(Comrade Aleks has brought us not quite a premiere, but close to it, a sharing of a re-recorded track by the founder of diSEMBOWELMENT, which he introduces as follows.)
Being formed in 1989, Melbourne, Australia’s diSEMBOWELMENT turned out to be one of death-doom metal’s obscure pioneers with their own original sound. The band was active for just four years, but they managed to get a deal from Relapse, and their one and only full-length album Transcendence Into The Peripheral remains one of those innovative albums which is usually mentioned as a “must hear” release.
In 2019, Renato Gallina, the founder behind diSEMBOWELMENT, felt a powerful urge to re-visit the track, “Nightside of Eden“, which was featured on this one and only album. Gallina (as he has stated) was always “incredibly dissatisfied with this version” and has told us that it “was the weakest and most regretful moment on the album”. Almost three decades later, the track, as he stated, “has been re-contextualised and is finally true to how it was originally meant to sound”.
photo by Daniel Lamos
There are no plans to release this track officially, in any form, but Renato has graciously given permission to us and to Doom-metal.com to distribute it to fans of the band.
If you would like to download a copy in either MP3 320 or WAV format, please visit Doom-metal‘s page HERE for the links.
Transcendence into the Peripheral is one of my favorite albums of all time and I really liked Renato Gallina’s later stuff with Trial of the Bow, too, so I was excited to hear that he had returned to making music and was looking forward to hearing this, but I have to say I’m pretty disappointed. I feel like artists don’t recognize the merits of their own work sometimes, because the original version of “Nightside of Eden” was one of my favorite tracks on the album and I’m pretty surprised that Renato Gallina felt so dissatisfied with it. The original, to me, is this mysterious, beautiful, otherworldly song, and I hate to be so critical, but this remake is just… not. It doesn’t really go anywhere, it doesn’t have the haunting atmosphere of the original, and the vocals are *much* worse.
I do find this whole thing pretty fascinating as an artist myself. I wonder if some of my own work that I thought was weak was actually some of my best…