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Lokabrenna : Ancient Astronauts

Lokabrenna is a one man project by an individual who calls himself Lanz (and sometimes he also goes under the nick Nord). The name of the project means "Loke's torch" which refers to Sirius, one of our closest neighboring stars. This star is central to the theme of this album, if not the whole project. Ancient civilizations, the Egyptians and Babylonians among them, have created drawings and made statements which have been interpreted by some as tales of aliens. Amongst them is the Babylonian story of Nibiru. According to the story, Nibiru is a planet that will pass by Earth someday that will bring a visit from alien beings. Does this UFO occultism sound far out? If so, then the music relates perfectly to it.

On the cover, the music is described as "Ancient Doom-Death Folk Ambient". First off, it's no more ancient than it's recording in 2007 (the bonus tracks are from 2006). Second, I cannot see that there are any noteworthy folk elements here. Tribal drums pop up a few times but that's all. Third, doom/death? I can't say I find it to be anywhere near that genre. To my ears the riffage is mostly slow and unstructured drone with an Occasional burst of black metal. The only part of the description that I agree with is the ambient part. This is indeed dark and slightly psychedelic ambient which floats in the foreground. Excluding the clips of speech, the remaining elements (samples, drone and keyboard) mesmerize in the background as if it was all played on an interstellar transistor radio.

I must admit I cannot understand the reasoning for making 'Ancient Astronauts' a two CD release considering its 40 minute length; only 9 of which are on the second disk. The label, Crypt Records, is not a big music distributor but actually Lanz's own label. On it he's released 200 copies of 'Ancient Astronauts'. The album will probably end up as a rarity, but then again, this is some seriously strange stuff. If you happen to like Fall of the Grey-Winged One then you might just enjoy this as well.

[note by author: The project was discontinued right after the release of this demo. Lanz has apparently also released a demo called 'Ahnenerbe' under a new project which he calls Ancestral Heritage. This might seem innocent enough, but the reader should note that these names have connections to nazi-German distortion of history...]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
CD 1:
1. Waves of Atlantis (Intro)
2. Ancient Astronauts
3. Awaking the Space Gods Part I
4. Awaking the Space Gods Part II
5. Planet Nibiru
6. Sands of Time
7. Quetzalcoatl Part I
8. Quetzalcoatl Part II
9. Sirius (Outro)

10. Pyramid Mysticism Part I (Time Fears the Pyramids) (Bonus Track)
11. Pyramid Mysticism Part II (Pyramid UFO's) (Bonus Track 2)
12. Pyramid Mysticism Part III (The Great Pyramid) (Bonus Track 3)

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes.

Visit the Lokabrenna bandpage.

Reviewed on 30-06-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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