“Vestigios” EP out now!

•03/12/2015 • Leave a Comment

Front cover

1.-Vestigios I (5:47)

2.-Vestigios II (9:20)

3.-Vestigios III (5:42)

Available on Kalpamantra Net-label (UK)

New Úden appearance (Kalpamantra compilation)

•06/05/2013 • Leave a Comment

Various ‎– Απόγειο

http://kalpamantra.bandcamp.com/album/apogee

Úden/Nagrindr – Split review at Heathen Harvest

•02/05/2013 • Leave a Comment

LINK: http://heathenharvest.org/2013/05/02/split-%E2%80%8E-uden-nagrindr/

Certainly, in the dark passageways and subterranean paths of the darkest genres of music, splits have become quite commonplace, and can be as varied as the artists that venture upon them.  The thing I like most about splits is the expectation of variety, along with the chance to hear perhaps a never before discovered artist whom has been packaged in with an old favorite.  Such is the experience that isÚden/Nagrinðr.  Simply titled, the work sets itself up as a unique reflection of two projects who remain close compatriots in the world of visceral sound and experience.

Úden begins the odyssey with a pair of fairly long-winded tracks.  His side takes up over 24 minutes, and his “Wandering” duo requires several listens to be absorbed completely. Part I is certainly a precursor to Part II, and Part II is where I will focus.

Part II alone would justify purchasing this album, in my opinion.  There are very few tracks that really open up all the senses, and this one certainly does that, and more.  Completely unassuming, the scale and veracity that this song evolves into is quite breathtaking.  Though minimalistic in nature and structure, the overreaching themes of sadness and isolation are clearly implied, not to mention physically felt.  I would rank this one among the likes of Ancient Tundra‘s Wandering Along a Lonely Path, or Öröm‘s Csöndben.  Both songs denote a wandering soul, finding the way through the darkness, both metaphorically and spiritually.  “Wandering II” just has that undeniable classic feel to it.  Its minimalism is matched only by its stark greatness.

And so the first half comes to a close.  And the “unknown, undiscovered” artist I spoke of earlier?  That was Úden.  And see, already a fast favorite was found, and a musical bond formed.  Let’s see what Nagrinðr has for us this time.

Quite a bit shorter, and undeniably darker, Nagrinðr forces into the mix with “Hostis… Antiqvvs Hostis”, easily the shortest piece present on this work.  Undulating and unsettling, this mix provides a darker, albeit deeper look into the aforementioned loneliness and a sense that, truly, we are incredibly alone in our hour of suffering.  Slowly, the industrial/martial percussion begins, adding another layer to the overall scope and scape of madness personified.  The track ends as its counterpart begins.

The last tracks are a serious matter, as they put the frame and finish on the work and themes presented.  In this case, it’s rather unfortunate.  Track 1 was good, tracks 2 and 3 were magnificent, but track 4 was atonal and borderline obnoxious.  Nothing against the artist here, it’s just that it grated my ears and mind a lot more than I have ever been comfortable with.  I was actually quite disappointed in this final expression on an otherwise remarkable album.

Splits are either done well, or horribly executed.  I’d give this one some time if you happen to come across one for sale, which will be quite a feat, especially considering only 50 were ever made.  It’s one of those releases that spawns feeling and angst, pleasure and pain, all within 45 minutes of pressing the play button.  Recommended for fans of deep, resonating dark ambient with a hint of watery essence to the mix.

Track List:

01) Úden – Wandering
02) Úden – Wandering II
03) Nagrinðr – Hostis… Antiqvvs Hostis
04) Nagrinðr – Vermiis (A Call from the Womb Beneath the Earth)

Rating: 4/5
Written by: Asche
Label: Departed Souls Productions (Chile) / DPS-I / CD-R
Dark Ambient / Industrial

LINK: http://heathenharvest.org/2013/05/02/split-%E2%80%8E-uden-nagrindr/

 

Úden – Úden (9th Meridian) review at Heathen Harvest

•30/04/2013 • Leave a Comment

http://heathenharvest.org/2013/04/30/uden-uden/

Is there such a thing as musical attraction?  Meaning:  Is there something connecting two minds together through the medium of the musical spectrum?  Certainly, I believe so.  When I reviewed the Nagrindr Úden split, Úden was the unknown project, joined together with Nagrindr in unholy sound and texture.  Having this original experience only helps to perpetuate the new journey set forth here in this eponymous release.

There seems to be a certain urgency, a deep yearning, infused into each of the 5 tracks presented.  Although varied and independent, each track brings together nuance and effortless cohesion to form an album-sustaining collective.  I’ve written about this collective before.  Some call it track progression or flow.  The collective power of an album can be weighed by the tremors from track A resonating into track B, and so on.  This force is of immense importance, in my opinion, especially when the sounds being worked with fall into this sort of genre specification.

Altogether, it’s not the elements, sounds, or samples used that truly give this work its power.  Indeed, the sounds and expressions found within are fairly typical of dark ambient as a whole.  I believe that it’s the way that they are used that truly shows their power.  It’s a creeping synth module here, a distorted string there; each song bears the collective mind as that of the album.  Howling, barren winds set the stage for countless groans, clanks, whispers, and layered ambience throughout.  “The Joseph Curwen Portrait” certainly sets the mood for the rest of the album.  Being the most “commercial track, it allows an easy step into the deeper darkness of later experiences.  By the time “The R’lyeh Sleep” reaches the halfway point, the mind fully grasps the innermost workings and palatable atmosphere of the created work.  All things begin to reach new levels, and the mix is quite intoxicating.

It comes to mind that the influence of Raison d’EtreVond, and perhaps Lustmord are present within the finished work.  It’s a quieter, more introspective look, however, free of loud, jarring crashes and molested torque knobs.  Almost an ethereal feel throughout, the tracks simmer in sadness, isolation, and pure despair.  It occurs that this album has many uses.  Meditative experience is allowed to express itself, as is the use of the tracks as a peaceful descent into the land of Nod.  There is nothing pretentious or fake here.  It is a pure, aural experience, one that can be enjoyed multiple times as the need shows itself.

In all, the most enjoyable experience was leaving this album on repeat while closing my eyes and relaxing.  I would have been content to do so for hours.  There is something attractive about its essence, the pure energy and resonance that seems so hard to find these days.  Though I don’t typically point out one track in particular that spoke to me, I wish to do so in this review.  I found track 4, “Faith Crisis”, to illustrate best the soul of the contained work.  Coming after the juggernaut “The R’lyeh Sleep”, “Faith Crisis” seems to exude the pure soul of this effort.  A wandering, desolate track of massive feeling and expression.

In short, I recommend this work quite highly.  If you have the opportunity to obtain this album in any medium, I encourage you to do so.  This is a masterpiece of our modern times.

Track List:

01) The Joseph Curwen Portrait
02) Urban Paranoia
03) The R’lyeh Sleep
04) Faith Crisis
05) Among the Grey

Rating: 5/5
Written by: Asche

Review for “Úden” album…

•02/11/2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s more like a brief comment, but it’s appreciated :

http://mushroom-brotherhood.blogspot.com/2012/02/cosmic-anbient-of-uden.html

 

“Ruinas” new full length

•08/08/2012 • 2 Comments

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After some unknown happening, we found ourselves (or just “self”) in this enourmous wasteland, there’s nothing and we don’t know nothing…we only see images without knowing what happened or if we are really in the planet called Earth… We found ruins, traces of what seems to be remains of some technology or culture from the past, ashes… a vortex wich we don’t know where it leads, or where it came from… transmissions in the air, unknown to us.

Tracklist:

1. Ruinas (Ruins) 09:31
2. Vórtice (Vortex) 08:24
3. Cenizas (Ashes) 05:00
4. Factoría del vacío (Factory of emptiness) 06:11
5. Ruinas II (Ruins II) 09:20
6. Ondas (Waves) 07:06
7. Nada (Nothing) 03:36

Total time: 49:08

 

Available on Kalpamantra Net Label.

(direct link)

Daidalos Records compilation

•17/11/2011 • 1 Comment

There’s an Úden track available in a massive compilation by Daidalos Records (http://daidalosrec.blogspot.com/ ).
This can be downloaded and you can buy a physical copy as well (triple CD-R in a beatuiful handmade digipak)

Volumen 01

Volumen 02 

http://www.mediafire.com/?a5rkf3jyju6cbcv

Volumen 03