Mathias Grassow "Bloodmoon" CD
Celebrating the nocturnal autumn sceneries of the Scandinavian territories, the German drone virtuoso Mathias Grassow returns with new album, released at the beginning of October 2012 on Swedish gterma label. This shadowy ride emerges with "The Longing", nearly 12-minutes long intro, surrounded by quite monotonous drone walls, here and there augmented by assorted industrialized and frightening distant rumbles. Drones of much heavier size and depth massively invade "Domains Of The Stallo", a long form piece getting over 34-minute mark. A climb down to the deep cavern has just begun, the listener is taken to the cascading labyrinths of passageways in the underground realms, surrounded by spectacular formations with hidden mysterious creatures. One of them could be also the magical giant, The Stallo. Mathias Grassow delivers here his orthodox, massive and monochromous drone endeavors, the gates to the drone inferno are unlocked!!! Drone bliss # 1!!! 11 minutes long "Call Of The Huldra" returns to more relieving nightscaping drones, exploring all the magic of shadowy forest, hauntingly illuminated by the moonlight. The drone drifts slowly through smooth cascades and evolves into gracious immenseness. Rumors say The Huldra might live here, a stunningly beautiful and fabulous female creature with animal's tail. Will we meet her? As mentioned, this piece doesn't reach the colossal intensity of its predecessor, but the drone is utterly gorgeous and fascinating, just like some of the unusual forest spirits. Eerie howls of wolves announce the title track "Bloodmoon", the closing piece of this journey, this one gets close to 19 minutes. Howls are melted with tranquilly expanding low drone washes, soon transferring into dramatically adventurous cello-like sonorities, raising, droning and falling. In the second half few harsher and noisier fragments are thrown in to strengthen this already grandiose dronescaping finale, along with some ghostly invasions. "Bloodmoon" is permeated by incredibly beautiful and scenic Northern forest landscapes, and attractively displayed by 16-page booklet (design and photographs by gterma's Johan Rehn). Mathias Grassow has emerged his musical voyage more than 26 years ago and we, drone purveyors, are still journeying with him. "Bloodmoon" requires several repeated, deeply immersing listening sessions (headphones are recommended!!!), but then it's a fully rewarding experience. Yes, this is another big one from The Drone Medicine Man!!!
Richard Gürtler (Feb 24, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)