Chants of Maldoror - Ritual Death - Édition numérotée à la main


Face A
Reunion And Death
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Feast In Black (Mortualia)
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Post Mortem
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Resurrection (Real Death)
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Face B
The Baptism Of Dead
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Red Communion
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Requiem Aeternam
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  • Artiste : Chants of Maldoror
  • Label : Darkitalia Label
  • Format : 1 x 12" (180g)
  • Pochette : Gatefold
  • PaysItalie
  • GenresGoth RockDeathrock
  • Date de livraison estiméejuillet 2024


In July 1997 (7/7/97), Chants of Maldoror released (only on cassette) their debut demo entitled “Ritual Death”, a concept about “Nigredo” or “Putrefactio”, in Alchemy the first essential phase of the transformation of matter and spirit, which is for Jung  "the dark night of the soul, when an individual is brought to confront the shadow within himself".
The seven songs that make up "Ritual Death" ideally follow the path of death and rebirth of the Initiate, through sounds that range from ritualistic-medieval suggestions to the embryonic deathrock that will characterize the band later.
The number of copies actually made at the time is unknown, and today those cassettes are sought after and purchased by collectors for significant amounts.
The first and only vinyl edition of "Ritual Death", released in exclusive collaboration with Darkitalia, features remastered audio from the original master tapes, as well as faithful reproductions of all the images used for the booklet that originally accompanied the cassette, in addition to other promotional material from that time (photos, flyers, etc.), and represents an ideal “Albedo”.

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Nel Luglio 1997 (7/7/97), i Chants of Maldoror pubblicano il demo di debutto (solo su cassetta) intitolato “Ritual Death”, un concept sulla “Nigredo” o “Putrefactio”, in Alchimia la prima imprescindibile fase della trasformazione della materia e dello spirito, che è per Jung “la notte oscura dell’anima, quando un individuo è portato a confrontarsi con l’ombra dentro di sè”.
Le sette canzoni che compongono “Ritual Death” idealmente seguono il percorso di morte e rinascita dell’Iniziato, attraverso sonorità che spaziano da suggestioni ritualistico-medievali all’embrionale deathrock che caratterizzerà successivamente la band.
Il numero di copie effettivamente realizzate all’epoca è imprecisato, e oggi esemplari di questo nastro vengono ricercati e acquistati dai collezionisti a cifre considerevoli.
La prima ed unica edizione in vinile di “Ritual Death”, realizzata in collaborazione esclusiva con Darkitalia, presenta un audio rimasterizzato dai nastri originali, nonchè fedeli riproduzioni di tutte le immagini utilizzate per il libretto che originariamente accompagnava la cassetta, in aggiunta ad altro materiale promozionale dell’epoca (foto, flyer, ecc), e ne rappresenta una ideale “Albedo”.

Chants of Maldoror

The band Chants Of Maldoror was formed in 1994 by ADOLPHE (vocals), DAVID M. (bass), ECHO (keyboard, synth, piano) and LOREN (guitars and programming). Originally thought to be a medieval/ritualistic music project, COM will soon assume “bloodier” and “spookier” characteristics, with a sound decidedly veering towards the darkest deathrock.
The band’s name comes from the prose poem “Les Chants De Maldoror” by Isidore Ducasse, a masterpiece of the unreal and a decadent manifesto of surrealistic imagery.
Their first official release was the demotape “Ritual Death” (self-produced, 1997), which gained very good reviews on both European and Overseas magazines and fanzines, and brought the gloomy young band to perform live all over the world.
The first full-length cd, “Thy Hurting Heaven” (Radio Luxor/SPV), was released in June 2000, a further evolution in sound and songwriting that led the group to earn the status of “European goth-rock cult band”; the cd was promoted with many shows across Europe, concerts/dark theatrical performances held in small clubs as well as on important stages, such as the 11th Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig and the legendary “Paradiso” in Amsterdam. The escalation continued, in September 2002, COM played with Sex Gang Children and in November of that year with Mephisto Walz.
A more varied and daring album “Every Mask Tells The Truth” (Strobelight Records) saw the (moon) light in 2005, and it was soon followed by a long line of promotional shows which widened the band’s audience and took COM to play some of their more satisfactory concerts: a second appearance at Leipzig’s 15th Wave Gotik Treffen, a New Year’s Eve show at the “Dynamo” in Zurich, and the 2006 show as opening act for the band Bauhaus in Utrecht.
Chants Of Maldoror played their last show ever in Rome in 2008; after that, they started rehearsing and recording new songs for a third album, but the band broke up in 2010 before its completion, leaving it unfinished and unreleased.