COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER - 'Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside' CD (CSR243CD)


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Ritual / Black Ambient
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- Cold Spring -

The triumphant reawakening of San Francisco’s masters of behemoth ritualistic darkness… Within “Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside”, bone, antler and voice produce connective threads between the worlds, as guitar and percussion punctuate shifts in mood. Voices call to the spirits, and the spirits call back in return. Recorded in 2016 during four private, collective only rituals, the pieces pull the listener through the darkest and most overgrown trails of the blackest forest. Monumental and horizonless ritualistic black ambience. Vocal visitations by A.C. Way of Sutekh Hexen. Common Eider, King Eider is headed by Rob Fisk and Andee Connors (A Minor Forest, legendary aQuarius boss). Spot-varnished digipak.

"For those who have seen them live in the last year or so: this album tracks the atmosphere and sound of their recent performances perfectly... signature reverb-laden drones [which] speak of deep desolate woodland isolation... the melancholy of strings and the hollow echoes of howling voices haunting every corner... a heart-wrenching leitmotiv that is accentuated by distant guttural vocals... These guys definitely don’t disappoint". (Vital Weekly)

"...we pivot rather smoothly from our dissection of Time Machines to a band whose music is equally, if not more, enrobed within the tenets of the ritualistic and occult... The antler and bone credited in the album’s making are not so much heard but felt, much like the hellish, guttural screams of A.C. Way (Sutekh Hexen) evoke the pure dread of an eternal realm where lost souls reside in anguish... an all-around harrowing album to get lost in." (The Alcohol Seed)

"Shrines is a deliberate journey from unsettled quiet to all-out madness. It is a carefully and beautifully crafted hellish nightmare... it is refreshing to hear an artist not only serve the genre so well but breaks new ground in the process. Highly recommended." (Avant Musique News)

"This is an evocative slab of dark ambiance, organic sounding at times and harshly unforgiving at others. Recommended." (Midlands Metalheads)

"...una de las propuestas más apetecibles de dark ambient con matices rituales de estos últimos años... una fórmula ambiental altamente enigmática, inmensa y sobrecogedora... un magnífico trabajo de producción y ecualización que enfatiza la sensación de imponencia escondida en las composiciones que este experimentado dúo de músicos nos plantea... Un auténtico sueño maldito." (5/5, NOmelody)

"Un desbordante talento en la composición musical que, firmada artísticamente por Rob Fisk y Andee Connors, adquiere un armonioso cuerpo sonoro donde se entremezclan la vanguardia y el ocultismo hasta que toda la estructura musical toma significado, sentido y trasfondo ritual....música concebida a través del prisma de la obscuridad, el ritual pagano y la Mística". (Lux Atenea)

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