Murder Themes II
hands cd cat. B040. 2013. germany
Box (HANDS B040) contains Vinyl (HANDS V067) and CD (HANDS D191).
release date: 26.04.2013 (off. 06.05.2013)
format: picture LP + cd
time: 45 min.
© bats & cats . cat. BCD03. 2017. Belgium
© Ah Cama-Sotz + bats & cats digital
© Artwork by Nicola Bork
Eighth Theme – Most Evil
Ninth Theme – The Sound Of Hell
Tenth Theme – A Dawn Without God
Eleventh Theme – Resurrection
Twelfth Theme – I Will That Men Pray Everywhere
Thirteenth Theme – Bless Those Who Persecute You
On 6th May 2013 also a second new Ah Cama-Sotz album „Murder Themes II“ will be released in a strictly limited Edition of 300 copies as picture lp and cd package on HANDS.
The return of vinyl, the return of Ah Cama-Sotz – HANDS celebrates with a must-have collector’s item HANDS B040 in a limited run of just 300 numbered copies including:
one six-track picture lp of the new Album Murder Themes II with over 40 minutes playing time (HANDS V067) and a bonus cd version of this album (HANDS D191).
Musically this is continuing from where “Murder Themes” left us in 1999: The deepest, darkest abyss of human psyche, painted in thick drones and obsessed with horrifying subject matters.
The return of vinyl, the return of Ah Cama-Sotz – HANDS celebrates with a must-have collector’s item HANDS B040 in a limited run of just 300 numbered copies including: one six-track picture LP of the new Album Murder Themes II) with over 40 minutes playing time (HANDS V067 and a bonus CD version of the album (HANDS D191). Musically this is continuing from where “Murder Themes” left us in 1999: The deepest, darkest abyss of human psyche, painted in thick drones and obsessed with horrifying subject matters. “Murder Themes II” proves to be very classic Ah Cama-Sotz, a conceptual continuation of the album which was part of the 1999 limited edition of “Terra Infernalis”, the picture vinyl sporting the iconic Ah Cama-Sotz bat on one and an angelic statue on the other. All six tracks remain beatless throughout – no distraction from the bleak topic of murder. The opening track is Theme eight, “Most Evil”, an upsetting collage piece featuring a documentary rant about female serial killers, while “The Sound Of Hell” adds string sounds and angelic choirs. Theme ten is aptly titled “A Dawn Without God” and goes back to documentary samples at length, dealing with David Lewis Rice, who murdered an entire family in 1985 out of religious fanaticism. “Resurrection”, renders the mood of “The Sound Of Hell”, before the 12th Theme, “I Will That Men Pray Everywhere” centers around voice samples and adds clearly electronic sounds, determining a present tense reference for the first time on the album. “Bless Those Who Persecute You” is the 13th and last Theme, the most noisy, industrial piece of the album with an eerie build-up structure and documentary samples again. Not for the fragile characters, not for the dance floor crowds, “Murder Themes II” is an artistic statement about the evil that men do; it requires active listening and an acceptance of dark thoughts.
AH CAMA-SOTZ: Murder Themes II 12” Vinyl & CD HANDS
It’s a testimony to an artist’s viability when a label will happily release a limited picture disc and CD double-pack to add to their discography; and is a statement no less to the Ah Cama-Sotz’s success. What is telling about the fan base of AC-S is the confidence placed in the artist, with the CD exhibiting the exact same track list that is on the vinyl.
As a successor to ‘Murder Themes I’, this rarity carries on from where the last release in this series paused, comprising of six tracks from the ‘Eighth’ to the ‘Thirteenth Theme’, concentrating on the darker side of human nature.
‘Murder Themes II’ utilises one key area of Herman Klapholz’s production values. Dark Ambient is the weapon of choice, with smatterings of dark electro filtering through into the later ‘themes’. The beauty of this latest piece of work is that at just six tracks, it’s easy to consume as a whole and is all the better for it.
If anything, those who are new to the fold would do best in picking up this release alongside its earlier chapter. For me, Ah Cama-Sotz shines at his brightest when he delves into the realms of Dark Ambient, providing a torch through the gloom and the hope of a way out from the unrelenting horror.
Executed with consummate professionalism, ‘Murder Themes II’ is a fitting sequel to its predecessor and a worthwhile addition for any avid collector out there.