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Halo Manash : Par-Antra I: Vir

The track names are definitely in some sort of code. I don't speak or understand Finnish, but I have managed to discover the meaning of most of the second track's title. "Varjo" means shadow and "maa" means land. I already know that the mastermind behind the music, Anti Haapapuro (famous from Dolorian), loves to put in new and interesting secret, coded or similar parts in the music, but this has to be the most elaborate one thus far.

Another facinating thing about the music on the CD comes from a quote on the projects homepage. "Meditation upon the aural and visual sigils enables you to access everything the sigil represents, without consciously thinking about it." The 'sigil' is the aural energies in the music and the visual energy of the image on the cover. They are constructed to enable you to let go of all the preconceptions of the world to truly understand the 'vir'. Vir is the latin word for man, so I'm guessing this means that we should embark on an inner journey to discover a man's or mankind's secrets to us. If you want to read more about this then there is a page about it on Halo Manash's homepage: http://www.helixes.org/halomanash. There is also a link to a website about alchemy in their links section and it might be interesting reading as the music seems to be influenced by mental alchemy.

The music itself has advanced a little from 'Se Its En'. It is still a vast dark soundscape embraced by one of the creepiest atmospheres that I have ever heard. Ritualistic drums, ghostly sounds that fade in and out, haunting whispers that seems to come from no one, and lingering isolationistic synths that flows past like an etheral wind. Even when the lights are on, it still feels like the trancelike music darkens the room around you.

Exactly what the forumula, if any at all, is to the energy in the music, I don't know. Nor do I fully understand what it is that can make you achieve insight from listening to the audio. I have used many hours contemplating about this mysterious CD and I will not end my search for it's answers yet, but one thing I do know already is that the enthralling aura of the '...Vir' is a truly unique experience.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ast unTA AKSElin
3. joenukkuMA-A lue
4. kilKU ISKA AJAn alla
5. puhdASTRAALIvalo
6. MAgneTisOitUNut aival
8. AURAsh
9. siE LUs tO

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes

Visit the Halo Manash bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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