2 x 10": Cold Lands 
Ltd x 444 numbered copies.
Samadhi State Part III
Predominance: Abyss Topography
Predominance: Astral Communications (Live)
Bad Sector: Flare
Bad Sector: Four Minutes Warning
something in me that gets very, very excited when something so beautiful
comes my way. I'm one of those suckers that goes after anything so well
crafted and obviously limited...and that's without even hearing the music
yet! The Cold Lands website somewhat confuses matters by stating that
the box is actually limited to 888 with various ultra limited editions,
but the delicate booklet which accompanies the release clearly states
444 at the back. Who knows. Land:[Schaft] has been a long time coming.
The festival for which this box was made to commemorate happened way back
in July 2001 in Moscow.
The first two difficulties I had with this release were trying to find
out what speed to play the thing at (33 so you know) and which side was
which. The first I eventually surmounted by coming across some vocal samples
and even then I wasn't sure...but I forged on. I'm pretty sure I got the
bands in the right order in the end as well. My last complaint is the
fact that no matter how you try, you will have to break the obi strip
to get into it and it is not resealable. A real shame. Now onto the music
Inade's track has a spaced, out ambient feel to it, which is kinda what
I expected and wanted. Definitely music to be played in the dark. Predominance
begins with in the same vein as the Inade track with beautiful caverous
sounds. The second track really takes you by surprise though - it's similar
in style to Scorn or Black Lung in its dark dub style and a nice break
from the ambient pieces. Bad Sector continue to carry the dark ambient
flag with more echoes and bumps and glitches than before. Their second
track is more noisy than the first and sounds quite soundtrack-ish, counting
down the 'Four Minutes'. Lastly we have quite a new artist, Cisfinitum.
"V" was a great album and this is a really nice addition to
any collection. Quite large sounds with a more 'song' feel than any of
the other acts. Their second track is quite glitchy/electronic in its
sampling and again, quite soundtrack-ish.
Something like this release, that has been so lovingly made, should be
cherished and sought out immediately. All the artists were chosen with
the greatest of care and makes a great selection from this festival tribute.