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Equimanthorn * Lectionum Antiquarum (cd 1999 unisounds records)

Equimanthorn is one of the early so-called “ritual” projects from the black metal scene, releasing their music since 1992. Yet not much of their work has been unleashed upon the masses. Only in 1994 a cd/picture lp called “Nindinugga Nimshimshargal Enlillara” was released by the Greek label Unisound, but further I knew of nothing.
According to the booklet (which is the most ugly I have ever seen by the way) this was supposed to be the debut cd of Equimanthorn, but it took five years of negotiating before it was finally ready to be released. Also the follow up of “Nindinugga…” is said to have been finished for years.
Anyway, “Lectionum Antiquarum” contains recordings datum from 1992 and 1997. The first three tracks will please anyone who enjoys projects like Profane Grace, Valor and Valefor with their dark ambient/ritual sound with evil distorted voices and blasphemous lyrics. The next two tracks are somewhat similar, but end up in metal with highly distorted vocals. The newest last five tracks are very short and dark ambient tracks with (almost) no vocals.
Conclusion: not too good. I’m more curious about recent recordings.
Unisound Records * 84 Acadimias Ave. * 106 78 Athens * Greece

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