25-05-2011, 16:08 | Michael We.
Debüt von HAXAN CLOAK erschienen
Das Debütalbum von HAXAN CLOAK ist endlich zu haben. Aufgrund eines Problems mit dem Presswerk hat sich die Auslieferung verzögert, aber jetzt gibt das Label AURORA BOREALIS grünes Licht.
Genre: modern composition/noise/ambient
The Haxan Cloak debut album. Exploring mystic and occult audio space with cello, field recordings, violins, hand made percussion and the human voice, this is barely conceivable as an artist's first album. The depth and quality is tangible in every hair-raising moment, at every crescendo when one is left teetering above the abyss...
Combining elements of modern classical, film score and electronica with modern free folk and even metal sensibilities, The Haxan Cloak is a truly diverse album. 'Burning Torches of Despair' brings to mind a sedated Prurient trapped on a galleon, whereas 'Fall' and 'Parting Chant' have the pathos of incredibly powerful modern Classical pieces, with stunning vocal performances from collaborator Mikhail Karikis.
'The Growing' shows a more modern, more digital side with its nod to modern electronic and even dub step in its processed percussion, though culminating in unexpected grindcore blast beats courtesy of noted tattoo artist and drum maestro Liam Sparkes (Trencher). Additional visceral power was gained thanks to the mastering of Kris Lapke, long time cohort of NYC's Hospital Productions, home of Prurient amongst others.
Simple classification is beyond impossible for this varied and majestic album. The Haxan Cloak simply is, was, and ever shall be. Presented as tip-on style gatefold CD with printed inner sleeve. The fanciest CD package from AB ever.
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