Thursday, August 31, 2023

Funebrarum - Dormant Hallucination 7"

See that cover huh? It's Dan Seagrave, so hey blind purchase, no? Here we are talking about completely unhinged and chaotic death metal Finnish-style (even the name is derived from the legendary Funebre) with members of Evoken, Taste Of Fear, Abazagorath and early-90s hardcore heroes Citizen's Arrest. What more do you want? 2003 7" on Midnight Records.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

A Mind Confused – Out Of Chaos Spawn


Late 90s slab of Swedish melodic death metal. Mind you not, cravers of evil noise, this ain't no In Flames/Dark Tranquillity/NWOSDM diarrhea, this is Dissection/Necrophobic-like death/black metal with lots of emotion and technicity, and how could it be any different since this band boasted fucking legends such as Konstantin Papavasiliou of Kaamos/Head Of The Demon on guitar, Nicklas Eriksson of Kaamos on the other guitar and Tomas of Head Of The Demon on drums. 1996 7" on Near Dark Productions.


Monday, August 28, 2023

Άβατον - Άβατον (Avaton - Avaton)


Legendary - now broken-up - Greek band (proteges of Manos Chatzidakis, one of the three most prominent Greek composers of 20th century) from the early 90s playing a mix of new-agey/ambient folk with purported influences from ancient Greek music (though, as we know, there are no actual musical indications of what ancient Greek music sounded like) and lyrics derived from the poetry of Sappho, the 6th-century-BCE godmother of lesbianism. The final two tracks, "I Siragga," and "Simoun," are among my all-time favorite tracks ever since I was a teenager and I discovered this album and I play "I Siragga" very frequently in my car. 1991 LP on Sirius (Manos Chatzidakis's label)


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Asunta – Transfiguracja


Yes, more of the same repetitive clarinet melodies, and yes it's equally mesmerizing.

1999 cdr on Hey Joe.


Friday, August 25, 2023

Asunta – Landscapes

Don't remember how I ran into this band, but due to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, it was quite hard to manage to pay a Russian guy who sold it to me, as all common platforms have banned transactions with people from Russia.

This is one of the most mesmerizing, bewitching, meditative musics ever recorded. It is just clarinet-led psychedelic ambient drone essentially playing the same thing over and over but it's so beautiful I would include in the soundtrack of the movie Tangerines.

Originally released as a tape by Nefryt in 1996, my rip is from the 2001 cdr reissue on Lollipop Shop.