Friday, November 29, 2013

Disemballerina - s/t (2010)

DISEMBALLERINA "Disemballerina"

Year: 2010
Genre: Neofolk, Outsider Classical
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Saturn Return
  2. Thieves' Oil
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Drown
  5. Hex

"Disemballerina’s core commiserated and lit their first floor candles in 2009 with a friendship sparked between guitarist Ayla Holland and violist/harpist Myles Donovan. Veterans of many louder bands over the years in the D.I.Y. Metal scene on both coasts, the two bonded over a shared love of chamber music, funereal doom and ritualistic ceremony as well as a mutual estrangement in their participating subcultures due to being out, freakish and queer. Originally a 3 piece joined by cellist Melissa Collins, the band has gone through a number of other string players over the years, most recently last collaborating with Lost Lockets violinist Fiona Petra and currently Marit Schmidt of Vradiazei"

Even though it isn't metal at all, I think it should be here, as it's very beautiful music from Cascadia (namely Portland, OR) whose performers apparently share a lot of our views. As mentioned above, Disemballerina started as a 3-piece band, but now they have 4 members in their lineup:
  • Ayla Holland - guitar, bajo quinto, bandola
  • Myles Donovan - viola, harp, mandola
  • Jennifer Christensen (Møllehøj) - cello
  • Marit Schmidt - viola
They describe their style as "outsider classical / acoustic doom-metal / goth chamber music". While it's certainly not metal, they're definitely influenced by atmospheric BM and funeral doom (just like in case with another similar project, Hex Pertners). Anyway, this album is great, and I strongly recommend it for everyone.

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