Title: Ancient Death Cults And Beliefs
Label: Cold Spring
Cat nr: CSR270CD
Genre: Dark ambient/Drone
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- Artwork By – Abby Helasdottir
- Mastered By – Martin Bowes
Profound, ritual dark ambient and apocalyptic drones from Italy’s Sonologyst.
The veneration of the dead plays an important role in mythology and (nature) religions. It is inspired by fear for wrath of the deceased, and by obtaining their council and favours. A large part of the religious life concentrated therefore around the death cults. This led to the erection of huge monuments (mastabas, pyramids, grave-temples, and rock-graves) in Egypt… but in ancient China, Mesopotamia, and India the dead were also honoured by impressive monuments and elaborate rituals.
Although the death cults and burial rituals may be different among the nature religions, the reasons are the same; either affection towards the deceased or else fear for the soul wandering in the vicinity of the corpse and which must be appeased (with offerings, prayers, incantations). Common is also a form of cannibalism where the body is eaten in order to obtain some of the strength of the deceased. The mummification of the dead, which originated in the belief of life after death, was an important part of the death cults too.
This album is a deep musical investigation of those cults and beliefs in ancient times. Presented in a matt digipak with evocative, ritualistic artwork by Abby Helasdottir.
SONOLOGYST: electric guitars, electronics, sound processing. Ancient Egypt and Maya music samples
PAULO CHAGAS: bass clarinet on Anubis, House of Dead Prince; soprano saxophone, processed by Sonologyst, on Primeval Science
FRANS KEDES: synthesizers and voices on Purgatorium
DADANG DWI SEPTIYAN: percussion on Anubis, House of Dead Prince