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Suuri Shamaani – Mysteerien Maailma

by Brett Stevens
December 2, 2013 –

suuri_shamaani-mysterieen_maailmaThe esoteric ambient/organic noise project of Beherit‘s Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance, Suuri Shamaani, will see its Mysteerien Maailma re-released next week by KVLT in Finland (€ 11 pre-order).

Like Justin Broadrick project Final, or post-Napalm Death project Lull, Suuri Shamaani attempts to shape sound itself using overlapping drones and ambient noises to create internal harmonies. Mysteerien Maailma (commonly called the “mysterious mailman” album for its resemblance to that phrase in English) represents a more ritualistic and ordered vision of that approach.

Those who enjoy the later music of Beherit, especially Electric Doom Synthesis, may appreciate the extension of ideas here. Like other post-black metal ambient project Neptune Towers, Suuri Shamaani discards what we recognize as music to shape an adventure or topography out of sound.

It is more like poetry made with discovered noise organized into a music-like language than it is composed music as we know it. Because its sonic texture is lighter than that of booming guitars or bright keyboards, Mysteerien Maailma requires a quieter listening environment and more investment of attention from the listener.

Limited to 300 copies.

    Tracklist

  1. I (3:52)
  2. Valve (14:32)
  3. Tähdet Ja Avaruus (9:58)
  4. IV (4:24)
  5. A17 (4:39)
  6. Jännite (3:33)
  7. Säde1 (3:03)
  8. VIII (3:21)
  9. IX (7:39)
  10. Okkultismi (4:44)

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8 comments

    1. Brett Stevens Post author

      While I understand your reluctance, I think in this case it’s worth making an initial exception to see how the music is composed. Once you get past aesthetics and see structure, you can tell what’s going on. If at that point you still think it’s yucky, then feel free to bail on it with my blessing. I consider this one of the few examples of this style of music that has some substance to it.

      1. SERIOUS QUESTIONER

        Hey Brett, what’s your take on later Tangerine DReam material like: Cyclone, Exit, Force Majeure, Green Desert, Hyperborea, Logos etc ??

        1. Brett Stevens Post author

          I’m not super-knowledgeable, but works from Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze have made the list. They’ve very uneven but totally brilliant. Tangerine Dream Phaedra and Stratosfear will always be in rotation around here. I would add Fripp’s ambient works as a side-note for anyone interested in this style of music, as well as K.K. Null’s cosmic noise music.

  • sh0

    yuck electronics ? lol, what do you call that plug in that guitar overthere ?
    i know its all about taste, but to judge a band for trying something off the beaten track seems somewhat … i dunno, never mind, everyone just likes what they like, no ?

    1. eman

      You can play a guitar without plugging it in.

      You need a computer to make computer noises. The element of human interaction is further removed in electronic music. There is no brain-to-muscle movement-to-steel and wood-to-sound, like when you play a guitar or a drum set.

      Further, judging a band for “trying something off the beaten track” does seem somewhat… I dunno, what? Stupid? Close-minded? Either way, that’s not what I’m doing. Writing music totally electronically is hardly “off the beaten path”. My issue with this music is that it is garbage; if I turn on my microwave, open my refrigerator, and stroll around my house with my vacuum cleaner on, I get something close to the same effect.

      Well-done electronic music? Tangerine Dream, Robert Fripp.

    2. Brett Stevens Post author

      Or, perhaps more importantly, does the method of the music’s making matter more than the composition?

      You can program computers to render Beethoven’s 9th. But even if you put Bangerz to guitars and have the best death metal band ever perform it, it won’t be something I’d want to hear.

      Someone else mentioned Tangerine Dream, Neptune Towers, Robert Fripp, Autechre, Klaus Schulze, and others of this ilk. The top 1% of metal is great; so is the top 1% of electronic music.

      Even the top 1% of pop however strikes me as too repetitive and colorless to spend any time hearing…