Trepaneringsritualen - Perfection and Permanence (2014)
Автор: Argentum | 29 августа 2014 | Просмотров: 1102Mp3
------------- Genre: Power Electronics # Death Industrial Origin: Sweden Quality info: mp3 VBR ~245 kbps Size: 61 mb ============
1. Venerated & Despised (02:34) 2. A Black Egg (03:54) 3. Castrate Christ (04:36) 4. Liken Ingen Jord Vill Svälja (02:34) 5. Alone/A/Cross/Abyss (03:48) 6. Thirty-Nine Lashes (02:57) 7. The Seventh Man (03:54) 8. Konung Krönt I Blod (03:30) 9. A Ceaseless Howling (03:29) 10. He Who Is My Mirror (05:17)
'Music and ritual have always been intrinsically linked, from the earliest fertility rites through to cock rock; from liturgical chants to headbanging and corpse paint. So it is with Thomas Martin Ekelund’s Trepaneringsritualen, a project that is so much more than just a great listen. I would never claim to be knowledgeable in matters of magick, but I do know that ritual is any act performed with absolute intent, whether it be sacred or profane, lofty or pedestrian. By that definition, magickal results can be achieved by anyone and for any purpose, and music is the perfect medium.
There is a fetishistic approach at play in Trepaneringsritualen, both in intent and aesthetics. I seem to recall reading that Ekelund may be a graphic designer by trade, so his eye for symbol and meaning appears to be informed not just by magickal practice, but also by what just looks amazing. His potent, tactile Bind Rune logo is a case in point. This confluence of art and magick, of sound and presentation, makes each release a real gem. Given the choice between a physical Trepaneringsritualen release and a digital download, there really is no question.
His recent split picture disc LP with Deathstench is also a good example, where a depiction of Mímir’s headless body is countered by a font and border straight from Power Electronics Artwork 101. It is perfectly complimented by the epic track on Trepaneringsritualen’s side of the disc: all grit and balls, and with the build and release of a sex ritual. Thomas Martin Ekelund
Perfection & Permanence continues that thread, presenting archetypal themes shrouded in post-industrial culture: in this case, a self-proclaimed “hymn to Isis” and the duality of mother and harlot as represented by Mary Magdalene:
Earthen vessel Of glory and blood Wounded death mother Courtesan of God
It’s a powerful theme, and Ekelund approaches it with conviction. The music is what we’ve come to expect from the project: dark, cloistered atmospheres and hypnotic rhythm delivered with intent and abandon. It’s a recognisable sound, central to which has been a back-to-basics sound palette and a decidedly lo-fi smear. On Perfection & Permanence, the clouds part somewhat, but just barely. There is a greater use of vocal effects (delay and flange), extensive use of panning, and “cleaner” synth lines cut through the filth on tracks such as “Alone a Cross Abyss”. The results are slightly more polished than the soot-ridden atmosphere of previous outings, but fans needn’t worry as there is still dirt to be had in spades, and an organic, visceral presence so many other projects fail to achieve.
There are also a good number of aggressive, confrontational tracks, anchored by restless drum machine rhythms, stuttering bass lines and Ekelund’s trademark death rattle vocals. This is territory where he shines, and which I suspect gives the project broad appeal. One such track, the album closer “He Who is my Mirror”, is just stunning. Tribal drumming and an urgent synth line support a spitefully delivered vocal attack on both Christ and those who betrayed him:
I am he who holds the dagger, to slay the one who has been deceived The spikes that pierce my flesh, shall atone for no sin
Without doubt, this is another strong addition to the Trepaneringsritualen canon. Cold Spring Records have thrown their full support behind the release, offering versions on CD and on black or coloured vinyl. Whatever your preference, just make sure you get it.'