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EQUIMANTHORN - A Fifth Conjuration

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Zazen Sounds ZZS011
Release Year: 2016
Note: occult black ambience (originally formed as side project of extreme black metal band ABSU) for entering otherworlds, CD version of their 2011 album (so far only available digitally); "Synthesizers, still the main instrument, are focused drones and creepy effects, background noises recalling ancient rites of Sumeria, Babylon and Egypt, perhaps a genetic memory from the origins of civilization." [Chuck Foster]
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"Most are bewildered and some have protested concerning the esotericism of Equimanthorn, Presuming our extraneous song titles and writings to be no more than mysterious obliquity. While sensible to its creators, our writings have long been misunderstood or simply unintelligible to most. "A Fifth Conjuration" transcends any mystical balderdash with a decisive and intentional approach: realigning the senses with their most natural state in the nervous system through the aid of sound. In this, our Fifth Conjuration, you will engage a journey of the slight and subtle. Where the senses may become aware of the silence from which sounds emerge and the spaciousness that resides between thought and stillness.
"When the seventh day arrived..." Dalkhu Zilittu 2011
These recorded efforts should only be listened to under the influence of candlelight." [label info]

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"Though originally formed as a side-project of occult extreme metal band, Absu, the constantly (r)evolving lineup of Equimanthorn has established itself as its own entity with its own dimensional chaos. This fifth full-length release shows these musickal magicians constantly refining their sound, but staying true to the original ideas behind the band.

Far from the black/death/thrash metal of Absu, Equimanthorn exists more in the dark/ambient realm. Their earliest releases were Throbbing Gristle-esque orgiastic conjurations, invocations and evocations, but now things are sparser, more minimalistic. The vocals, now eerie distant voices reciting occultist poetry, have been cut back to only two tracks: Kneeling to the Throne of Winter (Confidence and Lust) and Nannas Dreaming (The Endless Night of Crucifixion). Synthesizers, still the main instrument, are focused drones and creepy effects, background noises recalling ancient rites of Sumeria, Babylon and Egypt, perhaps a genetic memory from the origins of civilization.

This is the darkness of Lustmord, the uneasy time-traveling journey of Roman Saenkos Dark Ages, even a bit of Burzums neo-classical pagan folk in places. Blood Box, Yen Pox and early Maurizio Bianchi also come to mind. This is not music for head-banging, social activity or good vibes. Its what you put on while combing over the books in your occult library.

This is the perfect soundtrack for Aleister Crowleys The Book of the Law. Frater Perdurabo would be proud." [Chuck Foster/The Big Takeover]