Monday, November 8, 2010

Hypnotic Dirge Records presents: Melancholic Epiphany (The Trance Formation Shattered)

HDR Compilation #2 : Melancholic Epiphany (The Trance Formation is shattered)

I - The Foetal Mind - Big Crunch (5:11)
II - Funereal - Of That Which Lies Beneath... (6:01)
III - Funeral Fornication - Stargates Eternal Beheld My Nightmares (6:45)
IV - Exiled From Light - We Writhe As Worms (12:18)
V - netra - Outside...Alone (9:18)
VI - Ancient Tundra - The Shimmering Radiance of a Thousands Stars (6:59)
VII - Njiqahdda - Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami(9:59)
VIII - Neige et Noirceur - Croix de Feu, Croix de Fer (13:25)
IX - Funeral in Heaven - Bhandhana [Gatahaththey Katha Wasthuwa] (12:39)
X - Autaric - Cremation Divine (3:22)
XI - Old Forgotten Lands - Hour of the Wolf (5:33)

XII - netra - La Page (Music Video)
XIII - Njiqahdda - Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami (Music Video)
XIV - Old Forgotten Lands - Hour of the Wolf (Music Video)
XV - The Foetal Mind - La Corde Rouge (Music Video)
XVI - Exiled From Light - There is no beauty left here...(Promo Video)
XVII - The Foetal Mind - The Grand Contraction (Promo Video)

XVIII -'The Origin of Values' Essay by: N. Skog
XIX -'The Bleak House' Short story by: Vultyrous
XX -'Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami' by: Njiqahdda

Total Audio Playing Time: 91:30
Total Video Playing Time: 30:17
Total File Size: 468.08 MB

The 2010 edition of the annual Hypnotic Dirge Records compilation series is being released to commemorate two years of activity as a record label. Once again we are offering this album as a free download to showcase a unique and diverse group of black metal artists from a variety of different sub-genres. This year's edition has been named "Melancholic Epiphony (The Trance Formation is Shattered) Within the album, you will find a total of 11 tracks - 8 of which are from Hypnotic Dirge Records roster artists, offering a glimpse into past HDR releases, as well as a look towards some future HDR material. Asides from that, we are also featuring three diverse and respected guest artists on this compilation album - Funeral in Heaven, Njiqahdda, and Autaric. Also as a bonus on this year's compilation, we are also including some music videos as well, including the premiere of netra's first-ever music video for the track 'La Page' , the premiere of Old Forgotten Lands' 'Hour of the Wolf' video, and an exclusive video premiere from the mighty Njiqahdda.

As an addendum to the audio and video portions of this release, there is also three essays/short stories to accompany the album focusing on a variety of different topics both fiction, and non-fiction, as well as a complete 8 page booklet focusing on the larger theme of this compilation. Our desire was to release a compilation album that truly covered 4 different aspects of art: Audio, Video, Text, and Visual and we are pleased to showcase the works of a variety of different artists!

Over the past year, Hypnotic Dirge Records has evolved to become a more metal-based record label with less ambient artists on its roster, and more metal-based releases on the way. (see: netra, The Foetal Mind, Funeral Fornication, Neige et Noirceur, etc.) and this compilation is also an indication on the evolution of HDR. Of course, we will still be releasing ambient music as well, and most of our artists have an ambient edge to their music, but this compilation is a good example of the balance we strive to meet musically.

I would like to thank all of the contributors to this year's compilation for their dedication to this project, Marc Hoyland for his many hours of work on this compilation's artwork, and being able to transform my ideas for the theme of this record into perfectly constructed artwork. Asides from that, I'd also like to thank labels, promoters, reviewers, and fans for obvious reasons.

Eleven tracks from a diverse group of black metal artists - some of which are exclusive to the compilation, and some of which provide a preview towards future releases. Three brand new video premieres among a collection of videos, three unique and distinct text pieces/essays and a complete 8 page digital booklet featuring notes and insight into the songs from most of the artists themselves. And it's free!

Download this compilation, tell your friends, post the link on your myspace, facebook or twitter, upload the songs onto youtube. Post the download link on forums, post the album on your blogspot, burn a copy of it and give it to friends, review the album for your webzine/magazine, and play it on your radio show!


So this is a pretty massive free compilation, complete with music videos, short stories/essays, and music, brought to you by Nick Skog of Hypnotic Dirge Records. With such greats as Neige et Noirceur, netra, and Njiqahdda, among many others, this isn't one to be missed! Download everything here, and there's also a DONATE option, to which all of you should contribute. This is over TWO HOURS of entertainment, FREE.

Thanks, Skog!


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