Asbaar was created in 2010 by Marc Merinee, and is already counting two releases: Vita Mutatur Non Tollitur – The White Album (Midnight Productions, 2010) and the present release, Corona Veli Aurei – The Black Album (Black Drone, 2010). The two albums are part of the Corona Veli Aurei duology, the first part of which is the present release. “Corona Veli Aurei” comes in a 6-panel digipak with a 12-page booklet, and signed copies of it can be obtained by contacting the artist. Merinee’s other projects include the martial industrial Eldar of Cold Meat Industry fame, and Matatus, a solo-project of his occupied in the fields or ritualistic death industrial and experimental noise. Both very interesting projects deserving of your attention. Asbaar as well as Eldar have participated in two compilations, “Septem – The Seven Luminaries” (2011, Quartier 23) and “Nightwork” (2010, Lomeanor). Asbaar very recently appeared live in the Intermediale Festival in Poland. So you can see it is a relatively new and unknown, but highly active project.
Inspired by a photographic collection of Manel O. Company, both the CDs include a series of photographs from it. Accompanied by Marc’s poetry, the photographs are an extremely helpful clarification. The images are arranged in order to signify the process of introversion, from the initial attachment to the material world, to the discovery of the truth within, when we are finally allowed to rest in our inner sanctum. This state of enlightenment allows for an entirely different type of connection to the external environment, where things are seen in their true condition, and the message of antiquity and long-forgotten ancestors can finally be heard.
Bleak, desolate landscapes, abandoned objects, melancholic buildings, dilapidated windows where a view of the empty, cold world outside is given through the broken glass. Endless horizons, gateways, construction materials in closeup. Plagued by corrosion, inert, yet somehow still retaining the residue of energy their owners invested upon them. Their presentation carries the condition that no object is entirely inanimate. Their outlines formulate an eternal message in the secret, ancient language of all things, as what we create is charged by our handling of it, and from the moment of its conception has already become a part of the manifested cosmos. “In the darkness we hear their metallic words, telling us stories of the wind”, writes the poet.
Emphasis is given on the imprisonment of the spirit by the senses, forcing us to perceive in a specific way. Eroding metals, decaying materials, neglected buildings, have all lost their initial usage, and they tell of the passage of time, the linear nature of which is a restraining illusion, just as our apprehension of reality. The memories and knowledge remain, hidden in the living molecules of the Earth. Reaching beyond the horizon, in a symbolic act of disentanglement from the confines of matter, introversion begins and the realisation that our perception of reality is misled, reveals the truth within. With such a realisation the portal opens, and the voices whispering the universal secrets are faintly audible. The golden chalice awaits, and bids us drink of the waters of illumination. The traveller ends his journey by resting in the place of the ancestors, carrying within him the light, knowledge and wisdom of centuries. The machinery of the universe is visible to us only through its results, but the descent into the abyss of Self brings us closer to understanding.
“Corona Veli Aurei” is a sonic adventure of total introversion, offering a solid mixture of wide-ranging drones, dark ambient soundscapes and ample, cold atmospheres reaching as far as the confines of space, and as deep as the ends of the unconscious. The sound is characterized by an abstract, formless exactitude and a notably disciplined minimalism, the practice of which only adds to the density and acuteness of the overall vision. Access to the artwork is absolutely essential for a full experience, which can refer to the cosmic void, but also to a post-apocalyptic era full of derelict, lonely landscapes, where the deserted structures are the only remaining witnesses of a previously thriving civilisation. The organic, occult nature of some of the elements used extends the recording further to the point of ritual ambient. For fans of Lustmord, Arecibo, Inade, Vortex and similar projects known for their highly skilled juxtaposition of spacious, melodic atmospheres and deeply resonating occultism, this release will be an utter delight.