Empyrium – Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays Label: Prophecy Productions – PRO 015LP Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue Country: Germany Released: 2015 Style: Folk Rock, Modern Classical
The precursor for “Weiland”
Their third album sees Empyrium abandoning the Metal elements of their music for the first time, instantly creating a classic of nature-romantic acoustic music. Inspired by Ulver’s “Kveldssanger”, this work is more influenced by the folklore of Schwadorf’s home region, the Rhoen, than any other album by Empyrium, and it paved the way for “Weiland” (2002).
Khôrada – Salt (2 × Vinyl, LP) Label: Prophecy Productions – PRO227LP Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, clear vinyl Country: Germany Released: 20 Jul 2018 Style: Progressive Metal, Alternative Rock
Rising from the ashes of Agalloch and Giant Squid, a new group is born: Khôrada. Featuring former Agalloch members Don Anderson (guitar), Jason Walton (bass) and Aesop Dekker (drums) alongside ex-Giant Squid guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory, Khôrada creates colossal, textured, and emotionally powerful music. As a completely fresh concept, Khôrada is an opportunity for the musicians to explore new soundscapes while challenging themselves creatively. With their debut album “Salt”, Khôrada forges breathtaking swathes of sound that swell, stretch, submerge and recede with panoramic power.
At once atmospheric, aggressive and apocalyptic, the album’s emotion is driven by the band members’ view of today’s world; these are precarious times. “Salt” was written under the pressure and uncertainty of the beginning of the Trump-era, standing as a musical exploration of the routine madness we now live. Paired with the surreally visceral artwork of internationally renowned painter & sculptor Cedric Wentworth, the visual explorations prove to be as haunting as the ethereal vocals of Aaron himself.
The dissolution of two of America’s most beloved underground groups has resulted in the formation of perhaps the scene’s most highly anticipated new band. With a sound built upon a resolute sense of purpose, Khôrada has arrived.
Orplid – Greifenherz Label: Auerbach Tonträger – AB 020 LTD Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition Country: Germany Released: 21 Nov 2008 Style: Modern Classical, Experimental, Neofolk
Orplid’s martial fourth album
Two and a half years after “Sterbender Satyr”, Orplid are back with their fourth studio album “Greifenherz”. In contrast to their previous outing, this album is filled with pathos, a belligerent and archaic piece of work. “Greifenherz” is informed with a surprisingly hostile and cold atmosphere – a partially menacing and martial sound Orplid haven’t applied since some of the more violent outbursts of their early works.
Negură Bunget – Măiastru Sfetnic
Label: Lupus Lounge – WOLF 023
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Released: 21 Nov 2008
Style: Black Metal
The early Negura Bunget’s masterpiece. With “Mãiastru Sfetnic” the band wrote their own piece of black metal history so that this album, marked by an incredibly dense and oppressive atmosphere, already has its righteous place within the black metal pantheon
Raison d’être – Enthralled By The Wind Of Loneliness (2 × Vinyl, LP)
Label: Cyclic Law – 128th Cycle, Old Europa Cafe – OELP 027
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
Released: 20 Dec 2018
Style: Ambient, Dark Ambient
For the first time on vinyl, re-issue the second album by raison d’être, originally released in 1994. For this recording all sounds have been restored and re-recorded from the original source material and all tracks have been carefully remixed to maintain the true feeling and atmosphere of the original album but with current standards for high quality audio. This re-issue also contains 4 bonus tracks not featured on the original album. Re-mastered for vinyl according to the K-14 level standard by Peter Andersson. A Cyclic Law & Old Europa Cafe Co-Release.
-Standard Edition Gatefold 2LP limited to 300 copies on Black vinyl. 350gr cover with matt lamination. 11 tracks. Running Time 75:17