Music Reviews

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Format: CD
Label: Steelkraft Manufactory (@)
Rated: *****
I had reviewed the previous two entries from this unnamable band, so I was interested to see what they had in store for me this time. The press sheet describes this as 'Ten coherent different titles dark and desperate. Ten strange litanies that emerge from the depths and remind us of the tragic history of ten shipwrecks in the Iroise sea off Brest in Brittany. An album in tribute to all the sailors missing at sea.' So we have a concept album of sorts, but not really anything you would recognize as such. Here we have organ compositions with bits of sweeping wind noise interspersed, like a really stripped down Mortiis. It's like the organ is alive and breathing, its breath punctuating the music. Some are lovely works (e.g., 'Lake Borgne (1918)'), while others are the demented musings of a madman who has been trapped in his dark castle for far too long. Some of the standouts here include 'Columbian (1865)', which is a nice mix of organ and noisy atmosphere, like a storm is howling outside, and the majestic 'Xenophon (1962)' that evokes the feeling of a coronation ceremony. If you like Mortiis' older Cold Meat Industry works, this will be right up your alley. This album weighs in at around 58 minutes and is limited to 100 copies.



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