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German band AGES GONE was formed in 1996, and consisted of Sebastian ORLITZ (vocals, noises), Martin RASCHER (keyboards, piano, voice, samples), Mark K. (guitars, voice), Alex KABISCH (bass, screams, voice), Christoph BUCHHEIM (guitars) and Raul PFEFFER (drums, percussion, voice). Their main aim was to play music, create new sounds and have fun, and they explored a brand of music that they described as free-death, inspired by death metal. In 1999 they recorded what was to be their sole album: "The Essence of Us Through This Harmony" which was self-released in 2000. Three years later AGES GONE disbanded.

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The Essence of Us Through This Harmony
Ages Gone Experimental/Post Metal

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars REVIEW N 185

If Soft Machine were a death metal band

Ages Gone was a german avant garde / experimental death metal project, or "free-death". The Essence of Us Through This Harmony is their only shot, and didn't focus on heaviness or "being metal", but in the sound in itself, including psychedelic passages, noises, multi- vocal death metal including clean vocals and jokes, symphonic times, space rock influenced music and some hammond organ emulation at the awesome keyboard playing. The band uses a lot of b-movie samplers and stuff, like some gore/grindcore and early death metal bands. The tracks are lenghty and progressive, featuring a 20-minutes-long track. This album is pretty rare stuff, like a hidden secret from the experimental underground world. II have been looking for this CD for years, but I found nothing. Thanks for the internet, we have now the opportunity to listen to the whole album: For free download, visit the official Ages Gone website, including full album and art (btw great album cover).

The intro track is very funny, only vocals singing something like an 80s hip-hop groovin rhythmn for 40 seconds. The second track is called "10" and is the first real song of the album, and it shows the strange experimental texture and sick mind of the band members. The keyboards leads the track from a scary, heavy, dissonant doom music to an experimental noisy fusion featuring childish tunes in the middle of a tornado of drums. The third track, "7" start slow and deep, washed by the dark symphonic keys. Sudden violent passages are there to surprise the listener. The second half of the track is very well elaborated, some random variations. The fourth track, "9", is maybe my favorite one. This song is totally mad. The keys are funny, the vocals are disturbing and reminds me of Korn aggressive vocal scatting, like in the song Twist. The track ending is supreme! "Bessy meets AgEsGoNe" is a track made of edited and pitch shifted samplers and scratching. The sixth track is called "6". The song intro is a funk rock, with some wah-wah and cool bass lines, but it changes dramatically to an extreme sonority, ranging between a groovy aggressive death metal and psychedelic space rock. The phantasmagoric keys leading the second half of the song kick asses. The seventh track, "Fickpart", features a beautiful symphonic piano, a psychedelic texture and an amazing guitar solo fulfilled with feeling. The second half of the track focus on the piano solo, but a dark atmosphere prevails on this. "Psychjam" is a short trippy song, made of weird noises and stuff. The track nine is the last, and the lengthiest one, named "8". It starts as a brutal old school death metal with some additional synth and equalization effects, and a short blast beat passages. The song is full of variations, weird experiments and dissonance. After some samplers and technological noises, there is a lull. After a few minutes, a mess of beat box, harsh vocals and annoying voices start, followed by weird singing and scratching. After that, there's a jazzy moment, so the calm keyboard reign. The last session has an atmospheric background and a piano solo.

A strange album. Highlt reccomended for abnormal listeners

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