Friday, 30 April 2021

Exorial – Licht Und Finsternis (1999)

Country: Germany

1. Intro 01:27
2. Anmut Des Kosmos 02:52
3. Schwarze Schwingen 03:15
4. Untermenschen 02:23
5. Kaos 04:37
6. Gift Der Götter 04:35
7. Der Dunkle Herrscher 02:02
8. Liebe Unter Willen 07:25
9. Totendämmerung 02:09
10. Herr Der Flammen 03:27
11. Outro 02:14

Exorial was created in 1998 by Ruben Schmitt aka Asmodeus (ex-Donnerkeil, ex-Sinnestäter) as a solo project.
The same year he released his first demo entiled "Totendämmerung (Die Vernichtung Der Lebensform Mensch)".
From 1999 to 2002 Exorial self released three albums and a split with Kälte.
The last sign of the band was in 2006 with the release of the compilation CD-R "Schwanengesang"
that featured tracks taken from all Exorial releases.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Mario Nascimbene – Barabbas Original Soundtrack (1962)

Composer: Mario Nascimbene

1. Main Theme 05:04
2. The Whipping Of Christ 02:23
3. Eclipse 03:18
4. The Tomb 02:47
5. Intermezzo 01:55
6. The Mines 04:11
7. Arrival In Rome 01:48
8. Rome Afire 03:31
9. The Death Of Barabbas 03:00
10. Musical Examples 06:16

Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas,
from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels.
The film stars Anthony Quinn as Barabbas, features Silvana Mangano, Katy Jurado, Arthur Kennedy, Harry Andrews,
Ernest Borgnine, Vittorio Gassman, and Jack Palance, and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
It was conceived as a grand Roman epic, was based on Nobel Prize-winning Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel of the same title.
The film was directed by Richard Fleischer 
and shot in Verona and Rome under the supervision of producer Dino De Laurentiis.
It included many spectacular scenes, including a battle of gladiators in a Cinecittà film studio mock-up of the arena,
and a crucifixion shot that was filmed on 15 February 1961 during an actual total eclipse of the sun.
The music score by Mario Nascimbene, which was conducted by Franco Ferrara,
the noted conductor and lecturer on conducting at several famous international academies,
was noted for its unusual, stark experimental component, which included the introduction of electronic sounds
achieved by the manipulation of tape speeds, as "new sounds".
Mario Nascimbene (28 November 1913 – 6 January 2002)
was one of the best known Italian film soundtrack composers of the 20th century.
His career spanned six decades, during which time he earned awards for the innovative contents of his composing style.
During his career he composed soundtracks for more than 150 films.
Nascimbene studied composition and orchestral conducting at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory of Music in Milan
under the guidance of Ildebrando Pizzetti, Following graduation he wrote several pieces for chamber music and ballet.
He was commissioned to write the soundtrack for the film "L'amore Canta" (Love Song), directed in 1941
by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, and the success of this film opened the doors of an entirely new career for him.
He was one of the few composers in Italy whose career was based on his work in the cinema.
He was particularly appreciated for the revolutionary innovation of incorporating the sounds
of non-orchestral instruments like that of a jaw harp or a harmonica, everyday noises
(like the tick-tock of a clock, the ring of a bicycle bell or the ticking sound of typewriters in Rome 11:00) in a musical score,
with the purpose to underline some particular film scenes.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

B.E.T.H. – Blighty/Back To Blighty/The Incredible News To Access (12'' EP 1997)

Country: England / Germany

1. Blighty 7:11
2. Back To Blighty 10:00
3. The Incredible News To Access 09:42

B.E.T.H. (Brain Energy To Human) was a very short-lived project featuring
Dino Psaras (Cydonia etc.), Tim Schuldt and Steve Ronan.
They released only this 12'' EP on the German label Aurinko Records.
The Memory link features as a bonus a fourth track entitled "Harsh"
that it was taken from the 1998 Aurinko Records compilation "Score".

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Allegiance – Blodörnsoffer (1997)

Country: Sweden

1. Intåg 01:45
2. Med Svärd I Hand 04:37
3. Likbål 04:57
4. En Svunnen Tid 05:52
5. Heimdal 07:07
6. Yggdrasil 04:26
7. Korpen Skall Leda Oss 05:43
8. Blodörnsoffer 05:41
9. Blot 05:35
10. Uttåg 03:18

Allegiance was formed in 1989 in Söderköping, Sweden,
featuring in their ranks drummer Fredrik Andersson and vocalist/bass/guitar player Roger 'Bogge' Svensson (aka B. War)
both of them mostly known for their later involvement with the black metal band Marduk.
The same year they released their debut demo "Sick World" delivering old style traditional thrash metal.
By drafting Magnus 'Devo' Andersson in 1990, Allegiance got decidedly more brutal
adding death metal elements on their style and released two more demos,
"Eternal Hate" in 1990 and "The Beginning Was The End" in 1991.
Undergoing a radical line-up shuffle the next years they released their fourth demo, 1993's "Odin Äge Er Alle",
and began to evolve to a more viking/black metal act and also shift their lyrical focus toward more pagan matters.
The "Höfdingadrapa" demo, a year later, solidified this shift
and its three songs would be later re-recorded for the band's debut album.,
Pär Thornell would be introduced on vocals and guitar with Mikael Almgren as new bassist in 1995.
In March 1995 Allegiance was signed to No Fashion Records and in July the same year they entered Unisound Studio
 to record their long awaited debut album "Hymn Till Hangagud" that was released in 1996.
From there, Allegiance would go on to release two more albums, 1997's "Blodörnsoffer" and 1999's "Vrede",
both of which made the Swedes a cult band.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Ronan Quays – The Ebbing Wings Of Wisdom (1996)

Country: England

1. As The Spinster Spins 03:02
2. Into The Light 03:39
3. The Well, Endless And Full 04:50
4. Land Left By Time 05:58
5. Salt And Bitter Truth 03:41
6. The Saracen 02:20
7. Malady, Sweet Company 03:53
8. The Final Sigh 05:14
9. Benthos, Beneath The Ice 04:43

Rhett Brewer is a British based singer and film composer
best known for his mix of Classical music with music of Non-Western origin and Electronic elements, 
as well as the use of his own original voice as an instrument.
Born in New York City, Brewer was surrounded by Russian, Middle East and Klezmer music,
all blended with jazz and the classical work he studied as a pianist and childhood vocalist in his local Catholic church.
Inspired by all these sound worlds and by the liturgical atmosphere of the church, he began carving out a distinctive sound.
Brewer was plucked from obscurity with the compilation album "These Wings Without Feathers
(featuring Lisa Gerrard, Elijah's Mantle and CoEx),  released in 1996 by the De Nova Da Capo label and World Serpent.
Subsequently, Brewer's debut album "The Ebbing Wings Of Wisdom"
was released under the project title Ronan Quays, and later under his own name to critical acclaim.
In 2000 Brewer began working for media with the BBC production "Keeping Τhe Feast".
Since then, he has regularly composed and contributed music for film and television internationally.
His scores have included music for "Crossing Borders" a documentary by German filmmaker Arnd Wächter,
"The Lot" by American director Kevin Watson, music for the Touchstone Television Production "The Path Τo 9/11",
a documentary about the blind Frisian poet Tsjêbbe Hettinga by Dutch Director Pieter Verhoeff,
and the short film "Together" by Eicke Bettinga.
In 2006, Brewer began a new solo project entitled Hotel De Ville.
Recorded by Brewer, the music was inspired by his film work and is focused on a cinematic narrative of music as a place.
Fusing elements of 60's French pop, classical and electronic percussion,
Brewer recorded all the music at 60 BPM, which is the same as that of the human heart.
Tracks from the album have been used for various films, and the song "Full Circle"
was selected in 2006 by the Italian company Fernet Branca for their current television advertising campaign.
In 2018 Brewer recorded his latest album "The Thaw" with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Octinomos – Welcome To My Planet (1999)


Country: Sweden
1. Nuclear Blitz 06:05
2. Divine Terror 05:49
3. Atomic Night 06:40
4. World Pulverization 05:44
5. Totalitarian Might 05:42
6. Plutonium Love 06:14
7. Genocide Mass 06:49

Octinomos was formed in 1993 by Fredrik Söderlund (Puissance, ex-Parnassus, etc.) and Mårten Björkman (Arditi, Algaion).
Two demos were released in 1994 and a promo was followed in 1995.
The same period of 1995 M. Björkman left the band before the release of their debut album "Octinomos"
by Infortunium Records, a sub-label of Full Moon Productions.
The same album the following year was re-released by Full Moon Productions 
under the title "On The Demiurge" with a few track changes.
Subsequently, from 1995 onwards the band existed as a one man project of F. Söderlund.
After a deal was offered with the American label Baphomet Records 
Octinomos released the albums "Welcome To My Planet" in 1999 and "Fuckhole Armageddon" in 2001.
"Welcome To My Planet" was re-released in 2000 by the Dutch label Hammerheart Records.
In 2008 M. Björkman rejoined Octinomos and together with
F. Söderlund
started working on an upcoming fourth album entitled "Holocaust Machine".

Saturday, 27 February 2021

The Protagonist – A Rebours (1998)

Country: Sweden

1. The Eternal Abjectness Of Life 06:12
2. Kämpfende Pferde 06:39
3. Mutability 06:30
4. Zoroaster 05:48
5. Song Of Innocence 04:53
6. The Puritan 06:38
7. Imitation 05:08
8. The End 06:02

Between 1987 and 1991 Magnus Sundström (also in Des Esseintes) started collaborating
with Peter Nyström (Negru Voda, Megaptera, Each Dawn I Die) on the projects Fiskebåtarna and First Aid.
After Nyström joined Megaptera Magnus Sundström was involved on another project in 1992 called Twat.
It wasn't until 1994 that Sundström discovered that he could make industrial music
when Peter Nyström asked him if he wanted to participate on a split tape together with his new side project Negru Voda. Sundström accepted and after choosing the name Third Eye
 the split cassette was released later that year on the Italian label Slaughter Productions.
In 1995 Third Eye also appeared on the Death In June tribute compilation "Heilige Tod".
In 1996 after changing the name to The Protagonist Sundström appeared on the "Palace Of Worms" compilation.
More compilation contributions followed like "Riefenstahl" (1996), "In De Ban Van Tiwar" (1996), 
"Ahimsâ" (1997), "Thorak" (1998) and "The Absolute Supper" (1998).
By 1998 the band had already build a well respected name and their forthcoming debut was highly anticipated.
"A Rebours" was finally released in late 1998 through Cold Meat Industry 
and was excitedly greeted and well received by the dark industrial crowd.
The album's modern classical/orchestral music draws a lot of inspiration from cinematic and literary sources
as well as the ancient zoroastric religion, leaving little doubt about the ardour
with which Sundström approaches his compositions.
Guest appearances on vocals featured Mark St. John Ellis (Elijah's Mantle),
Peter Pettersson (Arcana), Mårten Kellerman (Each Dawn I Die), and Izze.
In 2005 Magnus Sundström released the MCD "Interim"
and later the same year his second, and last, album entitled "Songs Of Experience".