Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Return of a Dark Age

In the first half of 90`s there was an explosion of bands that defined themselves as Dark Ambient. Many musicians involved in the Black Metal scene started their own side-projects. Creating music played in synth, spoken passages, screams, whispers combined oftenly with themes taken from the history and myths of Ancient & Medieval Europe.

Back then, the Swedish cult label COLD MEAT INDUSTRY (with its sub-labels Cruel Moon International, Death Factory etc) was the most known representative label in this genre. In USA a far smaller but equally good label has risen, releasing obscure tapes in limited numbers. It was DARK AGE PRODUCTIONS. Unfortunately Cold Meat Industry is now defunct. Left a void thats hard to fill. But after a long period of inactivity Dark Age Productions is back. 

Here is their official statement:

The Return... of Dark Age Productions!
Dark Age Productions originally existed between 1993 and 1997. Being the premiere US label for dark experimental acts rising from the black metal scene who were performing dark ambient, atmospheric, medieval, ritualistic and folkish music. A precursor to what is called today “dungeon synth”.
In 2015 Bard Algol began working on new material for Cernunnos Woods and the idea to resurrect Dark Age Productions developed as a natural place to release it. Along with the Cernunnos Woods material, Dark Age Productions aims to begin producing high quality new releases of dark atmospheric music with the full distribution power of Metal Hell Records.
New releases from Dark Age Productions will be made available digitally as well as on physical format with a strong emphasis on art and design.

Personally i fanatically support the listening of music in physical formats only.  Youtube and other sites are good if they serving only the purpose of checking stuff (With the amount of trash that released today such sites can be really helpful if are properly used). So for those intrested here are some older, sold-out releases of Dark Age productions. 

Cernunnos Woods "Tears of The Weeping Willow" 

Proscriptor "The Venus Belona"

Equitant "The Great Lands of Minas Ithil"

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