NEW COMETS OV CUPID “SCYTHIAN EP”

New Comets Ov Cupid EP. Over the last few years Comets Ov Cupid has taken on a power trio formation to play more metallic instrumental Space Rock pieces. Erik Wivinus (bass) and Matt Entsminger (drums) both hailing from the legendary Minneapolis Space Rock Band Thunderbolt Pagoda. Erik and Matt bring forth a volcanic energy that really moves Comets into some exciting new territory. I hope you enjoy. Dave Onnen of Thunderbolt Pagoda at the recording helm. Best when played loud.

http://cometsovcupid.bandcamp.com/album/scythian-ep

 

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Heathen Harvest reviews Comets Ov Cupid’s “Vril Kosmische Urkraft”

Comets Ov Cupid – Vril Kosmische Urkraft
On his Bandcamp page, Comets Ov Cupid mastermind Jason Kesselring describes the project as “gothic space rock.” It’s a concise description, and not wholly inaccurate, but Vril Kosmische Urkraft encompasses quite a bit more in terms of genre. The Minneapolis-based project’s third full-length is a wild chariot ride through buzzing hollow-earth drones, meandering krautrock riffage, black metal influence, and fuzz—fuzz everywhere. Though the album’s title and thematic inspiration might lead the uninitiated to expect something in the neofolk vein, it’s an entirely different interpretation of Norse mythology and the work of Edward Bulwer-Lytton. And that’s not to say that it doesn’t occasionally delve into folk territory as well. Sure, you could slap the album with the “space rock” label and be mostly correct, but it would also be a massive understatement and a great disservice to the artist.

Vril Kosmische Urkraft is a lot to absorb, to say the least. Kesselring has an interesting method of layering textures that can be imperfectly compared to building a harsh noise wall. Although the project is primarily guitar based, there are all kinds of good things buried underneath the thundering riffs: drum patterns and vocal samples, more riffs, and a muted guitar solo. All of it coalesces, more often than not, into a seething barricade of fuzz. While tracks like “Sleipnir,” with its frenetic fretwork and breakneck drum loops, carry a strong metal influence, the album’s finest moments come when the artist dives headlong into psychedelia. The uneasy bad-trip drones of “Ultima Thule” segue perfectly into the finger-picked intro, haunting and resonant, of “Valknut.” Though clearly adept at experimentation and pushing the boundaries of sound and genre, Kesselring’s talents are most evident when he incorporates traditional elements into the mix.

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Purists of any stripe won’t be thrilled with the release, but being a purist isn’t very much fun. There are elements of Hawkwind and Can in there, but also some nods back to the English prog-folk that inspired Kesselring’s earlier project, Skye Klad. In some ways, Vril Kosmische Urkraft draws comparison with the frantic genre-hopping of Yussuf Jerusalem; in other ways, there’s little to compare it to. Despite drawing from a large pool of often disparate influences, one is never left with the impression that these are employed for novelty’s sake, or as devices meant to distract the listener from one flaw or another. Vril Kosmische Urkraft has its share of flaws like any other album, but a lack of cohesion isn’t one of them. The album has a clear sonic purpose, and it fulfills that by incorporating the right amount of experimentation at exactly the right times.

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Track List:
01) Mysterium Cosmographicum
02) Sleipner
03) Viking Spacecraft
04) The Hollow Earth
05) Ultima Thule
06) Valknut
07) Ginnungagap
08) Jormungand
09) Eternal Ice

Written by: Rebecca C. Brooks
Label: Independent (United States) / None / CD, Digital
Space Rock / Kosmische / Drone Ambient

Comets Ov Cupid – Vril Kosmische Urkraft

 

Jan 30, 2015 – Drone Not Drones with Pagoda Ov Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt Pagoda is a progressive space rock group from Minneapolis and are absolutely fantastic. So when they asked me to collaborate with them for Kosmische Drone set for the Drone Not Drones (http://dronenotdrones.com/) event I jumped at the chance. Here are some pics of our performance that night.

 

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New Comets Ov Cupid Ov Cupid Album “Eko Eko Aradia” Now Available for PreOrder On Bandcamp

The new Comets Ov Cupid Album “Eko Eko Aradia” is not set for release until Jan 6 2015.

But it is available for preorder on Bandcamp now!

Eko Eko Aradia” is the 4th full length effort by Comets Ov Cupid. Inspired by the German Kosmische Music (Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, Cluster) tradition of the seventies as well as the Maximal/Minimalists (Fripp/Eno, Glenn Branca, Earth and Sunn 0))) , the music is intended for those inclined towards space and the infinite. Recorded in rural North Dakota both outside and inside as to reflect the secluded ambience of the surroundings. This recording is unique in that it 4 pieces played in one take with little to no overdubs. Acoustic and Electric guitars are the main instruments as well as theremin and a Micro Korg on the beginning track. The cover photo is of a futuristic ruin found in his home state. Known in Fortean Folklore as the “North Dakota Illuminati Pyramid” it is a relic from the height of the cold war though many conspiracies still abound as to its real function.
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releases 06 January 2015