Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ÄÄNIPÄÄ - Through a Pre-Memory (2013)

Sarin - Nihilist (1996)
Ø - Tulkinta (1997)
Mika Vainio - Onko (1997)
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer (Seven Psalms for Our Lord of Light) (1998)
Lotus Eaters - Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)
Khanate - Things Viral (2003)
Ginnungagap - Remeindre (2004)
KTL - 2 (2007)
Sunn O))) - ØØ Void (2000) + Dømkirke (2008)
Sunn O))) - Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 (2012)

Abstract, experimental drone-doom from OPIUM HUM favorites/all-out brilliant artists Stephen O'Malley and Miki Vainio. Dissonant, downtuned guitars, minimal programmed drumming, scraping horror-movie strings, walls of drone and harsh noise, punishing electronics, and, occasionally, some pretty unsettling vocals. Without a doubt, Through a Pre-Memory comes off as an extension of Khanate.

Track listing:
1. Muse
2. Toward All Thresholds
3. Mirror of Mirror Dreams
4. Watch Over Stillness / Matters Principle

Impassable fears

You should also hear:
Ascend -
Ample Fire Within (2008)
Circle of Eyes -
Circle of Eyes (2011)


  1. Indeed, Mr. O'Malley and the late, great Mr. Vainio. In addition to the brief list included by DEAR_SPIRIT in the post, interested parties might be wise to investigate Mr. Vainio's Pan Sonic project. There is nothing not to like there, in my most humble opinion. Hearty thanks for the post.

    1. Pan Sonic is GREAT, pretty sure I actually heard them before any of this other stuff

  2. I caught about 1.5 hours of O'Malley and Angel Deradorian's 4-hour "durational" pefromance at MoogFest yesterday. Physical, spiritual, emotional--beautiful. Plus people were just sitting around in the floor while the rain poured down outside, so it was sorta prefect.

  3. Great. Never heard of this, sounds like Alan Dubin on vocals?