Some forlorn relics from the dark past given new light, part 1.
ASCEND 2LP compilation on NTS Radio, according to Resident Advisor “explores the roots of dungeon synth”. Among other 1990’s underground obscurities, the album features some of my earliest solo recordings from 1992, made under the name Kadotus 609.
I won’t comment on the deeds of a 17-years-old me, other than that I’d never have expected someone would want to press such a thing on vinyl some day… Life is full surprises!
Here’s some biographical and archival information on Kadotus 609. It was a short-lived solo project that coincided in time with my proto-funeral doom metal band Thergothon but intended to explore a more synthetic sound.
About ASCEND, from the press release:
ASCEND is an NTS compilation that explores dark ambient and atmospheric black metal productions from the 1990s, and the roots of the dungeon synth scene.
In the early 1990s, a handful of black metal artists were enticed by the possibility of conjuring new fantastical worlds from the deep isolation of their home setups. Rather than the dense metal sound of their existing projects, this new direction would be centred around intimate synth soundscapes: forlorn organs and otherworldly MIDI theatrics.
Limited edition transparent vinyl edition. 2LP in gatefold sleeve.
A1 Evol — The Dark Dreamquest (Intro)
A2 Corvus Neblus — Forever I Shalt Dwell in Ravenloft
A3 Asmorod — Fiat Abyssus (Second Chapter)
A4 Vindalv — Swærþ Stimma (excerpt)
B1 Apeiron — Pan’s Journey To The Cosmic Void
B2 Secret Stairways — Lammas Tide
C1 Dolch — Tumulus
C2 Endoki Forest — II
C3 Lunar Womb — Night Towers
C4 Maelifell — La Dame du Lac
D1 Kadotus 609 — The Summoning Through Crimson
D2 Neptune Towers — To Cold Void Desolation
Mastered by Henri Sorvali. Artwork by Osian Jenaer.