Sunday, 14 June 2009

Trial Of The Bow -- "Rite Of Passage"

Trial Of The Bow is an Ambient/Neo-Folk/World Music project of two members of Australian Doom/Death act Disembowelment. This has a rare depth and integrity seldom found in most "side-projects", which suggests that this is no mere flirtation with sounds. Influences from various traditions around the world, including Arabic and Celtic, are melded into a whole that strongly recalls Dead Can Dance. If you took Ulver's "Kveldssanger" album out of the trollforests of Norway and dropped it among the minarets of Istanbul, then it'd probably sound something like this.

Info (label)
Info (MySpace)

This is their only full-length album. I have included a bonus track from the "Release Your Mind vol. 2" compilation, which is actually my favourite of their tracks.

Trial Of The Bow -- "Rite Of Passage" CD (1997)

01. Father Of The Flower
02. Ubar
03. The Promise
04. Serpent
05. The Eyre Of Awakening
06. Ceilidh For The Sallow Ground
07. Muezzin
08. The Court Of The Servant
09. As Night Falls
10. Alizee

11. Borderland (bonus track from "Release Your Mind vol. 2" comp)

Result! I've just found this link to download their previous EP.

Trial Of The Bow -- "Ornamentation" EP (1995)

01. The Two Sacred Tapestries Of Persia
02. Inverloch
03. From The Mountains Of Tangier
04. Ornamentation

It's only 128 kps, but better than nothing. Enjoy!

Leech Woman (UK) -- "33°"

I'm off to see Crust legends Amebix on Thursday, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Leech Woman are one of the supports, so I thought I'd post their 1st album. This is proper Industrial, somewhere between Godflesh, Ministry and Einstürzende Neubauten: harsh, noisy and abrasive, not your slick MTV-friendly NIN or Marilyn Manson stuff. Pounding rhythms, white noise and snarled vocals, all imbued with a gnarly British Punk attitude. It loses direction in places, but when they get going they're immense.

Info (MySpace)

Leech Woman -- "33°" CD (1997)

01. TK421
02. Illuminator
03. Sea Shepherd
04. Spit
05. Tool
06. Fear And Loathing
07. Legion
08. O V A
09. Silicon
10. Intolerance
11. Sea Shepherd (Martin Atkins Remix)
12. untitled

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Relig Oran (UK) -- "The Dark Side" EP

Relig Oran are a fantastic Canterbury (UK) based band whose music takes in the tradition of English, Irish and Breton folk, mixes in the sound of the African kalimba, and adds a contemporary twist. They have requested that I post this for them. This EP is a couple of years old now, and features a different lineup from the current one. The original lineup was :

Andy Renshaw (Kalimba, Bodhrán, Percussion, Bass Pedals)
Gordon Jackson (Vocals, Mandola, Djembe)
Martin Sutcliffe (Melodeon, Bodhrán)

The current lineup is:

Andy Renshaw (Kalimba, Bodhrán, Percussion, Bass Pedals)
Martyn Kember-Smith (Fiddle)
Jem Scott (Guitar, Vocals, Bouzouki)

Info (website)

Relig Oran -- "The Dark Side EP" (2007)

1. Fairwell To Chatham / Emely
2. Ye Mariners All
3. Urra Moor / Morning Star / Boy In The Gap / Willafjord
4. Home By Barna
5. Billy Boy
6. Red Cow / Two Kerry Polkas

During the 90s, Andy Renshaw was a member of another folk/roots act Jacob's Ladder, as well as their more traditional folk incarnation Camine. I'm hoping to post the Jacob's Ladder album in the near future.

Friday, 5 June 2009

The Hofmann Sound (UK) -- 3 track promo

The Hofmann Sound are an abrasive Post-Punk band from Folkestone, Kent, and despite them being friends of mine, they're fucking great. There's more stuff to download on their blog, including a gig that I recorded!


The Hofmann Sound -- 3 track Promo (2009)

1. Journey to Nowhere
2. Disconnect
3. Swamp Death