Saturday, 25 March 2017

Monastery – Plena Sunt Celestia (Demo 1998)


Country: New Zealand

Tracklist
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

Tracklist
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.