'This is a re-issue of Inanna’s first CD, initially released in 1993 by Staalplaat Records.Inanna was a project of Mikael Stravöstrand, previously of Archon Satani. The re-issue is remixed by Jouni Havukainen of In Slaughter Natives fame. So even if you haven’t listened to it before you know more or less what to expect, an ominous, uncompromising, puristic approach to the darker aspects of the intellect.
“Zounds” quickly gets us into the atmosphere, with merciless drumming, eerie mechanical sounds on the background, resembling partly wind, partly the distant shrieking of banshee voices, and a menacing escalation towards the end that blends into the whole to create an anxious, fearsome atmosphere. Its harsh, almost metal orchestration makes it pretty clear this is going to be a rough ride, and we aren’t going to be spared in its process. Metallic, darkened landscapes come to mind along with swift marches of indescribable soldiers, as we are ushered with them to the next track, “Body Ov Light”. It starts off with a rather pleasant build-up of subtle bells and chimes, that stop abruptly to give their place to a solemn, ritualistic chant and its overbearing musical escort, only to appear again afterwards, providing the conditions for what seems to be a birthing or cleansing ritual. Formally, meticulously and efficiently executed.
The partaking of the light leads to the next track, “Her Essence”, which is clearly of a more militaristic nature. This could easily be the soundtrack for the procession of the armies of Hell. As a repeated escalating organ sequence is mixed with the thumping of the footsteps of unimaginably huge creatures, and their moans and unutterable cries, all this is distorted and mixed with static, reverberating even more persistently as they draw nearer. It grabs the listener by the throat and imposes its imagery rather than simply imply it. Purely amazing.
“Thorn” on the other hand is more on the dark ambient side of things, featuring the same chimes and bells used to escort the ritual in “Body Ov Light”, and a distorted, menacing male voice reciting sentences in an unknown language in the midst of organ compositions reminiscent of a horror film. The foul winds are rising, the foreboding feeling of despair and helplessness prevails, as we are left in the middle of the abandoned, dusty, decomposing building, sensing the calm before the storm, hearing the nameless creatures crawling towards us. Reminds you of horror novels doesn’t it? That’s more or less what it sounds like. And that of course, is always a good thing.
“Zonei” is difficult to label, if I really had to I would say martial industrial with a touch of black ambient. Imposing, majestic violin sequences and belligerent, funereal drumming set the tone to what seems like a declaration of war. The same distorted, sinister male voice makes a clearer proclamation now, and unfalteringly finishes its speech, for “Ancient Flesh” to start off with the same martial drumming, only this time the rhythm is a little more urgent. It’s a lot like the first track, a short and accurate intro to a longer, intensely ritualistic track, “Submission To Solitude I - III”. “Submission” is the longest track of the album, an amalgamation of metallic sounds, uncanny synths, echoes of many different voices, tribal drumming, static and pretty much everything else you can and cannot imagine. Like strolling through this domain and picking up random signals and images, sometimes assisting to its understanding and sometimes making it more difficult. Towards the end it fades into a muffled drone, and “Besides Eternity” launches with clear bell sounds and buzzing drones in the backdrop, building up the tension, bursting free and subsiding again in an infernal manipulation. “Exhalted Inanna” is the climax to all this, setting off with the now familiar militaristic musical scheme, introducing some fiendish male vocals somewhere along the way, dropping to almost complete silence in about the middle and picking up again with what must be the most rhythmic part of the album, mixing the aforementioned militaristic musical scheme with fast-paced tribal drumming and operatic male vocals.
Imagine MZ 412 with the vocals of Bisclaveret, wandering away in Atrium Carceri’s Citadel, conducting warfare assisted by Tribe Of Circle’s “Children Of A Weakened God”, add an extra ritualistic flavour to all that, top that with the best horror literature you've ever read, say Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and so on, and you begin to have the slightest idea of what this record feels like.If you don’t have it, don’t miss it.'
Written byLuminatrix @ www.heathenharvest.com
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