The Black Lodge

by Musterion

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"The best and most surprising album so far 2006!
Musterion "The Black Lodge" 5/5 "- Musical Zone Japan

From a Review in Heathen Harvest:

"On Musterion “The Black Lodge” Simon brings together his talent as a storyteller with his prowess as a cinematic dark ambient musician. The resulting creation is a surreal musical tale based around secret agent Dale Cooper. We are informed that agent Cooper is trapped in “The Black Lodge” which is a dark world that exists independent of our own. He currently inhabits the body of a deceased man named Jerzy Grotowski. We are informed that he is wandering through a stream of dreams, memories, and locations. The tale is loose and many aspects of the story remain shrouded in mystery. Who is agent Dale Cooper? How did he arrive at “The Black Lodge?” Why and how does he inhabit someone else’s body? These questions remain unanswered by the artist and help to generate a particular obscurity that is reminiscent of H. P. Lovecraft. Simon wisely allows the listeners imagination ample room to fill in the missing information so each listner may find their own path through “The Black Lodge.”

The music of Musterion is a cinematic blend of dark ambience, sparse ritualistic percussion, acoustic instrumentation, and carefully placed samples combined with expert sound manipulation and editing. Unlike most dark ambient music Musterion does not linger on a laborious sonority indefinitely. Rather the music evolves dynamically shifting instrumentation and impressions effortlessly in a quest to seduce the imagination of the listner. The album consists of vast soundscapes that drift darkly through foreign lands, exotic rituals, and acts of dark ritualistic depravity performed upon the innocent. As the album progresses the listner travels through water bound places in the wild as you struggle alongside unknown companions to escape unseen forces in the night. Time shifts and landscapes morph into new and undetermined lands as if you walk through a reality constructed of dreams. What was an open marsh under the stars becomes a moment of deep inner reflection alone in an alley. One moment you are exploring the abandoned remains of a deteriorating building and the next moment you are running breathlessly for your life. From the darkness come sinister sounds of unrighteous creatures, romantic nostalgic music wafts by only to dissolve into a rumination of foreign prayers. From all sides come the struggling gurgles of the demented and the screams of the frightened and dying. Just as you become rooted in any of these lengthy songs you blink and find yourself transplanted into yet another surreal reality. From the monasteries of Tibet to the forbidding confines of the “The Black Lodge” you drift in and out of different worlds sometimes as a participant and other times as a victim.

In order to induce such a hallucinatory listening experience Musterion creates music using a wide array of instrumentation ranging from traditional and classical acoustic instruments to purely electronic based sounds. Though many songs are shadowed by dark ominous drones the music in each song reaches way beyond the range and habit of standard dark ambient music. Musterion has striven to bring experimentalism to dark ambient music and has successfully created a cinematic environment previously only pursued by too few capable musicians.

Musterion “The Black Lodge” is definitely the most powerful full length album I have heard Simon AA Kölle participate upon. Fans of Simon’s previous work as Za Frumi will find the cinematic quality of the music familiar though be informed that the scope and intricateness of the songs far exceed Simon’s work with Za Frumi. I highly encourage dark ambient fans that like music that reaches beyond standard drone music to check out Musterion as well. Anyone with a fetish for H. P. Lovecraft or other dark occult inspired narratives is also encouraged to discover Musterion. Musterion is an invitation to close your eyes and be led into a world of shifting shadows, intrigue, and horror. This excellent release is limited to 500 hand signed copies so collectors be aware of the limited nature of this release.

Malahki Thorn"

Originally released by HORUS CyclicDaemon ‎– HCD 06

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released January 11, 2006

Music By – Simon AA Kölle
Artwork By – Simon Heath

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Waerloga Records Sweden

Waerloga Records is a label/ mailorder/ distributor focusing on Cinematic music and most of all inspired in some way with Dark Fantasy, history or Sci-fi. Created in 2001 the label was first focused on Za Frûmi alone. That later on evolved and today Waerloga Records have released almost 50 bands.

Waerloga 3.0 could be visited here: www.waerloga.com
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