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Chamber * l’Orchestre De Chambre Noir (cd 2002 triton)

It has been two years since the beautiful cdemo “Pleasure and Pain” was released. The bandname and cd-title is actually a double bandname. If you have the demo, you have most of the songs on this cd. All tracks seem to be played again, sometimes the new version is better, sometimes not. However the booklet doesn’t say, the band consists of one man (Marcus Testory) on vocals and guitar and a group of women on violins and cellos. The result is some kind of mix between chambermusic and (neo)folky music. I can recommand this cd to anyone who enjoys neoclassical and/or (neo)folky music.

Camerata Mediolanense/Pavor Nocturnus * l’Alfiere (10″ 2001 eis & licht tonträger)

I was not at all happy with the latest cd of Camerata from Italy, while I do like their earlier albums. Still I wondered what they were upto this time, so I ordered this 10″ anyway. Fortunately I was not disappointed. Two rather short tracks of which one a good version of the the song that appears in a horrible live-version on the “The Pact …Flying Into The Face” compilation” (reviewed elsewhere). Both songs are pretty tranquil and drum-oriented.
On the other side a band that I didn’t know with the silliest of bandnames. The music is fortunately better. More electronic, atmospheric music with acoustic (?) drumming.

Blood Axis * Blòt: Sacrifice In Sweden (cd 1999 cold meat industry)

Late 1998 the Swedish cultlabel Cold Meat Industry had its 10 years aniversary which they celebrated with a feast/concert. As main act (after Ordo Equilibrio), they didn’t get one of their own bands, but Blood Axis, who by then had reached a cult status themselves. The concert was recorded, the sound was polished and released as the cd “Blòt: Sacrifice In Sweden”. Many tracks known from the debut cd, tracks from several compilation on which BA appeared throughout the years and even tracks that I didn’t know yet can be found on this cd. The sound is incredible, the performance of the tracks powerfull and nowhere you have the idea of listening to a live cd. Maybe this is is even a bit better than “The Gospel…”. <25/12/00><5>

Blood Axis * Storms Of Steel Over Germany 1998 + Unreleased

Two P2P items that were new to me. The first is a live-registration from the 1998 tour, I was in Gent, Belgium, this was recorded somewhere in Germany. The playlist is similar to that of the “Blót” cd (live in Sweden). The sound quality is… alright. It seems that this recording was released as a bootleg.
“Unreleased”, a Blood Axis folder that you can find on some computer actually doesn’t contain unreleased material, but mostly tracks that appeared on various compilations and by far not all. There are only nine tracks, while there have been many more contributions to compilations. But… there are a few versions that I didn’t have yet, so… <16/12/06><3>u

Blood Axis * The Gospel Of Inhumanity (cd 1995)

I still remember when this cd was released for the first time. I was still crawling out of the black metal scene, had my share of CMI releases and knew a metalhead that has loved Blood Axis since the demos and who reviewed The Lamb Of Invisible Light compilation on which BA was the first time on cd (1991). I had no idea what that music would sound like but when I got myself a compilation with BA on it (I believe that was Im Blutfeuer). After that this masterpiece was released in an exquisite digipack with some of the best music that I ever heard. It still is one of my all-time favourite cds.
I suppose most of you will know it, but for those who don’t, the music of BA is victorious, dark, orchestral, mysterious, sometimes slightly industrial, sometimes folky and (as far as I know), totally unique. If you don’t have this cd yet, get yourself one of the rereleases! Also again anounced to be rereleases (and remixed) by Tesco. (25/12/00 – chthulhu records / storm records)

Ataraxia * Mon Seul Désir (cd 2002 cruel moon)

However I still love their music I wasn’t planning on buying this cd. I have over 10 albums of this band and even though every single one is pretty good to very good it becomes a bit too much and I don’t play them very often anymore either. But a while ago I saw the band live for the I-don’t-know-how-many time and naturally they were great which brought doubt back to my mind, so in the end I did get a copy.
“Mon Seul Désir” is a medievalish album and very short (42 min). Most songs are nice, but overall this cd isn’t as great as other albums of this band. Maybe I should make a list of which five albums you buy best?

Antony and The Johnsons * s/t (cd 2000 durtro)

I got to hear this album by accident, since it was a filler-up on a tape that I received. Apparently a cd released by mr David Tibet and distributed by World Serpent, which combination may give you an idea of the musical style. No, not neo-folk, but strange troubadour-like musical experiments with a high silliness factor. The only comparison that I can think off is Tiny Tim, but I am not really familiar with this kind of music, nor do I like it very much.

Waldteufel * Heimliches Deutschland (cd 2001 ultra!)

Waldteufel has existed for several years, but after some nice and less nice compilation contributions and a not-too-smashing 7″ this is the first full-length of mr Wolff. “Heimliches Deutschland” (which can both mean “secret Germany” and “home sweet Germany”) contains a combination of folky music and strange experiments with Markus Wolff’s vocals and Annabel Lee’s violin. I can’t really think off any musical project to compare this with to give you an idea. Sometimes the result is wonderfull, sometimes not. Overall I think this is a nice cd with mostly nice songs, but also with not too great tracks.

v/a * Codreanu – Eine Erinnerung An Den Kampf (cd 2001 oktagön/neue europäische kultur)

After many problems and long delays finally the compilation dedicated to Corneliu Zelea Codreanu (1899-1938) and the Iron Guard is available. The first edition has 100 copies and comes in an A5 52 page booklet and further with two small books, two posters and a load of cards.
You will find a lot of texts about Codreanu and the Iron Guard of course (the Guard of today also contributed to this release). The articles are from Martin Schwarz, Kadmon, Josef Klump, Michael Moynihan among others and in English and German.
There are two cds with Von Thronstahl, Entr’aide Nationale feat. Karceral Flesh, Belborn, Tribe of Circle, Warcom, Dawn & Dusk Entwined, Ain Soph, Scivias, Blood Axis (old track!), The Days Of The Trumpet Call, Londinium Spqr, Book & Sword, Changes/Soul of Steel, Egoades/Natural Faith Project, Socrates Wounded, Marienburg Jugend, Invisible Empire, Foresta Di Ferro, Argine, Wutanes Heer, Sotto Fascia Semplice and my personal favourites Darkwood, Novo Homo, Dernière Volonté, Spiritual Front and Republik Awake. As you can see both industrial and neo-folk and some other music and well-known and less-known projects. Most tracks are (or at least were) exclusive.
Definately the compilation highlight of recent times! Be sure to get a copy of the second version which is limited to 400 copies.