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Metal / Beithíoch - Summoning the Past (new release)
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:22:20 AM »

Irish black metallers Beithíoch return with new mini album Summoning the Past.

Summoning the Past consists mostly of updated versions of old tracks, that until now never quite felt fully realised, and is intended to showcase how the band has matured stylistically since its early days playing raw ambient metal.

The full release (including bonus tracks - totalling 18 minutes extra playing time) can be bought for 2.50 euro on beithioch.bandcamp.com in a variety of formats, whilst the shortened version (no bonus tracks) can be downloaded as mp3 for free from hiarctow.com

The album's two bonus tracks are both never before heard cuts, and are available exclusively on the Beithíoch Bandcamp page.

Preview track:

Metal / Metal and Early music
« on: April 30, 2011, 09:02:05 PM »
comparison #1:
- machaut - gloria from the nostre dame mass
- timeghoul - boiling in the hourglass

comparison #2:
kyrie from the templar's chant
black sabbath - sabbath bloody sabbath

After this, […] present the Kyrie chant, whose liturgical function, at the beginning of the Mass, is to exalt divine majesty, the only force capable of remedying the weaknesses and imperfections of the human soul. Once a year, the Kyrie was sung outside the Mass, to open Vespers for Easter Day. […] But the Kyrie could also be employed to fortify the souls of the combatants when an army deployed in order of battle.


There are superficial reasons why metal compares so much to medieval music, to do with the lineage of the musical language it uses (metal started when Sabbath starting imitating horror movie music clichés - which themselves relied on a lot of 'medievally' sounding devices, because they sound 'creepy' to modern ears). More fundamentally, metal shares a dark but reverent worldview and mythic/allegoric way of describing life which is much more at home in the ancient world than it is modernity.


Cryosyncopy is back with a new album, the first in two years for the project. Black Ocean combines the moody, spacious, picturesque sound of debut album Recollection of Lost Fragments with the gritty cyberpunk beats and structures of side project Mushin. The effect is like listening to the sinister, technology pervaded world of William Gibson's Neuromancer novel.

Download or stream (via bandcamp) from Cryosyncopy's page @ hi.arc.tow


MP3 (RAR archived)

Front cover
Back cover


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

More info here.

Metal / Síol Na Gréine - New album free from HIARCTOW.com
« on: August 24, 2010, 07:40:23 AM »
Similar to Burzum, Early music, Biosphere, Tangerine Dream.

Adhradh, the new album from Síol Na Gréine, is available now as a free Creative Commons licensed download.

Continuing the narrative, motivic approach to ambient music found on preceding album Nihil, Adhradh pares back to a soundworld of contemplative austerity that is both calming and cathartic.

MP3 (rar archived)

Síol Na Gréine homepage @ HIARCTOW.com


About Creative Commons
This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.
More info here.

Metal / Abhorrent mp3 + need vocalist
« on: April 09, 2010, 07:04:14 AM »
Intricate, intense death metal from San Antonio, Texas. Just about the only exciting prospect in death metal these days.

Download MP3 of Abhorrent track "Metaphysical Tyranny"

Abhorrent are looking for a vocalist. If you think you're up for it contact them here:
Abhorrent @ Myspace

Metal / HIARCTOW: Mushin - Realm of Corrosion 2 (2010)
« on: March 14, 2010, 04:46:24 AM »

Mushin are back with a new album, the follow up to last years Realm Of Corrosion, – available here as a free download. Building on the format of ROC1, ROC2 brings more detail and a stronger sense of movement/narrative to the pieces. A genuine improvement on its predecessor and a worthwhile addition to the genre.


Front coverBack cover
Mushin homepage @ Hi.Arc.Tow


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

More info here.

Metal / Mushin - Realm of Corrosion
« on: September 25, 2009, 03:32:13 PM »

Hi.Arc.Tow presents the debut album of industrial techno project Mushin as a free Creative Commons download. Realm of Corrosion fleshes out a techno industrial sound world around a narrative structural skeleton akin to that of prog-ambient or metal. Accompanying visuals for the album have been provided by photographer and graphic/texture artist David Watts (whose homepage is currently being reconstructed).





Front cover

Back cover


Mushin homepage & Hi.Arc.Tow


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

More info here.

Metal / Beithíoch - "An Sealgaire", download new album free
« on: August 29, 2009, 05:57:23 AM »

An Sealgaire, the new mini-album from Beithíoch, is available now as a free Creative Commons licensed download.

The album is part of a two work set, the second of which will follow in a few months time. It marks a returns to the instrumental format of debut Díolaim whilst also refining the production and aesthetics of the entire artistic package.

MP3 (rar archived)


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

More info here.

Metal / New Beithíoch album and preview mp3
« on: August 09, 2009, 04:14:49 PM »
"An Sealgaire" is a short-form work part of a two-album set. Its in the droney, ambient, instrumental metal format of pieces like "Battle Fury", "Tragic Hero" and "The Great Beast" from Díolaim and a shade nearer maybe to "Arm Na Déithe" than the other pieces on Aisling Dhorcha.

Overall sound will be a bit sleaker, sharper (by Beithíoch standards) and conceptually its more obscurantist and abstract than the first two albums (as I hope is hinted by the visual artwork you can now see on the myspace page and on Hiarctow.com). In my opinion, its the most quintessentially Beithíoch work of all so far, nearer the ethos laid out from the beginning than anything preceding or following it.

mp3 on the myspace too, the track "ceo dearg".

Beithíoch Myspace page

Metal / Síol Na Gréine : New album free Creative Commons download
« on: July 08, 2009, 01:27:43 PM »
Síol Na Gréine : New album free Creative Commons download

Nihil, the newest work from Síol Na Gréine, is available now as a free Creative Commons licensed download.

Nihil is a three movement pseudo-symphony transcending the boundaries between the more artistically aware forms of popular music (ambient and underground metal) and the world of classical "art" music. Filtering its motivic metamorphoses through the aesthetics of overdriven guitar and delay/effects, Nihil meanders organically through waves of noise and atonality towards a tonal, pictorial narrative of the cyclicality of decay, destruction and rebirth.




About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute. More info here.

Metal / Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and metal
« on: July 08, 2009, 01:05:13 PM »
Just listened through this one from start to finish, after casually delving into it on and off for years without liking it (but having people constantly tell me to listen harder and/or that I dont "get it").

My thoughts: some interesting ideas from a purely technical perspective, but as complete whole it doesnt work.

As alluded to by Conservationist in another thread, 20th century/modern classical music is mono-dimensional. It picks one mood or facet of technique and hammers on and on with it (tonal and non-tonal music alike). Stravinskys "great revolution" I feel has more to do with turning classical music towards this than the introduction of anything musically new.

Technically though I cant help but feel alot of the musical ideas I'm hearing were done better in metal. Especially the interlocking disjointed rhythmic cells that seem to stutter towards melodicity - I hear Gorguts, Voivod, Destruction and Demilich echoing in there. Difference is I think that certain excesses of writing like this were tempered by those metal bands - which may be because they still had a foot in rock music or just that they had a better sense of pacing and tension/release than Stravinsky.

Download the rite of spring (not the version I listened to and not tested).

Metal / wannabe rockstars getting ripped off
« on: January 10, 2009, 04:42:50 PM »
Found this on myAIDS, amongst that bombardment of "bulletins" you get when you login:

"So last night I watched in horror as I found my fears coming true...

Last night was the first of two shows on the "Slave to the metal tour" - the biggest rip off I've seen in recent memory - even worse than battle of the bands because of the corporate whoring.

I watched as 9 bands who payed at least $300 (probably $400 in some cases) got to play 20 to 25 minute sets - if they went over at all then the club turned off the power. Sweet. So 9 bands each night - one night the promoters took at least (9X $300) $2700 from hard working bands who thought they had a chance of being signed or sponsored by a guitar company (or seeing Julia's tits).

Lets say house fees are $600. $2700 - 600 = $2100 in the promoters pockets. Double that because of two nights and the promoters make roughly $4200. The bands? They get fucked. A 20 min set? Seriously?

No one of them actually stood a chance at getting signed by Road Runner, Sponsered by Halo guitars.....maybe they coulda fucked Mistress Julia - she was drunk as shit and bent over a car. Woohooo thats how you support the metal scene you supposedly love? Help some fucking rip off artist by showing cleavage?

Please. We're better than that. You're better than that. Don't support Halo guitars. Bands - don't play these shows. Fuck 'em. They just want your money. They don't care about the bands or the fans. They just want to make your pocket book that much lighter. Fuck the three or four hundred dollars and use that at a studio and make a killer demo or record one killer version of a song. It'll take you farther than that stupid excuse for a show will.

Please spread this around - we need to help educate local bands - they already get fucked over so much its sad to see the people who are supposed to help them just fleece them.

Thank you.

PS - This is meant as no disrespect to any bands who participated on the Slave to the Metal Tour - just the people organizing it."


hipster parasites get fucked by the big business parasites that sold them their egofest in the first place - mass shock ensues.
Seriously though, I'm not completely unsympathetic. I do lament the fact metal has turned into a hollow marketplace.

Metal / Oxford Music Dictionary definitions of metal
« on: December 04, 2008, 08:00:50 AM »
Death metal.

See Thrash metal.

Thrash metal.

A term often used in the 1980s to distinguish a faster, heavily distorted kind of Heavy metal from the more melodic and popular styles. Speed metal developed in the San Francisco Bay area as an underground, alternative style of heavy metal around 1981; its main pioneers were Metallica, Megadeth and, in New York, Anthrax. When speed metal bands began incorporating more punk influences, such as a growling vocal style and sarcastic or critical lyrics, the style was called thrash metal, reflecting a thrashing quality of motion in music and dance; other respected practitioners were Testament, Exodus, and Possessed. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal at the turn of the 1980s was an important influence on thrash musicians, but their most important ancestor was the British band Motörhead, which had played for both metal and punk audiences in the 1970s. However, thrash metal’s emphasis on instrumental virtuosity – particularly fast guitar solos and the precise ensemble execution of complex song structures – made it distinctly different from punk and hardcore. Thrash bands often used unusual metres, too, as well as sudden tempo and style changes.

A closely related style was death metal, which shared thrash metal’s extremely distorted electric guitar and fast riffs but focussed in its lyrics and stage shows on death, religion, and gruesome theatricality. Slayer, from Los Angeles, the Brazilian group Sepultura, and Denmark’s Mercyful Fate were among the most successful bands of this type. Thrash, speed, death and other modifiers served during the 1980s to distinguish underground styles from the more popular heavy metal of performers such as Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard. In the early 1990s, the popularity of mainstream heavy metal declined, while thrash bands (Metallica in particular) achieved great popularity. This development, along with generic fusions and realignments, made terms such as thrash less often used after that time; the sounds of thrash redefined heavy metal.

 - Robert Walser

J. Obrecht: Masters of Heavy Metal (New York, 1984)

D. Weinstein: Heavy Metal: a Cultural Sociology (New York, 1991)

C. Crocker: Metallica: the Frayed Ends of Metal (New York, 1993)

M. Hale: Headbangers: the Worldwide MegaBook of Heavy Metal Bands (Ann Arbor, 1993)

R. Walser: Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Hanover, NH, 1993)

re-education required.

Metal / hi.arc.tow: New Beithíoch album Aisling Dhorcha, download free
« on: September 17, 2008, 06:59:25 AM »
Aisling Dhorcha by Beithíoch released for free

The new album from Beithíoch is finished and available for free download from HI.ARC.TOW. Aisling Dhorcha remains within the ambient black metal framework set out on first album Díolaim whilst expanding the range of dynamics and mood. Unlike the arguably fragmented first album, Aisling Dhorcha is written as a complete, continuous whole; ocassionally recalling and mutating motifs from itself in imitation of the romantic style of greats like Beethoven and Brahms. A tale of struggle and triumph over fear and complacency, Aisling Dhorcha is the essence of Beithíoch approached from a new perspective. This album features vocals and lyrics entirely within the Irish language.

Download Aisling Dhorcha (MP3)

Beithíoch page @ HI.ARC.TOW

This work is released under a Creative Commons license.

Metal / hi.arc.tow: new beithíoch track online
« on: August 23, 2008, 07:53:45 PM »
New Beithíoch track online

A new track from the forthcoming album Aisling Dhorcha by Beithíoch is online at Myspace. Súil Bhaloir is one of the few metal tracks on the new album that doesn't feature vocals, but is otherwise reasonably indicative of what you can expect. The album is still not finished. When it is - you'll know.

For those who'd prefer not to listen to it through MyAIDS : MP3 Download link @ Megaupload

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