lauantai 26. huhtikuuta 2014
Arthame - Fiendish Symphonies demo 1998
Arthame - Fiendish Symphonies demo I 1998
1) Chapter I: Uuden ajan alku
2) Chapter II: Päällä ristin mustat linnut
3) Chapter III: Fiendish Symphony
4) Chapter IV: Noitavaltias
5) Chapter V: Tuli olkoon nimeni
RGhost / Yandex
I haven't done non-metal stuff for a while so here is the first and only demo by Finnish project Arthame which you may remember from earlier post, which also has enough background information so read there if you haven't yet. Like you probably guessed already, the demo was also dubbed to me by brother Grev, thanks to whom as always. Sadly no covers so we'll have to do with an image I found at Discogs and a flyer I scanned (see below). A proper, full cover scan would be appreciated.
Looking at the tracklisting you'll notice that of the three songs from the rehearsal tape only one returns here, "Päällä ristin mustat linnut" (translates roughly "Upon the Cross Black Birds" in case you're curious - don't expect me to translate every Finnish word and title from now on!) - or at least if the others got re-worked and/or re-titled I'm too dense to notice. Overall sound is very similar to the rehearsal tape, a little bit louder perhaps and with less hissing. Don't worry, there's still some. Unfortunately this tape is no longer instrumental, Striga got a session member to do vocals on two of the tracks, the aforementioned second chapter and "Noitavaltias". I wrote unfortunately as I find them mostly a distracting element, partially due execution and partially due the Finnish lyrics, I'd probably find them easier to digest if I didn't understand the words. The vocals are executed black metal style, somewhere between a whisper and a croak, surely not the worst in the genre, but again the demo could do without 'em. Or at least have them more buried in the mix. I have to admit that I find myself getting used to them after repeat listens, so perhaps this is something that really depends on my mental state. Anyways, I'm rapidly starting to lose the point here so better stop and just recommend this demo to people into dungeon synth, lofi dark ambient and obviously their previous tape.