lauantai 14. helmikuuta 2015

Black Funeral - Journeys into Horizons Lost demo 1994


Black Funeral - Journeys into Horizons Lost demo 1994
1) Intro: Within the Ballinok Mountains
2) Into the Stars of a Blazing Past
3) Journeys into Horizons Lost
4) The Land Beyond the Forest
5) Armageddon (Lord Sathanas Returns)
6) Voice of a Forgotten Ghoul

RGhost / Depositfiles

Let's stay in the States for one more post - it's a huge place after all - and switch back to black metal with an item that possibly seems very much like a filler and might've been done to death already, the classic first Black Funeral demo from '94. Why post it then? Well, simple, I ripped "my" copy (borrowed from a comrade for undefined period of time, possibly until my death) for personal use not long ago after copying the covers for another person and thought I might as well share it. This is the No Rip-off productions version with xeroxed black and white covers (which have been cut with remarkable sloppiness and lack of care!), scans of which included. Musical content I think was same for all versions... or did the original, self-released version feature a different mix? (UPDATE: Nope, it was the vocals that were different as brother Fenrirsson reminded me.)

Whatever the case with the mix may be, this is the only version I've ever heard and listened to and I was pleasantly surprised after the long, long pause from the last time I played this tape, sounds so much better than I remembered! Can't help but wonder why the hell it took me so damn long to get back to this again? I remember people were quite keen on pointing fingers and calling this Burzum rip off back when it came out but that's not entirely fair, even if the similarities are there. I think the Baron's stuff has always had a certain aura to it, despite the ever-changing line-ups. Last track is a quite long dark ambient piece, more a track of different genre than an outro. Similar to what he did with Darkness Enshroud back at the time. Mandatory if you're into usbm, recommendable even if you're not into it at all! Has either aged well or perhaps it's just me?

Next one will be something rare again, promise!

6 kommenttia:

Draco Fenrirsson kirjoitti...

There's 2 versions of this demo. Only difference from what I understand is that the first, self released, version had high pitched vocals, and the second a lower style. Never heard the second version at all.

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Fenrirsson:

Oh yes, that was the difference, vox not mix! Personally I don't remember having heard the self-released version, which probably is the one that got more of the Burzum comparisons.

I should really check if that one's online. And compare the odd Black Funeral/Winged split I've with the demo to see which version the BF track was taken from. Do you know anything about that release, by the way?

Draco Fenrirsson kirjoitti...

No, I don't sorry. Pairing with Winged (Fin or Ita?)would be an odd coupling either way for sure. I think that the label here was from somewhere unusual like Bulgaria - band did the new artwork and vocals and sent it off and never heard from the label again! If you want, I do have the A4 lyric insert that came with the self-released version. A damned miracle to still have it loosely lying around after 20 or so years!

The original vocals were awfully high pitched, almost painfully high - think a more high pitched version of Hat from Gorgoroth "A Sorcery Written in Blood".

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Fenrirsson:

Sure, I'd like to see that (and good scans of the original covers as well) and your description seems to trigger some memory, I'm quite sure I've heard that version back in the past then after all.

The split is with Italian Winged. Has Armageddon (Lord Sathanas Returns) from BF and Intro / Age of Masterdom / Primordial Fear from W so it's a pretty uneven division. Not sure where the W tracks would be lifted from, Age... appears on their '93 demo while others don't seem to. I should probably post it.

Draco Fenrirsson kirjoitti...

Curious... I do have that Winged "Oath of Blood" demo... Perhaps, having had it for 15 or so years, I should probably get around to listening to it! Will get the original cover and lyric sheet done during the weekend. The chaos never ends here. I'm never sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Velkaarn kirjoitti...

@Fenrirsson:

I'm pretty sure I should have that demo too, been ages I listened to it though. Don't think it was very spectacular, but then again I might be of different opinion after a long pause. A bit of chaos keeps things interesting.