SOMA015 / GRAVETEMPLE
Ambient/Ruin (presented in 6 parts) [53:58]
Attila: chants & percussion & Fuji sounds recorded on location in Kamakura May 08.
Stephen: guitars & korg polysix recorded in Paris & Saalfelden June 08.
Matt: drums were recorded at 3 Phase studios, Melbourne by Sam Johnson March 06.
Oren: guitars, motorised cymbal, electronics, bells, tympani, atmos recorded at Jerker House, Melbourne & BJB, Sydney 06-08.
Track IV live recordings: Levontin 7, Tel Aviv by Kostya Gervis July 06. A/D Editing & Mix by Oren June 08 at Jerker House.
Mastered by Joe Talia at Chinatown, Melbourne November 012.
Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin February 013.
Drawings by Justin Bartlett/VBERKVLT. Art direction & backline design: SOMA.
GRAVETEMPLE was formed in 2006 as a side-project of the band SUNN O))) by Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley and Attila Csihar. The group formed initially to tour in Israel summer 06, creating several recordings which eventually became "The Holy Down" album, which was released on Southern Lord recordings in 2007. At the time of the Israel tour, the Lebanon War started and was in action. In Summer 08 the trio reformed together with the addition of Australian drummer Matt "Skitz" Sanders for a short European tour culminating at a headlining performance at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham. In late 2009 the original trio reconvened for a special one-off concert at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. April 2013 marks the first set of live action since that period, and a new chapter in the ongoing system of the related network.
"Ambient/Ruin" was created with the 2008 quartet, elements of tape collage, concrete, field recordings blend within a strong geographically diverse (parts were recorded in Japan, Australia, Paris and Israel) suite of heavy minimalist/maximalist music, black/death metal and drone. The culmination of these efforts become the music, literally, of Sadistik Exekution meeting Phill Niblock.
GRAVETEMPLE clearly adapted the aspects more abstract and experimental related to SUNN O))) and has continued from that point, with continued ongoing focus on metaphysical construction of free music and will. The music became a geographically and metaphysically based effort.
The Holy Down (Southern Lord, CD 2007)
Ambient/Ruin (self released demo, CDR 2008)
Le Vampire de Paris (self released CD 2009)
Ambient/Ruin (Ideologic Organ, 2LP 2013)
"Gravetemple is a sacred metaphor & psychedelic spiritual abstraction"