Swedish stronghold of darkness TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS announces the release date of two new obsidian gems: both ECHTRA’s Sky Burial and TOTAL NEGATION’s Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume will see worldwide release on April 15th through the label. Having already built up a formidable, shadowy reputation through the likes of Melencolia Estatica, Kolp, Spectral Lore, Fyrnask, EgoNoir, and IC Rex amongst others – not to mention the label’s commitment to making each release a veritable work of art – TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS’ first two CD releases for 2013 display different-yet-related sides to the label: ECHTRA present epic, skyscraping melancholy within gorgeous drone-doom while TOTAL NEGATION push the boundaries of black metal by fusing it with krautrock.
full tracklisting for ECHTRA’s Sky Burial
1. Sky Burial 1
2. Sky Burial 2
ECHTRA’s Sky Burial, the first issuance in the triumvirate of the Passage Cycle, is an exploration of the dissolution of our mortal coil. If human consciousness recognizes the inescapability of its own demise, then an essential aspect of becoming truly human is grappling with the inevitability of our own death. This is what ECHTRA has sought with the Sky Burial project, attempting at the same time to create an aural and visual space in which others may do the same.
Influenced by the Vajrayana’s cosmological views on the passaging of consciousness between lifetimes, and utilizing the sonic palette of acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, drums, and vocals, this project is undoubtedly ECHTRA’s most fully realized manifestation thus far. Aesthetic echoes of doom and black, acoustic arpeggios driving spirit into form, sparse vocalizations uttering the manifesto of an unqualified acceptance of eventual transformation: these are some of the tools employed in service of the soul’s embrace of a body consumed by the winged ones.
For the first time, audial documentation has been augmented by video, depicting the one and only performance of Sky Burial, offered on December 19th, 2008, as the final offering of the first night of the Spire: A Twilight Language Yule gathering in Olympia, Washington, USA. ECHTRA was joined for this performance by Lina McLean, Johnny Delacy, and Steve Joyner/CoRE. The video footage from this live performance has been licensed for this release from Adam Torruella.
Written and recorded in the long ago of Litha MMVII, and mastered by Mell Dettmer near Lughnasadh MMXII, ECHTRA’s Sky Burial is now issued by TEMPLE OF TORTURUOUS for the benefit of all beings. This gem will be presented as a CD/DVD album housed in a well-crafted digifile, with silver print, debossing on textured black carton, in combination with a two-sided postcard, as well!
full tracklisting for TOTAL NEGATION’s Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume
TOTAL NEGATION‘s second release, Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume, combines two conceptual linked EPs. Strict sound structures plus good compositional work has always been a feature for mainman Wiedergaenger’s music projects. This time, he takes one step forward and enters into more open and intriguing territory, which results in a totally refreshing and retrospective sound and a different musical approach compared to the highly acclaimed debut album, Zeitenwende.
Zur späten Stunde is the nightly trip of a resting mind and body with psychedelic escapades. Lyrically, it explores the transcendental moments and the delirious state of mind right before drifting off to sleep. These short moments have to be recognized, properly handled and used to your advantage. Meanwhile, Zeiträume features instruments like the vibraphone and melodica, which are rather uncommon within the metal scene. They are taking the main lead in this particular EP, while the four songs are circling around the visions in our dreams and how they blur with reality.
The black metal roots are still apparent, but this TOTAL NEGATION release shows how a musician can free himself from genre-specific ingredients and dogmas, follwing the path and state of mind of many krautrock musicians in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
TOTAL NEGATION’s Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume will be presented in a noble six-page digifile with 12-page booklet, all printed on high-quality textured rough paper stock.