The King Beneath the Mountain
Released: November 13, 2001
OUT OF PRINT - Complete
album available as a digital download from iTunes,
Adam Forkner (Guitars, Treaments & Voice) - Dick Baldwin (Guitars
and Signal Processing Units) - Aaron Snow (Guitars, Synthesizer, Delay
Effects and Voice) - Daron Gardner (Bass and Signal Processing Units)
- Phil Jenkins (Percussion)
Six epics: The Open Sea (6:44) - Silence Beheads Us (8:18)
- The Grasshopper King (8:35) - Deep
Gray Night (8:04) - Council of Locusts (7:30) - Ascension
to the Second Tier of the Outer Plane of Dryystn (Eceyon) (17:31)
the outer reaches of Dryystyn lies the Surface of Eceon. Ruled by the
Grasshopper King, it is a space where time and energy
are blurred into a beautiful landscape of sound and action. Hello Moth:
Please enter into the vessyl of sound."
rips open the sky, searching for evidence of a mythic concert of stars,
and down from the cosmos rains a majestic symphony entitled Surface
of Eceon. Boasting a supreme membership that includes 3/4 of Landing
plus the psychedelic vision of Adam Forkner from established voyagers
Yume Bitsu, the exploratory
Surface of Eceon create swirling nebulas of blissful soundsmithery
which only a precise collision between two such cosmically-inclined outfits
could sufficiently create.
Propelled by a textured three-guitar attack, Surface of Eceon launch
skyward from the confines of terrestrial life, toting six tracks which
combine to hover just near the one hour mark. Surface of Eceon
compose their sound journeys from the depths of complete improvisation,
ritualistically torching the midnight smoke and thus telepathically channeling
the Grand Unknown. Thankfully the tape is always running with these guys!
Documenting their spontaneous combustion and later editing down and overdubbing
the evidence, we are happy to announce the resulting debut release of
SOE's ecstatic experiments, The King Beneath the Mountain.
"The Open Sea" inaugurates the journey, a minimal mediation slowly decorated
with chiming guitars and delayed melody, building dramatically until the
tape cuts out mercilessly in mid-flight. Onward to "Silence Beheads Us",
a heavy breathing ambient mass made turbulent from sonically shifting
tectonic plates and smothering atmospheric density. "The Grasshopper King"
harkens trip-improv jousters Bright and the forward motion of Neu!. The
King Beneath the Mountain steadily surges forth to the shimmering
end, engulfed in heady flights of vivid color, sweeping across equal doses
of dense, voluminous psyche-rock and muted nocturnal dreamscapes.
Surface of Eceon morphs 70's German psyche-prog and modern FX-laden
space with pure improv to concoct a striking mesh of melodious 'out' rock.
Equal parts gentle ambience and fiery afterburn, The King Beneath
the Mountain is a multi-hued cranial cocktail, piped directly
from each of the members' cerebral cortex. Intoxicating indeed.
all the information on the collective of artists and outlets infused within
Surface of Eceon, Landing, Planetarium
Music and Yume Bitsu, set the controls towards The
for yourself! Download a free MP3 of Surface of Eceon's "Deep
Gray Night" from The King Beneath the Mountain
Read this in-depth
interview in Aural Innovations!
Nice praise on Aural
Yale Herald, Fakejazz.com,
Post & Zoopa
Loop, as well as December 2001's issue of The
For all the dirt on SOE, check out the Surface
of Eceon homepage.