MARID “vvvvvvv” LP/CD
The barren lands and ancient lore of the most enigmatic region on Earth, juxtaposed against the dystopian decay that proliferates under Islamic and militaristic tyranny.
These are the unusual conditions that allowed for the genesis of Marid in their homeland of the Sahara. The anonymous initiates of Marid chose the weapon of black metal to wage a clandestine occult war on the modern-day sociopolitical zeitgeists that allow for the destruction of their culture, history, and environment. No other sonic form but the blackest of metal could effectively channel and contain the primal rage and atavistic ecstasy of the spirits of their land. It is these spirits of the Sahara that guide Marid through the art and science of extreme music.
” ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ” (which reads Seven Sevens) is the debut ritual opus of Marid. Sung entirely in classical Arabic, and inspired by gnostic pre-Islamic mad poets who would allow the Djinn to possess them in exchange for verses and prophetic visions.
Thematically and compositionally, ” ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ” is an alchemical syncretism of Djinn Sorcery and Western Occultism. The ancient formulas of magic are woven into every thread of the album’s fabric, and it’s tracks are brimming with the visceral and hypnotic intensity of a sandstorm.
The three labyrinthine compositions featured on ” ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ” cover vast expanses in the desolate realms of Black Metal, with passages that tread fearlessly into atmospheric, folk, oriental, symphonic, pagan, and avant-garde territories… And quite often wandering into unknown regions.
” ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ٧ ” is singular in it’s savage energy and the deep currents that dwell within it have been unleashed from the Great Desert and into the World.
SUNKEN “the crakling of embers” 12″
“The Crackling of Embers is anything but makeshift. Instead it is rather well-crafted, and performed with cautious respect and reckless abandon in equal measures. The potency of the quintet’s songwriting cannot be denied as the two tracks found on the demo have both impact and lasting atmosphere. Though straightforward on the outside, once the layers start peeling back to reveal what lies underneath Sunken unveils their true identity as an entity of many currents. Their heart lies heavy with organic and atmospheric black metal compositions, but more than once do they nod off to the dreaming nightmare-lands of funerary doom metal processions.
“At a cursory glance The Crackling of Embers and its twin track Extinguishedseem humdrum and commonplace,”
Not quite as droning and weary-dreary as many contemporaries, Sunken keeps things alive with ongoing successions of varying intensity and melody. Far from esoteric, their style is almost rather accessible (for a black metal band). It is tough to keep the listener’s attention with compositions over ten minutes in length – But Sunken take what they have and make the best of it. At a cursory glance The Crackling of Embers and its twin track Extinguished seem humdrum and commonplace, but as mentioned earlier the true strength lies underneath in the details that, ultimately, also keep it all together in the grander scheme of things.” tonewoodmusic
it’s available on limited orange vinyl and black vinyl