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If you are an open minded fan of folk in some variety or another, you might like “Tales of Transgression & Sacrifice” by :Golgatha:. Just be warned that the folk material only makes up about one-third of the album. This might be better suited to fans of more experimental ambient / ritualistic who have some level of interest in folk music instead of die hard folk fans. While not really touching on any one area that I listen to frequently, I still found this to be an enjoyable CD and it contains at least a couple of songs that I would throw on fairly regularly. The music is well done however and for fans of this style I believe this would be a worthwhile CD to purchase.
Metropolis Records has announced the March 2004 release of Wumpscut - Bone Peeler. Wumpscut is a dark industrial dance band that has been terrorizing international industrial dance club floors across the world for over ten years. Wumpscut is the creation of Rudy Ratzinger. Rudy began his musical career as a DJ and later decided to become a musician citing inspiration from the industrial music act Leatherstrip.
Monuments demonstrates a point of maturity in the music of ACOH that has since been heard growing in more recent recordings. Some of the most powerful moments in the music are also some of the most delicate as Peter balances the solar strength of power and strife with the lunar qualities of stillness and reflection bringing balance to a genre that often stagnates in expressions of overwhelming martial dominance and exaltation.
The rhythmic drum loops are the beginning part of the uphill battle for No Way Out. Often times they're too repetitive which just add to the synthetic sound that music this open and acoustic really can't afford to have.
Having found the movie “Seven Samurai” inspiring Peter Savelkoul set about creating an alternative soundtrack that though inspired by the film is not intended to be a scene by scene score but rather a collection of musical impressions. The first thing that established fans of A Challenge Of Honour are likely to notice on “Seven Samurai” is the quality of the music and the engaging rhythmic percussion Peter has inserted into many songs. Having abandoned his past reliance upon sampled sounds Peter now creates all of the music of A Challenge Of Honour without the assistance of classical music samples. This professionalism can be heard and appreciated throughout the album.
This Dutch based project of Peter Savelkoul is comfortably ensconced as one of the more notable neoclassical-martial acts active today. The first CD of this double CD collection consists of three 10”s originally released on Divine Comedy Records – namely, “Angelic Torment”, (2002) “Nacht Fiel Uber Gothenhafen”, (2003) and “Oradiur Sur Glanes” (2004). These 10”s are conceptually linked under the aegis of “Trilogy of Human Madness”, which is dedicated to the victims of wars and genocides throughout history – of which there are too many to count.
A few other tracks of note on the disc would be the mysterious sounding “Dragon’s Breath” a dark ambient piece evocative of early industrial fused with a bit of classical for good measure. I also have to mention the version of “Europa the Gates of Heaven” that turns up here, it is a driving piece with foreboding synth and not short on the dramatic, it is enough to make one smile warmly.
There are no lyrics to propel the narrative forward, but the cover booklet provides an extensive background story to each track. However, it is not clear how the songs as instrumental compositions propel the music forward. One might well imagine that this could be done by the mood evoked; building towards a climax as the protagonists inner demons declare victory, but there is no sense of momentum within the songs.