17 Jun 2008

JOHN COULTHART is to design Silence & Strength: Das Haus zur letzten Latern - A Tribute to Gustav Meyrink

We are glad to make you familiar that again, exquisite dark fantasy artist John Coulthart joins us to design Silence & Strength: Das Haus zur letzten Latern - A Tribute to Gustav Meyrink, his first CD release by HORUS CyclicDaemon.

He has already stunned us with his arch careful design for our HCD compilation AL: 100th Anniversary (there was already one track by Silence & Strength) as well as Chaoticum's [Psycho] Log: Y.

To those who are not familiar with his outstanding illustrations for H. P. Lovecraft's works, we recommend browsing through his recent collection release, The Haunter Of The Dark And Other Grotesque Visions, a book published by Creation Oneiros.

As soon as we receive his first sketches of the A5 size 12-pages booklet, CD and the envelope, we will post them here for your pleasure, to enjoy before you get your own copy of the album.

And - do not forget: this is a limited edition on fine papers again...

The breathtaking trailer by Jerome Nougaillon of Panopticon Studio for the track 'Tykie-Soo' from the CHAOTICUM album [Psycho] Log: Y

In Chaoticum, we seek to create music which opens doors upon new realms, transporting the listener through unto wondrous worlds of darkened splendor by the emotional cries of each instrument. With Tykie-Soo, a neo-classical fugue of sorts, this journey is the initiation into awareness, moving slowly at first with steady cello strokes, but pressing onward unfettered. Lilting strings pierce the night and urge the piece onward, ever moving towards the unknown horizon. As tensions rise, the movement pauses, awestruck at the blinding light of uncertainty, until the stalwart cello resumes motion, plunging forward between shadows. As the horizon draws near, all progress fades as the circuit is complete, life unto death, and the tendrils of knowledge pulling the listener beyond the veil into the rebirth of awareness.

Within this video trailer, Jerome has captured the haunting beauty of Tykie-Soo and represented that tempered journey into the darkness of awareness. Masterfully done is the imagery which brings new life to this momentous piece. The horizon, ever shifting, ever passing, illustrates the uncertain progress we make with each step we take in life. Finally, the video concludes with a beautiful introduction to the cover of the album, revealing the hypnotic art created by the renowned John Coulthart.

The album [Psycho] Log: Y is a very personal collection of music containing many private thoughts and feelings of the musicians of
Chaoticum. Many inspirations were drawn from our innermost memories and the expression of our deepest desires and regrets. A confession through sonic purging into the confined imprisonment of song. Each soundwaves' ebb and flow marking the tumultous rise and fall of our very soul. May the music find you waiting...

The track in this video is entitled Tykie-Soo, from the
Chaoticum album [Psycho] Log: Y released by the HORUS CyclicDaemon label on November 1st, 2007. The trailer was designed by Jerome Nougaillon at Panopticon Studio in March 2008.

Silence & Strength: Das Haus zur letzten Latern - A Tribute to Gustav Meyrink: Next CD release by HORUS CyclicDaemon

After producing two successful tribute albums to Le Comte de Cagliostro (2005) and Theophrastus Paracelsus (2006), Silence & Strength has embarked on the most ambitious project yet: Das Haus zur letzten Latern - A Tribute to Gustav Meyrink, his first official release by HORUS CyclicDaemon.

Gustav Meyrink is one of the select few, or perhaps the only writer, who managed to capture the very essence of the occult experience in prose. With complex and ambitious novels, such as The Golem, The Green Face, The Angel of the West Window, and The White Dominican Meyrink intertwined past and present, dreams and visions, myth and reality in a world of the occult, culminating in the transmutation of physical reality into a higher spiritual existence.

The new album by Silence & Strength has been in the making for almost 4 years, as some early pieces have been written already in 2004, being composed and recorded in various locations and conditions. Now all the music has been completed and the mastering process is almost done. The mastering services were provided by iSoundwave, a highly professional mastering studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The artwork is in the decision-making.

We are highly anxious, anticipating this thrilling and monumental release. To be released in September 2008 in a limited edition of 500 copies of A5 oversized booklet with an envelope.

Pre-orders are gladly accepted.