TOP MUSICAL EXPERIENCES THAT MOVED ME THROUGH 2011 (in no particular order after POPOL VUH!):
POPOL VUH "Absolutely everything all of the time!"
STEVE VON TILL "Absolutely everything all of the time!"
PULSAR "Pollen / Strands of the Future / Halloween albums"
PHURPA "Trowo Phurnag Ceremony"
PINK FLOYD "Echoes" (Original 1970 "Meddle" version)
THIRD EAR BAND "Alchemy / Abelard & Heloise / Macbeth albums"
YATHA SIDHRA "A Meditation Mass"
NEUROSIS "A Sun That Never Sets" ("Souls At Zero" being my all time favorite album on earth, I'd say this album from the tribe is by far most absorbed through out the years & I really needed it in 2011.)
WINTER "Into Darkness" (Witnessing one of my favorite albums from high school LIVE from beginning to end!)
PATRICK WALKER "Solo acoustic offerings & 40 Watt Sun live!
40 WATT SUN "The Inside Room"
WARNING "Watching From A Distance"
NOVEMTHREE (Collaborating with these gentlemen for a live performance)
YOUR CELL : YOURSELF "Reflections Through Flame: A Fire Tender Manifestation."(Could very well be the most rewarding live performance thus far for me!)
ARNICA "Everything" (So looking forward to our collaboration gentlemen!)
ARKTAU EOS (Absolutely everything!)
HALO MANASH (Absolutely everything!)
WARDRUNA "Runaljod Gap Var Ginnunga"
COYOTZIN "A Mystical Saga within 3 discs"
LONGING FOR DAWN "Between Elation & Despair"
HEIRESS "Early Frost" (Advanced copy-thank you guys for allowing us to capture the visual element of your debut full length...Beyond Fevering is the BEST TRACK HANDS DOWN!)
THE GAULT "Even As All Before Us"
PRIMORDIAL "The Gathering Wilderness"
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL "Light the Fires!" (I thank Great Mystery everyday for this gift to become an offering...in 2012 may it be shared.)
CEDAR SPIRITS (Such a heart warming & truly moving collaboration! Thank you guys so much & I love you both...in 2012 may it be shared.)
ALETHES (Private unreleased full length...Perhaps one day I'll be allowed to release & share this crucial offering to you all?)
FEARTHAINNE "Knowing" (Deeply humbled & quite honored to contribute drum & percussion work towards one of the most beautiful gifts of music in years...in 2012 may it be shared.)
AT THE HEAD OF THE WOODS "Here I Stand" (So good to finally see this offering made available.)
BIRCH BOOK "A Handful Of Days"
BETHLEHEM "Dark Metal"
KUDSI ERGUNER & DERYA TURKAN "Chemins"
MIDLAKE "The Courage Of Others & Fortune ep"
DORDEDUH "Valea Omului" (Have been anticipating the full length for all of 2011...WTF! The documentary regarding the making of it was a wonderful appetizer though...Thanks Doru!)
FUNGAL ABYSS "Bardo Abgrund Temple"
WARREN ELLIS & NICK CAVE "The Road & Proposition" film scores.
SANGRE DE MUERDAGO "Sangre De Muerdago"
CODEINE "The White Birch"
RACHEL BOAZ SCOTT (CEDAR SPIRITS / GLASS THROAT VISIONS)
2. 40 WATT SUN - LIVE (I think I listen to the the live version of This Alone just about every day since the show...)
3. WINTER - LIVE :) Amazing!!! :)
4. CEDAR SPIRITS - Thank you Chet and Pythagumus for the encouragement and support to give something new a try. Can't wait for it to finally go to press...
5. BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL - Light the Fires! ("Two Ravens at the Treeline")
6. SANGRE DE MUERDAGO - Thank you for bringing in the light during some of my darkest days this year.
7. HEIRESS - Early Frost ("Damaged New Wind" (LIVE)
8. SOLSTAFIR - Kold
9. TENHI - All, anytime...so excited for Saivo to finally come out.
10. KEY - All
11. PENTANGLE - now available on my ipod - such a happy girl, thanks John!
12. MIDLAKE "The Courage Of Others & Fortune ep"
13. ARNICA - All, anytime..."Ilmatar"
Quinault Rain Forest and the Olympic Peninsula...
Rediscovering my love for photography and in that discovering a new passion for photographing wildlife...
Thanks to all my friends and family (especially Chet) for taking care of me and being by my side during one of the most challenging years of my life.
xox : I love you all : xox
1. ARCH/MATHEOS - Sympathetic Resonance
2. OBSEQUIAE - Suspended in the Brume of Eos
3. TAAKE - Noregs Vaampen
4. DISMA - Towards the Megalith
5. ICS VORTEX - Storm Seeker
6. FALLS OF RAUROS - The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood
7. VEKTOR - Outer Isolation
8. INQUISITION - Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
9. SEIDR - For Winter Fire
10. FOREST OF THE SOUL - Restless in Flight
FALLS OF RAUROS "The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood (Hiking in Norway with Ray and Aaron from falls...Climbing mountains while listening to Bathory's "hammer heart") My absolute favorite North American band.
AMEBIX "Sonic Mass" (Epic, emotional and intelligent....an album 20 years in the making and worth the wait.)
FAUNA "Whole discography" (This band has been an endless source of inspiration for me.)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT "Rear View Mirror" (This was the record I listened to the most while I was living abroad. Townes was the greatest poet in recent history.)
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL "Light the Fires!" (One of the most moving records to be recorded last year. A spiritually awakened journey.)
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM "Celestial Lineage" (Brilliant and blazing atmospheric black metal, the way it should be.)
SEIDR / LAKE OF BLOOD / FALLS OF RAUROS Tour: (Some of the best times I can remember.)
DARK CASTLE / YOB LIVE IN OSLO (Crushing doom gig. Yob is absolutely stunning live.)
WALDGEFLUSTER "Femundsmarka" (Brilliant new full length from this incredible German act. Jan is a true artist and friend.)
BLODSBAND "Gammelnordisk Bersvärjelser" (Shredding heathen black metal from Sweden)
CAMEL "Moon Madness" (One of the best prog albums ever...always soothes me when I am stressed from traveling.)
KóLGA (Doing a new, more spiritually focused black metal project with my closest friend, Jack Hannert.)
BINDRUNE RECORDINGS (One of the best labels in American metal, run by one of the best dudes in metal.)
SEIDR (Working on new album with my brothers is always a joy)
THE STATE OF KENTUCKY (The subject of my new album, set to be released in spring...and the most beautiful place in the world, in my opinion. It will ALWAYS be home, no matter where I am."
HAAND BRYGGERIET (The Norwegian Brewery I worked at late summer and fall, interning as a brewing apprentice. My hands down favorite brewery in the world, and a true honor to learn from these masters.)
and by far the best event of the year:
Laying Eyes on my now unborn son, HOKAN LUNN for the first time via ultrasound. I am so eager to hold him and learn who he is, as he discovers who he is.
Thanks to Chet & Glass Throat.
HENRY LAUER (HEX MAGAZINE / IRONWOOD)
Top Ten Sanity Saving Albums for 2011 (Not necessarily 2011 releases):
+ The Curious Tide (Michael-John Azzopardi) - Sublime trance folk that nourishes both my heart and my inner music nerd. This man's subtlety and inventiveness never cease to amaze me; and his interpretations of traditional folk songs are truly liberating.
+ Ghosts of Memory (The Veil) - Long awaited debut by Australian doom/shoegaze/neofolk/black metal/new wave geniuses. I've seen these songs performed live so many times over the years and they've carried me through some dark times. Its wonderful to finally have them on a CD.
+ Heritage (Opeth) - The more progressive these giants get, the more I love them. Totally out of this world atmosphere, composition, performances...
+ Loki Bound (Greed & Rapacity) - Well it won't be available until 2012 (on Milam Records) but co-creating this voyage into insanity was a profound honor; getting to perform it live (even the passage of 64 bars with each a different time signature!) was truly epic. I feel sick every time I hear it, which is precisely the intended effect.
+ Storm Over Sea (Ironwood) - Our most recent release and a point of reference I return to again and again as I dream my way into a new life over the raging, sublime sea.
+ Pentangle (all of it) - Burt Jansch died this year, but what a profound legacy he has left behind.
+ Time Is The Sulphur In The Veins Of The Saint (Abigor) - Can anyone say Magnum Opus? Will this band ever fail to outdo itself? If only one per cent of the black metal bands out there had this group's level of passion, creativity, vision, and integrity...
+ Silver Moon Slumber (Key) - This Finnish excursion into folky hypnagogia just plain makes me feel happy - and sad - and happy - and sad - in just the perfect equilibrium.
+ Cult of Youth (Cult of Youth) - The furious passion and boundless energy of this album - its atmosphere, courage, and relentless joy de vivre - truly inspires. And seeing them live - wow! Surpassed all of my (stratospheric) expectations.
+ Lateralus (Tool) - This album will always be the watershed of my musical existence. I know it is fashionable in the underground to hate Tool for their success and I don't care; for me they are the Masters. Once again Lateralus has been my sensei, guru, and healer.
CARLES J. (ARNICA)
For Àrnica, this year has been like a wonderful travel full of experiences, music, new lenguages and old friends.
-Javier entrance to Àrnica, providing wonderful guitars and stunning drums.
-Our trip through Europe. From Portugal to Lithuania, stopping at Aveiro (Portugal), València (Spain), Toulousse (France), Erdmannlistein (Switzerland), St. Koloman (Austria), Poznan (Poland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Barcelona (Spain) supporting Death In June.
During this trip we had the chance to share amazing and magic moments with Luis, Cela, Pedro, Santi, Wences (The Wyrm), Adam (Pesanta UrFolk), Rodolfo (Berkana), Isaac and Marta (L’Horrible Passion), Avencio (Gradual Hate), Andi and Christoph (Fräkmundt), Max (Sturmpercht), Jay and Bia (Traum’er Leben), Andrew King, Uwe and Frank (Barditus)Radbor & the Horde (Slowianski Mit), Michael, Anabelle, John, Robert (Blood Axis), Max, Sebastian, Julien, Marjory (the Kings in Toulousse). A special mention to Lasher Keen with who we share stage in Toulousse. All our love and admiration to our brother and comrade Gerhard Hallstatt (Allerseelen): there is more path to walk, brother!!
-Musically, the works by:
-Best thing of 2011 is that we are closer to Kali Yuga’s zenit. Looking forward for a grand 2012 full of exciting collaborations, trips and music!
JAMES WOODHEAD (AT THE HEAD OF THE WOODS / ELEMENTAL CHRYSALIS, THE)
This is a list of everything that kept me going, musical and otherwise and in no real order other than alphabetical while reading down my iTunes list.
First, before that even starts the top things are:
Celebrating my daughters first birthday with family.
Having the At the Head of the Woods / Blood of the Black Owl split finally see the light of day!
(A) STORY OF RATS: Tour EP
AELTER: Alter III lately but all is incredible
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL: ALL ALL THE TIME! Especially "The Banishing Ritual (Into White)"
CERBERUS SHOAL: Homb
FAUNA: The Hunt
FEARTHAINNE: Fearthainne 2xcd
FLYING CANYON: Flying Canyon
THE FREEDOM ORCHESTRA (Bobby Beausoleil): Lucifer Rising Soundtrack
KLAUS SCHULZE: ALL
LESBIAN: Stratospheria Cubensis and Forest Television Live!
MEZEKTET: Demo (Collaboration between Wolvserpent and (A) Story of Rats
MIDLAKE: The Courage of Others
MOONSORROW: Viides Luku- Havitetty
NEIL YOUNG: ALL
NEUROSIS: ALL ALL THE TIME but especially "A Sun That Never Sets" has helped shape me more than most things.
OWLTIAN MIA: The Greatest games ever played 2x7" Rediscovery from old vinyl collection that is kicking my ass.
PHURPA: Trowo Phurnag Ceremony
PINK FLOYD: ALL especially Wish You Were Here (album) and Echos
POPOL VUH: EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER HEARD
REACH OUT: 7" and Split with Honeywell another rediscovery of one of my all time favorites
SACRIFICIAL TOTEM: ALL
SIGUR ROS: ()
STILL LIFE: ALL ALWAYS
THE PULSAR: ALL especially Halloween lately
WARNING: Watching from a Distance
YATHA SIDHRA: A Meditation Mass
DANIEL ELLIS SMITH HARROD (CONTRIBUTING LYRICAL WRITER FOR BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL)
CRO-MAGS: The Age Of Quarrel
MISFITS: Everything 1978 to 1983
BLUT AUS NORD: Odinist
DARKTHRONE: The Cult Is Alive
BENEATH THE LAKE: Silent Uprising
PUNGENT STENCH: For God Your Soul, For Me Your Flesh
MADNESS: The Rise And Fall
ULVER: Nattens Madrigal
THE EXPLOITED: Horror Epics
ANTHRAX: Among The Living