The compilation opens with a 25-minute track by Jääportit , a dark ambient / darkwave project from Finland and while it is the least “Metal” track on here, it surely offers some lovecraftian atmospheres of gloom-and-doom through obscure soundscapes and voices organized in layers around a lead synth. Here, Jääportit is not afraid (compared to other projects such as Vinterriket) to display invention and playfulness that one might have already had experienced on excellent albums such as ’Avarrus’ or ’Uumenissa’ and that makes the project a standout in the genre. For sure the release could not find a better invocation of an atmosphere of out-of-space colors.
– Review by Lukas Makovicky / Doom-metal.com
Finally, the time has come for I, Voidhanger Records to inaugurate its series of special thematic releases centered on the osmotic relationship between metal and Literature. Out on November 15th, “Chaosmogonic Rituals Of Fear” is the first volume in the YOGSOTHERY trilogy of metal tributes to the genius of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos!
120 years after the birth of the gentleman from Providence, 4 underground bands passed the Gates of Unknown to distill their Lovecraftian cosmic visions of horror and madness in 4 monumental tracks, exclusive to this release. Secretly assembled during the years, ”YOGSOTHERY – Gate I: Chaosmogonic Rituals Of Fear” features over 77 minutes of obscure avant-garde prog metal, abysmal dark soundscapes and frightening blackened space-doom courtesy of the Finnish avant-masters AARNI and UMBRA NIHIL, the cosmic-ambient psychonauts JÄÄPORTIT (FIN), and the mysterious space-doom project CAPUT LVIIIm (ITA), a one-time-only monster featuring members of the necro-doomsters Malasangre and the black-ambient visionaries Tronus Abyss.
I. JÄÄPORTIT – Kuihtuman Henkivi (25:31) Listen to sample
II. UMBRA NIHIL – Suur-Nikkurin Virsi (10:46)
III. AARNI – Lovecraft Knew (11:34)
IV. CAPUT LVIIIm – Resurgent Atavism (29:57)
Total Time 77:48
Jewelcase CD housed in a cardboard slipcase. Comes with 20-page full-colour booklet complete with liner notes and lyrics!