MADR ER MOLDAR AUKI vs. SCHNEE - Split (rur036 / jaw08)
Both SCHNEE and M.E.M.A. are side-projects of the Italian Black Metal act ENSOMHET 777 (aka Riccardo Z.), whom some of you will know from the excellent tape released some years ago on Licht und Stahl. While retaining the folk and atmospheric elements already present in E777, M.E.M.A. leaves behind all the standard "metal" parts like drums and distorted guitars to focus on warm tohmetian soundscapes, mixing them with Cylobian IDM to unique effect. SCHNEE, in itself the follow-up to M.E.M.A., is at the same time colder and more personal (the first track, a requiem for Riccardo’s beloved dog Koki, is a masterpiece of icy, lonely sadness), but does come back to distorted guitars in the end with the black-gaze eponymous last track. This split is the final epitaph of both projects, and the perfect companion for the dark winter evenings of outside coldness and inner warmth…. Or is it the other way round?