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Artist: AETHENOR
Title: Betimes Black Cloudmasses
Format: LP
Label: VHF
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"The highly-anticipated second album from VINCENT DE ROGUIN (SHORA), STEPHEN OMALLEY (SUNN0))), KTL), and DANIEL OSULLIVAN (GUAPO). Like their genre confounding debut Deep In Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light, Betimes is an atmospheric, constantly changing piece that encompasses a mind-boggling array of different performance and processing techniques. The deeply psychedelic and moving results present a soundstage that is continually evolving, with new elements entering and leaving the fray every couple of seconds. Includes significant contributions from free percussionists NICOLAS FIELD and ALEX BABEL, who sprinkle the sound field with an almost FMP-style rush of splattering drum sound, raising the intensity of the music (without resorting to bashing). The album also features a brief but affecting vocal from ULVER mastermind KRISTOFFER RYGG, who will make his first live appearance in over a decade when AETHENOR plays the Roadburn Festival in April 2008. Aethenors third LP, featuring vocals and lyrics by David Tibet, will be released in Autumn 2008." -VHF

Artist: AETHENOR
Title: Deep In Ocean Sunk The Lamp of Light
Format: LP
Label: VHF
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"The debut release from the trio of STEPHEN OMALLEY (SUNN0))))), DANIEL OSULLIVAN (GUAPO), and VINCENT DE ROGUIN (SHORA). Taking its title from The Iliad, the music is deep, cosmic, and equally epic, completely unlike anything youd expect from three such heavyweights. More in the tradition of Nurse With Wounds Spiral Insana or Klaus Schulzes Cyborg than any contemporary trend, the tracks float along in a masterful collage of activity, where careful scene changes highlight OSullivans classic but artfully placed Rhodes bombs, De Roguins organ, and OMalleys guitar. Extraordinary effort has gone into editing, mastering, and shaping these pieces-they are not tossed off improvisations or "side-project" orphans. Housed in beautiful, custom jackets hand-printed by ALAN SHERRY of SIWA."

Artist: AETHENOR
Title: En Form For Bla
Format: Double LP
Label: VHF
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"AETHENOR is comprised of STEPHEN OMALLEY (SUNN0))), KTL), DANIEL OSULLIVAN (ULVER, MOTHLITE, GUAPO), KRISTOFFER RYGG (ULVER) and STEVE NOBLE (N.E.W., COMPANY, etc.). En Form For Bla documents the continued evolution of this unlikely collective, a collision of players from various avant, improv, metal, and "other" threads who together make a unique and arresting sound. Documenting three gigs in Oslo recorded in 2010, the album is deep and weird, with liquid sounds juddering around the occasionally identifiable percussion or Rhodes motif. In the evolution from a side project / studio group to a frequently working live act, Aethenor kept their sound intact, taking the musique-concrete-style transitions and "whats that sound" ethos of their three previous efforts directly to the stage. Noble, having spent a couple of decades playing drums with Derek Bailey and other well-known UK improvisers, moves the music along subtly, keeping much of the focus on the burbling sound mass. OMalleys guitar, an instrument of extreme viscera in Sunn0))), is used with restraint, providing occasional low menace but mostly mixing it up with OSullivans thematic lines and Ryggs sound treatments. The overall effect is atmospheric rather than sedate-something like a modern, small group version of Miles Davis classic "He Loved Him Madly" or Nurse with Wounds Spiral Insana. Other than perhaps Supersilent, no one else is working this sonic vocabulary today. Designed by OMalley, the deluxe double-LP version is pressed on white vinyl and packaged with printed inner sleeves; the CD is in a card folio. Live dates planned to follow albums release." -VHF.

Artist: AETHENOR
Title: Hazel
Format: LP
Label: VHF
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
Includes download code. "Hazel is the fifth record from Æthenor, the group of eclectic travelers that includes Stephen OMalley (SunnO))), KTL), Daniel OSullivan (Ulver, This is Not This Heat, Grumbling Fur, etc.), Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver), and Steve Noble (Brötzmann Trio, N.E.W.) Together they bring their considerable pedigrees into play with unexpected and original results. Contradicting expectations of a massive blow-out of sound, everyone plays with remarkable, effective restraint. Atmospheric and layered, this latest release features bits and pieces of identifiable rock-moves peeking out from under a thick blanket of hard-to-identify drift. Based on live recordings made on a lengthy tour of Italy in 2010, Hazel has been extensively edited and supplemented, but without losing the elemental sound of a group playing live together. Though theres plenty of weird ambient sound to be heard, this isnt a sound- effects/pedalboard record. Like the previous En Form for Bla, Nobles drums anchor the music with spare and considered playing, sometimes lashing out with abstract punctuation, and other times laying out a Can-like groove. OMalleys guitar is also restrained, providing a bed for OSullivans constantly morphing Rhodes, synths and electronic effects. Kristoffer Rygg contributes a rousing vocal incantation to Ermanna and peppers the mix with ghostly modular details. Æthenors catalog continues to be not like anything else out there right now. Sleeve designed by Stephen OMalley." - VHF.

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