Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Solanum - Spheres of Time demo '98

Let's continue a bit longer with ambient music, shall we? Solanum was a project from B. Schmidt from Depressive Silence, the other Depressive Silence member was Ral who had his own side project called Gothmog, and he also played in Mightiest. I am a huge fan of all of these bands/projects and it is in my opinion some of the best music ever made on this planet.
I know there were some dungeon synth/fantasy scenes, but I am still in the slow process of learning about this music and discovering bands and projects. So far, what I've enjoyed the most from music that can be related to this was some Greek projects and some music released by Elven Witchcraft which was mostly black metal but none of it can compare to Depressive Silence, Gothmog and Solanum, they just sound and feel so different from everything I've heard, so unique and special.

I don't feel like the right person to introduce anyone to Depressive Silence/Gothmog/Solanum and I believe most of my readers already know about them so there's really no need. I would just like to use this opportunity to express my eternal gratitude and respect to Velkaarn whose blog made me discover so much perfect music, and without whom it would most likely be impossible for many people to hear these obscurities.

I don't really feel like reviewing Solanum's demo either because - well, when I enjoy and love something too much, as much as Solanum, I don't feel like kind of ruining it with too many words because even a wall of text can't express the divinity of this "music".

I have this demo for years and I no longer remember where I bought it. It is a hand-numbered cassette released by Chanteloup Creations, tape is regular and cover is cheap photocopied paper printed on one side only. The entire thing looks very simple and cheap but to me it's priceless and I consider it an extremely valuable piece of my tape collection. The sound is very good so I didn't really have that much editing to do with the rip, I just removed a bit of hissing noise which was pretty loud and cut it into tracks, added titles and tags (the regular stuff).

Finally, of course I would recommend it. And the rip Velkaarn posted on his blog had few seconds missing - that's now fixed. :)

                        Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk


  1. Thanks for the kind words and damn, this is a great demo, I love it too! Looks like that US label has put out a CD with both demos on it, apparently made from master tapes. I think I'll want that.

    1. You're welcome. Heheh we'll continue discussing buying those stuff on your Apeiron post ;)

  2. Thank you so much for this blog... By far this is my absolute favorite era and style of black metal and related genres...did you have another blog that got shut down? The name borderline is familiar.. Anyways this is a great place for sharing forgotten gems from times past keep it up

    1. You're welcome.
      Yes, I did have a blog a couple of years ago named "Hateful Black Metal" but even though I loved that blog, it ended up being something I didn't want it to be. So I deleted it. This blog is finally a blog I always wanted and I'm enjoying making it much more than previously on my past blogs.