Archive for November, 2011

Vinyl madness

Posted in Music on 23:18, November 28th, 2011

I’ve finally submitted to this vinyl cult. And now I’m proud owner of turntable and first pack of vinyls which I got recently. Looks like I’m in a deep state of music addiction, and there’s no way back. В The stuff I’ve got first is what was in my friend distributor’s list at the moment. And I’ve already ordered some disks from Peaceville and Rise Above Records and waiting for them impatiently. So what’s in this unusually big sized package?

First comes classic Lustmord“Zoetrope” 2xLP. This is soundtrack for the short movie Zoetrope, which is quite vartied dark ambient, filled with various noises of all kinds and of course with dark atmosphere of suffering. I decided to get it on vinyl despite having movie and CDs just for the sake of it. Because it’s classic.

Art Abscons“Am Himmel mit Feuer II” LP. This is special release. Limited to 50 copies, comes on gold vinyl and represents it’s CD album, but with slightly different set of tracks. Since I fell in love with Art Abscons, this album is no exception. Very nice dark folk!

Land:Fire“Gone” LP. This band is my old favourite. Proper techno industrial from Germany. It’s first release of the project and it sets the theme. It seems a bit underdeveloped from their late works, but there’s potential which attracts me.

Of The Wand And The Moon“It’s like dying on Christmas Day” 7″. These are two awesome tracks that represent the new full length album “The Lone Descent”. This is quite fresh music for the project. It has some resemblance with rock’n’roll, but heavily saturated with trademark Of The Wand atmosphere. Very fresh idea! Can’t wait to get full album.

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio“Songs 4 Hate & Devotion” LP. This is the latest album of the act. It doesn’t sounds different from their previous work. Still it’s nice Ordo as you know it. Calm melodies filled with eroticism and emotions. Their official site has 2 videos showing what to expect from the album.

On a side note, my long time favourite british doom metal band My Dying Bride have finally arrived to Moscow last Sunday. The long 15 years wait is over! The gig was amazing, the set list was very cool, considering they were trying to use as much albums as possible. Sound was also nice since the club is quite new and modern. Hope they’ll return since I missed autograph session before the concert ;)

Night Of The Deathcult

Posted in Music on 22:14, November 20th, 2011

Hooded Menace“Never Cross The Dead”. I was waiting for this album for ever, it got stuck at distributor for some weird reason. But the time has come! I can finally submerge into the darkest and heaviest riffs from Finland. I discovered this band on the interwebs when hunting for the new doom music. It was praised all over the place, so I didn’t wait long and downloaded it to check. And it turned to be rather quality doom metal in oldskool vein, the type I like the most. So the CD was instantly ordered and I had to suffer without it waiting for it.

The next two CDs are from the russian label 7Hz Records. Uedineniya – “Red Meridian” is ambient inspired by the old 8mm movie found in the old garage. Movie is a diary of one of the many russian polar expeditions. It reflects the cold, monotonous and hard work of those days. Rather nice cold spacious ambient. Good touch of the release is that they included the movie itself on a second CD.

Inorganic Blossoming – “Autumndrones”. This is autumn ambient. The recording of this album took place only during autumn times so it took several years to complete it. The music itself is field recordings of autumn nature, there’re some processed classic instruments as well. All this gives music certain warmth, typical for the calm autumn day. Where you can hear falling leaves in the forest and dying Sun shines through the half naked trees.

My Dying Bride“The Barghest В O’ Whitby”. Got CD this weekend! This is the latest opus of my favourite doom metal band. This time it’s one 27 min track telling the story about the monstrous dog, posessed by the demon. I liked vocal change on this album, it feels a bit processed, but in a proper whicked way. Slow places remind of Turn Loose The Swans era and fast ones are pretty much trademark with proper growling. All in all rather nice EP.

Flashback

Posted in Books on 11:30, November 3rd, 2011

Was lucky enough to get to read this book for free. Even double lucky as it was proper huge and heavy hardcover I was dragging with me last month or so. This is another epic book from Dan Simmons, quite detailed and immersive detective. Main points that make it rather attractive page turner is chosen time period: near future, the world after total collapse of economy and major nations. And evil conspiracy set by the newer, more active nations who use any means necessary to reach their goals. I will not specify anything as it gonna spoil the book. But overall, it’s action packed detective with interesting twist. Maybe it’s a bit slow at times, but generally it’s ok. And as it usually happens in Dan Simmons’ books, everything starts heating up on the last pages. So it’s well worth reading!