From Angelic to Blackest Depths I welcome thee to Aural Madness !!!!
Ataraxia- Quasar- Digital/LP/CD ( AnnapurnA)
30 yrs, 25 albums of a mix of Gothic, Neoclassical, Avantgarde Ambiance and Odd Electronic. The Deep and haunting female and male choir elements in the background always really tell the story . Ataraxia are part Lycia, Dead can dance , Third and the Mortal and Hagalaz Runedance. They are clearly legends of this style and Italian experimental/neoclassical movement. Working with labels like Cold meat industries, Avantgarde, Prikosnovenie, Equilibrium and so many more. The ethereal elements of this band also play a big role in what we are hearing here. You really feel like you are entering a more regal and special time with each listen to Ataraxia. There is some of the old world here that just will draw you to it all. Just let the music take you and it will be a rewarding event at the end of it all.
Dark Awake - Hekateion- Digital/CD (Aesthetic Death)
Dark unsettling experimental music that I would call Dark Ambient bordering on Ghostly unsettling dark industrial. I swear this is what sounds you would hear in catacombs if you were all alone and left there for days. I really think Dark Awake are welcoming the realm of the dead into this dimension. The ritualistic side of this comes into play with other bands like Aghast and Valefor. I'm really love these chanting and ghostly spoken female vocals. Not Sure where Dark Awake came form but I'm really please this has come to me to listen and review. Dark Awake are speaking to the dead I'm am very sure of this and not for the best of intentions I feel. If there was every the work witchery this holds true for the over all feeling on Dark Awake. Black Ritual ambient is alive and oh so no for the well. Nice work indeed.
Out of Portland OR comes a one man event J.Huston goes by Scard and this is full on cluster fuck of Martial Industrial, Death Industrial, Black Noise and some of the most terrorfying fucking sounds and tones to come out of these speakers in while. AMEN Scard. The more disturbing and twisted the better for this style of release. The pain, suffering and mental anguish coming from this reminds me a lot of what artist like Nordvargr, Trepaneringsritualen, Brighter Death Now and Sutcliffe Jügend. There are so many just out right twisted and nervous making tones and movements going on here. The torment of the demonic afterlife will clearly feel and sound like this . From even the most minimal moments of this release. You can feel the fear and fractured mental state of Scard. This is hateful and dark in very much a ritualistic and release as it is what the voices are clearing speaking too. There are times where you just get chills from releases and this is one of those time. I know I'm going to get told I'm nuts but there are some very NIN and Marilyn Manson moments going on though out this as well especially musically and that takes this to the next level for me as well. Scard I was not ready for you today but I'm damn glad this came my way..