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Aeoga : Coav

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This album has to have one of the most original and strange covers that I've ever encountered. The red and white folder made from thick paper, which comes in a clear plastic pocket (along with the CD) is nothing new in itself. But the plastic pocket resides inside two pieces of black cardboard. They are folded into eachother to form a black star. On the back of it is a loop made from thin rope, placed so that it's obvious that it is actually intended to hang from a nail on the wall. Since the plastic pocket is only visible from the back, there would be no way to guess that it's actually a CD hanging on the wall; you'll just see a black star. Now that's a cover you don't come across every day.

But of course the cover on this CD is not the only interesting thing about it. There is music on it too (not everyone considers industrial to be music, but anyway). It has strong similarities to both I.Corax and Halo Manash. Being that the musical mastermind Anti Ittna Haapapuro is one of the main men behind all three projects/bands, this doesn't really come as a surprise. He is also one of the members in Dolorian, but that style of music doesn't lie very close to this although the s/t album has a lot of industrial influences.

However the sounds on Coav does have it's own identity in addition to the common ancestry of the bands. It is not quite as haunting and paranoid as the other two. Instead it tilts more towards a shamanic and slightly tribal sound. It floats around in the space continuum, reaching into both the astral and the spiritual. I know that the Noaides (the shamans of the Sápmi people, natives of northern Scandinavia, Finland and the Kola Peninsula) used to eat red fly agaric to enter trancelike states, where it seems that the soul disconnects from the body and floats. Being from northern Finland, it is plausible that these guys have close connections to the traditions or wisdoms of the shamans. Note that I'm still assuming that they are not doing mushrooms themselves. The poison in the fly agaric is after all categorized as being deadly. However, if you close your eyes and focus solely on the music that drifts by, I'm pretty sure the experience is quite similar.

Just like I.Corax and Halo Manash this is a mixture of dark industrial and equally dark ambient. Aeoga is a tad more ambient than the other two, but that just adds to its effect. And even though it's a tad lighter than the other two, it's not something I'd recommend your grandmother to hear. The word "disturbing" is still very much applicable. So if you like I.Corax, Halo Manash or other similar stuff, then you'll probably like this one as well. Just be aware of one thing. The cardboard star doesn't fit into the CD rack so you'll have to find someplace else to put it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Coav I
2. Coav II
3. Coav III
4. Coav IV
5. Coav V
6. Coav VI
7. Coav VII
8. Coav VIII

Duration : Approx. 66 minutes

Visit the Aeoga bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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