Soundtrack of the day: XELA trilogy.

“In this the signs shall be those of Set Triumphant and of Baphomet. Also shall Set appear in the circle. Let him drink of the sacrament and let him communicate the same.”

If I recall correctly, I grabbed my vinyl copy of “The Illuminated” during one of my Parisian record shopping sessions together with my brother Christos Agoros at Gibert Joseph. The only reason for this purchase was the superb occult artwork, as well as the liner notes and tracklisting in the back cover.

It turned out that it became one of the favorite ambient pieces of my collection.

There’s several layers of noise, distorted guitars and of what sounds like field recordings, invoking a ritualistic, occult feeling that matches the artwork and the concept.

This was recorded, or should I say “cremated” as stated in the credits, back in 2007/2008 and originally released on cassette by Digitalis Industries, then pressed on wax in 2009.

“The Illuminated” is the first part of a trilogy released on the Dekorder label. I consider myself lucky because it’s the only one that’s currently listed as sold-out.

In 2010 and 2011 followed respectively “The Divine” and “The Sublime”, which are different in style than “The Illuminated”, more ambient and less distorted. I cannot write more at this point as admittedly I discovered them not later than today… My initial impressions are that they remind me beloved Cold Meat Industry acts such as Ordo Equilibrio….

As of December 7th 2011, Xela no longer exist. The person behind the project, John Twells, continues to be active in the music scene. He’s currently writing for FACT Magazine, and operates Type Records.

Posted on by panos.agoros in Ambient, Drone, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Music, Noise, ritualistic

About panos.agoros

Music and computers. The same two passions that Panos has ever since he was a kid, have defined the path that he would follow in life. He studied computer science in Paris-France in the early/mid 90's and is an IT engineer, providing since 1999 Mission Critiical support for enterprise environments. He is also known to be a retro hardware scavenger and old computer collector. His love for music pushed him to become actively involved in the scene. From November 1995 until the early 00's he ran Chaotik Webzine, a pioneering music webzine and the first to provide coverage for both the metal & hardcore underground. He is for the last 15 years an editor of Metal Hammer Greece, the biggest music magazine in the country. He rans a small record label and distro, Blastbeat Mailmurder, and is also the vocalist/lyricist of critically and fan acclaimed astrogrind outfit Dephosphorus. In his lost hours he does field recordings and manipulates sound waves for his experimental noise/ambient Kommpound.

One Response to Soundtrack of the day: XELA trilogy.

  1. chris

    very very nice !! super epipedo agglikwn, gamates fraseis kai le3eis, se paradexomai. filia polla. X.

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