sunnuntai 19. kesäkuuta 2016

Alviss - Fafnir demo I '96 (?)

Alviss - Fafnir demo I 1995 or 1996?
1) Eternal Forest
2) Aura
3) Übermensch

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It's already Sunday again, time passes faster than necessary. Let us chill then with some German dungeon synth contributed by, once again, brother LKS. Thank you! This is the first demo by the rather obscure Alviss of which I know practically nothing about and the covers aren't helping much. Just the band name, demo title, "demo I" and tracklisting. And some "borrowed" Tolkien art for cover and a sunwheel symbol inside. I was supposed to post this already long, long ago but had issues dividing it into tracks.

This is a very short demo, a bit less than eight minutes for the three tracks which also again blend into each other except where they don't; there's an unfortunate cassette-related fail on the second song "Aura" with the sound dropping out for almost two seconds. I included a "fixed" version with simply the blank bit removed but that does not sound right either. Blessed tapes, have I cursed them often enough already? So unless the artist originally managed to botch up all the demos I'd appreciate a rip with unblemished audio.

Music itself is minimalistic, simple and purely instrumental dungeon synth. That probably does not read as a very exciting description but once I got over the track division issues and the audiofail on "Aura" I've found myself enjoying this probably more than I should. Why not try it if you like minimalist one-man forest ambient?

UPDATE: I've been told that the Alviss material is to be re-released this year so look forward to that! I will return with further info once I learn more about it.

2 kommenttia:

kingpossum kirjoitti...

The musical style and copping the Smaug art from Tolkien would seem to indicate the said sunwheel art was not intended for Aryan/NSBM purposes. But who knows. Perhaps just youthful energy, a band trying to find its identity. Or is the sunwheel imagery just a sort of given among the German crowd? You all on the continent would know better than I.

Thanks to LKS and our tape-cursing host.

Velkaarn kirjoitti...


I agree, I don't think it's NS-oriented, more probably along with Germanic traditions and I suppose they try to pass the classic Smaug image as Fafnir here. As if people wouldn't notice!