lauantai 28. maaliskuuta 2015

Dark Fire Dancing III (1998)

Various Artists - Dark Fire Dancing III's only just begun Baltic Heathen Darkwave Compilation double tape (1998)

Sword Part (tape I)
1) Zpoan Vtenz - Jos brolis in Karelį
2) Tharaphita - Merekurat
3) Skyforger - Night of the Winter Solstice
4) Anubi - Kranklys
5) Ha Lela - Išjojo Bernelis
6) Manatark - Roosteitk
7) Maze of Cako Torments - The Shaft
8) Dissimulation - Mūšis Rūke
9) Menhyr - Amžinas Priešas
10) Winter Night Overture - Abysmal Winter Sky
11) Smolder - Ašarom Skausmo
12) Poccolus - Ir Aš Nueisiu su Tamsa...
13) Forgotten Sunrise - Blizzard

Amulet Part (tape II)
1) Girnų Giesmės - Veidrodis III
2) Skyforger - Sen dzirdēju, nu ieraugu
3) Laumė - Kur ėjo ji
4) Zpoan Vtenz - Voi ūžkit gauskit
5) King Lear's Convulsions - Mirror into Mirror
6) Siela - Šviečia.Kviečia.Šaukia.Laukia
7) Monkmort - Mother
8) Sala - live excerpt
9) Wejdas - 'Wejdas' excerpt
10) Sovijus - Liūdnas ir Didingas
11) Donis - Ateičiai
12) Akys - Nutolimas

Rusfolder / Mediafire

Today's post is a repost, which is kind of unusual, but people have been asking me for these compilations so I thought I'd post what I have here too, thanks to whoever originally ripped this double cassette and sister Borderline for reuploading it the other month! I fixed some of the tracklisting and stole the top image from Discogs. Sadly, the scans that came with the rip had only the covers for both covers, lacking the booklet with further information on the artists and the big cover itself. Then again, it's kind of fair since we did not buy this compilation, after all. Perhaps I'll get a copy some day.

There's a lot of stuff here so I am not going to go through them artist by artist, track by track. The total running times are kind of funny as the first tape totals a bit over 75 minutes, would roughly fit on a CD, and the second just under an hour. In case you didn't guess it by the tracklistings already, tape I, Sword Part, is metal and Amulet Part is ambient, darkwave and folkish material. Artists hail from all three Baltic countries and represent some of the best known names (Skyforger, Poccolus, Anubi, Wejdas etc) as well as some more obscure ones (well,at least to me, like Sala, Menhyr, Smolder and King Lear's Convulsions). Personally, the non-metal side is the more interesting here, even if the metal part does offer some great Baltic (heathen) metal and is somewhat more consistent. Most of the tracks have been featured on other releases by now, but at the time many were taken from upcoming albums, there's a bunch of live tracks as well as an exclusive track (well, the non-metal one is a remix) on both tapes.

Unfortunately there's a big fail on one of the tracks, most likely the fault of the ripped cassettes owner, hard to belive Dangus would've messed up that big: there's a stretch of silence in the middle of the Sala live excerpt, it even has the telltale noise of recording starting and ending. Other than that the rip would be good. I think I really need to find myself an actual copy of this. Oh and that's again a reminder of one more reason why I've always hated the tape format, I've managed to accidentally dub over a cassette myself back in the day. But enough words, even with the faults a great compilation if you're at all into the old Baltic scene.

perjantai 27. maaliskuuta 2015

Summon - Fire Turns Everything... Black demo 1996

Summon - Fire Turns Everything... Black demo 1995 (1996 version)
1) Intro: Blind Shadows of Darkness
2) Enter into Eternal Oath
3) Eve of Anti-Creation
4) Praising to a Blackened Moon
5) Burning Black Desire
6) Tales of Immortality
7) Outro: Forest of Dark Spirits

Depositfiles / Zippyshare

Back to more regular sort of programming and to the US with this contribution by unholydeath, thanks for the rip and scan! This is the only demo of the black/death metal band Summon, first released by the band themselves at the end of '95 and then (this version) in early '96 by Grinding Peace Records. I always tend to think Summon as the other continuation to Masochist as it features two of the former members, with a new drummer, while the frontman Tchort continued with his (originally side-project) Wind of the Black Mountains, till his demise. But enough background for now I suppose, onto the content.

As already stated, they play black/death hybrid and at this point quite reminiscent of the former band. Generally brisky pace and plenty of aggression here. The sound is very good but unfortunately (most likely thanks to the tape, oh how I've always fucking hated cassettes!) the sound kind of fluctuates and wanders about favouring one side occasionally on the first proper track. This does not happen later anymore but is really bothersome if you're listening to this on headphones. Other than that issue, this is a rather good release, I haven't listened to Summon's later material that much but now I feel like I should probably give 'em another go. Meanwhile, why don't you start with this?

keskiviikko 25. maaliskuuta 2015

Виолетов генерал - Двойник (1992)

Виолетов генерал - Двойник cassette album 1992
1) Waiting
2) Меланхолия
3) Stranger's Song
4) Maybe
5) Двойник
6) Saviour
7) With the Sea Wisards
8) Молитва
9) Важна операция [cut!]


Lately I've been listening to some slightly more unusual and not metal at all things and you get to suffer the side effects, too. Not that it'd be really that extraordinary at the Coven anyways. But you have to admit, we don't do Bulgarian post-punk/darkwave material that often. Or actually I believe Виолетов генерал, Violetov General to those not fluent with cyrillic letters, were labeled as cold wave? I'm only quite shallowly familiar with these genres. Anyways, I felt like posting the rip I made of my dub of their '92 album, released as far as I know only on cassette. Warning: the last track cuts and I don't know how much. It was all jammed onto one side of a 90 minute tape (which actually would typically have room for 46+ mins of material, like here). Wouldn't mind a complete version.

The sound and dub quality are both reasonably good, though at times it's obvious this was dubbed. Not that original tapes would not wear out. The music is somewhat morose sounding post-punk/new wave with a generally rather cold and alienated atmosphere. In other words, darkwave or coldwave. Wave this or that, is it any good? As said already, I'm by no means an expert in the genre(s) so it's necessary to take whatever I say with certain amount of caution. I find it better that average on what I've heard of the sort of music, admittedly the former Eastern Bloc background and aesthetic gives extra appeal to this. But have a listen if you feel adventurous. I'm not going to make a habit of this but there will be more similar stuff in the future. Not very near future, though.

maanantai 23. maaliskuuta 2015

Agathion - Rehearsal '95

Agathion [fin] - Rehearsal Tape 1995
1) Black Mass
2) Winter Hymn

RGhost / 4shared

I think you might've noticed I was writing about two rehearsal tapes in the previous post so without further ado here's the second Agathion rehearsal I was dubbed by brother Grev, thanks as always! I'm not going to repeat my (lack of) background information here, what was written on the previous entry applies here so we move onto content.

Two songs again, this time they're both "proper" tracks so it's a little bit longer recording. Notice the award-winningly generic song titles. Not that it's necessarily such a bad thing. The sound is quite similar to the previous tape, though a bit less clear in a way. The instrumentation seems a little fuller this time around, perhaps there are more musicians involved? It's still more melancholic than aggressive but leans more obviously to black metal side of things, at least in my opinion. Overall tempo is quite slow, especially in the first rather dreary dirge. The second song speeds up to a midtempo and includes background vocals to an interesting effect. A very awkward, brief solo is included too. Strangely this sounds this time around much more interesting than on the previous and initial listens, perhaps it's growing on me? And now I'm wondering if there were more rehearsal tapes or anything else by them, as usual drop me a note if you know something. Recommended but with a bit of caution.

lauantai 21. maaliskuuta 2015

Agathion - Rehearsal '94

Agathion [fin] - Rehearsal tape 1994
1) Prayer of a Suffering Man
2) Beyond Sacrifice

Rusfolder / Zippy

This is a quickie, as in a really short release once again. It also serves to satisfy the curiosity of a certain comrade and initially when I asked brother Grev to dub me the two rehearsal tapes of Finnish Agathion, mine. I don't really have much information on the band, as far as I know/remember they just recorded these rehearsal tapes that were sent to some people and that's it. Or was there a demo too? I think I recall at least one, maybe two less-than-enthusiastic reviews in 'zines but my memory is really undependable here. Brother Grev didn't really have much to say either, except that he recalled getting the recordings via trading circa '96/'97. No covers and probably none were made either.

I said this is short and this means less than five minutes for the two tracks here, second being more like an outro. The rehearsal sound is not bad really, it's kinda full, almost warm and a little awkward sounding. Music is medium paced and somewhere in the middle ground between black and death metal. It's more melancholic than aggressive overall and despite being a brief, somewhat clumsy and ever so slightly embarassing experience it has certain charm to it. Reminds me of something I haven't done in a while, that. There's some annoying wear in later part of the first track but nothing too drastic. I suppose that is all I have to say about it, recommended for the usual curious/fanatic lot and collectors of old obscure recordings.

perjantai 20. maaliskuuta 2015

T.O.L.K - Entropia demo 1996

T.O.L.K - Entropia demo 1996
1) Raspi
2) Simpance homous

RGhost / Mediafire

And now something different, still Finnish but really quite different. This is another sending of master Sorvali, thanks for the scan and rip! I don't remember it but I was told I'd been looking for this or asking about it. Must've been drunk. So, it's a demo by the... I don't know what to call it, progressive weird ass project T.O.L.K which apparently recorded two (not 100% sure about that) demos and at least this one is instrumental and features the trio of Santeri Saksala of Alamaailman Vasarat on drums, Nipa Ryti playing bass (don't really know him from elsewhere) and an Aleksi Laiho from Inearthed on guitar. That band split up pretty soon after getting a deal in '97 but he started a new one, you might've heard of it. They actually played live with this, there was a clip from '97 on Youtube which I'm now too lazy to look up again. But it was there.

Enough stalling, to the music. Only two songs but both are of moderate length so there's ten minutes of stuff to chew. I still don't know what to accurately call this, progressive metal I suppose might be a suitable catch-all description I can shove this under and flee. The people obviously are proficient with their instruments and I suppose they know what they're doing. I wish I could say the same. Well, it's not that outrageously bizarre but still outside my usual palate. Recommeded for people into progressive music, interested in the involved parties other bands or fans of apes.

keskiviikko 18. maaliskuuta 2015

Varjosielu - Kalpea demo 2001

Varjosielu - Kalpea demo (CDr) II 2001
1) Kuilu
2) Kalpea
3) Myrskyntuoja

Yandex / Zippy

I decided to continue with Finnish non-metal items for a bit longer, rejoice or mourn as your preference may be, this is another reader contribution and the second release (as far as I know) from the band formerly known as Wind. This recording was released as a CDr by Dragonthrone and it contains two new songs, one long (10+ mins) and one short plus another long bonus track taken from the previous demo released on cassette by Chanteloupe Creations. Scans of the covers were provided by the contributor, thanks for your efforts!

Ok, if you listened to the Wind demos you'll know every one of them was a bit different, developing more and more into darkwave/neo-classical from the almost dungeon synth origins. The first song here sounds like a mixture of gothic neo-classical, darkwave, new wave and post-punk, the latter due the vocals which also occasionally stray into almost black metal territory too. Instrumentation is mostly piano and synth, but there is percussion too, provided by a session member and some guitars. Despite the silly sounding moments this is fascinating, at times great even. But the silly bits tend to be very silly. The middle track is the runt of the litter at pop-songish playtime of three and a half minutes which is kind of a relief after the very long and somewhat trying first track. It's a melancholic song with voice and acoustic guitars being the most dominant elements and this one strays to the neofolk terrain strongly. Last track, the bonus one from the previous demo, is a long avant-gardish piece harkening back to Wind's self-described surrealist chamber music. More varied in instrumentation and songwriting than the two new tracks but does not feel as charming as they did. I don't know if Varjosielu released or recorded anything else later, but this is recommended to the people who enjoyed the Wind demos, like gothic/wave/experimental stuff or make a point to hear all Dragonthrone/Ståhlhammer releases.