Omenya is the solo project of Mark Davis, a musician and painter who lives in the forested mountains of North Carolina, USA. “Kali Mantras” is his fourth album, following releases for Klanggalerie (Austria), Tantric Harmonies (Russia) and Purple Soil (Czech Republic). It’s a hypnotic blend of organic rhythms and ambient electronics, infused with ritual chant and minimalist atmospheres. Although he cites Zoviet France and Rapoon as inspirations, Davis’ music is imbued with a silky richness that sets it apart from more angular starkness of the more well known British acts. “Kali Mantras” evokes the golden glow of warm autumn sunlight filtered through trees, or the quiet time just before dawn, when the eastern sky traces a jagged silhouette above a dewy mountain meadow. The five long tracks of “Kali Mantras” carry the listener through a dreaming wakefulness, transporting us from nature’s temple into mankind’s own spiritual ceremonies, and finally returning us to our own perfect place, surrounded by long blue waves of comfort and tranquility.
LUSTMORD – THE WORD AS POWER (BLACKESTCD004 CD)
“Come, let us go down and confound their speech.”
The Word As Power is the new studio album by Lustmord, his first for Blackest Ever Black.
Half a decade in the making, it’s an exploration of ritual music without dogma. For the first time in his 33-year career Lustmord places vocals at the centre of his abyssal ambient creations, coaxing incantatory performances out of Aina Skinnes Olsen, Jarboe (ex-Swans), Maynard James Keenan (Tool) and Soriah.
Those looking to properly decode the subject matter of the album are advised to study Simon Fowler’s fiendishly elaborate, double-spread cover illustration. Suffice it to say here that it concerns “the word” as written – signs, ciphers, symbology, semantics, etymology – and as spoken – myths, mantras, chants, invocation and evocation. Of course it’s also about the unwritten, the unspoken; that which exists beyond the reach of language.
Sonically, The Word As Power is even more detailed, expansive and consuming than Lustmord’s followers have come to expect, with voices, electronics, immense sub-bass, field recordings and other acoustic phenomena harnessed and arranged to stimulate feelings of dread and desolation, certainly, but also escape, renewal and rebirth.
The alias of Welsh-born, California-based Brian Williams, Lustmord first emerged as an associate of SPK in the early ‘80s, before embarking on a solo career that has yielded such classics as Heresy (1990), The Place Where The Black Stars Hang (1994) and (with Robert Rich) Stalker (1995). Often seen to epitomize “dark ambient”, it would be more accurate to say that his work simply goes deeper, further, than conventional ambient dares, or is able, to go.
His last major work was 2008’s [Other], which gave rise to two companion albums, [Beyond] and [The Dark Places Of The Earth], and for the past two years he has been engaged with TRINITY, a live project inspired by the first nuclear weapons tests in the New Mexico desert. Lustmord has also contributed to numerous Hollywood films as music and sound designer, and over the past 30 years has collaborated with the likes of Clock DVA, Chris & Cosey, Geir Jenssen, The Melvins, Tool, Aaron Turner, Monte Cazazza and Coil’s Jhon Balance.
The Word As Power will be released by Blackest Ever Black in June 2013 on CD (BLACKESTCD004) and limited edition, gatefold double-vinyl (BLACKESTLP004). This is the pre-order page for the CD version.
All material conceived and produced by B. Lustmord apart from ‘Babel’ and ‘Chorazin’ which are based on traditional elements.
1. Babel (10:01)
2. Goetia (5:16)
3. Chorazin (17:29)
4. Grigori (14:19)
5. Andras Sodom (7:24)
6. Abaddon (12:17)
7. Y Gair (8:26)
Recorded at Scientific Electric, Los Angeles, 2009-12. Mastered by Noel Summerville at 3345, London, April 2013. Cover illustration by Simon Fowler. Layout by Oliver Smith. Distributed by Cargo.
DENOVALI FESTIVAL ESSEN 2013 | LINEUP & INFORMATION
We’re very happy to present you the confirmed final line-up for the 2013 Essen version of the experimental music festival DENOVALI SWINGFEST.
Not limited to one musical genre, Denovali Swingfest offers a diverse range of music styles from darker experimental sounds, ambient, drone, indie and electronica to darkjazz, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions.
The festival takes place on 4 days: from October 3rd (Thursday) until October 6th (Sunday) 2013 at the WeststadtHalle in Essen/Germany. This edition will feature 21 artists from 10 countries on the 3 regular days (Friday-Sunday) and a pre-event with 2 artists on Thursday. As always their sets will be as long as a real club show (around an hour). The ticket preorder has already started.
The festival will be presented by INTRO, DE:BUG, DIGITAL IN BERLIN, K.WEST, COOLIBRI, ROCKAROLLA etc..
A free download sampler regarding the festival will follow in the next weeks.
THURSDAY – October 3rd
Carlos Cipa (ger) + Sophia Jani (ger)
::: influenced by Eric Satie and Claude Debussy his piano music impresses particularly because of its intensity and great attention to detail
::: together with guest musician Sophia Jani on violin and piano
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/carloscipa
Piano Interrupted (uk)
::: “there are nods to minimalism, film scores and cinematic soundscapes, glitch and ambient, post-rock, neo-classical piano and jazz…”
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/pianointerrupted
FRIDAY – October 4th
::: the master of arctic ambient
::: listen: http://www.biosphere.no
::: hell’s choir
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/celeste
Saffronkeira + Mario Massa (it)
::: the Italian researcher of the possibility of expression offered by currently available technology in a special performance accompanied by the trumpet player Mario Massa
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/saffronkeira
Deaf Center (no)
::: “amongst the nightmarish qualities presented there is also a ghostly beauty at work” (Fluid Radio)
::: listen: soundcloud.com/_type/sets/deaf-center-owl-splinters
::: deep and dark instrumental universe
Barn Owl (usa)
::: desert’s soundtrack
::: listen: facebook.com/pages/Barn-Owl/238373636592
::: Germany’s masters of hypnotizing
::: listen: troum.bandcamp.com
SATURDAY – October 5th
Tim Hecker (can)
::: the master of soundscapes
::: listen: http://www.sunblind.net
Omega Massif (ger)
::: instrumental mountain metal
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/omegamassif
::: exploration of acoustic music (classical minimalism), soundtrack music and contemporary electronica
The Dale Cooper Quartet (fra)
::: the bizarre Dark Jazz cabaret
Poppy Ackroyd (uk)
::: delicate, intricate and beautifully atmospheric music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from violin and piano
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/poppyackroyd
:: slow, low, mysterious, heavy and beautiful
:: listen: http://www.denovali.com/aun
::: roaming, roving and raving were giving birth to melodic spaces fed on colourful sound layers, shimmering textures and residual traces of sonic instants
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/witxes
SUNDAY – October 6th
::: DVA (released on Ninja Tunes in Summer 2013) is an exploration of self-expression and sound, taking dark dub pop, sound design inspirations and melding them with classical music of her upbringing, taking Emika’s production a giant step forward
::: listen: http://www.emika.co.uk
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (nl)
::: groundbreaking experimental collective
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/kilimanjarodarkjazz
Nils Frahm (ger)
::: piano, electronica, improvisation
::: listen: http://www.durtonstudio.com
::: the shoegaze wall of sound
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/nadja
Sankt Otten (ger)
::: the good conscience’s groove
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/sanktotten
The Alvaret Ensemble (uk)
::: improvisatory collective based around Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (voice, poems), Romke Kleefstra (guitar and effects) and Sytze Pruiksma (percussion) – recommened if you like Set Fire To Flames, Rachels or Arvo Pärt
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/thealvaretensemble
Field Rotation (ger)
::: experimenting with electronic and classical elements this project combines floating soundscapes with electroacoustic colours to create minimalistic soundtracks renouncing of visualisation but interacting with the listener’s emotions and feelings
::: listen: http://www.denovali.com/fieldrotation
HEERWEGEN TOD LATEST RELEASES
Debut album of Polish space dark ambient project released on tape in colaboration by Black Death Production and Heerwegen Tod Production.
Music on this release was inspired by sounds from cosmos, especialy by neutron star J1614-2230, pulsar PSR B1937+21, magnetic fields and cosmic radiation.
Dark and atmospheric cosmic drones is 30 minutes space sounds.
”Orbis Terrarum Requiem”
Re-released in colaboration by Werewolf Promotion and Heerwegen Tod Production second album of experimental atmospheric dark ambient project with neoclassical elements from Greece. Previously relesased on CD by Zoharum Records, is over 56 minutes of dark and cold music.
“The Veratrine Evangelicum”
Reedition of debut Greek atmospheric experimental dark ambient. Previously released on profi CDr by No Angels Production / Beast of Prey:
“Wet, dense atmosphere, stench of fust and thrills which you can feel in ancient tombs or fallen snctuaries. In Scissors takes us there to show forgotten, frightful ceremonies, cultivated by groups of fanatics. For them Primised Land is… under the surface.
Atmosphere of this album can be noticed also in “dirty” graphic design, dominated by colours of rotten green and bronze, filled with specific religious pictures.”
(from No Angels Production page)
Re-relased in colaboration by Werewolf Promotion/ Heerwegen Tod Production on tape.
Over 76 minutes of atmospheric dark music.
COLD SPRING LATEST NEWS & RELEASES
Cold Spring Bi-Weekly Newsletter – 1st August 2013
Over 600 CDs at £5 for the period 1st July –
31st August. Click here for all available items!
COLD SPRING STALLS
10th Aug @ Radio Black Forest IIIrd Festival, Birmingham
9th Nov @ Unearthing Forgotten Horrors, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
MASONNA | Spectrum Ripper LP & CD (CSR17LP) £20
Limited vinyl reissue of one of our all-time favourite noise albums! The extreme collage sounds and insane vocals of Maso Yamazaki, one of the world’s leading noise musicians. Brutal frequencies and rabid screaming vocals mix to create the finest album Masonna has ever produced. Divided into 25 tracks, this is considered by some as the last word in noise recordings! Ltd x 300 copies on brown vinyl in a full colour sleeve. Comes with the CD version in a card sleeve. Mastered by Denis Blackham.
VARIOUS ARTISTS | John Barleycorn Reborn T-Shirt (CSR84TS) £14
Hail John Barleycorn! This summer we celebrate 6 years since our folk series began. The front print features the cover of the ‘John Barleycorn Reborn’ album. The back print features figures from the album artwork and the text: “There were three men came out of the west, their fortunes for to try, and these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die. They’ve ploughed, they’ve sown, they’ve harrowed him in, threw clods upon his head, and these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn was dead”, taken from “John Barleycorn” (Trad.).
Mens shirt: Dark brown print on highest quality sand coloured shirt.
Ladies shirt: Dark brown print on highest quality heather grey shirt.
SKULLFLOWER | White Wolf 12″ (CSR12S08) £15
Eighth release in our series of extremely limited monthly 12″ vinyl. This 12″ features claustrophobic Noise from Skullflower. “White Wolf” is an exclusive track for Cold Spring and is limited to just 100 copies. One-sided 12″, presented in a white sleeve, with a hand-stamped obi-strip.
MERZBOW Vs NORDVARGR | Partikel III CD (CSR180CD) £11
The third and final part of the Partikel trilogy is finally here! Another beautifully constructed collaboration from the two noise giants – Japanoise King Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and Swedish Overlord Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Folkstorm, Toroidh). The styles on ‘Partikel III’ range from total noise barrages, to intelligent electronics, to subtle dark ambient pieces. Essential! Presented in a luxurious matt laminate digipak.
VARIOUS ARTISTS | Throne 2 x CD (CSR181CD) £8
Nice-price 2CD sampler of our current / forthcoming releases. 33 original tracks of Industrial, Dark Ambient, Drone, Ritual, Japanese Noise, Power Electronics, Dark Folk, Death Industrial, Orchestral. Digisleeve.
WICKED KING WICKER – ‘Evolving’ CD (CSR154CD)
DEADWOOD – ‘Sheolic’ CD (CSR163CD)