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Posts Tagged ‘Volahn’

VOLAHN / SHATAAN / ARIZMENDA / KALLATHON – DESERT DANCES & SERPENT SERMONS LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Volahn  Shataan  Arizmenda  Kallathon - Desert Dances & Serpent SermonsContinuing where the astonishing ‘Tlilitic Tlapoyauak’ left off, ‘Desert Dances & Serpent Sermons’ is another collaborative effort from Eduardo “Volahn” Ramirez and his Black Twilight Circle horde of acolytes, who evoke from the arid, tumbleweed-strewn earth of Southern California a unique strain of esoteric, tribal, truly transcendental Black Metal of magical Mexican ancestry.

This time around, there are four acts involved – inimitable BTC daddies Volahn and Arizmenda back-to-back with lesser-sung scene heroes Shataan and Kallathon. Even though Shataan isn’t to my own personal liking, the record as a whole is rather amazing, with terrific ebb and flow, wondrous pacing, delivering three-quarters-of-an-hour of intriguing and genuinely different music.

Throw in a beautiful jacket, nice splatter record, booklet with lyrics plus poster and you just know ‘Desert Dances & Serpent Sermons’ is another sure-fire winner. Both visually and aurally, this split LP is a fucking feast, a conjuration to be celebrated and devoured.

Evilometer: 666/666

VOLAHN – AQ’AB’AL 2LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Volahn - Aq'ab'alVolahn’s second full-length, ‘Aq’ab’al’, is a truly mesmerising work from start to finish, an intensely personal statement from one Eduardo Ramírez, the sole visionary and mastermind behind this unique act and also the leading figure in the legendary Black Twilight Circle cult.

Full of cultural and historical significance to the creator, the music on here pays tribute to the ancient dynasties of Volahn’s ancestry with almost an hour of incredible, genuinely esoteric, original and occult Black Metal. Soaring and majestic at times, then crazed and entranced, this LP is utterly remarkable on so many levels.

The focussed vision of Volahn is evident in every detail of this glorious vinyl package, from the magnificent music itself through to the amazing artwork adorning the gatefold jacket as well as the choice of vinyl colour (there will be no black vinyl edition of ‘Aq’ab’al’, at Eduardo’s request, I have been reliably informed).

A poster and booklet with additional drawings and lyrics (written in Spanish; English translations thrown in as a bonus) is also included to complement and complete one of the great releases of our time.

In many ways, this review is pointless as the vast majority of people who know of Volahn will already have made their minds up to purchase the album. Not really the kind of music you buy in error; not one you could regret owning either.

Evilometer: 666/666

VOLAHN / TUKAARIA – SPLIT (Crepúsculo Negro / Rhinocervs)

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Volahn TukaariaThis tape is a total insult and I have returned from semi-retirement to express my disgust. How two labels can come together and still manage to make such a cock of a release is beyond me. However, in the case of Crepúsculo Negro – whose inadequacies I was already all too familiar with due to a previous, almost-interminable delivery delay – it’s hardly a surprise.

The problem is so basic it makes me feel like a complete prick for having purchased the cassette in the first place. I’m listening along to the music and it just ends abruptly midway through the last song, i.e. the tape used isn’t actually long enough to hold all the music. Fucking amateurs. Purchased directly from the label, too, so no disreputable middlemen involved.

When labels display such blatant disregard for quality and integrity and can’t even be bothered to check to make sure that the full album is on the tapes before sending them out, you can but

Evilometer: Fuck Off/666