NIHIL (Feat. IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES) “Ventre” Book/CD (87th Cycle)
Ventre is the cumulative work of French writer and graphic designer NIHIL. A singular fictional universe growing and mutating within since his childhood, where unconscious fears and forgotten memories emerge as grotesque figures populating surreal landscapes and where everything appears as symbols and disguised archetypes. An ever-changing and bizarre tale marked by mystical heights and regressive downfalls. Ventre started in 2004 as a series of short texts and soon developed to include imagery as well, exploring transcendence and identity matters. After more than ten years of work, the Ventre art book collects ten cryptic and philosophical texts and seventy-five portraits of saints and martyrs, including a retrospective of past works and a number of previously unreleased ones.
The book comes with a unique soundtrack composed especially for this project by Swedish pioneer of the ambient industrial IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES, which has infused most of NIHIL’s work since the early days and both have also become close collaborators. The music contributes to create a complete sensitive experience along with the texts and images, in a natural symbiosis of atmospheres and inspirations.
Limited Edition of 300 Copies.
Book Format: 7×10″. Hardbound cover with Matte Lamination. 115 pages.
CD: 7 Tracks. Running Time 39:18
BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE “The End Of It All” CD (86th Cycle)
On their third release for Cyclic Law, BSE have created an aural mirror image of underlying substructures hidden amongst the ordinary. Using their trademark sounds of lush ominous melodies and insightful theories, extinct arrangements of life mechanics unfold to reveal The End Of It All.
Edition of 500 Copies in 6 panel Digipack with Spot UV varnish. 11 Tracks. Running Time 63:33
VORTEX “Moloch” CD/DigiBook (85th Cycle)
‘Moloch’ is the fourth and most epic album by the German ritual ambient project Vortex. Combining droning ambience, pounding percussive outbreaks and noisier elements they’ve crafted an apocalyptic soundtrack for urban decay.
‘Moloch’ means ‘king’ and is originally the name of an Ammonite god who was worshipped by the Phoenicians, the Canaanites and some North African cultures by sacrificing their own children to him. In later ages ‘Moloch’ has become a metaphor for an entity demanding a very costly sacrifice…Marcus Stiglegger says about the album’s inspiration; “In 2013 I visited New York City to see what was left of the unique mood i came to appreciate from the inspiring, New York based american cinema of the late 1970s. While visiting the shooting locations of films like Cruising, Taxi Driver, Wolfen, French Connection, Mean Streets, Maniac, and many more, I had a lot of strange encounters in the city streets. I continually felt absorbed by this Moloch of a metropolis which made me one of its demons – a hunter with a camera lens. This album and its artwork is the result of this intense and sometimes frightening episode in my life.’
For the recording of this dark and impressively cinematic album, Stiglegger joined musical forces with Bergemann (Mink M. Ra), MARS & The Trail, Christoph Wirth and Patrick Kilian of Dvrtal and Rome Asleep. Besides field recordings the music was composed based on acoustic instruments like guitar, strings, flutes, jaw harp, various percussions and voices, joined by elaborate keyboard compositions.
Edition of 500 Copies in 4 panel Hardbound Digibook with 32 pages booklet. 8 Tracks. Running Time 58:15