• Martyria ‎– Martyria

    Label: Malignant Records ‎– TUMORCD117
    Format: CD, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 2017
    Style: Experimental, Dark Ambient

    With its great textural depth, sepulchral atmospheres, and exotic, richly detailed ritualistic passages, the stunning, self-titled debut from the Greek male/female duo Martyria signifies the arrival of a vital new entry into the world of ritual/dark ambience and a welcome addition to the Malignant roster.
    Running 41 minutes spread over five tracks, the disc opens with “Logos”, a haunting piece track of gorgeous female keening, angelically drifting over a bed of primitive Byzantine rhythms and liturgical chants. It deftly sets the tone and lays the foundation for the proceeding pieces, which move from bottomless, subterranean drift and luminescent drones, to more sinister realms marked by slow, tribal percussion, resonating wood instrumentation, and elongated vocalizations. All of it flows seamlessly, rising from tendrils of wood smoke and incense, rooted in spiritual and ceremonial darkness, and bound together by atavistic and organic means.

    For fans of Shibalba, Caul, Herbst9, Funerary Call, and Voice of Eye.

    Buy: http://gh-records.com/dark-ambient/1853-martyria-martyria.html

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  • Phurpa ‎– Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo

    Label: Old Europa Cafe ‎– OECD 249
    Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Country: Italy
    Released: Nov 2017
    Style: Overtone Singing

    On  July 07 2017 PHURPA performed a “Chöd / Chod” live ritual in Santarcangelo / Italy.
    The ritual was held inside a cave  (grotta on Italian).
    Chöd / Chod is an ancient practice of cutting through tensions, fears, and obstacles in our life.
    In Chöd / Chod, we visualize making an offering of our body, which is transformed into whatever is wanted by all beings in all realms.
    In this vast offering we create and cultivate a flow with everything around us and are in contact with the boundless dimension of ourselves.
    Chod involves all of the senses, as one practices it by visualizing the offering while singing and playing ritual instruments.
    Practitioners who accomplish the practice find themselves free of the hope and fear that prevents one from truly helping others in every situation.

    On this CD you can hear the sounds of such “live ritual”.
    Recordings are of best quality, you will wonder about!
    This is for sure best way to listen to PHURPA, a long (over one hour) tibetan ritual with all tipical PHURPA instruments and vocals.

    The title of this album (Chöd / Chod) reminds to the album released by Zoharum but the sounds and intentions are here completely different!

    Tracklist:
    1. Chod Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo  1:18:52

    Buy: 13 € http://gh-records.com/ritual/1829-phurpa-choed-ritual-grotta-santarcangelo.html

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