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ASHTORETH - Rites III & IV

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cyclic Law 157th Cycle
Release Year: 2021
Note: the successor of "Rites I & II" from 2019 now out! - ritualistic compositions based on guitar sounds.. " Minimal, meditative ambient drones with layers of meandering guitars and voices mixing elements of doom, drone and ambient experimentation. Rites III & IV expand on the shamanic and animistic path, an ongoing journey through flesh, sound and spirit."
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Awaited follow up to the 2019 album Rites I & II, we're presented with 2 subsequent aural rituals from Peter Verwimp intricate guitar driven soundscapes. The Rites series touches on the importance of ceremony and ritual in our daily lives. It deals with our interconnectedness with nature as a whole and the necessity to acknowledge and use this connection as an amplifier of thoughts, ideas and emotions. Minimal, meditative ambient drones with layers of meandering guitars and voices mixing elements of doom, drone and ambient experimentation. Rites III & IV expand on the shamanic and animistic path, an ongoing journey through flesh, sound and spirit.

CD Edition of 500 copies in 4 panels Digisleeve. 2 Tracks. Running Time 37:24

LP Edition of 300 copies on Black Vinyl. Matt Lamination and black Paper Sleeve. 2 Tracks. Running Time 37:24



https://cycliclaw.bandcamp.com/album/rites-iii-iv



"Ashtoreth is Belgian Peter Verwimp, and this release is a follow-up to 2019s Rites I & II. Here, Verwimp uses overlapping electric guitar, percussion, and voices to create menacing soundscapes. Of note is his broad palette for each of these instruments. The guitar provides heavily distorted chords, drones, and brief melodies with cleanly-picked notes. The voices are both male and female, often wordless or unintelligible, and can be beautiful, poignant, or painful. The percussion is largely based on bell-like sounds. This instrumentation blends into a wafting and moody ambiance. Rites III & IV explore humankinds relation to nature, evoking ancient rituals and a connectedness that is largely missing from the modern world." [Avantmusicnews]