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act 142 á this morn' omina á 7 years of famine á cd

the other side, one-eyed man, the burning hand, les signes dans le dŽsert, (the) fires within, currents, monad.

this cd was originally released as a limited edition on live bait recording foundation in february 2002. ( )

imagine someone stealing small bits from other genres - genres as diverse as tribal, ritual, techno and powerful rhythmic industrial. now, what if all this was added up and merged into one unique style? - would this sound good? probably not, but strangely enough it works brilliantly for this morn' omina.

'7 years of famine' takes us into a highly visual aurora of darkness, aggression, pain, and contentment - all via lost and forgotten tribal styles of the past that are layered with present day hypnotic rhythms and dark atmospheres. each track is a part of the whole and perfectly aligned with the others. as to unfold a seven part journey into the realms of the unknown, occult mysteries, and worlds of lost egyptians gods/goddesses that have long since been forgotten. the atmosphere slowly evolves in concise compositions that build to overwhelming complexities - from the ambivalent and unmethodical tribal percussive work of "the burning hand" and "(the) fires within" to the seductive alien atmospheres and rhythms of "currents" and "monad". the key components of mika's stylings are the illustrious undertones and diversified forms of old mid-eastern and african rhythms that are meshed with eruptive techno and industrial elements.

this complex music leaves itâs mark in you and makes you want to hear more. so enjoy '7 years of famine' and watch out for the new forthcoming t.m.o. full length double cd 'nyan I' which will be released by ant-zen in the summer of 2003.

discography 02.2k3
7 years of famine. cd. ant-zen act142. 2003
the future has taken root in the present. cd. tantric harmonies. 2002
cyclops. 7". nocturnus/spectre noc6. 2002
7 years of famine. cd. live bait recordings. 2002
taiu. cd. horus cyclic daemon. 2001
em sauf haa-heru. cd. horus cyclic daemon. 2000
nezeru enti sebauem neterxertet. cd. old europa cafe. 1998
terra tremuit... solem undaeque ...(et quievit) + decline and fall of empires. double tape. 1997
the future has taken root in the present (it is done. it has begun.). tape. 1996

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this morn' omina's 7 years of famine is a tribal ritual, make no mistake. to listen to this record is to partake in a dark ceremony of ancient communion and mystical transformation. sounding like a mix between the work of vromb, ah cama-sotz and the hybryds, 7 years of famine is a late-night listening experience, best heard in a room lit by firelight and filled with sweating, writhing bodies. "one eyed man" has a simple liturgy -- "in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" -- and, once you have learned the principle, you can gather round the ceremony stone with the rest of the attendants and lose yourself in the choral-driven techno beat. the atmosphere of "the other side" evolves slowly, beginning as a tiny sandstorm blown across ancient dunes. voices creep in, crepuscular wraiths drifting with the errant wind from the deep desert. this is the beginning of the seven part mystery ceremony, and "the other side" tugs at you like a fine sand pelting your skin, dusting you off in preparation for your entrance into the holy temple itself. your first moment inside is the orgiastic "one eyed man," a furiously pounding trance ritual which, by its very pace and insistent rhythms, will pull you into the center of the maelstrom. "the burning hand" spins away into the ecstatic realms of goa-trance, building from the sweaty communion of the previous track into an endless cycle of sound and light. "les signes dans le dŽsert" is an atmospheric interlude, the soundtrack to your initiation into the inner mysteries, filled with exotic percussive instrumentation which highlight each step of your enlightenment into the whispered secrets of the sanctum. you are purified in a fiery ablution before the assembled mob during "(the) fires within" and, as your body disintegrates into ash and fiery spark, you are shuttled into a realm of expansive consciousness. this is "currents" and your body may be lost, but your mind is allowed to swim into the open spaces between stars, listening to the solar wind and the endless echo of the centuries. the final act of the ceremony is your ascension and arrival at the "monad." 7 years of famine is a orgiastic, nocturnal whirlwind of techno, industrial, ambient, and rhythmic noise along with middle eastern and african rhythms. it shouldn't work, and even as i describe it, it sounds impossible. but this is what this morn' omina is all about: making ritual music out of any element which they find useful. they don't cling to conventions; they laugh at genre boundaries. they are building powerful ceremonies to forgotten pantheons, striving to shake the sand from buried statues and to ring the heavens with their sound. if gothic dance clubs are the modern temples of the eleusinian mysteries, then this morn' omina is the high priest and 7 years of famine is his holy ritual. highly recommended. (mark teppo)

wreck this mess
en ce qui nous concerne, nous avons dŽcouvert tardivement this morn' omina via la compilation thisoriented du label portugais il s'agissait d'un morceau trs intense, d'une virulence assez rare, que l'on retrouve ici ("one eyed man"). mais comme souvent, un titre isolŽ sur une anthologie ne permet pas pour autant d'infŽrer le ou les courants auquel se rattache son auteur. on le constate ˆ l'Žcoute de cette rŽŽdition. chaque plage, ou presque, offrant un ton diffŽrentÊ: dark-ambient ("the other side"), "ethnico" et groovy ("the burning head", "les signes du dŽsert"), elektro-techno ("the fires within"), soft et trancey ("currents", "monad"). cette diversitŽ et surtout cette gamme de sons est assez inhabituelle sur le catalogue d'ant-zen, peu coutumier de ce genre d'orientation somme toute trs "chill out"... (ld)

black #31
das belgische dunkel-industrial-trance projekt hat es nun endlich auf ein grš§eres label geschafft. die wiederveršffentlichung eines ihrer limitierten alben bei ant-zen wird ihnen einiges an neuen hšrern einbringen, denn bisher war ihr bekanntheitsgrad eher auf belgien beschrŠnkt. ihr mix aus trance und hŠrteren industrialrhythmen hat nichts neues, aber dafŸr etwas faszinierendes. der soundtrackgehalt der tracks ist hoch und es wird nicht nur psytrance-mŠ§ig gestampft. von den sounds her und der stimmung erinnert es mich stark an die frŸhen substanz t, bevor sie auf hymen veršffentlichten. von der art, wie die rhythmischeren tracks strukturiert sind und wie sprachsamples eingebaut werden, fŸhle ich mich in die ãthe land of rape and honey" zeit von ministry zurŸckversetzt. die sphŠrischen spannungsbšgen kšnnten auch von the orb sein, wenn sie nicht so dunkel wŠren. es wird von allem etwas benutzt, von ethnorhythmen bis verzerrter elektronik. durch den mix der stile wird es auch etwas uneigenstŠndig, manche trance klischeeweichzeichnerklŠnge kšnnen schon nerven, aber es gibt immer wieder stellen, wo die synthese geglŸckt ist. mal sehen, was das fŸr sommer auf ant-zen angekŸndigte doppelalbum prŠsentiert. so richtig warm bin ich mit this mornÔ omina noch nicht geworden, aber es macht irgendwie schon ein bi§chen spa§. entwicklungsfŠhig. (till)

der medienkonverter
als vorbote fŸr das kommende album "nyan i" hat das label ant-zen sich dazu entschlossen, ein limitiertes album von this morn' omina aus dem jahre 2002 wieder zu veršffentlichen. zum glŸck kann man hier sagen, denn "7 years of famine" ist ein absolutes highlight. die betitelte siebenjŠhrige hungersnot trifft erfreulicherweise nicht auf das album zu, denn this morn' omina bietet eine fŸlle an sounds und samples und wartet mit einer gehšrigen portion beats auf. auf dem album findet sich alles, was man von einem elektronischen rei§er erwartet: von dark-ambient Ÿber rituelle rhythmen und industrial bis hin zu techno. der ruhige opener "the other side" erschafft dŸstere soundlandschaften verbunden mit treibendem rhythmen und lŠsst trotz seiner lŠnge (Ÿber 12 minuten!) keine langeweile aufkommen. im gegensatz dazu ist das folgende "one eyed man" ein wahrer industrial-brecher, der mit seinem fettem beat das tanzende volk begeistern wird. "the burning hand" kehrt dann wieder zu ambient, tribal und technoiden stilmitteln zurŸck und erinnert durch seine synthlines und samples ein wenig an den techno mitte der neunziger. sehr zu empfehlen ist auch "(the) fires within" mit sehr ansteckendem tribal und ritual. achtung, bewegungszwang! Ÿbrigens einer von zwei songs, der die 12 minutenmarke nicht erreicht. es ist immer wieder erstaunlich, wie es this morn' omina schaffen, die verschiedenen stile miteinander zu verbinden. diese fast schon perfekte synthese wurde so geschickt anrangiert, dass selbst die verfechter der einzelnen richtungen von diesem werk fasziniert sein werden. wenn das fŸr diesen sommer geplante "nyan i" in die gleiche kerbe stš§t, dann werden this morn' omina vielen bekannten acts den rang ablaufen. (veit)

vital weekly
accusing trance techno for being a clichŽ subject in vital weekly would be wrong. nevertheless is this present album by belgium act this morn' omina built on this more club-oriented style of music. originally released on the american label live bait recordings in 2002, fourth shot from this morn' omina has now had its second coming on german label ant zen recordings. since both labels first of all are known for their quite harsh approach to electronic sound, it was some sort of surprise being confronted with "7 years of famine". illustrious undertones and diversified forms of old mid-eastern and african rhythmic texture are meshed with eruptive techno and industrial elements. even though the album never reaches the usual over the top-level of rhythmic noise that ant zen recordings are known for, the rhythmic texture on the album does have some sort of crushing heaviness not far away from some of the legendary ant zen profiles like synapscape and imminent. the combination of harsh electronics and tribal ethno-trance are definitely quite unusual, nevertheless does it work really well on "7 years of famine"! (nmp)

guts of darkness
ce '7 years of famine' est independant de la trilogie 'hegira' inspiree par l'ecrivain dan simmons et sa saga 'hyperion'. la musique de tmo entend evoquer des civilisations lointaines dans le temps et l'espace, exhumant les mythes enfouis au plus profond du sable du desert. l'aspect electronique voire techno-trance deja latent dans l'oeuvre anterieure du belge prend ici une dimension supplementaire qui sera definitivement assumee sur l'album suivant 'le serpent blanc, le serpent rouge'. 'the other side' dŽmarre l'album tres ambient avec des nappes rondes melodieuses, puis les percus font leur apparition. l'ensemble monte progressivement dans le but de creer une transe rituelle. le charme se rompt par l'enchainement avec le terrible 'one-eyed man' et ses boucles et rythmes techno-indus, un veritable rouleau-compresseur pour dance-floor (il s'agit d'ailleurs du premier hit du belge). l'agression terminee, retour aux boucles trance et percus traditionnelles (africaines et indiennes pour l'essentiel) sur le tres atmospherique et electro 'the burning hand', qui se fend de quelques leitmotives 'melodiques' contrastant avec l'aspect monolithique de la rythmique. 'les signes...' calme le jeu en proposant des nappes ambient tres presentes, a la maniere d'un delerium premiere epoque ou d'un synaesthesia (les deux etant des projets annexes de front line assembly) sur lesquelles viennent se greffer des boucles electro. l'excellent '(the) fires within' reprend la recette lobotomisante de 'one-eyed man' en moins agressif toutefois, laissant les boucles participer a la montee de la transe chamanique au meme titre que les differentes rythmiques (beat techno, percus trad' et industrielles). les deux dernieres pieces de l'album, 'currents' et 'monad' nous replongent dans une forme de contemplation, ambient et percus comme a l'accoutumee nous invitant a embrasser l'etendue d'un desert immense, a la recherche d'un horizon insaisissable. moins abouti peut-etre d'un point de vue production que 'le serpent blanc...', '7 years of famine' ne peut que vous rendre accrocs avec son sens du rythme implacable et ses volutes de nappes et de percussions 'exotiques'. vous reviez d'un ailleurs ? le voici a votre portee, juste en vous et dans ce superbe album. (marco)

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