“I Believe” & “Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe”
hands cd cat. D263, 2018, germany
I Believe & Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe
hands 2cd cat. B046, 2018, germany
release date: 19/10/2018
format: cd and 2cd
time: 62 min. and 59 min.
2cd in oversized Hands Paper Pack, limited numbered 500 copies
normal cd in Hands Paper Pack
The new Ah Cama-Sotz cd “I Believe” and the limited 2cd edition “I Believe” + “Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe” will be released on HANDS on 19th October 2018!
Ah Cama-Sotz . I Believe & Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken LandVan Saeftinghe
2cd in oversized Hands Paper Pack . HANDS B046
limited numbered 500 copies
Ah Cama-Sotz . I Believe
cd in Hands Paper Pack . HANDS D263
After kickstarting his Gatto Nero techno unit, Herman returns to his main occupation – the legend that is Ah Cama-Sotz. Just a little short of his 20th album, “I Believe” is arguably the most upfront, dance floor friendly among the lot. While not (by any means) neglecting the tribal, ethnic and dark elements of the ACS sound, this album also caters a variety of incendiary straight rhythmic tracks. And it’s that mélange – and the mastery of production that (again) convinces in full swing!
Proclaiming the creed, the simple statement of faith – of course ACS does it in the most morbid and perverted way. “Somebody give the lord a handclap” and shake it to the tribal drum beats, heretic samples and monastic choirs of the album opener “Lords of Evil”. And the majority of tracks to follow shall pin you to the dance floor: “I:Travel”, “Collision Wall”, “The Beast Within” and “LiftOff” all provide a four-to-the-floor backbone that relates to the technophile sound of Gatto Nero – and “The underground” even has some fierce washes of acid lines.
But it wouldn’t be ACS if he didn’t provide some diversion: Deep drones (“Signal/Noise/Resistance”), a voluptuous ethnic fantasy (“El Cuerpo, Mild as a Teardrop on a Grave”), sacred dark ambience (“Semper Immota” + “Moriendi Desolatum”), and the industrial benchmark, a flamboyant cover version of “Warm Leatherette”.
Belief is at the core of determination, and this is a statement – Ah Cama-Sotz is going places, going strong, still innovative and hungry, and always idiosyncratic!
01 Lords of Evil
04 El Cuerpo, Mild as a Teardrop on a Grave
05 Collision Wall
06 Semper Immota
07 The Underground
08 Warm Leatherette
09 The Beast Within
11 Moriendo Desolatum
Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe:
Ah Cama-Sotz’ 2018 opus “I Believe” will also be released in a limited edition HANDS double pack with a limited bonus CD – thus following the 1999 classic “Terra Infernalis” 19 years down the road! The companion for this intensely rhythmic album is the lavishly sinister “Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe”, 60 minutes in the best, most unique ACS tradition of dark ambient electronica.
The All Saints’ Flood of 1570 was one oft he most fatal incidents in Dutch history, with an estimated body count of over 20.000 people and unaccountable misery as a consequence due tot he loss of livestock and winter provisions. It also created the drowned country, „Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe”. Legend has it that the fatal flood was caused by the capture of a mermaid. Saeftinghe stands as a monument of nature’s destructive power to the day.
Ah Cama-Sotz provides a bleak soundtrack to the subject matter, following in the vein of his much-remarked 2016 album “Exorcise”, transcending the notions of dark ambient industrial with a strong reference to earlier music traditions of avant-garde. The results are eight long and highly immersive tracks for the dark-minded connoisseur!
cd 2 Allerheiligenvloed – Het Verdronken Land Van Saeftinghe
02 Chapter II
03 Chapter III
04 Chapter IV
05 Chapter V
06 Chapter VI
07 Chapter VII
08 Chapter VIII