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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2013, 12:56:11 PM »
Iron Maiden-Live After Death.  I would say if you could only have one IM album in your collection, this should be it.  Recorded 1985 at the peak of their game. 

I'm showing my age here a bit, but I saw the Maiden on their first tour with Paul Di'Anno at Middlesbrough Town Hall. I liked their stuff very much then but I think they haven't really changed musically from their early days.
Incidentally, I also saw a band called 'White Spirit' at the same venue (well, in the Crypt) with Janick Gers, before he joined Iron Maiden. My last blast from the past was seeing an AC/DC soundalike band with a Mr Brian Johnstone as singer - before he joined AC/DC.

Jolly days...

I saw Iron Maiden at The Rock Garden in Middlesbrough, again it was with Paul Di'Anno on vocals, they where pretty average in my opinion, could never understand why they got so big. My friend took over the lead guitar role in White Spirit, Jannick Gers left to join the Ian Gillan Band, before he eventually joined Iron Maiden. But yes those were the days 8)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Hypnagogue Podcast
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:45:19 AM »
Congratulations on your one hundredth podcast John, an outstanding achievement. Here's to the next 100 :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2013, 06:43:10 AM »
Well the music is big, so the album cover has to be ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:48:04 PM »

Saturnus - Saturn in Ascension
Love this band, superb doom metal

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:54:36 PM »

Phelios - Passage
Another superb dark ambient gem

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:07:27 PM »
phobos: Yes, budget permitting we are planning to videotape all the concerts and presentations and post them on YouTube.
That would be cool, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:33:35 PM »

Phelios - Astral Unity
What a great album and a beautiful 6 panel digipak from Malignant

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:19:42 PM »
Sounds like a great event, hope it is a success for everyone concerned.
Hopefully there will be some live footage posted on Youtube for those of us over the pond?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:13:02 PM »

Just purchased last night:

BLOOD BOX-Funeral in an Empty Room.  This is on the Power & Steel sublabel of Loki Foundation, Germany.  This is a SUPERB celestial darkambient release.  Don't let the cliched typical dark ambient title put you off;  highly recommend this one to all!

That is a superb album, and if you can find a copy of it, I would highly recommend his The Iron Dream also.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Am I a putz or a whack-job?
« on: January 12, 2013, 02:57:32 PM »
I am over fifty and I like extreme/doom/death metal also, and if you don't know these check them out, I love them!

there's no hope for you with jazz though ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Dear Ann Landers...
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:55:26 PM »
There is an old saying, "You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family"
Don't give them a second thought, like everyone has said, move on and just worry about the ones you care about.

Congratulations Pete, and best wishes for many more years to come 8)

Welcome Jim 8)

Had a quick listen through the tracks, it sounds great, downloading now, thank you very much Julio 8)

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2012 feedback? 2013 suggestions?
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:03:19 PM »
Its good to hear that Hypnos will contiue to release CD's, I am another person who does prefer the physical product, and the move to digipaks was great and maybe that could be expanded, possibly 6 panel digipaks if feasible? I think offering downloads as an option, not a replacement, would be a good idea. I don't think the price of the CD is the off putting factor, $12.99 for a pressed CD in a digipak is a pretty amazing price imho, but the ever increasing cost of shipping, when added to the cost of the CD probably contributes to the fall in CD sales, I know Hypnos try and keep the shipping costs low, but there is only so much you can absorb, before it starts to hurt you, so in that respect if some customers found the shipping cost too much, then an option of a download may be good for them, and may generate a sale which might be otherwise lost.

Future Hypnos releases, Oophoi/Seren FFordd follow up to the Martian Chronicles, yes please, and again with a solo Oophoi release, Mathias Grassow, Dahlia's Tear, Broken Harbour, Igneous Flame to name a few.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:21:00 PM »

This arrived at the weekend, its brilliant. Thanks to jim02 for the tip 8)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:06:16 PM »
A big thank you to John for the review.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:00:17 PM »
Thanks for posting that Blake, I got a Hypnagogue new post email late last night, but needed to go to bed to get up for work today, so I thought I would post it when I got home, but you beat me to it, thanks again.
Oh and Chris, as for collaborations, well you never know what the future may bring ;)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:55:26 PM »

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:08:41 AM »
Another review of Darker by Sylvain Lupari

A distant breeze, hollow like the breaths of winds singing in a tree trunk trimmed by holes, opens the rangy and single-phased "Séance". The movement is quiet and dark. Without rhythm it inhales of these long dark strata which surround silence, plunging the listener into the gaps of “Darker”. Without surprises, this 3rd tome about the solitude of the black angels from David Thompson is a profound immersion into the slow waves and blacks lines of a synth which frees as much musical lines as morphic singings which waltz lazily with the shadows of oblivion. From the height of its 29 minutes, "Séance" sweeps of its apocalyptic breaths the vestiges of an arid land and embraces of its atonal wings the last souvenirs of a world formerly of light and hope, leading so the dreamers that we are in the most abyssal cracks of a world to be redone. Black? More than! Neurasthenic? Not just a bit! “Darker” is forged in the melancholic shadows of our lost illusions.
Taking back the black humors of his This Desolate Place in 2011, Phobos digs even more in the fantasies of our night terrors with 4 long tracks which kiss at full tones the hooting of souls lost in slow lethal whirlwinds. Alone with his earphones, the auditor is plunged into a duel against darkness in a rich morphic canvas where the music, so intense than black, flows like gloomy torrents into our speakers. Our dark thoughts adopts to the forms of night spectres, fomenting the dark obsessions which feed even more the vision that we can have of the lands that are on the other side of mirrors. And it's to these doors that Phobos leads us after the quiet "Descend"."Hells Gate" is the hallucinatory rendezvous with the other hillside of the tranquillity. The angels are shouting here and the incubus are exulting all the way of this slow ingression in the mephistophelic abysses there where we can hear strange rustles and feel the ochred breaths dancing with weariness around our fears. There are no doubts; "Hells Gate" is one of the heavy monuments of black ambient music that I heard. After this odyssey in the opacity, "Decomposing Lust" re-appears out of darkness with a movement wraps by a scent of iridescent metal of which the grazes are praying for a paradoxical freedom in the ultimate moment of serenity of an album that makes no compromise regarding its first intentions; plunging the listener into the most somber secrets of “Darker”.
Quietly Phobos builds himself an enviable place in the very restricted market of the black and gloomy ambient EM. The music of “Darker” is intense and fed the driest of the imaginations with waves of synth which float as spectres of which the ochred breaths are moulding some insidious ectoplasms in search of a life. Possibly ours! But all this are only fantasies loosened by more than 70 minutes of a dark and captivating EM of which the listening in solitary, and in the dark, can only forge these delights that only the imagination can sanction.
Sylvain Lupari (December 15th, 2012)

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