Exclusive Premiere: ARM – The Coldest Room

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How can not a cold room be a metaphor for the state of your heart? It is when ARM extends himself for a jab at creating a debut-album by the name “Enheartened“. He came from nowhere when he got entangled in anger, letting his synthesizer create a graveyard where the bones of skeletons—are metaphorically used to bang loudly—on tribal drums coated in industrial waste. The melodies are gloomy and not so delightful for the ear, but in a way the chorus have a cheerful tone amidst the atmosphere of doom and haze. With his EP “Bloodbeat“, everyone including us seemed to wonder who this might be and we had no idea until Thomas from Beläten revealed in his presentation, press-text, that it in fact were Dan Serbanescu (Alone In The Hollow Garden/Tanz Ohne Musik). It’s a fresh cut from Pure Ground and Believer/Law, stripped down and put together in Serbanescu’s own imaginative ways.

We must say that his first release was melodic in a way that his forthcoming album isn’t. This one’s more stale and focuses logically on the rhythms, shaking you to the core with his cold-blooded disheartening whispers. A lot more ambition went into conjuring an atmosphere that make you freeze with fear. Reverberated, disgruntled screams and a looming beat – with charred manipulated sounds – wreak havoc as his vocals are present – until distorted away further to ambuscade—waiting for the perfect time to strike. How are you not reminded of The Shining when you hear this? It seems to be a projection of Jack Torrance’s deranged mind. A chilling observation and not something you would like to have in your head. We applaud ARM for masterfully creating such an aversive and frightening sound-scape. Not our cup of tea to be listening to on a daily basis, only to get that first impression of what it actually is.

So in collaboration with Beläten we unleash “The Coldest Room” – a track from ARM‘s forthcoming debut-album “Enheartened“, for your listening displeasure. We find it to be a summary of what horrors you might expect once you’ve put it in your cassette-player to listen to. You could say it’s his anthem for the new guise of how he’s changed his sound, just the slightest bit, to stricken fear and bad feelings into you folks. We say you listen with caution and if you’re interested in industrial music, morphed with synthesizers and a noise-overdrive – this might be the release for you. Stream the song exclusively from Repartiseraren and share this article from our Facebook-page – so you’re able to be one of THREE winners of a download-code for this whole album.

Exclusive Premiere: Alone In The Hollow Garden – SHIVA >|< SHAKTI

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Deriving power from the traditions and religiosity of Hinduism, the deity Shiva is channeled for a seance in martial industrialism. But it’s even more then that. The primordial energy that is Shakti, which essentially means “power” or “empowerment“, makes it clear what the Romanian artist Dan Serbanescu is dealing with, when creating his music. It’s a complete negation of genres, but at the same time a combination of them. Considering the overlaying theme of power electronics, his music is close to martial industrial due to the percussion, but he also have included the topic of dark ambient – with a ritualistic touch. Think of acts such as Trepaneringsritualen, but without the drone shell that makes the outdrawn ritualistic death-industrial obsolete – in a dark ambient environment – this crossover is something else than just that. Include the best you can think of when it comes to Blitzkrieg Baby, the martial-ism, a militaristic atmosphere that would make you crack in no time. Deriving from every other world out there, delving into a range of different dimensions. Dan Serbanescu is mainly known for his alterego Tanz Ohne Musik, having released numerous albums, singles and EPs under that name. It’s also where he’s taken the name “Alone In The Hollow Garden“, from a self-released digital album released under this alter ego. Another interesting anecdote is that his second full-length album is titled “Red Cavity“, which is also the name of the label he has, which is called Red Cavity Records. The outstanding dedication is his pathway.

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Well, it’s a rather interesting moniker, in which he dwells in the catacombs. Alone In The Hollow Garden is more than just what the name suggests, it’s an ethos of which we get to follow the adventurous spirit of Dan himself. I got notified about the project itself just a week ago, and he’s released three full-length albums, as well as a live-album called “Metal Bones Into The Temple Of Youth“. When it comes to the other albums, they follow a clear red line and are titled “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. I” and “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. II“. Until recently, just a month ago, he released his latest follow-up which smashed the story he’s brought up with his first two albums. His latest album is titled “L . V . X .” and might be the first album that starts a whole new story. Even though it’s pretty unclear what the story itself is, you clearly notice where he’s taken his influences from. Thankfully, Repartiseraren got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. So he chose a track to premiere from this album, since only previews are up at the moment. The track chosen is “SHIVA >|< SHAKTI“, which I thought represents the album as a whole, and is a long-runner at that. It spans up to eleven minutes and includes the most mind-numbingly great martial industrial percussion, ritual dark ambient, experimental and transient nature. Something not so easily described and best heard. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and listen to it as you zone out from a day of hard work, or a day of just laying around. Pick yourself up.