sunnuntai 12. lokakuuta 2014
Wind - Veil of Death demo 1998
Wind (fin) - Veil of Death demo III 1998
1) Veil of Death pt. I
2) Veil of Death pt. II
Yandex / RGhost
Let's cool down a bit with some Finnish synth music, sent by a reader a while ago (in summer) - thanks for the contribution! Wind, later renamed Varjosielu, was a synth/darkwave project by Wircki aka Mikko Virkki of Hin Onde (and also Calm, Decay's Delight and Vultyr). Apparently at least five (!) demos were released under this name and an unknown (to me) further amount under the new monicker. This here is the third tape, Ståhlhammar Productions release sth 009 and I could really use a decent cover scan for this, only thing found so far is the stamp of a gif you see decorate the post.
Divided in two quite long (seven minutes plus) tracks, this is a concept demo based on E.A.Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" story and features samples of the film of same name. The samples fit in decently enough and don't stand out as jarringly as they often do. Ok sound, definitely demo level but I think it kind of fits the music. On the first part main instrument is the keyboard, pianolike, supported by timpani percussion and further background synth. Quite dreamy and remids me of Greek Lamentation at times which is definitely a good thing in my book. Second part has a more abrasive synth sound and generally sounds more hectic, intense and even chaotic. I find myself preferring the first part but this switch is interesting and conceptually sound. Later part of the track again resembles the calmer first track again and the changes make me appreciate this part more and more. Now that I think about it, I'm actually at times reminded of some Voldsom releases. Old Ståhlhammar list called this music melancholic and beautiful chamber/synth music which is not off, I'd say this falls quite well under the dungeon synth category. Recommended, and I would really like to hear demos I & II!