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.