The collaboration of Nordvargr and TxRxP on Nordvargr’s “Metempsychosis” is excellent. For “Alpha Ænigma” the two again stepped into the studio together.
The album consists of four long tracks, making a total time of a little under an hour. The style is pretty dark ambient soundscapes and you may guess it: a bit too soundscapishy for me. The album is alright, but not much more than that. The package is great though. An A5 sized digipack, a DVD case so to say.
Links: Nordvargr, Trepaneringsritualen
I have shaped vinyl, even a square, flexible one, but I do not believe I ever saw vinyl which has the music on the outside and the shape on the inside. As you can see on the image that I got from Discogs, there is no material surrounding the arrows. A nice little joke.
Distel usually ends his shows with a Coil cover, but I must say that I am not sure if that is the track that he put on this Coil inspired split 12″. Distel took a stab at “Solar Lodge” and Trepaneringsritualen (on side A by the way) at “A Cold Cell”.
Both tracks are alright, but in my opinion not the best material of either project. The Distel track is ‘wild’ within his discography, the TxRxP track is fairly tranquil within his.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Distel, Ant-Zen, Raubbau
Late 2013 I heard of Trepaneringsritualen because Distel cooperated to an album. The styles of these projects have little alike. Where Distel is more of an “angstpop” type of project (especially in the earlier days), Trepaneringsritualen makes very dark “death industrial”. I did (nor do) like all material, but some albums are great and live performances are too.
I got quite some material of this “Götisk dödsindustri” project, but it often sounds quite alike. Therefor the project dropped on my priority list.
I am very glad that I gave “Kainskult” a try though! This album sounds as exciting as when I first encountered this project. All known elements are still there, but as Tesco’s selling text says: “somehow it reaches a new level of intensity”. Among earlier material there already were tracks with less distortion, but on “Kainskult” Thomas Ekelund experimented with his common elements again together with a whole host of fellow conspirators. One of them is Michael Idehall who I think sings on the great and moody opening track. Also there is Kim Larsen who I think sings on the magnificent closing track. Between these two tracks there are Trepaneringsritualen tracks that are somewhat more uptempo than the usual material, Ekelund’s vocals moved more towards a kind of rhythmic growling with more text than just a few lines. Walls of dark noise, hammering on metal and well-placed drumming, “Kainskult” without a doubt contains Trepaneringsritualen’s best material so far. Distel returned as conspirator as the mixer of this album
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Tesco
In 2008 this was Trepaneringsritualen’s first cassette. It has been rereleased on vinyl in 2012 and recently on cd.
Unlike the other recent rerelease, I do not like the present title a lot. The sound is quite primitive and seems not to be as worked-out (however in the style of this Swede that is only relative as well) as later releases.
I guess this cd is mostly for archival reasons. It seems quite well available.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Infinite Fog
Cold Spring recently rereleased this early Trepaneringsritualen tape. (The very first release (“Ritualer, Blot & Botgöring“) has been rereleased on cd by the Rusian label Infinite Fog Productions.) “Veil The World” contains the typical Trepaneringsritualen death industrial sound, but what makes these ‘early’ recordings interesting are the times that the distortion is limited and the sound goes into a more ‘minimal wave’ direction. These less typical elements make “Veil The World” not only interesting for archival reasons, but also shows that Cold Spring made a good choice to rerelease this particular tape.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Cold Spring Records
It looks like I missed the 7″ version of this release. Now it is added to the band’s Bandcamp so you can buy a download. I suggest you do! “Papist Pretender” is TxRxP at its best. The opening track with its dark vocals and slowly pounding beats reminds a bit of Mental Destruction. Lateron Ekelund proves that things can get even slower, dirtier and darker. The most remarkable track is a cover of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud; of course untitled, but when I say: “into the dark night, follow a true light”, I am sure you will know what song we are talking about. Where the TMLHBAC version is relatively light and happy, Trepaneringsritualen turned it into a horror soundtrack.
Yep, TxRxP again proves to be one of the more interesting artists in the current industrial scene.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, La Esencia
Trepaneringsritualen released material on a whole range of small labels. This is the third release on a relative major (after an lp and cd on Malignant). This will certainly be good for the spread of the wonderfull name. Cold Spring made a very nice digipack and what is more, this album might very well contain the best Trepaneringsritualen material so far. It reminds a lot of the WGT show in Leipzig. It is very industrial, with a lot of beats, rhythm and screamed vocals. Several earlier releases have less energy, are more ‘ambient noise’ so to way. “Perfection & Permanence” lives up more to the often used description “death industrial” that people put on this Swedish project.
This new cd might not only be more easy to obtain than other releases of Trepaneringsritualen, but for all of you who have not yet hear this project, give a great idea of how dark and aggressive this project (and his live shows!) can get.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Cold Spring
This mini album was also released on iDEAL recordings and Black Horizons and Thomas Martin Ekelund took it as a start for his very own label: Beläten. As you can see I have been scanning the Beläten catalogue for releases I wanted to have a better listen to. There is quite a lot of interesting material in that catalogue!
Trepaneringsritualen makes extremely dark, ritualistic and somewhat noisy industrial. This tape/download makes no exception. It makes another nice “ritual”. This makes it extra nice that many of the later Beläten releases would have ‘more logically’ come from the minimal wave scene, while Ekelund released them after his own dark industrial release. As dark uncanny Trepaneringsritualen sounds, as poppy and danceable are some later Beläten releases. It is a combination of styles that I alternate myself too and quite a couple of Beläten releases are very good, so I am happy that I finally had a better look at the label and I definately need to follow them more closely than I have so far.
In any case. You can get this early trepanningsritual should you have missed it too. It seems like Trepaneringsritualen got better over time, but this tape is certainly not bad.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Beläten
Beläten also released a tape of Æther in 2013, but I found that (on quick hearing) a bit too soundscapishly monotous. Since I need to collect Trepaneringsritualen material anyway, I opted for this split. One 10 minute track of each project.
The Æther is indeed a quite monotous soundscape, just a little bit noisy, apparently formed of field recordings. It is not bad, but not entirely my cup of tea.
Also Trepaneringsritualen presents a sort of soundscape, but much darker, more threatening and more industrial in sound. The vocals are left out for this sonic ritual, but Ekelund certainly set a pretty damn dark atmosphere again.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Beläten
Just before the best show of the 2014 Wave Gotik Treffen I bought the only merchandise available of Trepaneringsritualen (on this tape TxRxP), a shirt and a cassette limited to 100 copies. As the title suggests, this is a live recording of a Berlin show of late October. Like during the performance in the Moritzbastei, “Berliner Ritual” is an extremely dark piece of industrial. Low frequency industrial rhythms with distorted sounds and screamed vocals. Ekelund stormed the stage with a bag over his head, but without he looked as scary as with. I have no idea if much of the music was live (save for the vocals) but who cares, it was darkly moody in that old bunker in the centre of Leipzig. Judging the photos in the cassette, the Berlin show looked similar.
A couple of things. There is not much information on the cover. Being a tape, there are two sides and I have not yet tried to find out if both sides contain the same recordings (if not, this was a very long show). There are no tracks or titles, just an ongoing show. What is less positive, though, is that my tape only has sound in the right speaker (and my tape player or amp do not have a ‘mono’ button).
I actually had the idea that this is quite an obscure project, but judging Discogs there are plenty of releases, including a 2014 cd on Cold Spring, so I am going to look for that!
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Aufnahme + Wiedergabe