Aural Hypnox has just reissued Arktau Aon, the Arktau Eos/Zoät-Aon collaboration from the mists of time…
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Arktau Eos wish to thank Hexvessel and crew for a truly special time. In some strange way, everything made perfect sense, and it is our hope this came across to everyone who attended the shows. Thank you & until next time!
Those who wanted to see us in Germany but missed this tour are advised that there is still a chance to witness variations on the Erēmos themes at the Phobos Festival in Wuppertal next weekend, on March 16th. A link to the event will be posted in comments below.
Live photo credits: Simon Lucas (London), Benjamin Sperling (Cologne).
Here is the Hexvessel tour poster complete with the final dates (Cologne added). Arktau Eos will join Hexvessel as special guests on 17–22 February.
Arktau Eos are overjoyed to announce we will join Hexvessel on tour next month. We will open the ceremonies on the following nights:
More info to be announced soon! Meanwhile, visit Hexvessel facebook for event pages:
Arktau Eos will be appearing at Blowup vol. 5 in Helsinki (10 Oct 2019–13 Oct 2019). Other groups confirmed so far: Cirith Ungol, MORNE, Kælan Mikla. See event page here:
We will also continue working with our friend and trusted cover artist KTL (Timo Ketola) for this event. He is one of the official artists for Blowup vol. 5.
Arktau Eos unveil a new album, Erēmos, one of their most involved and intense creations. While intentionally minimal on the surface, layer upon layer of subtle, haunting, and evocative sounds are slowly revealed to the attentive listener. Erēmos aims at nothing less than the total transition of the listener to the desert realms implied by the title. Old synthesizers and ritualistic acoustic elements are seamlessly blended with even more obscure aural phenomena, including field recordings done in Northern Finland and the untamed steppes of Mongolia.
As has been the testimony of wise men and women of all faiths, solitude bestows its own distinct gifts upon the seeker, a process here treated in less intimate terms than on the voice-led Catacomb Resonator. Erēmos is more expansive; the desert that opens before the listener is not a locus of temptations or simple retreat, but a vivid inner mindscape of dramatic confrontations and transformations between flora, fauna, stellar matter, earth, and stone. Gradually they shed away the humanness in its most banal sense, until man identifies with the scorpionic voice of power that carries to the ends of the earth – and cosmos.
Erēmos is exactly 49 minutes long, split in nine distinct segments, released in an edition of 440 pcs. The CD is enclosed in customised, screen printed cardboard covers including an oversized folded insert on old paper stock. Once again, Arktau Eos have closely collaborated with artist KTL on the artwork.
In addition, there are 11 copies of the album printed in unusual and weird colours (internally called the Bleeding Stones edition); they will be sigilized by Arktau Eos and come with extra photographs. First come, first served, to be found in the webshop.
Arktau Eos are considering the release of thematically related but independent recordings in the Repository series, which is but one of the projects they are currently working on.
Having returned to our native Finland from the landscape of dreams that is the mountain-range of Southern France, we are first of all obliged to thank Yan, Yoli, and the rest of the crew at L’Homme Sauvage for all their help and hospitality: blessings to the mountain-folk and the attentive audience, you rule!
It was a pleasure to meet the large Barcelonian contingent from three weeks ago, who had travelled north of the border to support another great festival – there is a real sense of community and continuity, which demands respect.
Comrades in Hexvessel – good times as always & thank you for inviting us onstage for “I am the Ritual”.
We were also lucky to be able to conduct our own researches into the mountain traditions and places of power over several days preceding the festival. This has already proven to be an abundant source of ideas for the future. Most of the time we walked in solitude, hiking up the mountains (and into them, in some cases…), visiting haunted woods, ancient churches and other places of worship with the rest of the retinue invisible. In the Montségur region we had assistance from Richard Stanley and Amanda Mariamne Radcliffe; thank you for sharing your time and insights freely with us, many leads were followed & many more remain.
To everyone we met: a toast of strange liquors and ghost-fire!