Monday, September 10, 2012

Blut aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification

The second part of a three part trilogy.

For those interested in some thoughts on the concepts behind the trilogy, try here.

The first part, 777 sect(s) was a masterpiece, and this attempts to follow in these footsteps. Indeed, this is solid enough album, but it's a tough gig trying to squeeze out a trilogy in such a tight schedule. To me, it doesn't really feel like as much time has been allowed in making this album, like the last, to really tease out any kinks.

Good release, but don't expect it to be as good as the previous part of the trilogy.

The next part, 777 - Cosmosophy is due out on September 21st.

Album Name: 777 Sect(s)
Band: Blut Aus Nord
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2011
Track Listing:

1. Epitome VII     07:31  
2. Epitome VIII 06:27  
3. Epitome IX 02:07  
4. Epitome X 07:22  
5. Epitome XI 06:15  
6. Epitome XII 05:57  
7. Epitome XIII 07:08  


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nhor - Self-Titled (2009), Upon Which Was Written Within the Stars (2010), Whisperers to this Archaic Growth (2011)

Hailing from Herefordshire, Midlands, in the UK, are Nhor. One of my favourite projects that I have discovered in my time away from this blog.

Nhor is a one-man project from Herefordshire, Midlands (UK). He draws influences from forests, mystery, eschatology, astrology, the earth, storms, mist, wind, rain, nature, the night sky, Beren & Luthien, the Starks, loneliness and sorrow. Nhor’s music is very difficult to describe, it floats from ambient to doom-laden black metal.
 Quote - "Nhor"

Listening to Nhor has definitely had an influence in opening my music tastes, such as that of which tends to my yearning for nature and culture related to thus, through music. You see, Nhor's first two releases were completely comprised of neo-folk and neo-classical. From this, I have discovered so much beautiful folk metal, but more so, beautiful neo-folk and neo-classical. Amongst both the new and old BM I still need to share, this aforementioned neo-folk/classical shall too, come in time.

And of course, to add to this, Nhor has also released a BM album, Whisperers to this Archaic Growth, much in the vein of Cascadian BM. With another album along such lines to be released possibly in the coming months. What I really enjoy though, besides the music, is the nature/pagan aesthetics and references. But more specifically, that is originates from Europe, and isn't corrupted by some sort of racist paradigm. For example, there is some Eastern Europe (but not limited to) BM, especially pagan BM, that I fundamentally like musically and enjoy the nature references/sounds. However, some are linked either overtly, or indirectly, to racist paganism.

I personally have no reason to identify with Norse paganism anyway, the pigmentation of my skin dictates such. But I see how there are some things to learn from such in a culture more connected with the natural world.

Nhor is a classic, without being too technical, yet not too simple. Cascadian-style BM with that neo-folk/classical spirit to take you on a journey to a place, serene, amongst the trees.

Official website (tumblr)
Facebook <-------------------- YUCK! Facebook, not Nhor.
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Album Name: Nhor

Band: Nhor

Genre: Ambient/Folk, Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal

Year: 2009

Country: UK

Track Listing:

1. A Pale Glimmer 03:51  
2. Giantess 07:08  
3. Sune 05:33  
4. Of Moth & Moon 03:08  
5. Saithana 05:50  
6. The Branches Are Gathered      05:57  
7. A Heart of the Growing Cold 05:10  

Album Name: Upon Which Was Written Within the Stars

Band: Nhor

Genre: Ambient/Folk, Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal

Year: 2010

Country: UK

Track Listing:

1. Pericynthion   04:34  
2. Periastron 03:58  
3. Apocynthion      07:11  
4. Apastron 03:12  

Album Name: Whisperers to this Archaic Growth

Band: Nhor

Genre: Ambient/Folk, Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal

Year: 2011

Country: UK

Track Listing:

1. Whisperers to This This Archaic Growth 06:12  
2. Ciwth 09:36  
3. Aspen Crown 06:37  
4. Beneath the Burial Leaves of a Dying Earth      08:59  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Before the equinox...

My hibernation shall cease, and this blog will return.

Many things have changed in my life, and the blogger world. So there are many adjustments to be made, even before I can really imagine to resume this.

All the issues with filehosts, etc is of course the main issue, but of course my own disappointment to not live up to the blog entries I owe people.

At the same time, I have never perpetuated any illusions that this world of the internet is a place to give any sanctity, and my endeavours in the real world, with nature, will always take precedent to this.

So read and listen away, again, if still, or ever, you have shared in this expression of mine.


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