THIS IS NOT METAL. THOUGH THE IMAGERY AND TONE MAY LOOK METAL, IT IS NOT. DRAGON FLIGHT RECORDINGS COVER A WIDE RANGE OF DARK WAVE AND DARK AMBIENT STYLES WHICH ARE IN THE SAME SPIRIT OF MUCH NON-COMMERCIAL METAL--i.e., ATMOSPHERIC, REFLECTIVE, DOOMY, ETC. THIS MUSIC IS FOR THE MORE REFLECTIVE TIMES OF SPIRIT.


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As All Die/Veinke

“In a Vacuum of Blackened Space”/ “Destitution” (7 tracks. 51:31).

This split CD is all about dark, mood-drenched music. The first 6 tracks, basically an e.p. of material, features some very melancholy tunes from Clint Listing and Greg Ball of Long Winter’s Stare. The mood and feel of LWS is very alive in these tracks, though the reader must understand that this is NOT a Heavy Metal CD. In fact, the only guitar I am aware of on this CD would be either acoustic, or possibly some clean guitar. If you are not into non-metallic Doom, look elsewhere for your music (i.e., Dark Symphonies). But if you love dark, morose music, you’ll totally enjoy this. Frankly, I like it better than LWS. The other track on this CD is a 30 minute dark ambient improvisation by D. Marvin. This “music”, if you want to call it that, is nearly impossible to describe. It is a collection of minimalistic and muted sound which are designed to paint mental pictures for the listener. Marvin’s work is quite believable and enjoyable if you like this sort of thing. Personally, I do. It’s great for those dark, quiet times when you want to be reflective. It is great for background “noise” when reading a book. And for those of us into Metal, it is a great alternative to top 40 music when we don’t feel like “banging our heads”.


LS-TTL

“el-es-tee-tee-el” (9 tracks. 68:54).

If you’re in the mood for something weird and different, an experience that is guided by the manipulation of sound, you might be interested in this little goody. The experience is something like slow motion bungee jumping in your sleep. This is not music, it is a soundtrack. As the note says inside, “the soundtrack for the untitled film of the mind”. Actually, it could be the soundtrack for something like the movie “Eraserhead” or “Pi”. Needless to say, it really messes with your mind. This is sound, a droning sound like a muffled tornado, with little sound effects spread throughout, some of which are barely audible. It does help to listen with headphones on—if you dare! Those familiar with Blackhouse or Matt Franz will know what to expect.


Necrophorus

“Gathering Composed Thoughts” (11 tracks. 73:45).
I should begin by mentioning that this is a side project of Peter Andersson, the mind behind Raison d’etre on Sweden’s Cold Meat Industry label. I actually have never heard that project but am familiar with label mates Mental Destruction and the awesome Sanctum. Also, being from Sweden is always a good sign.

I’ve always felt drawn to this sort of dark ambient experimentation because I find that it is inward, speculative, and non-conformist. That’s how I like to think of myself too! Anyway, this is not “music” but experimentation with sound. Five of these tracks are previously unreleased. Of the ones that have been released before, most of them appeared on compilations and such. They were composed between 1991 and 1996. Tracks one and two seem to be some sort of minimalistic mind terror with creepy sound effects and some breathing noises which I believe may have been sampled from his dog. Whether this is true or not, the effect is something akin to what you might expect in an old Hammer film. You can just picture some mutated freak crawling out of a sewer in a dark, fog filled London street. Track 3, “Spiritcatcher” could just as well be called “Paranoia” or “Vertigo” as it has the aural effect of an Alfred Hitchcock movie! After this one the music becomes a little more like music, described in the liner notes as “neoclassical movements”. I would call them dark ambient pieces. “Threshold Over Times” and “Water from Arcane Delight” are particularly entertaining pieces, the first with its tympani and flute sounds, the other with the soothing sounds of water and keys. “Sadnight” is as beautiful as “Spiritcatcher” is creepy. This CD is very diverse, then, with sounds reminding of the experimental side of Blackhouse on the one hand, and the soothing strains of Caul on the other.

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