Saturday, 31 December 2016

Memories Yet To Come 2016

In alphabetical order:

1. Aenaon - Hypnosophy (Full-length 2016)
2. Akrabu - The Arachnid's Trance (Compilation 2016)
3. Almyrkvi - Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom  (Mini CD 2016)
4. Apognosis - Phase 6 (Full-length 2016)
5. Ash Borer - The Irrepassable Gate (Full-length 2016)
6. Black Hole Generator - A Requiem For Terra (Full-length 2016)
7. Book Of Sand - Occult Anarchist Propaganda (Full-length 2016)
8. Bölzer - Hero (Full-length 2016)
9. Cobalt - Slow Forever (Full-length 2016)
10. Crimson Moon - Oneironaut (Full-length 2016)
11. Elffor - Malkhedant (Full-length 2016)
12. Gevurah - Hallelujah! (Full-length 2016)
13. Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem In Blue (Full-length 2016)
14. King Dude - Sex (Full-length 2016)
15. Mark Korven - The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2016)
16. Murg - Gudatall (Full-length 2016)
17. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä (Full-length 2016)
18. Panphage - Drengskapr (Full-length 2016)
19. Recitations - The First Of The Listeners (Demo 2016)
20. Rome - Coriolan (Mini CD 2016)
21. Spektr - The Art To Disappear (Full-length 2016)
22. Tardigrada - Emotionale Ödnis (Full-length 2016)
23. Thangorodrim - Taur Nu Fuin (Full-length 2016)
24. The Lonely Island - Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping (Official Soundtrack 2016)
25. Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation (Full-length 2016)
 26. Urzeit - Anmoksha (Full-length 2016)
27. Utzalu - Drowning In Sanguine Screams (Demo 2016)
28. Whoredom Rife - Whoredom Rife (Mini CD 2016)
29. Wolvennest Featuring Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand - WLVNNST (Full-length 2016)
30. 夢遊病者 - 5772 (Cassette 2016)

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Carl Zittrer – Black Christmas (1974)

Composer: Carl Zittrer

 1. Silent Night - Jingle Bells 01:39
2. Stalking The House 01:12
3. Entering Through The Window 00:19
4. Climbing Down The Attic Ladder 00:50
5. Suffocation 00:41
6. Back Into The Attic 00:36
7. Dead In The Rocker 00:10
8. The Killers Song 00:14
9. Mrs. Mac Leaves The House 00:10
10. Jess Gets A Phone Call 00:25
11. Peter's Recital 01:15
12. Cue Outside The House 00:05
13. Reporting Back To The House 00:26
14. Killer Outside 00:20
15. Kitty Finds Clare 00:06
16. Mrs. Mac Death 01:54
17. Cue Outside House - Finding The Young Girl 00:25
18. Jess Gets Another Call 00:50
19. The Shadow Crosses The Room 00:15
20. Lt. Fuller Pays a Visit 02:09
21. The Sinister Phone 00:11
22. Rocking Clare 00:21
23. Spying On A Sleeping Barb 00:45
24. On The Phone With Lt. Fuller 00:11
25. Stalking Jess And Phyl 00:20
26. Watching Them On The Phone 00:52
27. Phyl Goes To Bed 00:25
28. Clare Calls Phyl 00:22
29. Lt. Fuller Finds The Location 00:17
30. Nash, Dead In The Car 00:19
31. The Caller Is Inside The House 00:35
32. Finding The Bodies - It's Me Billy 02:03
33. Trapped In The Basement 01:04
34. Peter Is That You 01:44
35. The Wrong Man 00:45
36. Still Lurking In The House 00:18
37. Bonus Intro Sequence 00:55

Carl Zittrer is a Canadian composer, who has done the score for such films as,
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973), Deranged (1974), Dead Of Night (1974), Black Christmas (1974),
Murder By Decree (1979) (for which he won the Genie Award for Best Achievement In Music - Original Score),
Prom Night (1980), Porky's (1982), Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), A Christmas Story (1983) and others.
Black Christmas (alternate titles include Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger In The House)
is a Canadian psychological slasher film directed by Bob Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007) and written by A. Roy Moore.
The story follows a group of sorority sisters who are receiving threatening phone calls,
while being stalked and murdered during the holiday season by a deranged murderer.
The film was inspired by a series of murders that took place in the Westmount section of Montreal, Quebec,
and the urban legend "The Babysitter And The Man Upstairs".
Years after its release, Black Christmas has received respected praise and is generally considered to be one
of the earliest slasher films, served as an influence for Halloween, and has become a cult classic.
Carl Zittrer, stated in an interview that he created the film's mysterious music by tying forks,
combs, and knives onto the strings of the piano in order to warp the sound of the keys.
Zittrer also stated that he would distort the sound further by recording it onto an audio tape and make the sound slower.
The disturbing phone calls was performed by actor Nick Mancuso, director Bob Clark, and an unknown actress.
Mancuso stated in an interview that he would stand on his head during the recording sessions
to make his voice sound more demented.
The haunting, dissonant score that had never been released in any format
and thought to be lost or destroyed for 40 years was finally pressed in 2016 on vinyl by Waxwork Records,
that worked for a year with composer Carl Zittrer researching and tracking down the original masters.
After locating them, Zittrer spent many months constructing a cohesive Black Christmas soundtrack.
The entire album was then mastered and pressed on 180 gram clear vinyl and on a clear with blood splatter vinyl.
The Memory link contains the dvd-rip version of the soundtrack and not the Waxwork Records version.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Auramoth – Hadha' Yah Amon Quasahi Vampyre (Demo 1994)

Country: Italy

1. Will Of The Whip (Intro) 01:28
2. Iaida Qliphoth Satana 04:46
3. De Soliloquium Sub Larvae Incarnis (Sodomy Magicka) 03:43
4. The Next Millenium Is Ours (Outro) 03:25

Italian black metal band that formed in 1993 in Florence Italy.
Auramoth released only one demo in 1994 entitled "Hadha' Yah Amon Quasahi Vampyre

that was recorded at Neuromusic Studio.
The band played black metal with distinguish bass lines, some keyboard parts and amazing vocals

focusing mainly on the occult lyrical themes - atmosphere and sharing many musical similarities 
(maybe some members also?) with their townsfolk Necromass.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Tombstone – Under A Bloody Veil; Or, The Castle Of The Bleak Smiles (1999)

Country: Italy

1. Her Eyes In The Dark 03:17
2. Dying Of Grief 03:58
3. Through Mephitic Lands 09:36
4. The Black Wandering Knight 04:07
5. As They Walk In Sorrow 07:23
6. Across The Woods Of Legends 04:34
7. The Wan Statue 07:36
8. The Return Of The Monk 09:55
9. In The Forest Of The Omen 02:15
10. Haunting Bells At Midnight 02:34

Tombstone was a solo project from Cittadella, Padua, Italy, created by Emanuele Lago in 1993.
Lago has also participated in many projects like Alien Pathway 22, And The Posters

Crisantemo Nero, Immortal Agony, Kurai Keshiki and Lost Fairy Realm.
His music is a blend of experimental-post-industrial, noise and dark ambient 

with a gothic atmosphere inspired by old novels and tales. 
It could be called "gothic ambient", but it should not be mistaken 
for the typically keyboard-based works from other well known projects.
Terror and fear sonorities are created processing electrically natural noises and sounds, 

not taken from keyboards and neither following any musical composition theory nor using a sequencer.
The first tapes were industrial experiments rather obscure and perverse while the production of CDs 

were something original, both as background idea and inspiration and as sonorous atmosphere.
Most of the band's releases were issued by the Italian cassette label Psychotic Release that is run by Emanuele Lago 

and is specialized in industrial, ambient, ritual, and gothic music.
The label stopped operating in 1999 and restarted in 2012 to make CDRs and cassettes 
but only for Lago's and friends' projects.
Today the band is continuing under the name Black Mountains Chronicles.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Godfuck 93 – Godfuck 93 (MCD 1996)

Country: Italy

1. Intro 00:19
2. T. 13. 11. 2 Desecration 192 Heroin 04:25
3. 172: Industry Mix 02:56
4. Whore Remix (Heroin Control) 02:54
5. Outro 00:18

Godfuck 93 was an industrial black metal (early) alternative/nu metal (later) project of Carlo Bellotti 
(aka Charles Blasphemy) known more for his involvement with Necromass (bassist/vocalist) from 1992 to 1996.
The band released their first self titled mini cd in 1996 through the Italian Northern Darkness Records 
and after that four albums were completed from 1998 to 2004 before disbanding.
Carlo Bellotti is nowadays running the Carlo Bellotti Publishing Company in Florence 
that is specialized in music production and music publishing with occasional operations in different fields and markets 
like filmed entertainment and book publishing.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Chöd – Ishtar Aux Enfers (7'' EP 1999)

Country: France

1. Ishtar Aux Enfers 04:13
2. Le Déluge Babylonien 04:19

Chöd was a dark ambient ritual occult one-man band from France formed by Dominique Maud.
The band existed from 1995 to 1999 and released three cassettes albums and a 7'' EP.
Ishtar Aux Enfers was issued on the French Athanor label as a limited release of 323 handnumbered copies 
and as a private limited release of 10 handnumbered copies.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Cadra Ash – Secrets (MCD 1998)

Country: Germany

1. Secrets 04:08
2. Inner Strife 05:22
3. Everything 's Gone By 03:40
4. Nerve 03:14
5. Act Of Violence 04:57

Cadra Ash (the moth that has turned to ashes) was a gothic rock band from Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Initially founded in 1994 by Tom Dornebusch (bass/programming) and Thomas Wiezorrek (guitar) 

with singer Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez.
In 1995 they released their eponymous 4-track demo tape.
Many strong live performances lead to Cadra Ash's reputation as a band of high potentials.
Several interviews and a contribution to the "Gothic Grimoire" compilation helped them to become recognized.
Tatiana Fernandez left the band in late 1996, while Tom Dornebusch 

temporarily played for the gothic rock band The House of Usher as a guest musician.
Shortly thereafter singer Rabea Lange completed the line-up again.
In the spring of 1998 Cadra Ash released their "Secrets" MCD as a part of the split-CD 

"Emanation The Sounds Of New Hope Part III" with the label Alice In...
also featuring the bands Pictures Of Agony and Salt Of Anguish.
Cadra Ash were represented from 1997 to 2005 at numerous festivals in various European countries, 

completed various club gigs and played as the opening act of renowned bands such as Faith And The Muse
The Sisters Of Mercy, Atrocity, The Escape, The Merry Thoughts and Funhouse most impressively.
During this time they also released several tracks in compilations.
The band produced various MCDs in different editions, partly in their own production.
Their last release was a promo MCD that was actually a pre-listening of their planned album "Everything's Gone By", 

which has not yet been published. 
After 2005 it became quiet around Cadra Ash and there is no longer a vital sign of the band.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lestregus Nosferatus – Oh Come All Ye Faithful... Tonight We Feast (Demo 1995)

Country: United States

1. Vampires Drink Deep 09:55
2. Sixteenth Chamber 03:41
3. Lestrega 06:58
4. Slave To The Grave 06:31
5. Forgotten Flesh 04:56

Death/black metal band that formed in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
They released four demos and split-up in 1995.
The original lineup consisted of vocalist Michael "MyKill" Hankins, guitarists Steve "Skullator" Shoemaker and Doug Watts, bassist Scott Waldrop and drummer Rich Fuchsia but through the years the band went onto many line up changes.
In 2011 they reformed as Le Streghe Nosferatus.
Ron Vento, former member of the band, after leaving Lestregus Nosferatus formed Aurora Borealis,
that featured on their MCD "Mansions Of Eternity" cover versions of demo tracks of Lestregus Nosferatus.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Grabesmond – In Schwindendem Licht (Demo 1995)

Country: Austria

1. In Schwindendem Licht 20:29

Grabesmond was formed in 1995 by Protector (Summoning, Ice Ages) and Peter Kubik (Abigor).
They released a limited demo to 30 copies entitled "In Schwindendem Licht". 
The reason why they formed Grabesmond was because they wanted to experiment how to create emotions, 
and dark atmospheres besides the scene they were mainly involved in. 
But because of lack of dedication they split up after a few months.
In 1996, when Lucia-Mariam Fåroutan (Peter's wife) came to Austria, Peter told her about Grabesmond 
and she heard the demo, and because Lucia was very interested in starting a band, 
she decided to resurrect Grabesmond and to enter different musical paths.
In spring 1997 an advance tape with a few songs were recorded and sent to Draenor Productions, and a few weeks later 
Grabesmond signed there, and recorded the debut CD "Mordenheim" in October 1997 at Tonstudio Hoernix
"Mordenheim" offered a kind of unique, yet strange and non-typical material that can be described as mystical, medieval, avantgardistic and classically influenced, because of it's various spectrum of art that unfolds.
After a break of about one year the recordings for a new album began in early 1999. 
"Xenoglossie" was recorded in 9 days at Tonstudio Hornix and showed a more 'modern' direction of Grabesmond's music. 
The 15 songs of "Xenoglossie" unleashed soundscapes of beautiful dreamworlds, classical compositions, 
to machinelike visions with pounding percussion, distorted effects and female vocals.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Malignant Eternal – Far Beneath The Sun (1997)

Country: Norway

1. The Reaper 04:20
2. Far Beneath The Sun 06:35
3. My Empire 08:28
4. Prelude To Inferno? 04:32
5. A Stonecold Heart 02:48
6. Daemon Song 07:22
7. Carpathian Stardust 03:47
8. Glory 05:28

The band started back in 1991 under the name Apoplexy by Torgrim Øyre (vocals/guitar) and Brynjulv Guddal (drums). 
Later Kenneth Korsvold joined on bass and they recorded the demo ”In The Realm Of Flames” in 1993.
 In 1995 the band changed their name to Malignant Eternal 
and recorded a promo that followed up by their debut album ”Tårnet”.
In 1997 "Far Beneath The Sun" was released through Napalm Records 
and the next year the MCD "20th Century Beast" was created that was more a collection of tracks 
that the band couldn’t record for a normal full length and featured a re-recording of a ”Tårnet” track, a new one, 
a cover of Iron Maiden’sThe Number Of The Beast” and a remastered version of ”Glory” from ”Far Beneath The Sun".
In 1999 they released their last album "Alarm" that incorporated a lot of electronic-industrial elements.
After "Alarm" the band shortened their name to M-Eternal and did some touring around 2001, 
but have not shown any sign of activity since.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Con Anima – The Book Of Riddles (1999)

Country: Norway

1. Interludio I 01:29
2. Mindman 05:25
3. Interludio II 01:09
4. Eating Eyes 04:16
5. Interludio III 00:28
6. The Angel Of Melancholy 06:47
7. Interludio IV 00:44
8. Empyrean 03:38
9. The House On The Hill 06:31
10. Interludio V 02:13
11. The Riddle 05:01
12. Interludio VI 00:33
13. The Book Of Eibon 05:30

Con Anima was the brainchild of Stian "Culto" Johansen, once very briefly vocalist for Mayhem 
and also vocalist for Perdition Hearse and Shadow Dancers among others.
Johansen was one of the original founders of the infamous "Helvete" record shop in Oslo 
and previously the editor of the fanzine Sepulchral Noise
The band was formed in 1997 playing a mixture of gothic/heavy/doom metal 
and released a demo entitled "The Angel Of Melancholy" in 1998.
The same year they participated in the compilation "Saerpe Metal Union
that featured bands from the Sarpsborg area (together with Infernal, Soul Transition and Sunshine's Gone), 
and released their full length album "The Book Of Riddles" in 1999 through Scarlet Records.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Nazxul – Totem (1995)

Country: Australia

1. Totem 03:30
2. Watching And Withering 03:14
3. I Awaken (Amongst Them) 03:56
4. Unearthed 04:53
5. Vermis Mysteriis 04:16
6. Hatred 03:25
7. Endless Reign Of Power 06:06
8. Distance Begins 05:14
9. Amidst The Flames 03:31
10. End 02:43
11. Eternum 29:53

Nazxul is a black metal band from Sydney, Australia that was formed in 1993.
In 1994 a self-titled demo album appeared through Vampire Records.
Their first album entitled "Totem" that was released in 1996 from the same label.
Further material was written, that produced the EP "Black Seed" in 1998
and late in the year they played live for the first time at a show in Sydney.
Later the band was booked to support Impaled Nazarene as a part of an Australian tour.
After playing a final show for the year all of their activity appeared to cease abruptly.
The band was not at an end however. Four tracks of dark ambience, 
recorded and were released on a split EP with Melek-Tha in 2004.
The same year, Nazxul regrouped with a new line-up and booked to tour with Dimmu Borgir 
but the Norwegian band cancelled its visit.
Several months later Nazxul undertook a tour with Adelaide based gothic metal band Virgin Black instead 
and after that they became dormant for some time since.
In 2008 Nazxul reformed and were listed as the national support to the Australian leg of Mayhem's tour, 
however this tour was cancelled.
The band completed work on the long-awaited "Iconoclast" album, first mooted in 1998, during the year.
Finally "Iconoclast" was released in July 2009 by German label Eisenwald Records.
In 2015, the band regrouped to begin work on a new album entitled "Sumus Inferno".

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Caspar, C.O.C. ‎– CHoCH - Chants Of Change (1994)

Country: Germany

1. Double Frida 05:06
2. Butterfly 06:47
3. Rings 06:16
4. Lofoten I 07:35
5. Lofoten II 13:27
6. BS 1 07:44
7. From Beyond 10:16

C.O. Caspar (born in 1936) lives in Berlin and Sweden as a datoist, conceptor, constructor, author, theoretician and xeroxer.  He works as a soloist, workshop organizer, actionist and musician 
with sound tools as installation, with projections and light art.  
His medium is the processing of concrete tones and noises by means of digital equipment.  
Sound is planned as scenaric tone and speech acts, and is spontaneously developed 
from the original impulses of the sounding body - also in cooperation with other players.
The sounding bodies consist of industrial material such as pipes, hoses, turbines, and constructions of metal, 
plastic, and latex hung on chains and, independently and by means of manual influencing, develop vibrating 
and sometimes chance dynamics in accordance with the qualities of the materials and construction.  
Microphone articulation is the human component.  
Inductive regulation of the torque controls turbines, drives membranes to rhythmic mega-frequent vibration, 
falling rising weaving vital intuitive bio-mechanoid vibrates roars the volume of the latex at 30-16000 Hertz.  
Metal hollow bodies, feedback systems, magnetic field sensors produce material tones, organic & acoustic feedback loops.  The audiovisual work is the result of the connection between mechanical & digital devices, 
offered as a sonic installation, as a performance based theatrical staging.
CHoCH - Chants Of Change was released in 1994 through Tesco Organisation 
as a limited edition CD to 1000 hand-numbered copies.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Soma – The Inner Cinema (1996)


Country: Australia

1. Stygian Vista 07:26
2. Arcane 05:43
3. The Golden Dawn 05:58
4. The Drunken Atlantean 03:36
5. Baal 06:07
6. The Collector 05:43
7. Risen From Agartha 06:11
8. Antediluvian 04:27
9. Alchemical Nuptial 08:38
10. Shambhala 04:44
11. Endless 05:00

Soma was an instrumental, electronic/organic/cinematic project 
featuring the talents of Australian composers David Thrussel, of Black Lung and Snog fame,
and Pieter Bourke known from his collaborations with Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance.
The music of Soma is built on the relationship and alliance between 
melodic/danceable structures and masses of various "found" sounds.
The overall effect invokes a cascade of B-grade psychological/horror/thrillers, spaghetti westerns,
strangely political sci-fi films and a vast volume of the finest conspiracy literature.
The duo began working together in 1993 when Thrussell approached Bourke 
about the possibility of remixing some tracks of Bourke's band Eden.
The Eden remixing sessions yielded the first Soma compositions. 
Soma developed into a full-time project when Bourke moved in with Thrussell 
after a fire had destroyed his flat, allowing the two more time to work together.
Their debut self titled album was released in 1993 followed by "Hollow Earth" in 1994 
and featured most of the tracks of "Soma" album slightly revised and was well-received critically.
In 1996 they released "The Inner Cinema" album that was issued, like their previous one, on Extreme Records.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Principia Audiomatica – Systematic Sonority (1995)

Country: Croatia

1. Selforganizing Homeostatic Systems 07:02
2. Holographically Connected System 05:33
3. Functionally Isomorphic Systems 12:18
4. Encapsulated Modular System 03:28
5. Cognitive Penetrating System 05:45
6. Interactive Quantum System 06:43
7. Central Nervous System 06:06
8. Closed Thermodynamic System 07:59

Miljenko Rajaković aka Dj Mary (co-founder of Implant Code project & electro-industrial DJ in various European clubs) 
and Siniša Očurščak (founder of the TeHÔM project on NER/World Serpent, professor of philosophy in Zagreb) 
were the active minds behind the Principia Audiomatica project.
 "Systematic Sonority" was their debut album for the Italian label Minus Habens Records in 1995, 
based on eight different notions of the environmental systems. 
This work shows an impressive vision on the theme, that lead to a complete development 
of the brilliant "Biodigit" MCD of Implant Code, creating cold and lost electronic ambient structures, 
sometime fused with mind-absorbing rhythms.
Siniša Očurščak died of cancer in 1997 while Miljenko re-activate the project in 2010 
and started working on a new material for an upcoming album release.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Ever Dark – Gravesite Rites (Demo 1994)

Country: United States

1. Intro 03:09
2. Gravesite Rites 09:26
3. Hellfire's Touch 03:55
4. Chanting 07:18

Ever Dark was formed in February 1990 by Storm and John "Berzerker".
From day one they sought to lead and create their own style of "Dark Graveyard Metal".
Their three song demo "Christian Execution" never came into existence.
In 1991 Storm left the first line-up behind for a second one, which failed, so in 1992 the band split up.
In February '93 John talked Storm into reforming the band with John's previous band members.
After that Chris joined the band and in May '93 Jay came as session drummer but later he joined fully.
The band wrote 4 new songs, 3 of which were recorded for their "Gravesite Rites" demo that was released in 1994.
Late May '94 they recruited Tom for a twin lead guitar team and they played a few huge gigs to promote the band.
The demo-sales were going pretty good and soon Full Moon Productions approached them for a 7" EP

which later ended up as a planned split CD with Naglfar.
The split CD never happened so Full Moon had them record a mini CD entitled "Armageddon's Birth", 

unleashing 4 new tracks and a demo song.
In the summer of 1996 Ever Dark signed to II Moons.
The recording for their first full length album, entitled "Not Of God" started in October '96 and released in 1997.
After the release of the album the band ceased to exist although there are rumors 

that they assembled in 2006 and split up again in 2010.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Black Raven – The Solitude Of Ravens (MCD 1997)

Country: Italy

1. Solitude Of Ravens 03:09
2. Solitude 03:06
3. III 03:41
4. IV 02:31
5. Macht 03:52

From the 1990 Angel G. Villani has created various musical jobs, including theatre and video works.
His first project was the classical-ambient band Agonije, that was discovered and produced by Marco Milanesio of DsorDNE.
In 1991 begins the collaboration with Marco Milanesio and between 1991 and 1994 

he participates in the Festival Young Cinema of Turin with his works of experimental video.
In 1994 Agonije released their first cd Testament, produced and distributed by the Swiss label of contemporary music 

Ar-Goat / Allegoria Rec. while Villani gives live performances in Italy and Switzerland in collaboration with Kor-At.
In 1997 the same label, publishes the cd of his new project Black Raven entitled The Solitude Of Ravens

composed with the American musician Michael Todd.
After that Villani begins his collaboration with Claudio Ottavi Fabbrianesi, musician and director of theater and cinema 

and together they produce the video-installation: Figura Umana of Agar Teatro
a job inspired to the works of Francis Bacon and collaborates with Paola Bianchi and Paola Chiama.
In 2007 he finishes the project: En-d-Core, initiated to Mexico City and he meets Peter Greenaway

He also creates in Barcelona the video-installations Esperar and Blues For Derek
with the latter one being inspired by the jobs of Derek Jarman and William S. Burroughs.
He currently works between Turin and Barcelona.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

In Deum Maledicus – Acies (MCD 1995)


Country: Italy

1. Acies 08:32
2. Calling 09:25
3. A Vivid White Sign 01:43

In Deum Maledicus was a short lived black metal project by two ex-Novembre members 
Giuseppe Orlando (drums, vocals) and Fabio "Puccio" Vignati (bass, guitars, keyboards). 
The band was formed in 1994 and their sole release was the "Acies" MCD 
that was recorded in Random Music House studio (Rome) during 15th/16th of January 1995. 
The MCD was released by Cysboileed Productions and featured 
two lengthy songs of atmospheric and melodic black metal and an outro. 
A second MCD was supposed to follow up but this was never happened. 
Nowadays Giuseppe Orlando plays drums for Deinonychus, Airlines Of Terror and The Foreshadowing 
and also works as an engineer at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, while Puccio committed suicide in 2014.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Waylander – Dawning Of A New Age (Demo 1996)


Country: Ireland

1. Sunrise 03:22
2. Dawning Of A New Age 03:33
3. A Hero's Lament 07:22
4. Emain Macha 06:54

Formed in 1993, Waylander released their debut demo, "Once Upon An Era", in early 1995. 
Mixing Irish folk music with extreme metal, Waylander were soon dubbed folk, celtic and pagan metal. 
In 1996, with the addition of a full time tin-whistle player, they released their 2nd demo, "Dawning Of A New Age"
and soon gained a prominent position in the fledgling folk metal scene.
This was cemented when they signed to Century Media and in 1998, 
their debut album was released, entitled, "Reawakening Pride Once Lost". 
After overcoming some line-up changes, Waylander signed with Blackend Records 
and released their, "The Light, The Dark And The Endless Knot", album in early 2001.
After that the band had some numerous line-up changes for several years. 
Despite this they managed to perform some notable gigs with Ancient Rites, Cathedral and Skyforger.
In 2008 Waylander inked a deal with Listenable Records and their third album, 
entitled "Honour Amongst Chaos" was released, using this time a vast array of Irish folk instruments.
In 2012 the band released their fourth album through Listenable Records entitled "Kindred Spirits".

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Second Moon ‎– The Second Moon (MCD 1998)

Country: Norway

1. Inner Apocalypse 00:43
2. Gods Of Destruction 04:14
3. A Trip To Heaven 05:42
4. Long Ago In A Hidden Valley 04:11
5. May The World Be Nothing 00:57
6. Aurora Borealis In The Atlantic 02:24
7. Eastern Intermezzo 01:27
8. ...To You 01:05
9. Stravinskijs Madness 00:58

The Second Moon was an one man project that was often compared to Limbonic Art or Bal Sagoth 
because of the symphonic elements that incorporated.
The founder of the band was Kjell Svalastog Matheussen and the project was formed in the spring 1997.
He released a demo entitled "Living Shadows From The Second Moon" and a MCD entitled "The Second Moon".
Matheussen had also recorded two demos before the creation of The Second Moon 
on which the music was quite industrial and extremely fast. He had also played in some small project-bands.
Torbjorn Akkarhaugen (owner of "Akkarhaugen Soundstudio" and former member of "Thou Shalt Suffer") 
was the technician and co-producer of the recording of the vocals and guitars on the MCD 
that was released through Oskorei Productions.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Andrzej Korzyński – Possession (1981)

Composer: Andrzej Korzyński

1. The Night The Screaming Stops (Opening Titles) 01:49
2. Opetanie 1 00:50
3. Meeting With A Pink Tie 01:53
4. Opetanie 2 00:27
5. Anna Rewards Mark 01:01
6. Possession - Orchestral Theme 1 00:48
7. Kreuzberg 1 02:00
8. Opetanie 3 01:15
9. Mark Looks In The Fridge 00:24
10. Heinrick's Demise 00:42
11. Opetanie 4 00:30
12. Possession - Orchestral Theme 2 00:33
13. Blue Ford B-AZ6 00:47
14. Helen Has Green Eyes 01:10
15. Opetanie 5 02:07
16. Bloody Embrace 00:22
17. Kreuzberg 2 01:26
18. Detective's Desserts 00:44
19. Kreuzberg 3 00:55
20. Kreuzberg 4 01:10
21. The Night The Screaming Stops (Tempo) 01:41
22. Mark Formulates A Plan 00:48
23. Mark Sees Everything 01:22
24. Closely Observered Anna 01:36
25. Opetanie 6 00:26
26. What Is It? 01:09
27. The Man With The Pink Socks 01:58

Andrzej Korzyński (born March 2, 1940 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish composer, arranger, pianist and organist.
In 1964 he graduated from the Social State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. 
He was a disciple of prof. Kazimierz Sikorski and studied composition and conducting. 
In 1965, together with Mateusz Święcicki and Witold Pograniczny founded Radio Studio "Rytm".
His creative partnership with Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski 
is probably the most enduring and creatively fertile chapter in Korzyński’s career. 
The pair first worked together on Żuławski’s debut feature "The Third Part of the Night", 
and they would work on two more, "Devil" (1972) and "The Important Thing Is to Love" (1975),
before they would create what would be their defining and best work, 1981’s "Possession". 
Starring Sam Neil and Isabelle Adjani, the film was banned in the United Kingdom under the notorious Video Nasties list, 
but earned a dedicated cult following in the decades that followed. 
Korzyński’s minimal electronic score was highly sought after by collectors for many years until 2012, 
when the revered Finders Keepers label lovingly reissued it along with "The Third Part of the Night". 
The fruitful partnership of Żuławski and Korzyński would be seen and heard again on the films 
"On the Silver Globe" (1988), "Szamanka" (1996), and "Fidelity" (2000).
Throughout the ‘90s and 2000s, the Polish composer continued to work on various TV and film projects.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Funeral Oration – Sursum Luna (1996)


Country: Italy 

1. Beltane's Night 07:47
2. Pregnant Whore 03:45
3. Intermezzo I 00:55
4. Me A Morte Libera Domine 05:07
5. Intermezzo II 01:09
6. The Age Of Apotheosis 04:15
7. Intermezzo III 00:47
8. Sursum Luna (Funesta Trilogia) 09:26
9. Intermezzo IV 01:11
10. Stigmata 03:26
11. Intermezzo V 01:25
12. Pagan Joy 07:34
13. Finale 00:51

Funeral Oration were a band from Italy, that formed in 1989.
They played a unique style of fast "technical" black metal with some atmospheric parts,
 that revealed a tight band with very strong compositions. 
Their line up featured Nick Curri on vocals, who wrote for the cult magazine "Flash" back in the early nineties, 
Malfeitor Fabban from Aborym (and Void Of Silence) on bass duties, some composition and lyrics, 
as well as Rodolfo Russo on drums and Luca La Cara on guitars and keyboards. 
The band started as a death metal act and after many line up changes they managed to release three demo's,
a vhs release and their one and only full length album  entitled "Sursum Luna" in 1996 through Avantgarde Music.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Genitor Lvminis – Deam Adessa (10'' EP 1999)


Country: Germany

1. Untitled (Side A1) / Untitled (Side A2) 14:53
2. Untitled (Side B1) / Untitled (Side B2) 11:35

Genitor Lvminis was a project by Magnus Engwall, which began in 1997. 
The band produced dark ambient soundscapes with industrial and neo-classical influences.
"Heliokrator" (cassette limited to 50 copies) was their first release in 1998, 
followed by "Deam Adessa" (10'' ep limited to 500 copies) in 1999 that was composed by M. Engwall during 1998-99 
and packaged with a 10 page booklet, with photos and a promotional insert.
It was released by the German Stateart label and was inspired by the studies in the Tellurian path 
that connects together in a holy line to converge in the ever present Goddess of birth and death.
In 2004 the band released a mini cd entitled "Virgae" that contained two tracks.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Black Swan – When The Angels Of Twilight Dance (1998)

Country: Finland

1. The Tavastian Parade 07:41
2. Under Cloak And Hood 04:55
3. Into The Sea Of Sorrow 05:35
4. Autumn In Eden 05:54
5. The Withering Flower Of Life 05:01
6. Mist 02:21
7. To Behold The Sky Of Flames 07:50
8. When The Angels Of Twilight Dance 07:55

Black Swan started as a two-man project of T. Palokangas and J. Tuomivaara.
The band released ''Demo '96'' with T. Palokangas handling guitars and vocals 
and J. Tuomivaara handling keyboards and programming.
After the demo they decided to expand to a five-man set, 
mainly because of the impossibilities of playing a real live set with just two men.
A bit later Palokangas decided to concentrate mainly to the guitar work 
and Antti Haapapuro (also in Dolorian, Aeoga, Arktau Eos, Halo Manash and I.corax) joined the band as a vocalist.
In the summer of 1997 Black Swan started playing live shows steadily and recorded their second demo ''Autumn In Eden''.
In the fall they signed a record deal with Mastervox 
and one year later they offered their first full length album entitled "When The Angels Of Twilight Dance".
Ari Kukkohovi also provides live percussion for the bands Arktau Eos and Dolorian.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Xenomorph – Cassandra's Nightmare (1998)

Country: Germany

1. Necroid Millenium 07:58
2. Hallucinatory Spheres 09:15
3. Abominations 09:40
4. Torrent Of Insanity 09:49
5. Acid For Blood 07:17
6. Obscure Spectre 09:22
7. Apocalyptic Ritual 07:46
8. Cassandra's Nightmare 08:27

Xenomorph is the one-man band of Mark Petrick, based in Berlin, Germany.
The band is considered one of the veterans in the trance scene who has played live shows in many countries. 
Mark sees himself as the inventor of horror-trance, a unique style that was unprecedented in 1996 when he created songs like "Obscure Spectre" which has upset many goa-people and was considered "unspiritual" or "un-goa-ish". 
Regardless of the initial anti-sentiment against his music he has kept and refined his style throughout the years 
in which the community has become more open and appreciative for dark music.
Unlike most younger trance artists who just listen to trance music, Mark was exposed to a multitude 
of musical influences like new wave, punk/post-punk, gothic, rock-music, death-rock, industrial, EBM, 
power-noise, death-metal, crossover/hardcore as well as classical music and soundtracks.
He started to be musically active in 1985 as a bass-player in a goth-band called "Fog Drowning".
In 1990 he formed his own EBM band "Terminal Warfare" in which he was the lead singer and has composed the songs.
He then joined the local band "Whippet Of Trench" as a keyboard player besides his own project one year later.
Due to him being a multi-instrumentalist, he was asked to play guitar/bass and keyboards 
for a couple of shows with the local industrial band "The Unknown" in 1993.
As an enthusiastic fan of death-metal, he also found himself in loose collaborations with local death-metal bands 
as an audio-engineer/guitarist for their demo-recordings in the studio.
After a long time of inspiration the second Xenomorph album "Qlippoth" was released in 2003
on Gnostic Records which is Xenomorph's own record label.
Until today Xenomorph has continued to produce cutting-edge dark electronic music and he has done 
the mastering post-production for more than 30 releases of various labels.
In November 2007 the 3rd Xenomorph Album "Demagoguery Of The Obscurants" was released.
It contains 10 quite different tracks packed into an elaborate concept critically reflecting current, past 
and future world events already prophesizing the economic crisis of 2009 and the formation of the New World Order.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Jackal's Truth ‎– Promo 98 (Demo 1998)

Country: Greece

1. The Quest Of The Ultimate Knowledge 07:24
2. Acherontas 05:28
3. Fovos - The Two Horned Man (Bonus Track) 05:40

Jackal's Truth was formed in early 1996 in Larissa, Greece by Kostas (vocals/guitars) and George A. (drums).
In the summer Zacharias (guitars) and George (bass) joined the group to complete the lineup.
In the autumn of 1996 they went to the studio to record their debut demo "Dominus Silvae" which was released in 1997, 
with the help of Agapi (female vocals) and Grigoris P. (keyboards/sound engineer).
The respond that the band got for their demo was great and helped them to perform live 
with bands such as Rotting Christ, Kawir, Exhumation and other local bands.
After the demo was released, Stefanos (also member of Stardrowned) joined the band as their keyboard player 
while Greg replaced George on bass and the band went on and recorded their 2nd release, 
called "Promo 98" which was exclusively for record companies.
The tracks on the promo were more extreme, technical and melodic than the ones on the demo.
Unfortunately, Jackal's Truth didn't make it in time and the band split up in 2000.
The Memory link contains as a bonus the amazing track "Fovos - The Two Horned Man".

Saturday, 30 April 2016

En Nihil – Death Keeps (1997)

Country: United States

1. Final Bliss (Edit) 08:58
2. Blood + Bone 14:57
3. Fall 07:35
4. Open Your Eyes And See Death 12:41
5. Drift III 13:38

En Nihil (originally under the name Nihil) formed in 1994, in California, by Adam Fritz 
and over the course of 3 years from 1994 to 1997 created a substantial amount of music 
stretching into every subgenre of the experimental realm. 
Everything from tribal rhythms, ethereal drifts, dark ambient, chaotic harsh noise, death industrial, 
cut-up sound collages, field recordings and so on, all of them with a dark, emotional side 
ranging from minimalism to detailed, heavily layered and intricate productions to pure improvisation.
"Death Keeps" articulates a deep fascination with death, not the physical, but the emotional aspect 
and the fear of the most inevitable fate we will all share.
The album was recorded between October 1995 - October 1996 and released by Red Stream in 1997.
After 13 years of silence, En Nihil returned to recording in 2010, 
and has since unleashed a stream of albums, cassette releases and splits.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Dolorian ‎– When All The Laughter Has Gone (1999)


Country: Finland

1. Desolated Colours 07:19
2. My Weary Eyes 08:22
3. A Part Of Darkness 06:24
4. When All The Laughter Has Gone 05:52
5. Collapsed 09:18
6. Fields 04:45
7. With Scorn / Perish 11:11

Dolorian is a doom metal band from Oulu, Finland.
Their early recordings are viewed as some of the earliest examples of blackened doom metal.
Later recordings mixed dark ambient music with the traditional doom metal style.
The band was founded in mid-1997 as a duo consisting of Anti Haapapuro and Ari Kukkohovi.
Their combination of varied songs, structures and melodies, several vocal styles, 
and obscure spiritual lyrics set the band apart from many others in their genre.
Dolorian recorded their first demos in autumn 1997 at Tico-Tico Studios with temporary keyboard player H. Riihinen.
They were subsequently signed with Wounded Love Records.
In 1998 the band along with their new keyboard player J. Ontero
recorded the debut album "When All The Laughter Has Gone" that was released in 1999.
The following year, the band recorded their second album entitled "Dolorian".
The self-titled album was a continuation of the black doom sound of their debut 
with much quieter vocals and a more psychedelic and ambient approach.
In 2002, Dolorian recorded songs for a split release with Shining, but record label problems delayed its release until 2003.
In 2006, the band released their third album, "Voidwards",
which demonstrated a further shift in their sound and included the usage of dark ambient elements.
All the members of the band are involved in dark ambient projects (such as Arktau Eos, Halo Manash
Aeoga and I.corax, as well in the 90's melodic black metal band Black Swan), 
which has likely shifted their concentration away from Dolorian.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Decree – Wake Of Devastation (1997)


Country: Canada

1. Delusion 04:27
2. The Last Day 04:29
3. Who Dares? 03:02
4. Fire Of Offering 05:04
5. Madness Unveiled 03:22
6. Talons Grasp 05:43
7. Never Nearer 04:35
8. Darkness Visible 06:20
9. Downward 04:28
10. Bitter End 04:45

Decree is a Vancouver based act currently consisting of Chris Peterson (Front Line Assembly, Delerium, Will), 
Ross Redhead and Sean Lawson.
This is the second incarnation of the band which was founded in 1991 by Peterson and John McRae
culminating in the duo's 1996 album, "Wake Of Devastation" that was released on Decibel Records and Offbeat Records.
1997 turned out to be a year of change for Decree as the original line up parted ways opening the door for Sean Lawson (vocalist) and Ross Redhead (guitar, bass, noise) to join Chris Peterson (keyboards) in Decree.
Throughout the following years tracks for a second album were recorded during brief periods of inactivity in between Chris’s obligations with the bands Frontline Assembly, Noise Unit, Pro-tech and Delerium
In 2004 "Moment Of Silence" was released on Metropolis Records in North America and Minuswelt/Musik Fabrik in Europe.
Decree's sound has varied a lot over the space of two albums.
"Wake Of Devastation" reminds at times Test Dept. with harsh dark ambient/noise/drone influences.
Their second offering, "Moment Of Silence" brings both beats and guitars into the mix that varies from drum and bass break beats to harder industrial metal-influenced pieces, with less in the way of the noisy drones.
Their third offering was the long awaited album "Fateless" which was released on May 2011 on Art Of Fact Records.
Once again Chris Peterson has managed to build a wall of pounding rhythms and angry noise industrial 
that expands on the sound of prior Decree releases while retaining the vision and sonic values 
that have earned the well deserved reputation as one of the heaviest bands in the industrial music genre.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Helga Pogatschar – Mars Requiem (1995)


Country: Germany

1. Mars 03:29
2. Introitus 05:34
3. Kyrie 05:59
4. Graduale 05:42
5. Tractus 06:12
6. Sequentia 06:14
7. Offertorium 08:05
8. Sanctus 07:43
9. Agnus Dei 07:05
10. Communio 06:30
11. Qohelet 03:01

Helga Pogatschar (born in 1966) is a German composer.
Her work covers a wide range of styles, from songs for piano and voice, radio plays, 

music for dance performances and theater projects combining contemporary music with electronics, 
video/computer graphic installations, music for children, commercial jingles and music that stands outside every genre.
She studied classical piano at the Munich Music University from 1986 till 1991.
Her education was followed by composition studies in classical and film/TV field.
She also spent two years as a guest student at the Studio for Electronic/Acoustic Music in Göteborg, Sweden.
While still a student, she saw the premiere of some of her works, like the music for the video-installation  

Lost In Space in 1992, a piece for two singers and electronics, 
where she worked with Ernst Horn, musician and composer of electro/darkwave band Deine Lakaien.
Afterwards she was a lecturer at the colleges of music in Munich and Hamburg.
She was awarded the project scholarship for contemporary music and media and the music award of the city of Munich.
In 1995 she released her first album, "Mars Requiem".
This album was constructed as a classical requiem with liturgical Latin texts, sung by five vocalists, 

and it mainly was generated on samplers using sometimes strange and threatening sounds.
This work gained her some attention in the music press and oddly enough proved to reach people of various genres, 

as Helga Pogatschar got well-known in the gothic circle and even was mentioned on play lists of death/black metal fanzines.
In parallel her works "Mars Requiem", "Titus Trash Tatar“ and "Inanna“ were published on CD by Chrom Records.