perjantai 30. tammikuuta 2015
Martyrium - Through the Aeon demo 1992
Martyrium - Through the Aeon demo I 1992
1) Enuma Elish
2) Lucifer Rising
3) Forgotten Spheres
4) Invocation of Maat
Yandex / Zippyshare
Moving along the coastline to west we arrive in Germany and it's time to fulfill an old request (I think, not sure anymore) with the help of comrade Baldemar, thanks for the rip and scan! This is Martyrium with their first demo "Through the Aeon" from 1992. Martyrium, along with Ungod was among the first second wave German black metal bands to release an album and after their split up Daevas went on to form Secrets of the Moon and Ferneus started Mosu Quma. Which is all super-interesting but let's not move forward and instead concentrate on Martyrium for now. I recall from somewhere this was supposed to have crappy rehearsal quality but I must disagree with that, the sound is very clear and crispy. Clearer than on the following demo if more "hollow" and spacious so to say. Not exactly powerful though and the vocals are dominant but everything can be heard with ease. I increased the volume slightly but did no other meddling. Sounds very underground and nostalgic to my ears.
Three of the songs here would appear on the album "L.V.X. Occulta" as well, the versions here are a bit more stripped down (no keyboards, "Lucifer Rising" has no intro, that sort of stuff) but in general Martyrium's vision was pretty much unchanged in the few years of their activity (and somewhat carried on to early SotM). If you haven't heard "Arcanum de via Occulta" (which I'd need a better rip of, by the way) or the album this won't be a bad place to start I suppose, their take on occult black metal was quite unique and tended to be very divisive affair in general. If you're interested in the early (second wave) German black metal this is pretty much mandatory but recommended to others as well.