Monday, 16 October 2017

Asrai – So Clear That You Couldn't Tell Where The Water Ended And The Air Began (Demo 1991)

Country: Netherlands

1. Broke 03:39
2. Running 04:05
3. Decision 02:52
4. Game 03:09
5. Achim 01:54

6. Time 02:18

Asrai is a gothic metal/rock band from Schiedam, Netherlands,
that was formed in 1985 by sisters Margriet and Karin and changed their name in 1988 to Asrai.
From 1989 to 1994 they released several demo-tapes which gained them national popularity.
In 1997 they released their debut "As Voices Speak" on the label Poison Ivy.
Over the next few years Asrai worked on perfecting their sound, image, and trying to find the right line-up.
In the meantime, contracted by Transmission Records
Asrai recorded their second CD "Touch In The Dark" which was released in 2004.
Their third full length album "Pearls In Dirt" was released in 2007.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Warriors Of Nature ‎– The Roots Of Blood (1996)

Country: Portugal

1. Ophiussae 02:27
2. Callaecia 03:15
3. Oestrimis Et Saefis 03:31
4. Sun God Of Legions 02:13
5. Sunwheel's Skies 05:33
6. Seghus 02:08
7. Voluspa 04:14

Warriors Of Nature was a Portuguese tribal/ambient/experimental project 
formed by Bruno Nunes De Sousa aka B. Ardo (Sangre Cavallum, Silence, Zwickau
& Johan Aernus (Wolfskin, Karnnos, Oktober Black etc.) in the mid-1990s.
The project released only one album in cassette form entitled "The Roots Of Blood" in 1996
that contained songs about the Northwest Iberian mountains, Callaecia, the nowadays North Portugal and Galicia.
The cassette was released through B. Ardo's Forgotten Blood label that was specialized in experimental music 
with esoteric and mystical themes from the religious traditions of pagan Europe with specific interest on ancient Portugal.
"The Roots Of Blood" was limited to 60 hand-numbered copies packaged in a velvet pouch with a leather strap and a bell.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

F/i ‎– Paradise Out Here (1989)

Country: United States

1. From Poppy With Love 07:33
2. The House Of The Pharaoh's Daughter 07:24
3. The Ninth Corner 06:31
4. Om 21 18:41
5. Satellite Surfer (Bonus Track) 03:29
6. Five Crowns Of The Saxon King (Bonus Track) 05:59

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA situated F/i was founded in 1981.
They was also known as The Surfin' Führers before changing their name to F/i.
The band started producing several cassette releases first.
The early material was harsh, experimental noise structures in the tradition of Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound.
In 1987 with the release of "Why Not Now?...Alan!" album 
the band started to show the first changes to a more rocking musical style.
"Space Mantra" that was followed in 1988 was influenced by the industrial/power sound of the days provided with references to krautrock acts like Faust and Neu!.
"Paradise Out Here" was originally released on LP in 1989 on Human Wrechords
limited to 300 copies, while the CD remastered version was released in 2006, through Lexicon Devil
featuring two bonus tracks, an alternate cover artwork and slightly changed track titles.
Here the band presented a mix of drone experimental space rock with influences from Hawkwind and Spacemen 3.
Band member Richard Franecki went on with his new project Vocokesh in 1990 
but returned in 2003 with the release of "A Question For The Somnambulist" album.
The band is still active with Richard Franecki, Brian Wensing and Grant Richter as the core 
supported by Jay Tiller (drums) and Russ T. (bass).

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Cryptic – A Northern Wind Of Holocaust (Demo 1994)

Country: Sweden

1. A Northern Wind Of Holocaust 01:13
2. A Blaze From The Pagan Moon 03:25
3. Diabolical Landscapes 03:36
4. A Frozen Shadow 04:32

Cryptic was a Swedish black metal band that formed in 1992.
Their line up featured Thypheus (Thornium, ex-Cabal) and Eliphas (Ulverheim, Deletion, ex-Thornium, ex-Cabal).
The band released only one demo in 1994 entitled "A Northern Wind Of Holocaust".
After the release of the demo the two main band member joined their forces once again with Thornium 
and after that they separated parts and each one continued with their own projects.

Friday, 1 September 2017

SAGRAMON ‎– Terra Subterrana (Demo 1999)

Country: Czech Republic

1. Occam´s Razor 01:28
2. In The Labyrinth No One Hears You Scream 15:09
3. Viracocha Transformer 08:12
4. Open Grave 04:51
5. Morehedmoodus 06:59
6. Hormone Heresy 02:00

SAGRAMON was the project of Rene Dorian Schwarz.
Rene was born in Trutnov and after the Velvet Revolution he moved to Britain and lived in London for 10 years.
After returning to the Czech Republic he founded the label Cryptosonic.
"Terra Subterrana" was his first demo release and deals with the solitude of man.
The band released through 2000 to 2005 four albums and one split with Encomiast.
Apart from SAGRAMON, Rene was also involved with the projects Mahatma and M.A.G.O.T.H..

Friday, 18 August 2017

Book Of Wisdom ‎– Catacombs (1993)

Country: Germany

1. Wir Vergeh'N Wie Rauch In Starken Winden 02:50
2. Parentatio 01:40
3. Catacombs 11:27
4. Soul Extinguished 05:03
5. Estampie 04:04
6. Gia Ebbi Liberate 03:21
7. Crypt 43 09:47
8. Acheron 05:54

Book Of Wisdom was a dark ambient/experimental group from Germany, 
founded in 1991 by Superior Mario Herold (with studies in human science and history) 
and Cantatrice J. Limbecker (with studies in human science and literature).
Mario Herold was also involved in the project Diés 
and released a couple of albums and some split releases in early nineties.
"Catacombs" was originally released in 1993 through Nature & Art in A5 cassette packaging 
and reissued a year later in CD format.
Book Of Wisdom was mostly active in the early nineties, releasing four albums, and then almost disappeared 
but they came back in 2005 after a long time of silence releasing their last album entitled "Ultra".
Since then the band has not given any sign of existence.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Nepenthe – The Conqueror Worm (Demo 1993)

Country: United States

1. The Conqueror Worm 04:14
2. Gleaming Eyes Of Darkness 04:38
3. On The Cheek Of An Eternity 04:35
4. Gleaming Eyes Of Darkness (Live Bonus Track) 04:55

Nepenthe was a black/death metal band from Kansas City, Missouri that formed in 1992.
"The Conqueror Worm" was their first demo tape and released in 1993 featuring three songs.
After this release their vocalist Joe Gameson left the band and went ahead to form Serapis.
This line up change forced their bassist Alex Blume to handle the lead vocals.
By 1995 the single ep "Ligeia" had been recorded and featured a re-recorded version
of the demo song "The Conqueror Worm" and a cover of "In The Shrines Of The Kingly Dead" by Tiamat.
In February 1995, Nepenthe played their only gig which was made available as the "Live At Howard's" tape
containing the previously mentioned Tiamat cover and also one of Sathanas.
For the rest of the year the band was mostly dormant, and it was also around that time
that Alex Blume (Ares Kingdom, Blasphemic Cruelty) departed and the remaining two members,  
Chris Overton and Patrick Brown (ex-King Carnage, Howls Of Ebb), continued under the name Ligeia.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Empaligon ‎– Black Dominated Annihilation (1999)

Country: Germany

1. Blackterror Of War 04:43
2. Dimensions Of Blood 05:25
3. Infernal Shadow 04:21
4. Empire Of Satan 06:12
5. Reign In Fire 03:59
6. Unhallowed Spheres 06:17
7. Storms Of Holocaust 03:18
8. Lakes Of Lava 05:51
9. I Am Universe 05:36

Empaligon was a black metal band from Bavaria Germany.
They formed in 1996 and released a demo in 1998 ("Into Blackening Chaos"), 
a full length in 1999 ("Black Dominated Annihilation") and a split with Triumvirat Xul in 2001.
The band here performs ultra fast cold black metal, in the vein of Immortal's "Battles In The North",
with very good aggressive vocals.
The album was released originally through Metal Age Recordings 
and re-released in 2003 through Autopsy Stench Records with a different cover.
Their line up featured Imperator Odium (vocals, guitars), Eternal (drums) and Nihilez (guitars).

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Nux Vomica – Casting A Dream To The Sea (1993)

Country: United States

1. Untitled 05:56
2. Untitled 09:56
3. Untitled 03:20
4. Untitled 07:12
5. Untitled 04:31
6. Untitled 05:46
7. Untitled 24:44

Nux Vomica is a sound art musical trio based in San Francisco, California, USA.
The present members have been performing together for the past seven years,
each with a unique and active history within the experimental music field.
Nux Vomica utilize sound processing, electronics sounds and aural sculpture 
to achieve a unique and trance like sound environment.
The sounds travel from peaceful to terrifying containing elements from the ethno-influenced to industrial 
and create a personal soundtrack for the individual listener.
Nux Vomica has involved themselves in the recording of at least 12 releases within the US 
and three available on cassette labels within Italy and Sweden and the U.K.
Their pieces have appeared on over 30 experimental music compilations.
They have contributed to soundtracks of films and have produced several experimental films themselves 
as part of their multi media performances.
These performances usually include the utilization of sound and vision for the purpose of allowing the audience to drift beyond the performance space to become more involved mentally with the performance.
"Casting A Dream To The Sea" was originally released by the Swedish label Börft Records on cassette,
licensed from Auricular Records (founded by members of the band in 1989)
and later in 2012 was reissued as a digital release with slightly different track order and different track durations.

Friday, 30 June 2017

RA – Geniu Pustiu (1999)

Country: Romania

1. Romance's Romance 05:35
2. La Steaua (Reprise) 02:45
3. Bocet 02:48
4. Tablou (Version) 02:43
5. Byron 02:10
6. Winter's Ballad 02:53
7. Inger Diform 05:34
8. Tablou 02:15
9. La Steaua / Noaptea Vesnicei Uitari 05:03
10. Pina Nu Pier 03:00
11. Geniu Pustiu (Outro) 01:54

RA was the side project of Andrei Rusu (aka Vlad Dracul), 
member of the German symphonic black metal band Agathodaimon
and is considered a continuation of his other early project Drusus (1995-1998).
RA was created because of Andrei's love to the Romanian poetry 
and his search for something deeper to mirror these poetic aspects.
As a result the music was created to suit the verses and not vice versa as he was normally did with Agathodaimon.
Some of the lyrics were written by the Romantic poet, novelist and journalist Mihai Eminescu (1850 – 1889),
that he is considered one of the most famous and influential Romanian poets.
The project released two albums with "Geniu Pustiu" being the first one in 1999 and "Sinnocence" in 2001 being the last.
"Geniu Pustiu" also features Dan Byron on vocals (guest vocalist on "Higher Art Of Rebellion" of Agathodaimon).

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Impressions Of Winter ‎– Cantica Lunae - Songs Of The Moon (1996)

Country: Germany

1. Canticum Lunae 05:14
2. Hi Versus 04:22
3. Flores Gelidi 04:23
4. From Dreamworld To Sunrise 04:50
5. Impressions Of Winter 05:16
6. Ignis Ardet In Pluvia 03:52
7. Triviality 04:52
8. Captivitas (Instumental) 04:15
9. My Father's Return 05:02
10. Elegy Of A Swan 03:31
11. Foreboding 05:03

Impressions Of Winter are a German darkwave/neo-classical band 
that began in 1994 as the project of Joe P. (Joachim Proell).
Because of his high demands on his compositions, 
friends of his began to realize that his music was far too good not to include vocals.
So the initial line-up was completed by Andres Waldura and the group's first female singer, Laikha.
Mozart (of Umbra Et Imago) from the German label Spirit Productions 
offered to produce their first album, "Cantica Lunae - Songs Of The Moon",
which was released in the spring of 1997 and received positive notice.
After this release singer Laikha was replaced by Felicia S., and in the summer of 1998 a second CD 
"Deceptive Springs And Fading Landscapes" was released, followed by "Iuturna" in 2000.
Later in 2001 with their CD release "The RemiXperience" the band takes a slightly different retrospect on their work,
as their greatest hits had been re-mixed for this occasion.
Their last release was issued in 2003 entitled "End Of A Summer".

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Necrocock – Praktiky Pohřebních Ústavů (Demo 1992)

Country: Czech Republic

1. Intro (Smrt Je Teprve Začátek) 01:55
2. Orgány Se Spalují 04:21
3. Tlecí Doba 03:18
4. Černý Mramor 04:27
5. Procházka Urnovým Uájem 01:38
6. Porucha Mechanických Pecí 03:33
7. Rozptylová Louka 03:17
8. Noční Provoz 04:45
9. Outro (Řecké Ohně) 01:34

Tomáš Kohout (born in 1972), also known by his nickname Necrocock, is a Czech musician, composer and singer.
Since 1990 he has been a member of the Master's Hammer band.
He is also a member of several other projects, like Necrocock, Kaviar Kavalier and Night Vision.
Necrocock released their first demo "Praktiky Pohřebních Ústavů" (aka Practices Of Undertakers) in 1992,
playing a mixture of atmospheric black/dark/doom metal with dark perverse lyrical themes 
influenced by Tomáš experiences working in a funeral house at that period.
The album was also re-recorded and released as a full-length album in 2004 under the same title.
The band is still active and since 1992 Tomáš has managed to release two demos and four albums.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

C17H19NO3 – Terra Damnata (1996)

Country: United States

1. Penetration 01:56
2. Scarifice 08:41
3. Terra Damnata 08:16
4. Razor Raped Pain 06:04
5. The Imperator 08:00
6. Breeding 07:30
7. The Lords Of Bone And Machinery 11:21
8. Still Burn 04:02
9. Androgyne 11:41
10. Carrier Of Shadows 06:19

John Bergin is a writer, illustrator, designer, and musician.
As Art Director at Lakeshore Records, he has created and designed packaging for soundtrack albums such as Drive
Bone Tomahawk, Napoleon Dynamite, Brooklyn, Nightcrawler, Underworld and hundreds more.
Bergin is also known for his graphic novel From Inside, which he also adapted into a feature-length animated film. 
As the Director of From Inside, Bergin collaborated with famed music icon Gary Numan who scored the film.
Among his musical projects are Paved In Skin, Trust Obey, Tertium Non Data,  
Blackmouth (with Jarboe of Swans and Brett Smith of Caul) and C17H19NO3.
From 1994 to 2004 Bergin released with C17H19NO3 (aka chemical formula for morphine) five albums.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Osso Exótico ‎– VII (7'' EP 1999)

Country: Portugal

1. Untitled I 08:48
2. Untitled II 08:43
3. Untitled III 01:03

Osso Exótico is a long-lived experimental, drone/ambient mystical music project from Portugal 
formed in 1989 utilizing a range of mainly acoustic instruments (often modified) 
such as glass harmonica, piano strings, percussion, violin.
With an always evolving line-up, brothers André and David Maranha have been, since the early times to the present day, 
the core of this band, that would later, incorporate Patrícia Machás and Francisco Tropa
The project released nine albums until 2011, including a couple colaborations with Verres Enharmoniques and Z'EV.
VII was released through the German Drone Records label as a limited edition of 250 handnumbered copies 
pressed on clear vinyl in a white sleeve with an info-sheet and a small bag that contains spices tacked to it.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Entity – Demo 1-94 (Demo 1994)

Country: Sweden

1. My Inner War (Intro) 00:41
2. The Lasting Scar 06:14
3. Jesus Christ Prince Of Lies 03:29
4. Leave The Kiss To Die 04:31

Entity was a melodic doom/death metal band that released 
three demos, two 7" EPs and a promo/rehearsal before splitting up sometime around 1995-'96.
Their two 7" EPs were released through Megagrind Records 
(later known as Heathendoom, that run by Perra Karlsson of Nominon, In Aeternum, Suffer, etc).
The band featured Thomas Hedlund (drums) and Dan-Ola Persson (vocals) 
that are mostly know for their participation in bands like The Ancients Rebirth, Fall From Grace and Pagan Rites 
while Jimmy Svensson (guitars) and Tompa Gustafsson (keyboards, bass) 
were the rest of the members that completed the line up.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Die Wappen Des Thodt – Seven (1998)

Country: Germany

1. Doors To Heaven 05:32
2. Seven 05:34
3. The Quiet 11:06
4. Rose Of Delight 05:29
5. Angel II (Sacred Version) 06:44
6. A Mystic Heart 05:48
7. Augen Durch Die Nacht 07:22

Die Wappen Des Thodt was a German band that was formed by Paul Hostia and Thorn Hoedh.
Their first appearance was on one track on the first Ordo Catharis Templi compilation in 1993 
entitled "Hermetisches Rosencreutz: Templum Comparatio" that was released through Unclean Productions 
and later was re-released through Dark Vinyl Records.
The German duo had already many projects and collaborations like Ordo Catharis Templi,  
Hoedh, Hostia, Delysid, Helix 12, Moksha and Zoomorph.
In 1996 a limited edition 12" picture disc entitled "In Memoriam" was released.
"Seven" was released in 1998 through Dark Vinyl Records and was their first, and last, full length album.
Here the band incorporated operatic chants and stylized neoclassical sounds 

mixed with neofolk and ethereal/dark ambient atmospheres.
Thorn Hoedh passed away in 2003.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Mnemonic – Shades From A Missing Epoch (Demo 1995)

Country: Sweden

1. Shades From A Missing Epoch 03:00
2. Sanguinary 03:25
3. Ledge Of Darkness 03:17
4. The End Of Humanity 02:57

The Swedish melodic death metal band Mnemonic was formed in early 1994 under the monicker Deformed.
In the summer of the same year Deformed released their first demo "Obsessed By The Past".
After their drummer and bass player quit the band the rest of the members changed their name to Mnemonic.
In 1995 Mnemonic with their new line up recorded their first demo entitled "Shades From A Missing Epoch".
Later that year a few other line-up changes occurred as well 
and finally in 1996 Mnemonic released their second and last demo entitled "While We Dream".
The band was put to rest some time in the year 2000.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Unholy Pantheon – Dominion Of Chaos (Demo 1999)

Country: Greece

1. Blasphemy Eternal 05:59
2. Anthems Of Evil 05:30
3. Dominion Of Chaos 05:17
4. Immortal Existence 04:17

Furious fast paced black metal from Greece with distorted vocals, drum machine and some excellent riffing parts
is what Unholy Pantheon offered back in 1999 with their "Dominion Of Chaos" release.
This short lived one man band, that was created in 1996,
released only this promo/demo before vanishing into obscurity.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Fatal Impact - Satan For Ever (1991)

Country: France

1. Sexual Ceremony 07:44
2. Dance Of The Death 08:37
3. Really Mad 04:43
4. Funeral Song 07:54
5. Cathedral Factory (Act 1) 05:59
6. Cathedral Factory (Act 2) 10:10
7. The Other Look 07:40
8. Sex In Fire 05:53
9. Le Mystique Pervers 09:17

Fatal Impact was a French project that was created by J.C. Dupuy.
The band released several cassettes from mid 80's to late 90's, 
some of them through the legendary Italian label Slaughter Productions.
"Satan For Ever" was released as a regular edition tape, limited to 200 copies as well as a tape in snapcase 
with J card with 11 inserts in black envelope and black cardboard box, limited to 100 copies.
Both versions were published by the French label Nuit Et Brouillard that has been active since 1990.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Monastery – Plena Sunt Celestia (Demo 1998)

Country: New Zealand

1. The Mountain 05:59
2. Devotion 05:07
3. Cave Of Light 04:06
4. Garden Of Tranquillity 04:30
5. Mountain Of Prayer 02:05

Monastery was the project of Sean O'Kane-Connolly known mostly for his involvement with bands like
Apnea, Corridors Of Pale, Gaoth Anair, Lyra, Nystagmus, Taur Nu Fuin, Uppsalan Temple etc.
In 1998 Sean became a Christian and devoted his musical projects onto God.
Prayer On The Mountain was his first solo project that was originally medieval based but later took a more industrial path.
Since he wanted to continue musically into the medieval-atmospheric genre he decided to create a new project,  
Monastery, that was inspired by Orthodox traditions, and Celtic Christianity.
With this project he tried to engineer visual music intended to build pictures into imagination, 
taking on a voyage through ancient monasteries, stone structures, statues of angels and icons of the saints.
Sean has used many pseudonyms for various ambient and black metal projects over the course of the past handful of years,
including projects like Bashy Troll Fetus, Verrottentrolls, Seregost, Undiscovered Moons Of Saturn, as well as others.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Solhverv – Gravlandets Vogtere (MCD 1995)

Country: Denmark

1. Gravkammerets Gru 05:45
2. Blodig Hævn 02:53
3. Under Dødens Grumme Svøbe 06:17
4. Månens Skygge 04:31

Solhverv was a black metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark that was formed in 1994 and split up in 1997.
Their line up featured Martin F. Jørgenssen (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards),  
Eric E. Marcussen (Drums) and Thomas F. Jørgenssen (Guitars, Vocals).
The band from 1990 to 1994 was known as Fallen Angel and played a mix of death metal with grindcore.
Through that period they released two demos.
In 1994 they changed, for a short period, their name to Helheim before going into Solhverv.
In 1995 their demo cd "Gravlandets Vogtere" was released and in 1996 their first full length album "Tågernes årtusinde
was issued through Euphonious Records.
A split with Nidhug called "Akustiske Ekko Af Fortiden" was also planned for 1997 but this was never happened.
After their disbanding two compilations were released with unreleased/rehearsal material.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Of Unknown Origin – Seven Ovens Of The Soul (1998)

Country: United States

1. From The Womb 00:46
2. Meditation Ladder 05:09
3. Saturnine Night 09:53
4. Chemognosis 07:37
5. The Son Of The Red Dawn 05:35
6. Sphered In A Radiant Cloud 08:34
7. Urlo 05:04
8. Nemonik Entropy 07:45
9. And So On For Ever 01:08

Of Unknown Origin was a collaboration project between Bryin Dall and Derek Rush.
The two artists had already a well established history of collaborative efforts
like A Murder Of Angels, Dream Into Dust and Loretta's Doll.
Of Unknown Origin was yet another project birthed out of their collective interest in dark ambient/experimental sonics, containing segments of industrial/noise electronics.
The band released only one album on The Order Of The Suffering Clown label
and was distributed worldwide by World Serpent.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mors Amara – Der Sonne Abgewandt... (Demo 1997)

Country: Switzerland

1. In Triumph We Stand, Eternal We Fight 05:07
2. Awaiting The End 07:22
3. Nocturna 02:19
4. Der Sonne Abgewandt... 06:58

Mors Amara was a Swiss melodic/atmospheric black metal band that formed in 1995.
Their line up featured Gryff (Guitars, Vocals),  
Sabnock (Drums, Backing Vocals), Noctua (Keyboards) and Teriel (Bass).
Unfortunatelly Mors Amara did not managed to sign on any label or to release a full length album 
but this short lived band will always be remembered for their "Der Sonne Abgewandt..." demo that was released in 1997.
The demo was recorded in February - April 1997 at Core-Studios and offered four amazing tracks of melodic black metal similar to the early works of Gehenna and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Violent Fury – ...Circle Of Pacts... (Demo 1993)

Country: United States

1. With Blood We Attain 03:31
2. After The Seventh Sign 04:36
3. Black Domains 03:08
4. Liturgy Of Desecration 04:19

Violent Fury was an American death/black metal band that formed in 1992, and offered a blend of heavy death metal, 
like older Deicide and Morbid Angel, with a touch of extreme forms of black metal.
The band hailed from the Syracuse area of Central New York and through 1992 to 1995 they released six demos, participated on many compilation albums and played live with a variety of bands including:  
Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Fear Factory, Incantation, and Vader. 
Violent Fury was supposedly working on new material that would came out as a full length and would combined 
new tracks with some older re-recorded ones but still nothing has been released or heard from the band.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Desiderii Marginis – Songs Over Ruins (1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Songs Over Ruins I 04:46
2. Scintillate II 06:28
3. Ephemeral 07:05
4. Chrism 03:59
5. Entombment 04:53
6. Ashes 04:24
7. Solemn Descent 05:00
8. The Core Of Hell II 05:08
9. Embossed In Bones, Hidden... 04:15
10. Songs Over Ruins II 05:02
11. Chreston 05:38

Desiderii Marginis ("Edge Of Desire" in Latin) was formed by Johan Levin in 1993 in Mjölby, Sweden as a solo project.
The initial intention was to release just a few demo tapes with material 
that failed to fit into the repertoire of his main band at the time, The Wounded Meadow.
The first three tapes "Consecrare", "Via Peregrinus" and "Triptych" were released in limited editions. 
Some of these songs later appeared in new versions on his critically acclaimed album "Songs Over Ruins", 
released on Cold Meat Industry label, while these three tapes were released 
as a cd compilation entitled "Years Lend A Golden Charm" later in 2009.
Apart Desiderii Marginis Johan is also involved in the team Galtagaldr, playing authentic medieval music, 
and using instruments like the Greek bouzouki, dulcimer, flute, oboe and other of that era.
Among his other interests, history, medieval art and architecture, calligraphy, philosophy and archeology,  
Johan works in the archaeological department of the museum province of Östergötland.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Evan Albam – Begotten (1990)


Composer: Evan Albam 

1. Untitled 44:49
2. Untitled 30:26

Begotten is a 1990 American experimental film written, produced, edited and directed by E. Elias Merhige.
The film narrates the story of Genesis while re-imagining it.
Begotten is considered by Merhige himself as the start of an unofficial trilogy. 
The second film in the trilogy is the 14-minute short Din Of Celestial Birds, which deals with evolution 
and premiered in 2006 on Turner Classic Movies, and was shot in similar visual fashion as Begotten.
Development for the film began in 1984.
Merhige, who was twenty at the time he wrote the script, was inspired by the theories and ideas of Antonin Artaud 
and Friedrich Nietzsche, which in his opinion had not been developed on film to the fullest extent.
The film incorporates many different religious themes and events from Christian and Slavic mythology including Creation, Mother Earth, and various other religious themes on which the events that take place in the film are loosely based upon.
Filming took place over a period of three and a half years in several different locations, with Merhige filling multiple roles in the film's production including working on the film's cinematography, and special effects. 
The film was shot using a 16mm Arriflex camera on black and white reversal film. 
While filming, Merhige would experiment with the film reel to give it an old, withered look. 
This included running the unshot negative through sandpaper in order to scratch it up before shooting. 
Unsatisfied with the overall effect, Merhige decided to use an optical printer but that was over the film's budget. 
He then constructed one himself using old, spare parts that he acquired from camera stores and special effects houses.
The eerie music of the film was composed by Evan Albam.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Swordmaster – Wraths Of Time (MCD 1995)

Country: Sweden

1. Wraths Of Time 05:36
2. Upon Blood And Ashes... 05:15
3. Conspiracy - Preview 02:49
4. Outro 00:27

In the summer of 1993 Swordmaster was formed during a metal party in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In the beginning the band played black metal but this only lasted for two demos and an EP, "Wrath Of Time".
After the usual line-up problems they signed a deal with Florida based label Full Moon Productions 
and recorded their mini album "Wraths Of Time" in the spring of 1995.
In 1996 they signed a new deal with the French label Osmose Productions.
In 1997 their first full-length was released, "Postmortem Tales" and it took a whole different approach 
than their previous material leaning more to thrash/death metal territories with some industrial/black metal elements.
In 1999 they released their second full-length album entitled "Moribund Transgoria".
In January 2000 the band played a show at Kafé 44 in Stockholm together with Merciless 
where they gained attention from the label LED Recordings, a label backed up by Universal.
The band signed a new deal and changed their musical direction to industrial/rock/ metal 
and also changed their name to Deathstars.