• Empyrium ‎– The Turn Of The Tides (Vinyl, LP)

    Empyrium ‎– The Turn Of The Tides (Vinyl, LP)
    Label: Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO 154LP
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2014
    Style: Black Metal, Neofolk

    With their fifth album, Empyrium embark on a new creative phase

    Twelve years after their last studio effort «Weiland», Empyrium – the masters of natural ambiances set to music – return with a much-anticipated new album. Notwithstanding their creative break, «The Turn Of The Tides» is an Empyrium-album par excellence, although it bears strong testimony to the artistic and personal growth Schwadorf and Helm have undergone since 2002. The pre-published songs «The Days Before The Fall» (from the compilation «Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings», 2010) and «Dead Winter Ways (released in November 2013 as a limited vinyl-EP) have already implied that for their new material, Empyrium draw on different forms of musical expression more confidently than ever, yet do not shy away from the wide range their oeuvre has offered so far.
    Concurrently with the music, the conceptional aspect of «The Turn Of The Tides» attests to a mature and evolved elaboration on Empyrium’s essence. Nature and human emotion as reflected in it still remain subject matter of the songs, but here, too, Helm and Schwadorf choose a more abstract approach. «The Turn Of The Tides» adresses cycles, both within nature – the tides of the sea, the change of seasons, the eternal circulation of water – as well as human life, and insinuates how everything rediscovers itself in everything.

    – Gatefold LP (180g vinyl, black) incl. PVC protection sleeve (500 copies available)

    Tracklist:

    1. Saviour
    2. Dead Winter Ways
    3. In The Gutter Of This Spring
    4. The Days Before The Fall
    5. We Are Alone
    6. With The Current Into Grey
    7. The Turn Of The Tides

    Buy: https://gh-records.com/home/2398-empyrium-the-turn-of-the-tides-vinyl-lp.html

  • Mare di Dirac – Ophite Diagram

    Mare di Dirac – Ophite Diagram
    Label: Gradual Hate Records – GH 142 TAPE
    Format: Cassette Limited Edition
    Country: Spain
    Released: 02 Dec 2019
    Style: Experimental, Ritual

    The term Ophite derived from the Greek Ophis = Serpent.

    «An initiate must transcend this inherently earth, and move beyond. Armed with formulae s/he next walks freely through the gates, the barrier is behind them. Between the trees of knowledge they cross the circles; the yellow and blue. A little further beyond the void, and through life, to be surrounded by love. Here is the culmination of the journey, a few more steps and they are in; at Home.»

    Collaborators on this album:

    Mauro Sambo: Gongs, Clarinet (track 1)
    Riccardo la Foresta: Drummophone (track 2 & 3)
    Daniele De Santis: Prepared Drums (track 5)
    Federico Dal Pozzo: Cymbals and granulation (track 7)
    ?Alos (OvO): Voice and flute (track 8)

    Listen & Pre- Order: https://gradualhaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/ophite-diagram