Ashtorath - Darkstorm Entwined, was conceived aphotically - to take from the greek, 'without light' is to say, during storm or night only. A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) ran alongside power outages in the depths of Canada's central mountainous outskirts, close to Dewinton Alberta. Through long journeys across the earth and beneath a multitude of seasons, a reclusive experiment began to harness the essence of natural energy in a digital medium. For half a decade this location served as studio and haven.
The guides for the manifestation of this album were this; to use physical instrumentation to reflect the energy of the wind, rain, hail, and snow, the life/death cycles of the unforgiving north, and to be out-of-mind (oblivious to the ritual) during the sun's reign that no material could be influenced from sunlight. From here the result seems to be earth's sentiments as it drinks life but fathoms death. Frequencies are attuned to the gift of storm, received by the eternal wilderness that will outlast every stone of man.
released August 12, 2001
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