Playlist: Denis Forkas Kostromitin

Denis Forkas Kostromitin is an artist from Moscow, Russia. His drawings and paintings have been featured in album artwork for experimental bands such as Horseback, Locrian, and Dead Reptile Shrine. For more information and to see more of Denis' work, check out his website at

1. This Heat – “Made Available (John Peel Sessions)”
One of the most adventurous bands in the history of rock music delivers a performance that I can only describe as Magick. This recording defies gravity.

2. Black Sabbath – “The Eternal Idol”
A somewhat overlooked album. Recent 2CD re-release includes Ray Gillen versions of the songs as well as b-sides of “The Shining” single. Always a nice painting session listen.

3. Nurse With Wound – “The Surveillance Lounge”
One of the most disturbing contemporary records. Both the play of heart-attack contrasts and the atmosphere of suspense are very convincing.

4. Genesis – “Nursery Cryme”
I hardly need to elaborate on this one. This is where you will find "The Musical Box", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" and “The Fontain of Salmacis”. An old favourite that never fails to deliver.

5. Dead Reptile Shrine – “The Sun of Circles and Wood”
The upcoming double LP (on Weird Forest) is simply overwhelming. A genre-defying pathway cleared between hidden traditions of the past and clairvoyance.

6. Antonius Rex – “Ralefun”
Not nearly as menacing as their other albums, this work finds Antonio Bartoccetti and company trying many unusual directions. The closing epic - “Enchanted Wood” - is pure rapture.

7. Brian Eno (with Harold Budd) – “The Pearl”
A narcotic piano-driven ambient album, perfect sunrise music for those who go to bed at 8 A.M.

8. Shub Niggurath – “Les Morts Vont Vite”
SN’s progressive masterpiece offers intensity of arrangements few can rival. This is truly spiritual music.

9. Horseback/Locrian - “New Dominions”
This collaboration is all about good chemistry. The bands conjure cold and sublime world; I wish the second track lasted for at least an hour, a religious experience. I believe it is scheduled for an early summer release on Utech Records.

10. Immolation – “Close to a World Below”
Inhuman musicianship, profound compositional skill and inspired performance – this record is a death metal equivalent to gothic temple on fire.

11. Magma – “Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré”
Even though the album combines already well-known pieces from “Attahk”, “Üdü Wüdü” and “Live/Hhaï”, it provides a captivating listen and reveals a darker facet of the group’s sound.

12. Third Ear Band – “Alchemy”
These sorcerers seem to have come straight from a medieval sabbath. Their early sound invokes an image of traditional Dance of Death, the skeleton musicians. Supreme experimental instrumentation, a classic.

13. Klangmutationen – “Schwarzhagel”
One of my favorites from Utech and one of the darkest albums I have come across. This duo from Malaysia shows no mercy: agonizing saxophones, guitars, reverb; an exorcism ritual put to music.

14. Ataraxia – “The Unexplained”
Haunting moog compositions. A record, which somehow delivers threat and comfort simultaneously; an occult experience.

15. Yes – “Going for the One”
Admittedly this is not the best Yes available, but it has “Turn of the Century” and “Awaken”, two prog gems I can never have enough of.

16. Bismillah Khan – “Shehnai Nawaz”
This shehnai master (accompanied by a small orchestra) makes me feel like a snake being charmed. I have a few of his records, all equally hypnotic.

17. Swans – “The Great Annihilator”
Yet another classic that enjoys a frequent spin in the studio. Heartfelt songs radiating purity, a thing of beauty.

18. Krzysztof Penderecki – “Rękopis Znaleziony W Saragossie”
Penderecki’s music for the movie "The Manuscript Found In Saragossa" is a completely surreal soundscape. I love to experience this album just before morning; it makes my place come alive and literally infuses me with ghostly images.


Krumbled Kookie said...

Horseback/Locrian split... wow. Can't wait to hear that. Amazing.

Grimlin said...

^came to say the same thing.