Hellborg, Jonas - Ars Moriende


Year of Release: 1995
Label: Day Eight Music
Catalog Number: DEM 034
Format: CD
Total Time: 64:02:00

The fact that two people can create some splendid music together has already been proven by acts such as Simon & Garfunkel, Everly Brothers ...

When two people start composing pure instrumental, acoustic music, the setting changes drastically. Jonas Hellborg only plays acoustic bass here while Glen Velez procures percussion and voice. All three tracks on this album are intimate journeys through a never before heard landscape. Journey one lasts a little under half an hour and is known in the trade as "Ritual Love-Death." The short attacks on guitar together with the ethnic sounds of the percussion make sure you remain interested every second of the way. You could eventually try and describe it as being an unplugged version of Tangle Edge. Even when the music stops it 's like the twosome have invented the possibility to record absolute silence!

Journey two takes us in a similar atmosphere with "Stars Of The Morning Sky" whilst at the end, the guitar says goodbye to the night. Take the money and run with the full 23 minutes of "Regicide" which begins floating by use of some low whirring sounds. Here Velez uses his voice as an extra instrument. Because he doesn't use real words but only sounds, this gives it sort of a religious feel. Ars Moriende asks a lot of effort. With the lights out and the right attitude it can even be salutary. Probably the anti-stress prescription.


Tracklisting:
Ritual Love-Death (32:38) / Stars Of The Morning Sky (8:24) / Regicide (23:10)

Musicians:
Jonas Hellborg - bass guitars
Glen Velez - drums, percussion and voice

Discography:
Elegant Punk (1984)
Axis (1988)
Bass (1988)
Adfa (1989)
Jonas Hellborg Group (1990)
The Word (1990)
The Silent Life (1991)
Ode To A Tractor (1992)
E (1994)
Octave Of The Holy Innocents (w/Buckethead and Michael Shrieve) (1995)
Trilock Gurtu (1995)
Niels & N.Y. Street Percussionists (w/Bill Laswell) (1995)
Abstract Logic (1995)
Ars Moriende (1995)
Ordinary Day (w/Niels Jensen and Bill Laswell) (1996)
Temporal Analogues Of Paradise (w/Shawn Lane and Apt. Q-258 [Jeff Sipe]) (1996)
Time Is The Enemy (w/Shawn Lane) (1997)
Aram Of 2 Rivers: Live In Syria (1999)
Zenhouse (1999)
Good People In Times Of Evil (w/Shawn Lane and V. Selvaganesh) (2000)
Personae (w/Shawn Lane) (2002)
Icon (w/Shawn Lane) (2003)
Kali 's Son (2005)
Art Metal (2007)

Genre: Fusion-Jazz Fusion

Origin SE

Added: April 25th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

Artist website: www.hellborg.com
Hits: 606
Language: english

  

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