AMN Reviews: Various Artists – Mysterium, Incubus et Terror – Music Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe Stories (2023; Eighth Tower Records)

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first modern writers to incorporate psychological terror and macabre elements into his works. Poe’s exploration of the psyche, obsession, and the dark side of humanity continues to shape horror literature and film today. Indeed, his deliberate pacing and use of unreliable narrators – characters who deceive, have incomplete knowledge, or are insane – have become staples of the genre.

Mysterium, Incubus et Terror is the latest experimental ambient compilation of new works from Eighth Tower Records. It features tracks from Morgen Wurde, Mombi Yuleman, Kloob alone and with Onasander, Rapoon, Mario Lino Stancati, Michael Bonaventure, Lars Bröndum, [ówt krì], and Henrik Meierkord. Each of these interprets one of ten Poe stories in musical form.

At first blush, these tracks – all in the 4-8 minute range – are surprisingly consistent in their quiet approach. There is rather little in the way of dynamics…

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AMN Reviews: Michael Valentine West – a farewell to arms (2022; Reverse Alignment)

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The pieces that I had heard from Michael Valentine West prior to the release of this album were intriguing, yet I never found more than a few moments to contemplate his work. On a farewell to arms, West covers a lot of ground in experimental ambient space, the album taking the form of a single 49-minute track.

To that point, it goes through a number of distinct phases or movements, beginning with a slow-paced and moody piano interlude combined with spiky and burbling static. The tension slowly builds as the piano notes become more tightly spaced, the static louder, and drones enter the background.

Eventually, this passage fades into the second movement, which takes on a more menacing tone with synth layers stretching out chords in a fashion consistent with dark ambient. The tension and density build once again until West breaks out into a third movement of improvised…

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AMN Reviews: The Great Old Ones – Mythos Of Cthulhu (2023; Eighth Tower Records)

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Eighth Tower is back with another Lovecraft-inspired release. This is the second from The Great Old Ones, a stage name of experimentalist and label head Raffaele Pezzella. Guest musicians include Mario Lino Stancati on voice and electric guitar, and Alexandros Magkos (Grim Machine) on percussion, electronics, and voice.

Not unlike its predecessor, Mythos Of Cthulhu focuses on electroacoustic ambient, with synth-driven droning textures and lilting passages. These haunting pieces evoke the underwater city of R’lyeh, where Cthulhu lies in a death-like slumber, as well as the activities of human cultists.

To the latter point, The Tablets Of Ubbo-Sathla features muted ritual chant, throat singing, and tribal percussion in addition to strange effects and noises. Other pieces are more open-ended and experimental, with sculpted electronics that shimmer with discordance as well as bells, chimes, and elements from field recordings.

Rather than just encompassing the ancient terror that is Cthulhu, the album…

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Yog-Sothoth by The Great Old Ones

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Genre: Dark Ambient

Rating: 4/5

This could be an above average Cryo Chamber release and it’s very much in the same sonic ballpark. Cryo Chamber releases almost all fall into a 3 or 4 star rating tier to my ears. Like this release, the 4 star releases have a special flair.

Yog-Sothoth has monstrous sonic waves with tentacles comprised of individual notes adding color and spice. The combination makes for an engaging listen.

The Lovecraft theme is fun and is what drew me to this record in the get.

I like Lovecraft and I think the new recent uptick in appreciation of Lovecraftian mythology is cool but I wish that Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe were appreciated more in tandem. Maybe these guys could make some Poe centered records 😡

The physical CDR comes with a poster but the poster doesn’t look as cool as the album cover which…

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Drones Of A Lighter Nightmare Prevail on Sonologyst’s ‘Interdimensional’

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I truly enjoy the bleakest of Dark Ambient albums. As with any other genre, there are times for a particular taste that maximizes the power of connection between music and the listener. One of my favorite sub-genres of Dark Ambient is Drone. Sure there are some similarities between Drone and say, Industrial Ambient but it has some differences as well. Instead of harsh tones and mechanized discordance, there is a reticent, more ominous sound that allows for the utmost space for meditation and a dream-like state for potential out-of-body experiences. One artist that majestically captures these types of moments is Sonologyst. The latest album, ‘Interdimensional’ is a top-rate experience in eerie modulations and dismal tones that are equally creepy as they are thought provoking. These six tracks create a dynamic world of gray, scenic prowess and a cold atmosphere that blurs the line between dark and light.

Haunting lead off…

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David Cronenberg has got to be filmmaking’s Maestro of unwelcome attacks on the human form, and his films have some of the greatest of these transformative effects. From Videodrome to The Fly to Scanners to Existenz to The Brood to Dead Ringers, our Canadian lord of the weird has given us more than enough reasons not to mess with our biology. In the third of Eighth Towers’ great Dark Fiction Trilogy of tributes, we experience The Body of Horror: Stories Inspired by the Cinema of David Cronenberg.

Stories by: Glynn Owen Barrass, Sarah Walker, John Edwin Buja, Richard Alan Scott, Andrew Coulthard, John Chadwick, Michael Housel, Nora B. Peevy, Andy Paciorek, Andrew Freudenberg.

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I’m certain you will be surprised and delighted by my offering: QINGLONG, the story of a good man who regains his strength after an illness, in a gigantic way.

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Eighth Tower Records is proud to release a compilation of music inspired by the cinema of the legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg, sound companion to the upcoming literary ANTHOLOGY. More than a cult filmmaker, a true legend of the contemporary cinema, Cronenberg inspired an unimaginable number of artists all over the world and in every field of artistic expression. Cronenberg’s signature is a mix of graphic sex and violence broadly known as “body horror.”His work explores human fears and desires not commonly expressed in cinema, such as disease, aging, mental illness, and sexual fetishism. “Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.” – David Cronenberg

Previously unreleased music by:
Sigillum S (Italy), Desiderii Marginis (Sweden), Sonologyst (Italy), Mario Lino Stancati, Schloss Tegal (US), dodenskald (Iran), UNCODIFIED (Italy), Jarl (Sweden)…

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Émission 244 : le dimanche 21 novembre 2021

La Croche oreille

La Croche Oreille
vous propose un survol de trois anthologies préparées par Raffaele Pezzella et ses collaborateurs sur l’étiquette Unexplained Sounds Group. Au programme, des musiques expérimentales péruviennes, des explorations musicales chinoises et des créations sonores de l’Inde. (Photo : tirée de l’Album Anthology Of Exploratory Music From India, Peinture ancienne de l’Inde © 2021)

Œuvres au programme :
À venir…

Présentée sur les ondes de CKRL 89,1 le dimanche à 21 h, La Croche oreille est réalisée et animée par Gaëtan Gosselin.

Le contenu de l’émission est disponible en baladodiffusion.
Si le lien est rompu, nous contacter.


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My latest hot Merch from Eighth Tower Books out of Italy is the tribute anthology to master Lucio Fulci’s Death Trilogy of horror films, THE BEYOND. I have a novelette in this one so you can really get emerged in it. SON OF NO ONE is at once a character study and itself a nerve-jittering search for a serial killer in 1970’s New York City, featuring hedonists, psychics, nosy reporters, serial killers and Satanists, it’s a nail biting dive into adult supernatural noir. Narrated by a street-wise character from New Yawk back in the day, readers may think I have lost my mind.

Leading the cast is Fulci’s heroine of comely psychic Mary Woodhouse, who was portrayed by Fulci regular Catriona Maccoll, from his 1981 shocker, “City of the Living Dead.” This was the groundbreaker that treated its viewers to a man’s head being skewered by an electric drill…

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Eighth Tower Records is proud to release a tribute CD to the Italian master of horror cinema Lucio Fulci, and his Death Trilogy.
THE BEYOND – MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE LUCIO FULCI DEATH TRILOGY (pre-order – 200 copies limited edition, 6 panels CD).

This new Eighth Tower Records project, dedicated to the Lucio Fulci’s “Trilogy Of Death”, a unique and unrepeatable achievement in the history of Italian “supernatural cinema”, tries to imagine an alternative soundtrack for those movies.

The several souls of Fulci’s movies are evoked by the musicians through a variety of music styles (electroacoustic, dark ambient, concrete music, progressive rock, drone music).

The accompanying Anthology (Release Date TBA) will include Mr. Scott’s supernatural/noir novelette, SON OF NO ONE.

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