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v/a * Estigmas (cd+dvd 2015)

In a double cd pack comes a DVD and a CD. The DVD has the film (or films?) Estigmas, but the package also mentions La Glorificación del Icono Traumatico. The menu has ‘original version’ and ‘directors cut’, the first of which has English subtitles and the latter does not. The film lasts 30 minutes and is directed by Jose Moral and José Luis Martínez. Unfortunately I cannot find it on IMDb. I guess it is not listed.

However the film looks good in colour, contrast and special effects, there is nothing much to the rest. The story is about some radiation experiment during WWII is but a rack to hang strange special effects and gruely characters on. Most of the time you hear a voice-over, of which I am not sure if it is supposed to be the main character speaking or his thoughts. There is a whole mash of the usual shock elements such as Nazis, runes, a whiff of Norse mythology, Ariosophy, sex and some horror elements. Nothing much original.

The soundtrack of the film is mostly the playing of music on the background. There is music of The Protagonist, In Slaughter Natives, Der Blutharsch, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud and some other bands that I forgot or did not recognise.

Then there is the ‘soundtrack’ CD which does not include TMLHBAC, but mostly music by Puissance, then The Protagonist, ISN, Der Blutharsch, Mayhem, Silent Love Of Death and a couple of projects I did not know, Turnavel, Suveräna, Kazeria and Hyperborei. The music is mostly dark ambientish and not too bad. Of the bands I already knew, I also already knew the presented material. The cd makes good background music for when reading or something.

However the film nor the cd is really good, I think this is an interesting project. Something different from the usual compilation release and perhaps a way to get film more into the music scene.

Link: GH Records

Silent Love Of Death * Donde Habite El Olvido (cd 2011)

I am convinced that I also have the debut of six years ago that was released on Palace Of Worms. Did I get rid of it at some point? It looks like nothing but two compilation contributions have been released since by Silent Love Of Death. “Where Oblivion Dwells” is a cd that reminds of bit of bands such as Dawn & Dusk Entwined or Golgatha. Ritualistic dark ambient with sometimes a neofolk track. The ambient tracks sound alright to very good. They are fairly to very dark and contain some nice ideas. What I am a lot less satisfied with is the almost constant talking vocals. The texts are in Spanish and the voice sounds like the talker is extremely bored. Only with the effects in “Cuerpo En Pena” the vocals are somewhat bearable. Also the neofolk songs are not my taste. Overall I can say that some of the music is quite alright, but the vocals make me not very fond of the album…

Links: Silent Love Of Death, Gradual Hate Records