Abelcain ‎– The Garden

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The Garden 6:40
Black Bone Orchid 5:01
Bitter Moon Blossom 3:27
Danse Macabre 7:40

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12017 Abelcain The Garden(12") Zhark International 12017 Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version
Zhark 12017 Abelcain The Garden(12", W/Lbl) Zhark International Zhark 12017 Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version

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elitist_loser

elitist_loser

September 19, 2011
referencing The Garden, 12", 12017

Black Bone Orchid samples Chostakovitch string quartet n°8 3rd mvmt.

This single could have been 3rd 12" of "Pantheon of Fiends".
somebedroomdj

somebedroomdj

March 13, 2008
referencing The Garden, 12", 12017

While Venetian Snares was dropping jaws with his very melancholy take on classical meets breakcore, Abelcain dropped this overlooked gem of a record with a similar theme. But instead of making you want to slit your wrists, this record finds a way to stay funky and, at some points, very aggressive. Harpsichord and death metal guitars in the same track? Yes. And neither sounds the least bit out of place. Abelcain is a master of his craft.
cthulhu303

cthulhu303

December 8, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing The Garden, 12", 12017
Complex, challenging release, starting off where "Pantheon Of Fiends" had stopped. Intricate rhythms, film noir-like spoken snippets and the (modern) classical elements that have become Abelcain's (and Zhark International's) trademark (a lot of cello and violin action on side A, a piano and a harpsichord on B2) make up for a very interesting, yet enjoyable listen. Having said that, the true shock comes from the daring rhythmic programming, especially on the hip-hoppy "Black Bone Orchid" (one would expect some rapping at every beat pattern during the first half) and the death metal "Bitter Moon Blossom" (no expectation to be had: there _are_ electric guitars and guttural screams, presumably performed by some dirty biker in dire need of a haircut).

Admittedly, it took me a year to finally buy it, and then that was for the sake of completion, but it turned out to be another case of buy-now-dig-later.