Cyclic Law Newsletter – November 2011

2 New Releases Out Now!

VORTEX “Rockdrill” CD / Digital (35th Cycle)

Vortex is a German sound art project from :Golgotha: and Aeterna member Marcus Stiglegger, challenging the boundaries of ritual and dark ambient music. After the critically acclaimed debut album “Phanopoeia” (2008) out on Tesco Organization and the media book/soundtrack “Silence” (:Ikonen: media 2009), the new full length album ‘Rockdrill’ continues on the same path and mobilizes acoustic instruments (guitar, percussion, piano), voice, electronics and samples to create a unique and very epic sound monument in 11 parts. Vortex is named after a modernist British art movement of the 1920s called Vorticism, headed by Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis. The new album ‘Rockdrill’ is especially inspired by a sculpture called ‘Rock Drill’by the Vorticist artist Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959). It was built according to his sketches in 1913-14 to symbolize ‘the terrible Frankenstein’s monster we have made ourselves into’. The sculpture had a huge influence on the Vorticist movement and inspired several cantos by Ezra Pound (LXXXV–XCV, Section: Rock-Drill, 1956). It was destroyed during the war and cast again in bronze in 1962. Epstein himself did not like the sculpture and decided to “save” only a part of the actual figure – not the rock drill itself. The concept of this album is to reconstruct the history, mood and allegory of this piece of sculptural art as well as its impact on modern art movements. A 12 page booklet adds rare visual documents to the whole.‘Rockdrill’ by Vortex is consciously caught between archaic and modern energies, between history and present. This truly complex album transcends the frontiers of ambient soundscapes in order to awake a nearly forgotten sense of beauty and grace within modernist avant-garde by using twisted rhythm patterns, pounding industrial percussion and fragile organic ambiance.Fans of Northern European post industrial acts will appreciate this album for it sheer power and atmospheric strength while sound art listeners will slowly uncover layer after layer of this many faced composition.

Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel digi sleeve with 12 page booklet.
11 Tracks. Running Time 53:50

NEW RISEN THRONE “Loneliness Of Hidden Structures” CD / Digital (38th Cycle)
New full length album by Italy’s New Risen Throne which marks a welcomed return to Cyclic Law. “Loneliness Of Hidden Structures” is the latest chapter of a series that began with “Whispers Of The Approaching Wastefulness” (Cyclic Law 2007) and continued on with “Crossing The Withered Regions” (Cold Meat Industry 2009). The first of this series is explained as the annunciation of the end, while the second part was expressing the advent of this end. Now this third chapter speaks of rebirth. Within the caves and ruins left by the destruction, there begins to form the first foundations and structures of a reconstruction that is in turn in constant evolution. The album’s track listing is structurally organized in order to evoke that evolution:
1. The echoes of the end that travel through the empty regions (“Into Lungs declining structures”, “Echoes from the loss”)
2. New forms listening to the “silence” of a new world (“Loneliness”, “New Risen Throne”, “Lands filled with silence and grief”)
3. Structures evolving and coming out from the shadows (“A vision of the hidden”, “Breath of growing structures”)
Filled with New Risen Throne’s now trademark sound of deep cavernous drones, processed voices and percussive moments, this new album is a superb follow up to his now impressive discography. Features exclusive remixes by Nordvargr and Northaunt.

Edition of 1000 copies. Enhanced CD with a special Video Clip of the track New Risen Throne (I), comes in a 4 panel A5 folder.
9 Tracks. Running Time 60:00

Scheduled for December/January

THERRADAEMON “Den Morke Munnens Sprak” CD / Digital (39th Cycle)
MULM “The End Of Greatness” CD / Digital (40th Cycle)
PETER BJÄRGÖ “The Architecture Of Melancholy” CD / Digital (41st Cycle)
KARJALAN SISSIT “s/t” CD / Digital (36th Cycle)
KARJALAN SISSIT “Miserere” CD / Digital (37th Cycle)

Recent Releases

PSYCHOMANTEUM “Oneironaut” CD / Digital
(33rd Cycle)

Cyclic Law is proud to bring forth another new comer to it’s roster, this time with US duo PSYCHOMANTEUM’s debut “Oneironaut”. The album is a sonic portrayal of dreams tainted with the beauty of melancholia and mystery, based on various dream structures and esoteric emotions of it’s creators. Carefully manipulated field recordings layered with dense melodic drones, processed guitars and keyboards form the foundation of this body of work. The concept of the dream traveler is the main focal point behind each piece, serving as an orbital center which feeds energy and emotion into all encompassed works. A travelogue of otherworldly proportions, where the search for one’s self leads you into the abyss of the soul. Relinquish consciousness and let the subconscious speak…
The album’s unique visual artwork was carefully channelled by the legendary Kati Astraeir.
Edition of 1000 copies in 6 panel Digipack
8 Tracks. Running time; 60:00

TRIANGULAR ASCENSION “Leviathan Device” CD / Digital
(34th Cycle)

Triangular Ascension is the debut album by Venezuela’s Federico Agreda and a much welcomed addition to the Cyclic Law Roster. Taking inspiration from Thomas Hobbes book “Leviathan”, the album aims to depict the inner nightmare of the reality of mankind, ever dwelling in fear and self-destruction. Upon activation of the “Device”, the water once used by the Elohim to create life, rages over the lands cleansing the planet from every living creature that crawls the soil, concluding in a post-apocalyptic requiem sung by the leviathans themselves. The music translates into a carefully crafted work full of cinematic drones of ruthless atmospheric power, destined to make Triangular Ascension a name to be reckoned with.
Edition of 1000 copies in 4 panel Digipack.
9 Tracks. Running Time 59:40

SVARTSINN “Of Darkness And Re-Creation” CD / Digital
(5th Cycle)

First in a series of collaborations between Cyclic Law and Ewers Tonkunst, this is a re-issue of the long sold out second Svartsinn album from the year 2003. “Of Darkness And Re-Creation” is a “collection of stories based on heavy mind struggles, emotional complicity or elegies which either leads to emptiness or dark places for a re-creation of the self image. Darkness is all around us or inside each and every one of us, let1s not fear it.. Prosper in darkness…” (from the original edition release notes). Maybe the most hopeless and desperate music ever done by Svartsinn’s mastermind’s Jan Roger Pettersen, it is definitely one of the classical works from this “new” generation of dark ambient artists that were gathered around Cyclic Law in the first decade of 2000. This edition has completely new artwork and new mastering, it is limited to 500 copies and comes in a stylish monochrome mini LP-like cover with inner sleeve, both with silkscreened elements.
8 Tracks. Running time; 49:33

NORTHAUNT “The Ominous Silence” CD
(32nd Cycle) Reissue

Second in a series of collaborations between Cyclic Law and Ewers Tonkunstis also a re-issue of a long sold out dark ambient milestone – the debut Northaunt album which first saw the daylight back in 2001 on Polish label Fluttering Dragon. “The Ominous Silence” is more musical album than its followers, with a lot of piano, guitar and synth melodic parts like in the classical tracks “De Sorte Trær” and “Pain Is Better”, but the typical Northaunt elegiac melancholy and dark gloomy nordic ambient soundscapes are already here. This edition has completely new artwork, new mastering and a bonus track, it is limited to 470 copies and comes in a stylish monochrome mini LP-like embossed cover with inner sleeve and three inserts. 10 Tracks. Running time; 60.00


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