Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Soror Dolorosa / Aeon Sable / Ascetic / Sieben - Melting Sounds Festival, Bochum, Germany - 20.03.2015 (Flac)

HUGE Thanks to NorthernNephilim for taping and sharing here.


Melting Sounds Festival - Kulturbahnhof Bochum Langendreer / Studio 108
Line Up:

Aeon Sable
Soror Dolorosa (main reason i went there ^^)


- Church Audio CA-11 (Omni Caps) mounted on glasses
- Tascam DR-05 @ 24 Bit / 44 kHz
- Cubase LE 7 (Master, Tracksplitting, DC Offset Remove) -> WAV 16 Bit / 44 kHz
- Trader´s Little Helper 2.6.0 (FLAC Level 8, SBE Fix, Checksum)
- including artwork for Jewel Case

aka "Black Moon Rise ... ... Live In Bochum"

01 - Jigsaw Chainsaw
02 - Woundsound
03 - Sleep, Clara Bow
04 - Knudlustysummer
-- - Banter (loop machine wrong speed)
05 - Black Moon Rise Again
-- - Encore Break
-- - Banter (stage monitors dead)
06 - Love Must Wax Cold (first try unplugged)
07 - Love Must Wax Cold


Matt Howden! :)

For those who listen first to "Sieben" just a explanation to understand the recording or what happened on stage:
Every note and sound and also percussive sounds and also the drumming - he made all the
sounds using (or abusing ;-) ) his violin on the concert, looping + building them up in a foot pedal operated sampler. EVERYTHING IS LIVE!

official homepage:


01 ?
02 - Before The Storm
03 - Exegesis
04 ?
05 - I Burn
06 - Pharmacy
07 - We Are Not All Dead
08 - Uroburos (Up From Eden)


August Skipper
Saxon Jorgensen
Andrew Jigalin

Was not able to find the 2 missing track names. Possibly they are unreleased yet.

Drawn from a collective obsession with fringe philosophy and post-new-age consciousness, Self Initiation evokes the moods & spaces of 4AD’s early roster (Swans, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins), with a nod to contemporaries The Soft Moon, Factory Floor & Portishead’s ‘Third’. Thick pulsing rhythms erupt into glorious, cascading conclusion; from narcissistic rants, to sickly crooned anthems; from the outer regions of reality to the depths of the subconscious, a white shadow emerging from the process: ASCETIC.
Recorded, mixed & mastered at Birdland by Lindsay Gravina & Rob Long (HTRK, New War, Rowland S. Howard, Hungry Ghosts).
Ascetic: - Self Initiation was released worldwide through OSCL Records on March 4th, 2013.

official homepages:

Aeon Sable
aka "Templum Lunae"


01 - Aequinoctium
02 - Visions
03 - Tenfifteen
04 - Fabulous Land
05 - Dancefloor Satellite
06 - Star Casualties
07 - Praying Mantis
-- - Encore Break
08 - Garden Of Light (previously unreleased!)
09 - A Serpente E O Andarilho


Din - Tah Aeon
Nino Sable

"Do you have a dark side? You will after you listen to Aeon Sable." (DeathRat Fanzine)

“The psychonauts have waited long enough for the dark star to shine…”
(Nino Sable & Din-Tah Aeon, 2010)

Aeon Sable is a gothic rock band with a psychedelic touch, highly influenced by esotericism which was formed in 2010 in Essen by Din-Tah Aeon and Nino Sable. The creativity and dexterity of the two musicians, involved in several projects of the German and Portuguese underground scene since 1997, has allowed them to travel to seductively-surprising territory creating an alluring, dark atmosphere that continues to command the attention of the fans in Europe and beyond. "Do you have a dark side? You will after you listen to Aeon Sable" (DeathRat Fanzine, 2012)

The duo signed to afmusic, unveiled their latest release “Aequinoctium” in September 2013. A 5 track mini album consisting of songs written during the recordings of “Saturn Return” and a surprise gift for their audience, offering them a taste of the versatile blend contained in the new full length album the group is currently working on. The band’s devotion and intense drive for constant growth on every aspect of their art lead Aeon Sable to give rare live performances through which they invite fans to enter their creative realms. Upcoming shows are taking place on Friday 22nd of November at Urban Spree (Berlin) and on Saturday 21st of December at Cage Club (Bottrop) while the psychonauts will be making a special guest appearance on 24th of December in Schwarze Weihnacht event in Moritzbastei, Leipzig. In 2014 Aeon Sable will be emerging from the dark tunnels of imagination once again to hunt the stages of Gotham Sounds Festival (Hilden) in May and Wave Gothic Treffen (Leipzig) in June.

Din-Tah Aeon (guitars/programming/production, instrumentalist-songwriter) and Nino Sable (vocals/lyrics/production, graphics & media designer) started Aeon Sable as a studio project only and delivered a very individual interpretation of gothic rock in their quickly sold out debut album “Per Aspera Ad Astra” released in February 2010. Enraptured by nature and the most obscure sides of the subconscious mind, utmost fascinated by magic and all forms of art, the band continued their atmospheric journey and their second full length album “Saturn Return” was released in the end of 2012. The group, dually inspired by the cold melodies of black metal, ambient and gothic rock, along with the spirit of the country Nino was raised, Portugal, revealed a hunting album cherished by their fans and the media, giving rise to requests for live performances. Aeon Sable felt obliged to appear live on stage and thus, had to invite guest musicians.
The live band consisting of Quoth on the bass, Joh alongside Din-Tah Aeon on the guitars and Nino Sable on vocals, performed in 2013 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Oberhausen, Essen and Emergency Exit Festival in Dornbirn (Austria). Aeon Sable have appeared in several radio talk shows in Germany while articles and reviews about the band and their albums have been published by numerous gothic and metal magazines including Reflections of Darkness, Gothic Magazine, Legacy, Intravenous Magazine, Dark Spy and Orkus. Produced in Hong Kong in 2012, the official video of the band’s hit single “Dancefloor Satellite” was exclusively streamed on Orkus!TV and appeared in DVD compilations throughout Germany. “Dancefloor Satellite” has been remixed by 17 bands from all over the world and a collection of these remixes alongside the original and “Dying Motion” version can be found in an album available for free download on NoiseTrade.

Their three albums are available on every major download store while “Saturn Return” (Vinyl and CD) and “Aequinoctium” (CD) can be acquired through the band’s Bandcamp site as well as several stores and mail orders in Europe. Din-Tah Aeon and Nino Sable are dedicated in sustaining their inimitable personality by creating and developing a distinctive form of musical art; from composing, recording, mixing and mastering to the artwork and website - everything is made solely by the band. Allow yourself to enter the world of Aeon Sable and journey with the psychonauts in the darkest realms…

Official Homepages:

Soror Dolorosa
aka "Sacred Dreams"


01 - Crystal Lane
02 - Autumn Wounds
03 - 43°
04 - Dany
05 - The Figure Of The Night
06 - Beau Suicide
07 - Low End
08 - Silver Square
09 - Trembling Androgyneous
10 - Cathodicum*
-- - Encore Break
11 - The End*

* =  previously unreleased


Hervé Carles - Bass Guitar
Nicolas Mons - Guitar
Franck Ligabue - Drums
Andy Julia - Vocals

David-Alexandre Parquier was missing because he was sick and wasn't able to do the gig.

Formerly from Toulouse (southern France), SOROR DOLOROSA was originally founded in 2001, with Andy (Nuit Noire, Mutiilation, Peste Noire, Celestia, Darvulia, Fornication) on drums, Franck (ex Funeraell) on guitar, Herve (ex Funeraell) on bass, and Christophe Guenot (ex Funeraell) on vocals.
Herve came up with the name of SOROR DOLOROSA because of a novel titled "Bruges-la-morte" by Georges Rodenbach, a Flemish symbolist writer from the late 19th century.
A novel marked by symbolism of nostalgia and mourning. SOROR DOLOROSA means "Sister Pain" in Latin, one could almost translate it as "lovers of pain" in a more Baudelaire way...

The band recorded an unpublished demo, then the line-up changed in 2003 with the arrival of Emey (ex Contrast, Unscarred ...), who replaced Franck on guitar.
Subsequently they recorded a second unpublished demo and did some gigs until they split in 2005.

In August 2007 they reformed with the present line up. A month later, based on songs written by bassist Carles Herve, the band recorded a third unpublished demo whose content sounds definitely Gothic Rock and Death Rock, influenced by groups such as Christian Death, Bauhaus, and The Sisters of Mercy.
From that time, Soror Dolorosa's style became more personal and they found an own identity as a band. The songs were now written by the four members together, though still mostly based on the bass guitar.
They took on a Cold Wave colouring, more in line with bands such as The Cure or Human League, but also with hints of 70's rock like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath and retaining the Sisters of Mercy-like Gothic Rock influence.

Soror Dolorosa made their first record appearance with "American Chronicle" in March 2008, on the free compilation "Poisoned Dead Frogs" (Manic Depression):
When the third demo was out on myspace, the group was contacted to release an EP through the British label Todestrieb Records.
This 6 track EP, entitled "Severance", wasn't released until August 2009 due to production delays and is being distributed through underground ways, while the band promoted it with successful live performances all over France.

Some time in 2009, through the help of Neige (Amesoeurs, Alcest), the band came in contact with Northern Silence Productions, who offered to release their upcoming albums on their newly founded sublabel Beneath Grey Skies, and subsequently produced the debut full length "Blind Scenes", recorded in August 2010 at Drudenhaus Studio.
To use the band's own words: "The album is quite cold, with misty blue moods. 'Blind Scenes' would rather be perceived as scenes unseen, that is to say, out of time and out of the real world.
As a state of grace overshadowed by the inevitability of everyday life. The lyrics are heartfelt and talk about regrets, coldness, alcohol abuse, as well as forfeiture, but mostly nostalgia, hence the blue color of the music."

That's also why they chose "Drudenhaus Studio" (CNK, Alcest, Les Discrets, Varsovie, Necroblaspheme), recommended by Neige, who described it as an ideal place to record their music.
On the one hand because the studio is analog, and on the other hand because it is located in Brittany's countryside, isolated from the rest of the world, with compulsory rain in August.
It was produced by Benoit Roux "Mr. Xort" (ex Anorexia Nervosa), who recorded additional keyboards.
The album artwork & layout was done by Metastazis, who is one of the best illustrators/designers of the underground scene and worked for Alcest, Anathema, Antaeus, Enthroned, Forgotten Woods, Gorgoroth, Immolation, Secrets of the Moon, Taake, Listenable Records, Osmose Productions & Warner Bros.

So, that's how Soror Dolorosa appear today, which is quite a feat, knowing their respective influences.
Andy, as a drummer, has been marked by Black Metal and Metal in general but also by the likes of Human League, Fields of the Nephilim or Ulver's latest albums. Herve is a big fan of The Cure, Depeche Mode and Christian Death. Emey is somewhat influenced by Metallica, Satriani, Vai, but also Blues & Movie Soundtracks. Franck listens to bands as diverse as Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi or The French Variety, as well as Reggae, although he is primarily a Beatles fan. However, since the basics for their songs often come from bass riffs, the colour of the music naturally goes into the direction of Gothic/Death Rock and Cold Wave.

Official Homepages:
Andy Julia photography:


Recording made by NorthernNephilim (DIME: TimeBandit )
Do not transcode to lossy formats or remaster!
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If you like the band, please visit their concerts and buy their records.

Thank You, Very Much

Sieben - Melting Sounds:

Aeon Sable - Melting Sounds:

Ascetic: - Melting Sounds:

Soror Dolorosa - Melting Sounds:


  1. Soror Dolorosa is incomplete?
    In german:
    C:\Users\agathon\Downloads\2015-03-20-SD-MSF.part3.rar: Prüfsummenfehler der Datei 2015-03-20 - Soror Dolorosa - Melting Sounds Festival, Bochum GER\12 - The End.flac. Die Datei ist beschädigt.

  2. I have got the same problem. Part 3 of the Soror Dolorosa - Melting Sounds gig is damaged.

    Lets hope 'circle' finds the time to fix that error.

    Anyway, thanks a lot for these gigs!!!

  3. The archives are fixed you should try again

    1. Hi,
      I still receive the same CRC error for the "Soror Dolorosa - Melting Sounds" gig. I think part 3 is corrupt because it still mentioned track 12.
      If you find a moment, could you check again?
      Thanks a lot for all...
      (re-downloaded with and wthout download manager and using 7zip and WinRAR)

  4. Thank you very much!

    The unreleased songs from ascetic are:

    1 Utterings

    4 FTO

    Both appears in Everything is becoming, the brand new album.