Archive for March, 2007

Another package of soundwaves

Posted in Music on 14:05, March 7th, 2007

sexfilms.jpgJust received a little package from the Italian Ars Benevola Mater label. The first CD that have attracted my attention to the label was German project Hilter – “Sexfilms”. I’ll just quote from the label, as the description given on label’s site perfectly reflects the music: “An endless stream of resonating frequencies, swinging to higher harmonics to lower pitches, reflective but totally alien music, a cohesive and enjoyable collection of explicit sadist episodes expressing industrial talent with lasting potential. A great album in all, with a variety of sounds to hold it away from monotony.” Yes, this variety of sounds means samples from the adult movies, this really adds “sex in the abandoned plant” feel to this music.

gs.jpg Second CD is GS – “Metafizyka”. Quoting label again: “The six tracks which coldly paint the soundpath evoked by GS offer a series of industrial soundscapes in a sacred and tormented key, where the inviolable dark of an ancient nave meet the grieving silence of an abandoned industrial area”. Indeed, the music is very different from what I’ve heard before in the industrial genre. Very original and interesting album.

nostalgia.jpg Third CD is Nostalgia – “The House on the Borderland”. Again, I cannot mind out better description than one of the label (maybe I’m not in the mood for descriptions today?): “Based on the fantasy tale (which bears the same title) written by the clever William Hope Hodgson, “The House On The Borderland” carries symbolically the listener through pages of real terror where it’s told about the gloomy presences infesting an old house. Echoes of Lovecraft’s style for a thrilling soundtrack precariously and perpetually poised between suggestive melancholy and abysmal fear of the unknown.”

Dark ambience

Posted in Music on 19:20, March 5th, 2007

rising50.jpgReceived two latest Lustmord’s albums from his Vaultworks today. The first one is his first live CD – “Rising” which had place in the Center of Inquiry, Los Angeles right in the day of 40th anniversary of the Church of Satan. Not that I’d call Lustmord’s music satanic or something, but it has that dark vibes which might greatly fit to the Black Mass indeed. There are remixes of the old tracks and some new material. Overall, this album is very cool, I wish I’ve been on that event.

juggernaut75.jpgSecond CD is a hot bean from the same label : “Juggernaut”. This is a collaborative effort with King Buzzo. Well, this limited CD has something new to Lustmord sound. That doomy guitar riffs and dark ambience create really heavy and dark atmosphere. The cover art really suits the music: that harsh concrete wall is what this music is. Add here military bunkers atmosphere and you’ll get the impression.

You can listen to the samples of both albums to get the better idea and if you like them, order them. It took about a week for the shipment which is rather impressive for the usual USPS post. That was my first attempt to use Paypal services and I’m satisfied customer now ;)

The Scar

Posted in Books on 12:28, March 1st, 2007

scar2.jpgStarted reading this book recently. Returning back to the steam punk universe of New Crobuzon. Or is it weird fiction as some sites call it? Nevermind style, the atmosphere is rather moody there. Rust, industrial fumes, depression and overall old victorian feel, this is what this universe is. At the same time there’s AI that works on steam engines and other weird and sinister things like unspeakable horrors from parallel dimensions and ocean abyss. As I’ve read in the interview with China, The Scar is a pirate book, we’ll see ;)