrial acts such as Laibach,  
Einstürzende Neubauten, SPK or Test Dept.,
Mynox Layh deployed their very own atmosphere by introducing a surrealistic, cheek-in-tongue form of irony. 
After the band's demise, some band members pursued a solo career, most prominently Andreas Resch.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Lunar Gate – A Secret Well Kept (Demo 1996)

Country: Ireland

1. Towards The Infinity 02:13
2. Wounded 05:45
3. Thoughts Beneath Hooves 01:21
4. Sandswept 02:21
5. Descending Upon Dark Waters 08:18

Lunar Gate was formed in 1996 by Emmett Rees in Arklow, Ireland.
The band released three demos, two EPs and one split with their countrymen Mourning Beloveth.
Emmett Rees was also behind a black metal band called Cernunnos and he briefly played guitar for the band Crom.
He also played session keyboards for Paul Kearns band, Arcane Sun, on their "Eden Eclipsed" demo 

and did a couple of gigs with them as a bass player.
Emmett was the main man behind Lunar Gate but he also had some guest appearances on a few of the tracks, 

at least on the two first demos of the band, featuring, among the others, Paul Kearns (Solstice, ex-Arcane sun
and Máirtín Mac Cormaic (ex-Waylander).
Musically "A Secret Well Kept" has nothing to do with metal. 

This is more of an ambient-atmosheric stuff that can be very hypnotic and trancending.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Vatican's Children ‎– Satan (1994)

Country: Austria

1. Satan 06:26
2. Rigor Mortis 06:04
3. Ice-Machine 04:50
4. The End Of The Road 05:00
5. Darkside 04:00
6. The Shadow 04:15
7. The Way 02:30
8. A Fragment 01:49
9. We Have Nothing To Do With... 05:05
10. Try It 02:31
11. Das 7. Siegel 07:49

Vatican's Children was a darkwave band from Austria, formed by Andrej Nuncic and T.Lament in 1994.
Everything started with a band named L.A.A., formed by Andrej, Alzbeth and Albin Julius in 1991, 
they played two concerts and recorded some tracks in studio. 
After too many understanding problems, Alzbeth and Albin formed The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud 
and Andrej departed to form Vatican's Children with T.Lament, a member of the pre-L.A.A. project called Gods Gift.
Nihal, E.Win and also Godot (Projekt Angst) did some session with them.

The band released two albums, "Satan" and "Secrets...", 
and a compilation, "Over The Bridges Of Time", with unreleased and old recording sessions material.
They decided to end the project in the year 2000 and started a new one with the name Swallowredrain.
In 2006 they released their first album as Swallowredrain entitled "Nocturne".

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Helheim (The Helheim Society) – Fenris (MCD 1996)

Country: Norway

1. Syndens Makt 07:56
2. Saga Mørket 04:52
3. Amok 07:51
4. Fimbulvinter 04:41

Helheim formed in Sarpsborg, Norway in 1992.
The band consisted of Jon (Vocals, R.I.P. 2004), Zorn (Bass, Guitars, Drum programming) 
and Zeb (Drum programming, Samples, Keyboards).
The trio recorded 2 demos before releasing their last work, Fenris MCD, in 1996.
Their style was industrialized black metal with distorted vocals, drum-machine and the appropriate amount of synths,

while lyrically they were influenced by paganism, occultism and mythology.
The band often called themselves The Helheim Society in order to avoid confusion. 

It never appeared on the front-covers of their releases, but it did appear in fanzines, 
in their official P.O. Box address and on their later MySpace site.
Fenris was re-issued on StaalPakt (Darker Than Black Records) in 2012 under the band name The Helheim Society 

and added as bonus were the songs recorded by Vendetta Blitz, a later industrial-electro project by Zorn.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Brainbombs ‎– Genius And Brutality - Taste And Power (1994)

Country: Sweden

1. Angels Crawling 03:50
2. Graveyard Kitchen 06:12
3. My Place 04:15
4. Right Side Of Hell 08:12
5. The Whore 05:08
6. Who Can You Trust 04:13
7. Fuckmurder 05:13
8. Wash In Blood 05:01
9. Queen Of Necrophiles 05:18

Brainbombs are a noise rock group from Hudiksvall, Sweden formed around 1986. 
The band consists of Dan Raberg, Peter Raberg, Jonas Tiljander, Drajan Bryngelsson and Lanchy Orre.
Drajan and Lanchy also play in the punk band Totalitär.
Brainbombs have been infamous not only for their abrasive music but their extremely explicit lyrics, 
depicting rape, murder and child abuse among other things.
Despite only being able to produce limited releases and do small tours,  
Brainbombs have been continuously active since their formation.
In 1986 they appeared on two underground compilation albums, "Unveiled" on Mechanik Cassettes 
and "In The Shadow Of Death" on Cold Meat Industry.
Soon after they released their first single "Jack The Ripper Lover-No End".
Between 1986 and 1992 they had a few more singles and compilation appearances 
before releasing their first full-length album "Burning Hell" on Big Ball Records.
Throughout the 90s Brainbombs released three more albums: "Genius And Brutality-Taste And Power", 
"Obey" and "Urge To Kill", as well as some more singles and EPs.
In the 2000s they continued releasing singles but didn't release another full-length record until 2008's "Fucking Mess" followed by "Disposal Of A Dead Body" in 2013.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud – The Smell Of Blood But Victory (1997)

Country: Austria

1 - 24 Untitled 01:33:42

Founded in Austria in 1993, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud was a medieval martial ambient project 
formed by musician Albin Julius (also in Der Blutharsch) and vocalist Alzbeth.
The music was all created electronically, shifting in style from pure ambient soundscapes to pounding martial anthems, 
while the vocals ranged from soothing ethereal love songs to shouted declarations of war 
and European medievalism including ritual, clerical chants.
When performing live, the band often played in old churches, fortresses, medieval prisons 
and theaters that provided an appropriate atmosphere for their static, militaristic performances.
All the bands releases were through their own personal label Arthur's Round Table 
which was based in Switzerland, and distributed by World Serpent.
With each release the band presented themes traveling further into European history 
and becoming more martial, choral and bombastic in approach, culminating in their final album, 
the largely World War II-inspired The Smell Of Blood But Victory 
which was released as a limited edition box of 2000 copies including CD, a bonus MCD and a poster.
The group disbanded in 1998 after Albin's and Alzbeth's partnership broke up.
In 2000 Alzbeth released ART 13, which is a complete book of lyrics, photographs and references 
for the historical themes used by the band. This book is stated to be the final word in the project.
The Memory link contains also the book in pdf format.


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Helios Creed ‎– X-Rated Fairy Tales (1985)


Country: United States 

1. The Descent 04:08
2. Un-Human Condition 03:33
3. Invitation 02:52
4. X-Rated Fairy Tales 04:20
5. Blood Red 03:02
6. Mystery Room 04:07
7. Showdown 02:51
8. Sex Voodoo Venus 04:32
9. Money Man 03:41
10. Johnny 03:52

Helios Creed is an American guitarist, singer and band leader. 
He first came to prominence in the mid-1970s with the San Francisco band Chrome
They are credited with being the godfathers of what later became known as Industrial Rock music. 
The band Chrome broke up in the mid-80s when founding member Damon Edge moved to Paris. 
Helios then recruited some local hard rock musicians and launched a solo career.
The music is usually mid-tempo to slow-tempo space rock, hard rock, acid rock.
Creed uses a large number of effects on his voice and his guitar, including echoes, 

phase shifters, flangers, guitar synthesizers, fuzz, and octave dividers.
X-Rated Fairy Tales is the debut album of the and it was released in 1985 on Subterranean Records.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Lady Morphia ‎– Pangæa (MCD 1998)

 Country: England

1. My Kingdom 04:08
2. The Quest 03:59
3. Mysteries I Now Accept 05:07
4. Acies: Terra 04:40
5. The Onward March Of Destiny 03:23

Lady Morphia effectively began life in 1996 with the release of the five track cassette, "Tales From The Surgical Ward". 
Its nucleus consists of two brothers, Nick and Chris Nedzynski
Taking their name from a line in a poem by Robert Graves, the project’s debut embodied the initial realization of ideas 
with which founding member and multi-instrumentalist Nick Nedzynski had toyed since 1991.
From the days of the act’s earliest demos to its present compact discs, 
Lady Morphia’s music has always reflected the conflict between an imperfect world and the desire to transcend temporality.
To date, Lady Morphia have released two cassettes, one MCD 
as well as two critically acclaimed full-length albums, "Recitals To Renewal" and "Essence And Infinity". 
The band have also produced collaborative works with other artists, and have made contributions to various compilations.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Nocturnal Majesty – Orgiastic Trilogy (1999)

Country: Italy

1. Aura Hate 04:51
2. The Trilogy Of A Star 04:59
3. The Whispering Voice Of Darkness 05:28
4. Neurotica 06:01
5. Splendid Horrors 10:51
6. The Devils Whore Symphony 03:07
7. Outro - Orgiastic Hymn 00:28

Nocturnal Majesty was an Italian (Florence, Tuscany) atmospheric black metal band that formed in 1998.
The band's only creation was a full-length album entitled "Orgiastic Trilogy
that was recorded in 1998 and relased through Unisound Records in 1999.
Nocturnal Majesty consisted of Acharach (Guitars, Drums), Vehenia (Keyboards) and Entities (Guitars, Bass).
The album featured some very good keyboard parts played by Vehenia 
who also contributed on the writing of the most songs.
All lyrics of the album were inspired by the "Necronomicon", "Satanic Bible" and "The Astral Magick Composition".
Acharach (died in 2008) was also an ex-member of Massacrator

a death metal band which evolved into Dark Lust in 1990 and finally into Necromass in 1992.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

December ‎– River Of Blood (7'' EP 1996)

Country: United States

1. River Of Blood 03:43
2. Venus In Chains 04:01

Solo project of New York City-based musician, producer, and visual artist Derek Rush.
Rush is often associated with dark underground music and bands (A Murder Of Angels, Compactor, Dream Into Dust

Loretta's Doll, Of Unknown Origin) using a combination of electronic and live instruments.
December after one cassette release in 1995 on his own Waking Dream label, was signed to Elfenblut Records
which released this 7" ep single limited to 1000 copies, before the project was abandoned.
Rush used for his short-lived project nihilistic lyrics combined with downtuned instruments 
such as acoustic guitars, white noise, strings, bass effects and unusual percussion.
The band reformed with additional members as Dream Into Dust.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sinoath – Still In The Grey Dying (Demo 1993)

Country: Italy

1. Forefather Of Human Faults 08:36
2. The Raising Stillness 07:25
3. Sinoath 07:45

Sinoath was formed in 1990 in Catania, Sicily.
The band was mainly influenced by fellow American death metal bands as well as the British. 
Their first demo "Forged In Blood" was released in 1991 and became substantially influential in extreme metal music.
The following demo "Still In The Grey Dying" was recorded in demo tape version in 1993 via Obscure Plasma Records 
and after re-printed on CD via Nosferatu Records in 1995.
In 1995 Sinoath signed to the Italian Polyphemus Records and released their first album "Research".
The band disbanded soon after.
In 2003 Sinoath reformed and re-released the EP "Forged In Blood" via Elegy Music with four live tracks bonus.
2007 was the year of their second album release entitled "Under The Ashes".

Friday, 31 July 2015

Ras Algethi ‎– Oneiricon - The White Hypnotic (1995)

Country: Italy

1. Aldebaran Crossing 02:12
2. The Bride Eternal 10:15
3. When Fire Is Father 08:50
4. Keys of Urtam (A Translucent Vision) 08:38
5. With An Halo Of Flames 02:46
6. Symbols (In Luce Obliqua) 12:12
7. Nubes Obscura 05:34
8. In White Hypnotic 06:31

Ras Algethi was an Italian doom metal band, formed in 1993 in Milan.
Their name is Arabic for "Head of the Kneeler."
This is the name Arab astronomers gave for the star that is now called Alpha Herculis.
They are one of the pioneers of the funeral doom genre. 
The bands prevalent elements are lurching, abysmal rhythms, church organs and dense, immersive atmosphere.
Ras Algethi released two recordings, the 1993 demo “Oblita Divinitas”, 
and a full length in 1995, “Oneiricon - The White Hypnotic” released by Wounded Love Records
They disbanded soon afterwards. Key members went on to form the band Canaan.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Shpongle – Are You Shpongled? (1998)

Country: England

1. Shpongle Falls 08:33
2. Monster Hit 08:57
3. Vapour Rumours 10:26
4. Shpongle Spores 07:16
5. Behind Closed Eyelids 12:29
6. Divine Moments Of Truth 10:20
7. ...And The Day Turned To Night 19:57

Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, a psychedelic ambient project
formed in 1996 after they met at Butterfly Studios in Brixton, South London.
Simon was working on Purple Om and Hallucinogen
while Raja Ram was working with Graham Wood on The Infinity Project.
The two went to the Glastonbury Festival and decided to write something downtempo
after their experience and Shpongle was born.
Their sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music.
Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work
while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements and creative sensibilities.
"Are You Shpongled?" is the first of six albums released by Shpongle.
This album set the standard for psychedelic downtempo music worldwide,
and created a revolution between psychedelic trance and ambient soundscapes.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Aghast – Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis (1995)

Country: Norway

1. Enthral 01:36
2. Sacrifice 05:38
3. Enter The Hall Of Ice 05:02
4. Call From The Grave 06:04
5. Totentanz 05:24
6. The Darkest Desire 05:12
7. Das Irrlicht 03:58
8. Ende 03:34

Aghast was a dark ambient project by Nebelhexë aka Andrea Meyer Haugen and Nacht aka Tania Stene.
They released only one album in 1995 on Cold Meat IndustryHexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis”. 
This album impressed the extreme music scene, where it reached cult status.
Due to Andrea’s later involvement in the film industry, Aghast’s music was used several times
in subcultural horror films such as in the film Sinister.
Andrea Meyer Haugen (ex-Hagalaz' Runedance, Nebelhexë) nowadays has a project called Aghast Manor
were she creates dark soundtracks once again.
Yet she makes it clear that Aghast Manor is a new project, not a revival of the old band.
She has also published several books on paganism and used to be married to Samoth (Emperor, Zyklon).
Tania Stene is an interdisciplinary artist. She works with different techniques such as oils/acrylics,
photography, collage, video, sound and installation. She is known for coverart & photo shoots for bands like Darkthrone,
Isengard, Thorns, Satyricon, Burzum, Emperor and Sunn O))). Tania used to be married to Fenriz of Darkthrone.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Vinterkrig ‎– Härskare Över Stjärnorna Och Mina Drömmar (Demo 1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Sorgen Som Föll Med Natten 06:11
2. Silver Nätters Regn 05:01
3. Härskare Över Stjärnorna Och Mina Drömmar 05:29
4. L.I.R. 01:08
5. Tillsammans Jagar Vi 06:53

The Swedish black metal act Vinterkrig came together in Stockholm in 1996. 
In March the following year they entered Peter Tagtgren's the Abyss Studio 
to record the five track demo “Harskare Over Stjarnorna Och Mina Drommar” 
that was produced by Mikael Hedlund of Hypocrisy
A few days after finishing the demo the band performed live 
one final time with Naglfar in Stockholm before splitting up in 1997.
Martin Mendez and Martin Lopez went on to join Opeth and also formed the band Fifth To Infinity with Jonas Reslan.

Mistigo Varggoth Darkestra ‎– The Key To The Gates Of Apocalypses (1999)

Country: Ukraine

1. The Key to the Gates of Apocalypses 01:12:03

Mistigo Varggoth Darkestra was the dark project of Knjaz Varggoth 
(also the leader of the Kharkiv band Nokturnal Mortum). 
As Knjaz Varggoth needed a project to express his most inner feelings and thoughts, 
he was the sole member of the band that written and recorded the music for the project.
His first albums were fully instrumental acts stretching more towards the ambient genre.
In the autumn of 1998 Knjaz Varggoth recorded "The Key To The Gates Of Apocalypses", 

an one-track concept album that totals over 70 minutes long. 
This can be regarded as a mixture of black metal and strangulating dark ambience. 
The CD was released by The End Records.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Nefandus ‎– The Nightwinds Carried Our Names (1996)

Country: Sweden

1. Intro / Secula Delenda 00:43
2. Fire Be My Name 05:13
3. The Wisdom Within 05:22
4. Through Tranquillity And Into The Storms 03:25
5. Att Fira Jesu Död 03:47
6. For Each Pare Of Hornes 03:34
7. From Beyond The Gates 05:06
8. At The Dawn Of A Black Existence 04:23
9. Death's Beauty I Met 05:21
10. The Nightwinds Carried Our Names 04:37
11. Outro / We Enlightened The Flames 03:08

Nefandus was founded in 1993 by Belfagor, Ushatar and Blackwinged.
The band released a demo tape entitled "Behold The Hordes" in 1995, 

when they had chosen the name Nefandus after a few other alternatives.
In 1996 came their debut fullength album through Secula Delenda productions 

entitled "The Nightwinds Carried Our Names".
After many years of silence Nefandus entered the studio in 2008 and recorded their second fullength CD

 "Death Holy Death", which was released by Belfagor´s own label Left Light Emanations.
Soon the band released a MCD entitled "Your God Is A Ghost" through Daemon Worship Productions.
Their third fullength album entitled "Reality Cleaver" was released in 2014.
In April 2015 Belfagor decided to quit Nefandus due to personal reasons and focusing on his other band Ofermod.
Today Nefandus is still active with Ushatar being the only member remaining from their old era.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Trelldom ‎– Til Et Annet... (1998)

Country: Norway

1. Vender Meg Mot Ett Kommende 03:41
2. Slave Til En Kommende Natt 05:44
3. Min Död Til Ende 05:00
4. Til Et Annet... 04:39
5. Til Is Skal Eg Forbli 04:08
6. Svinfylking - Til Krig 05:32
7. Höyt Opp I Dypet 05:10
8. Sonar Dreyri 10:49

Trelldom was founded by Gaahl (God Seed, Gaahlskagg) in Sunnfjord, Norway in 1992.
After recording the demo Disappearing Of The Burning Moon in 1994, 
the full length Til Evighet… was released the year after in 1995 by Head Not Found label. 
The current line-up for the ten last years has been Gaahl (vocals), Sir (bass) and Valgard (guitars) 
a line up that recorded Til Et Annet… in 1998, released through Hammerheart Records
and Til Minne… in 2007 an album that for several reasons was delayed from getting an early release.
Some of the material on this recording is dated back to the very beginning of Trelldom in 1992, 
and as on the previous recordings, Pytten at Grieghallen Studios is responsible for the production of the album.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Athamay ‎– The Pleasure Of Sin (1996)

Country: England

1. Dreams 04:27
2. Eternal Torture 03:53
3. Kiss (The Whip) 04:10
4. Falling 04:25
5. Domination 03:38
6. She 03:32
7. Crucifixion 04:46
8. Restrict & Obey 04:15
9. Caged 04:18
10. Hi-Tec Sex 03:44
11. Domination (New Alternatives 3 Mix) 03:36
12. Dreams (Ambient Mix) 04:16
13. Kiss (The Whip) (Analogue Mix) 04:13

Athamay formed in 1995 with Jess (vocals and lyrics), Sean (keyboards, programming and Bass) and Jo (keyboards). 
After a debut performance at Leicester's Hellfire Club in January 1996, 
the band signed to Nightbreed Recordings and recorded their debut CD The Pleasure Of Sin.
Their music is a subtle mixture between danceable rhythms and dark, melodious strings 
with influences from the European Electro Darkwave scene and their lyrics deal with fetish themes.
The meaning of the band name came from a book named The Ritual Magic Workbook 
and it means a witches sacrificial knife.
In late 1997, the band split from Nightbreed and had to have a break for contractual reasons.
In 2000 they released one album as Torturetekk entitled Reveling In Pervision.
A new Athamay album has been on hold for a while, due to unforeseen circumstances, 
with the band hoping to release it in the near future.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Allerseelen ‎– Sturmlieder (1996)

Country: Austria

1. Heiliges Blut 06:45
2. Storm 07:57
3. Traumlied 07:01
4. Dunkelgraue Stille 06:08
5. In Stahlgewittern 05:33
6. Sturmlied 07:37
7. Sehnsucht 04:42
8. Leichenfarbne Dämmerung 09:50
9. Wintersonnenwende 06:00
10. Heimat 06:03

Allerseelen is an experimental, post-industrial, folklore band from Hallstatt, Austria, lead by Gerhard Hallstatt 
(aka Kadmon) who has been active and innovative in the industrial and apocalyptic folk genre for many years.
The first releases were on cassette in 1987.
During the 1990s, Gerhard Hallstatt was also known for his Aorta and Ahnstern booklets 
and especially the ones that covered the Oskorei-Varg Vikernes subject and the band Blood Axis.
Allerseelen has performed in many European countries and the dynamic stage presence of the musicians on stage 
all contribute toward a unique mood of "Electronic Folklore" for these live performances.
The music is inspired by nature and has a strong philosophical/alchemical context 

inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernst Jünger, Carl Jung and Julius Evola.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Cabaret Voltaire ‎– 2X45 (1982)

Country: England

1. Breathe Deep 05:17
2. Yashar 05:10
3. Protection 07:39
4. War Of Nerves (T.E.S.) 05:08
5. Wait And Shuffle 08:07
6. Get Out Of My Face 13:10

Cabaret Voltaire are an English music group from Sheffield.
Initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson the group was named after Cabaret Voltaire

a nightclub in Zürich, Switzerland, that was a center for the early Dada movement.
Their earliest performances were Dada-influenced performance art, but they later developed into one of the most prolific and important groups to blend industrial dance, techno, dub, house and experimental electronic music with pop.
2x45 is the fourth studio album by Cabaret Voltaire and this was their last studio album to feature Chris Watson as a member.

The title comes from the album's original format (two 45 RPM 12" discs) 
and it was released in May 1982, through record label Rough Trade.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Nema / Mordulv ‎– Way Of Salvation / Ateulv 666 (Split 7'' EP 1998)

Country: Germany / Denmark

 1. Nema – Way Of Salvation 07:15
2. Mordulv – Mayhemic Beast Of Destruction 03:27
3. Mordulv – Nine Black Enlightened Circles Of Infernal Doom 05:13

 Nema was a black metal band from Germany formed in 1993.
The band consisted of Traumatic (also in Witchburner, Bloody Revenge, Hellish Crossfire) and Pendragon.
They released a split with Moonblood and one with Mordulv.
Hailing from Denmark, black metal band Mordulv, featuring Nidhug and Exmortem personnel, 
released three demos between '96 and '98 as well a split single with Nema.
The band is currently active and signed to Iron Bonehead Productions.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Nature And Organisation – Beauty Reaps The Blood Of Solitude (1994)

Country: England

1. Introduction 02:54
2. Wicker Man Song 04:33
3. Blood Of Solitude I 01:17
4. Bloodstreamruns 04:38
5. My Black Diary 05:26
6. Tears For An Eastern Girl 05:41
7. Beauty Destroyed 01:34
8. Skeletontonguedworld 03:01
9. Obsession Flowers As Torture 01:51
10. Blood Of Solitude II 01:52
11. Bonewhiteglory 09:46

Nature And Organisation was formed by English composer and musician Michael Cashmore in the early 80's. 
The music of the band is characterized by a mix of acoustic, classical 
and folk structures met with abrasive electronic instrumentation.
Cashmore has also been a member of the group Current 93 since the late 1980s 
and wrote most of the music after the departure of Douglas Pearce in the 1990s.
For several years
he had been experimenting with a mix of acoustic instruments, tape recorders and super 8mm film 
and in 1983 the name Nature And Organisation was first used for a small series of live performances and recordings. 
The recording of early material was primarily made using a 4 track tape machine 
with only a small ammount of works recorded in professional studios. 
It was only much later, in 1994, that the first proper release was made available. 
This was the album "Beauty Reaps The Blood Of Solitude" which featured vocals and texts by Douglas Pearce,  
David Tibet, Rose McDowall and also Steven Stapleton on guitars. 
This was followed in the same year by the 4 track EP "A Dozen Summers Against The World".
After joining Current 93 Nature And Organisation became more of a side project for
and the final album "Death In A Snow Leopard Winter", a collection of instrumental pieces, was released in 1998.


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Dunkelheit ‎– Obey (1995)

Country: Norway

1. Untitled 00:16
2. Soulscape Fading 10:13
3. Untitled 00:17
4. Finding the Way 01:50
5. Untitled 00:49
6. Separate Ways 06:13
7. LRB9-51 00:53
8. Thrive 05:49
9. Untitled 00:31
10. Conformity Control 02:26
11. Anarchaoz 03:38
12. Untitled 00:05
13. Solitary Survival 03:26
14. On and On 05:09
15. Untitled 00:13
16. True Believers In False Prophets (Origami Replika) 03:57
17. Technol 03:41
18. Untitled 00:23
19. Lozt Love (Origami Replika) 01:22
20. Chorus of Contemplation 04:51
21. Untitled 00:26
22. Munchscape 15:24
23. Untitled 00:11

Dunkelheit (aka Dunkel:heit) started out in the summer of '92 as a part-time industrial-style project 
containing members from the industrial metal band Red Harvest.
After recording some songs, they decided to keep going and started recruiting more members.
Around a year later they recorded a demo on an 8-track recorder.
Instead of pushing their demo heavily around, they band started playing around with the idea of doing a compilation CD. 
The CD, entitled "The Reincarnation Of The Sun", was released in February 1994 by Dunkel Prod. 
and contained (mostly) exclusive material from Red Harvest, Anstalt, Valhall, Dunkelheit, Remyl, Piledriver and Humid.
Shortly after this release, Suggestion Records got in touch with the band and offered a deal for a 7" EP. 

"More Than Meets The Third Eye" was recorded with four new songs and released in the summer of '94.
Pleased with the result of this 7" EP, Suggestion offered a deal for a full-length CD.
The material was recorded in March '95, and the CD "Obey" was released in the end of the summer '95.
Since then the project was put on hold.


Monday, 30 March 2015

Arcane Art ‎– Arcane Art (10'' EP 1997)

Country: Norway

1. The Spiral Dance 07:53
2. Facing The Dawn Of Time 05:58
3. The March Of The Universe 06:37
4. My Destination 07:43

The creator behind Arcane Art is Karsten Hamre 
(also in Penitent, Veiled Allusions, Dense Vision Shrine and other projects). 
Karsten Hamre (aka Beastus Rex) used to ran Genocide zine 
and also did the cover art and photos of some Norwegian black metal bands in early and mid 90's.
The band is an unification between two different projects, namely Magistratus and Moral Insanity
In mid 90's a demo tape was recorded and spread to a few selected individuals, magazines and labels. 
This tape had four tracks that later were recorded and released as a 10" picture disc 
(limited to 500 copies) through Prophecy Productions in August `97.
Since then Arcane Art recorded and released four full length albums.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Golden Dawn ‎– The Art Of Dreaming (1996)

Country: Austria

1. Ideosynchronicity 03:09
2. The Art Of Dreaming 04:21
3. Nothing But The Wind 06:42
4. My Confession To War 04:19
5. Sub Specie Aeternitatis 04:18
6. The Majesty Of My Kingdom Afar 07:09
7. The Sorcery Of The Nagual Side 03:52
8. Per Aspera Ad Astra 08:13
9. Beyond The Mortal Shell 06:18

Golden Dawn is an Austrian band formed by Stefan Traunmüller (aka Dreamlord), 
originally as a one-man black metal project, in 1992. 
After a demo and one split release the band attracted the attention of two influential Austrian metallists, 
Ray Wells of Pazuzu and Martin Schirenc of Pungent Stench and Hollenthon
which led to a compilation appearance and eventually a recording contract with Dark Matter Records.
Traunmüller recorded his debut album, The Art of Dreaming, while still a one-man band, 
but with session help from Thomas Tannenberger of Abigor and Martin Schirenc.
The blend of medieval-sounding keyboards, harsh black metal with blast beats and high screams 
and some dreamy ambient parts was very innovative at that time.
Dark Matter soon folded, however, and it was not until seven years later that the band, 
now consisting of four members, recorded its next album, Masquerade, with Napalm Records.
In January 2012, the new album, Return To Provenance, was released on Non Serviam Records.


Saturday, 28 February 2015

Noise Unit ‎– Drill (1996)

Country: Canada

1. The Drain 06:43
2. Dominator 05:35
3. Prostitute 06:31
4. Miracle 06:42
5. Eye Burner 07:10
6. Sloth 06:44
7. Neuron 05:25
8. Other World 06:07
9. Penance 06:03

Noise Unit is a Canadian industrial band, founded by Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly as a side project.
The band has seen several changes in line-up, with Bill Leeb being the only permanent member. 

The first album, Grinding into Emptiness, was released in 1989 
and arose from the collaboration between Leeb and Marc Verhaeghen of Belgian industrial band Klinik
The 1990 follow-up, Response Frequency, was the last release to feature Verhaeghen until 1996 
and included Rhys Fulber who would remain with the band for the next three albums.  
Verhaeghen resumed his collaboration with Noise Unit for the 1996 album Drill 
which also featured members of German industrial band Haujobb
After an eight year hiatus Leeb teamed with former Front Line Assembly member Chris Peterson to release Voyeur in 2005. 
In 2014, Front Line Assembly announced on their official website that a new Noise Unit album is in the works 
and the line-up is the same as on Front Line Assembly album Echogenetic.


Friday, 27 February 2015

Borknagar ‎– Borknagar (1996)

Country: Norway

1. Vintervredets Sjelesagn 06:44
2. Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding) 03:29
3. Svartskogs Gilde 05:52
4. Ved Steingard 02:14
5. Krigsstev 02:03
6. Dauden 05:49
7. Grimskalle Trell 05:38
8. Nord Naagauk 03:07
9. Fandens Allheim 06:19
10. Tanker Mot Tind (Gryning) 02:57

Borknagar was founded in 1995 by Øystein Garnes Brun, then a member of the Norwegian death metal band Molested
when he became tired of the brutal aspects of the band's music. 
Øystein formed Borknagar to explore a more melodic outlet of expression, inspired by the black metal movement 
Norway was experiencing and looking to push the boundaries of what was considered "traditional" black metal music. 
He wrote all of the music and lyrics, and gathered together an all-star group of black metal musicians to play in his band, 
such as Infernus of Gorgoroth, Grim of Immortal and Gorgoroth, and Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved
When Garm of Ulver and Arcturus joined the project, it brought the band immediate attention. 
Borknagar never recorded a demo, they simply asked for a record contract on Malicious Records 
and were granted their request based on the strength of this lineup. 
With their debut, self-titled album, the band began as a melodic Viking/black metal outfit, but with The Olden Domain 
and all albums following it, an evolution of a more progressive approach to Viking-themed metal began to appear.
Borknagar has released nine albums to date.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Disembowelment ‎– Transcendence Into The Peripheral (1993)

Country: Australia

1. The Tree Of Life And Death 10:25
2. Your Prophetic Throne Of Ivory 07:40
3. Excoriate 04:45
4. Nightside Of Eden 02:39
5. A Burial At Ornans 14:38
6. The Spirits Of The Tall Hills 09:22
7. Cerulean Transience Of All My Imagined Shores 10:07

Australian death/doom band formed in 1989. 
They recorded two demos, an EP and one full-length album before breaking up in 1993. 
Two members continued to play Disembowelment songs live under the name d.USK
and later formed another band in a similar style called Inverloch.
The band was known for its atmospheric chanting, slow riffs and spiritual dark elements 
present in their symphonic, heavily distorted style.
During their time in Disembowelment, Renato Gallina and Matthew Skarajew 

formed a tribal/ambient band called Trial Of The Bow which is currently active.