Trepaneringsritualen ‎– Secret Thirteen Mix 092

Secret Thirteen Journal ‎– STJ 092
File, MP3, Mixed, 320 kbps


1.1 Pharmakon Pitted
1.2 Con-Dom Mission To Kill (Hand Of Mormon)
1.3 Chris And Cosey* Put Yourself In Los Angeles
1.4 Brighter Death Now Death Consumers
1.5 Human Larvae Perdition From The Virgins Mouth
1.6 November Növelet Rules Of Agony
1.7 Zero Kama Prayer Of Zos
1.8 Come Rampton 2
1.9 S.P.K.* The Sickness (Studio Us 1982)
1.10 Iron Fist of the Sun Smile Like Sword
1.11 Throbbing Gristle E-Coli
1.12 Death In June State Laughter
1.13 Lakes Blood Of The Grove
1.14 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Untitled
1.15 Dernière Volonté Ma Promesse



length 1:03:46



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October 21, 2013

The author of the mix is Thomas Martin Ekelund (b. 1977), a Swedish industrial music artist and graphic designer based in Göteborg, Sweden. In the last decade Ekelund has been releasing music mainly under the name of Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, but since the projects ended in the late 2011, he started to focus more on the synth pop duo Soma Sema and ritualistic solo project Trepaneringsritualen. Ekelund has released numerous of records (cassettes, vinyls, CDr’s) on such highly conceptual labels as Release The Bats, Hanson, Small Doses, Fang Bomb, iDEAL, Malignant Records and others. Ekelund explores themes of religion, magick and the occult realms of consciousness. While weaving motives from the old school of ritual ambient & death industrial, Trepaneringsritualen creates rhythmic and at times seething musical formations with a creeping sense of desolation. Trepaneringsritualen conjures bleak but mesmerizing visions of the end-times. Influenced by such eccentric musicians as Michael DeWitt, Current 93, Roger Karmanik, Anenzephalia and Psychic TV, Ekelund developed his own esoteric and harsh underworld of sounds that captivate and penetrate the psyche. It is also important to mention that Ekelund is running Beläten imprint which is releasing a wide range of synthetic and acoustic music.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 092” is a dark and dynamic audio selection of 15 transcendental records released between 1978 and 2013. The main stylistic trajectory of the mix is based on industrial music, but it also contains fragments of noise, neofolk, gothic rock and experimental. Timeless works by dark hearted musicians such as November Növelet, Death In June, S.P.K., Throbbing Gristle, Con-Dom, Pharmakon and others not only awaken the subconscious, but cause to rethink our doomed daily life. The basis of this mix stands on melodic agony gained from distorted and sharp electric guitars, forceful vocals, dramatic improvisations with various percussion instruments and occasionally emerging obscure rhythms. The focus is on noisy and suggestive lyrics and singing. A lot of complicated topics are explored through lyrics: absurd, death, destruction, rituals, society, religion, confidence, nihilism, rebellion and others. Even though the mixing is quick and rigid, Ekelund skillfully holds the tension and solidity of the mix by flawlessly forming records sequence. It is a priceless compilation consisting of mainly original records that made a strong impact to the whole industrial and alternative music growth.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 092” is like a macabre Pablo Picasso’s lithograph “Black Jug and Skull” where tactful use of lithographic crayon and ink creates oppressive highlights and sharp definition. All angular rhythms, expressive edges and strongly contrasting areas of black and white can be associated with the suffering and death of the Second World War. The scene depicted in lithograph is sombre and restrained and is quite similar to Ekelund’s mix that indirectly maintains vanitas theme. Also, the fact that Picaso was superstitious about death is in parallel with Trepaneringsritualen ideology. A collision between lithograph’s symbolic visuals and mix’s gloomy mood strengthens the perception of both works. Trepaneringsritualen mix is a memento mori, a reminder of the inevitable approach of death that shrouds the listener with empyreal wisdom.