Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chaos As Shelter & Agnivolok - "Henbane" [2009]

Artist: Agnivolok & Chaos As Shelter
Title: Henbane
Genre: Dark Ambient, Experimental, Neofolk
Country: Israel
Release date: 2009

Track List:
  1. Agnivolok - Volka
  2. Chaos As Shelter - Alien
  3. Agnivolok - The Heart And The Hunter
  4. Chaos As Shelter - Purgatory
  5. Agnivolok - Belena
  6. Chaos As Shelter - The Sacrifice
  7. Agnivolok - Black Forest
  8. Chaos As Shelter - Silver Lips Of Tomorrow
  9. Agnivolok - Volka Volka
This album is a product of collaboration between Vera Shapiro aka Agnivolok (guitar, lyrics, female vocals) and Vadim Gusis aka Chaos As Shelter (arrangements, everything else). If I'm not mistaken, it was recorded in the late 90's, but released only 10 years later. Stylistically it can be described as something in between of dark ambient, experimental/noise and neofolk with lyrics in Russian. While it isn't a music for everyday listening, it's quite good, and remarkable for coming from a region that's not rich with industrial acts. Here you can read an interview with Vadim Gusis, if you're interested (nice to see RIO/zeuhl along with punk and early industrial on his list of influences, BTW).

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