Trepaneringsritualen “Deathward, To The Womb”

Trepaneringsritualen “Deathward, To The Womb”


SIDE-LINE, May 8th 2017 :
Behind this obscure Swedish project is hiding Thomas Martin Ekelund (aka Th. Tot). Trepaneringsritualen became a renowned formation in the darkest corners of ritual- and death-industrial music. “Deathward To The Womb” was originally released in 2012; Release The Bats Records released the album as a 12” vinyl while Black Horizons and Merzbild released it as a cassette. Cold Spring now released the opus on CD format with an extra bonus cut. It is also available as a limited vinyl edition. Content: If you don’t already know this masterpiece of Trepaneringsritualen you’ll discover these ghost-like voices lost in haunted, obscure atmospheres, accomplished with numerous noises and ritual passages. The concept is mystic and ritual-like, which has been perfectly adapted into sound. The heavy sonic sweeps are like the sound of an imaginary, monstrous whip opening the gate to an unknown world. Dark electronic loops are often moving into pure ritual passages, sometimes joined by shouting vocals. Next to the 6 original tracks of the album we now get an extra track, which is an endless and varied piece featuring the unavoidable ritual parts next to vibrating throat chants and industrial drones.
Positive points : “Deathward To The Womb” remains one of the absolute masterpieces in the history of this band. It’s the perfect offspring between dark-ambient, ritual and death-industrial music. There’s a poignant progression in the songwriting, which reaches several climaxes like on the title-track and “She Is Flame Of Life”. The bonus cut “I Remember When I Was God” is also worthy of examination. This is one more deeply ritual cut that will hold you in its grip for more than 10 minutes.
Negative points : Trepaneringsritualen is a band you’d better avoid if you’re not familiar with extreme sonic creation. You either going to like it or not, there’s no in between!
Conclusion: Trepaneringsritualen is a band that gained a serious recognition in a rather short lapse of time. No doubt about it, the very own sound approach and explicit ritual character of the work both remain the main characteristics of this enigmatic artist.
Best songs: “Deathward To The Womb”, “I Remember When I Was God”, “She Is Flame Of Life”.
Rate: 8/10.
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ONDAROCK (It.), February 11th 2017 :
Thomas Martin Ekelund con il suo progetto Trepaneringsritualen ha riportato il ritual industrial agli antichi fasti, fondendo suggestioni provenienti dai primi Current 93 e Coil al suono anni Novanta di Mz412 e Brighter Death Now. Vero erede del sound e, soprattutto, dello spirito iconoclasta che animava la leggendaria label svedese Cold Meat Industry, Ekelund (già attivo in passato come Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, Nullvoid, Teeth e Th. Tot.) ha alzato il livello di una ricerca che oggi (ri)unisce con successo ambient post-black metal e grezze sonorità post-industriali di marca underground. La Cold Spring ristampa oggi in cd e in vinile a 180gm e in edizione limitata a 500 copie il primo vero disco a firma Trepaneringsritualen, “Deathward, To The Womb”, uscito in origine nel 2012 come 10” in 275 copie per Release The Bats Records. Per l’occasione troviamo anche una bonus track su cd (presente in download code per il vinile) di 12 minuti e 17 secondi, intitolata “I Remember When I Was God”, a firma “Teeraal Räum Pheynix”, uno dei tanti alias del Nostro. Il nome del progetto Trepaneringsritualen deriva dall’antica arte di trapanazione del cranio per scopi magici e religiosi e qui sicuramente siamo di fronte a un esordio da ascoltare con mente aperta. Anche qui, come del resto nella recente ristampa di Zos Kia/Coil realizzata dalla stessa Cold Spring, abbondano i riferimenti al culto di Thelema, sorta di pensiero magico/filosofico elaborato dall’occultista Aleister Crowley all’inizio del XX secolo. Il disco si apre citando un’evocazione a “Babalon” condotta da “Frater T.O.P.A.N” (nome dietro cui si nascondeva Jack Parsons), un confratello seguace di Thelema. Babalon è la “Grande Madre” che rappresenta l’impulso di fecondità. Attraverso la sua fiamma, essa è chiamata a bruciare e purificare tutta la creazione in vista dell’“Aeon Of Horus”, era di autorealizzazione e di ricerca spirituale sotto la vera volontà (“True Will”). La nascita di Babalon però non sarà preludio a un’era di amore e pace ma, all’opposto, farà precipitare il mondo in una sorta di violento cataclisma, un’apocalisse purificatrice manifestata attraverso l’immagine della “Black Flame”: “She is flame of life, power of darkness/ She destroys with a glance/ She may take thy soul. She feeds upon the death of men” per citare proprio il testo “The Babalon Working” scritto da Parsons. Tutto il disco di Ekelund è una sorta di session rituale che ha anche nella dimensione “live” la sua ragion d’essere. “Deathward, To The Womb” ruota attorno ai due opposti principi: la madre feconda e il principio distruttivo che sembra oggi prevalente. Musicalmente, tale dualismo si sbilancia verso il lato più noise e caotico, con un’attitudine “low-fi” che scaraventa l’ascoltatore in un black ambient nero come la pece (“Osiris, Slain & Risen”). Siamo immersi in un magma infernale in cui galleggiano scarti post-industrial alla S.P.K. (“She Is Flame of Life”) e in cui emerge, a tratti, l’inquietante voce, distorta e cavernosa, di Trepaneringsritualen, memore di tutta la tradizione metal black-death svedese e della sua ben riconosibile iconografia. “Deathward, To The Womb” è un lavoro “ritual” post-industrial aperto a contaminazioni post-black metal. Un ottimo esordio per un progetto che, pur fruibile a diversi livelli, non è mai sceso a compromessi e che dal 2012 non manca di dare positive conferme nelle prove successive, sia in studio, sia dal vivo.
7,5/10


MERCHANTS OF AIR, January 11th 2017 :
Fans of death industrial, power electronics and ritual noise will by now know the name Trepaneringsritualen. With sonic live rituals allover Europe this act has surely made a name for himself. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a more prolific and prominent act in this genre since the glorydays of Cold Meat Industry. Now, Cold Spring reissued Trepaneringsritualen’s long out of print debut album and added the long ritual work entitled “I Remember When I Was God” (included as download for the vinyl edition). What you can expect from this act, is pretty much similar to the stuff that acts like Brighter Death Now, Nicole 12 and Genocide Organ have been throwing in our faces. Harsh, rhythmic noise, with pissed off screams, loaded with misanthropy, agony and hopelessness. There is nothing pretty or beautiful about this whole thing but play it loud and before you know it, you’ll be in a spiteful trance, barking out your demons and cleansing yourself from those dark, haunting emotions. Obviously, this stuff is not suited for everyone. If you want music to be musical, you should step away from stuff like this before it obliterates your sanity. Yet, if you’re one of those freaks who like to dwell in the grittiest regions of the sonic underground, this thing will give you the nightmares you crave and thrive upon. ‘Deathward, To The Womb’ is simply a stunning piece of work, a haunting masterpiece of pure dark sentiment. This comes highly recommended for all the ritual noise folk out there. You know you want this…
​Serge



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