Monday, June 22, 2009

Aethenor - Faking Gold and Murder

In Sunn O))) Stephen O'Malley adopted the whole element of robes and fog not only for its visual impact, but also for its attachment to ceremony and ritual. So bringing Current 93's David Tibet in as a collaborator on the newest installment of the Aethenor project makes perfect sense. The low end rumble and sweet voiced recitations hold parallels to the Murder Ballads collaboration between Mick Harris and Martyn Bates in the late 90s which saw a marriage of dark ambience and folk balladry. These pieces, however, also have some wonderful wildfire drums and lingering percussion flare-ups courtesy of Nicolas Field and Alex Babel. Alexander Tucker makes an appearance to let a little hint of light touch the gray edges. Whether you find Tibet's magickal sermonizing austere or knee-slappingly goofy is partly the make-or-break here. Either way there are enough threads of gold glittering through the dark bedrock of the four pieces to overlook any unconverted lead.


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