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Transmaniacon – The Darkening Plain

Transmaniacon – The Darkening Plain

Transmaniacon – The Darkening Plain CD (New Heavy Sounds)
Opening up with a 24 minute Sci Fi concept song (‘Quintessence of Dust’) complete with guest spoken word by Lydia Lunch, is a bold step, but Transmanicon (so named for a Blue Oyster Cult song/Jerry Shirley novel) are not shy in ambition. Musically there are elements of BOC and Hawkwind (particularly the plaintive vocal style) with the slower, doomier parts and keyboards sounding a tad like Ancestors with a smidgeon of Voi Vod on ‘An Eye for an Eye’. The artwork is pretty good for an independent release too. Above average. Ian Pickens

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New at REAL GONE: Transmaniacon – The Darkening Plain

(Out soon on New Heavy Sounds)

Delivering four songs in approximately 47 minutes, the 2014 release from London-based doom/dark psych rockers Transmaniacon is not for the faint of heart.  Housed in a sleeve depicting a desolate post-apocalyptic horizon dominated by…
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John Lydon fronts Black Sabbath with Keith Emerson on Hammond Organ. Totally mental but also a totally brilliant album, fusing all those elements together, even a touch of Shakespeare. Playing ‘Chasing the Insane’ on the Sonic Bandwagon show tomorrow night. At some point, I’m planning on giving ‘Quintessence of Dust’ a SPIN…….http://www.mixcloud.com/barney24/sonic-bandwagon-on-pure-1078fm-the-34th-one-with-andy-nige/
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Transmaniacon to release “The Darkening Plain” on Oct 20th

Transmaniacon - The Darkening PlainNew Heavy Sounds is super stoked to bring you the full on, take no prisoners, hard rock sci-fi concept album by Transmaniacon, The Darkening Plain.

“Transmaniacon MC” is a track by the Blue Oyster Cult.Transmaniacon is a science fiction novel by John Shirley. These two pieces of art were to be fused together as project for a film of the novel.

Some preliminary work was done, like minded musicians were gathered and hard and heavy music, was created for the film’s soundtrack. Sadly that soundtrack, like the film, lies stillborn.

However projects breed concepts, and a band was born to re-imagine, remould and reanimate the idea. A band fuelled by a burning love of 70’s hard rock and proto metal, science fiction and excursions into the dark side.

Transmaniacon take the blueprint and soundworld laid down by Bloodrock, Mountain, Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper, and add a hefty slab of dark doom, hard riffs, punk and stoner attitude and to RAMP it up for the 21st century. The vibe may be steeped in 70’s rock, but the sound is definitely “NOW”.

From the Sabbathian sludge of “City Of Chaos” to the Dead Kennedy-esque “An Eye For An Eye” and the stoner moves of “Chasing The INSANE” the album is shot through with twists and chock full of riffs. This is hard rock at its hardest and heaviest set against an expansive post apocalyptic backdrop.

Nothing encapsulates the cinematic darkness more than the album opener, which grafts a progressive approach to hard rock and doom. “Quintessence of Dust” is a 24 minute monolithic mindfuck of epic proportions, the now completed score to the stillborn science fiction horror story maybe .

An intense listen that features the spoken word talents of punk poet Lydia Lunch, and as the album’s opener; it’s also a pretty bold statement of intent.

“Quintessence Of Dust” is a grim eco warning, a tale of alien invasion and payback time for a future Earth’s corpulent consumerism, rampant waste and self centred greed. A hideous flesh and metal robot army, hybrid humans inadvertently created by man himself, invade, take over and consume the Earth.

It’s sonic Armageddon, a six movement riff-fest that musically shifts through doom, organ fuelled groove outs, psychedelic electronica, hard rock and metal, to an exhilarating “Boston meets The Who” style power chord ending. It’s a progressive wall of rock that batters, yet sucks you into the bleak story concept.

To visualise this apocalyptic tale for the sleeve, we have enlisted the truly awesome talents of one of the real legends of horror, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, Ian Miller.

From the 70’s to the present day, his beautiful, intricate yet dark and unsettling style has realised in pen and INK, the horrific creations of H.P. Lovecraft’s warped imagination, as well as a whole host of demons and nightmares that have graced (if that’s the word) myriad book covers, comics, films and games.

The album will touch down in heavyweight 180g red and black splatter vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve, with lyric insert and free download of the whole album. The vinyl is limited to just 300 copies. It will of course also be available on CD and digital as well.

The Darkening Plain will be ready to burn ears and fry brains and on October 13th. More info viathe label’s facebook page.

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TRANSMANIACON – THE DARKENING PLAIN

Transmaniacon

Now, this is a band-name well chosen, for ‘Transmaniacon’ is a track from Blue Oyster Cult. Blue Oyster Cult are a criminally overlooked act in the inspiration stakes, with most people just knowing them for the track ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper.’ This is in part due to it being featured in films like Halloween (the original Halloween, not the atrocious Rob Zombie remake) and TV series likeThe Stand and Supernatural). Yet B.O.C have a legacy of superb, heavy, innovative song-orientated albums (even the great Cliff Burton wore a B.O.C t-shirt!). Transmaniacon the band take a massive dose of inspiration from B.O.C, and other 70s luminaries, yet they’ve given it a terrific 21st century twist and produced a fine heavy concept album.

The opening track of The Darkening Plain is 24 minutes long and split into six movements. This is a pleasant change from someone imitating the Cookie Monster over stolen At The Gates riffs (At The Gates are back, so there can be only one – imitators please go away). The band are great musicians, the song-writing strong (if you have no songs, you have nothing), and vocalist Simon Holliday sings in his own accent, which gives the band further identity. Well done.

Mention must also be given to the superb album artwork from Ian Miller (check out Mr. Miller’s incredible work on his collaboration with late, great horror writer James Herbert on the graphic novel ‘The City’). Miller’s work adds yet another layer to a superb package.

Excellent, timeless music!

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(Ian Miller Homepage)

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Image 1 – The Darkening plain

I developed this album cover for the London based band :Transmaniacon by first drawing a set of body parts then having scanned them into the computer– arranged and constructed a variant selection of figures. These in turn I then mixed digitally with a landscape created in much the same way. This method of working allowed me to offer the band several alternative covers. I describe this process as working with ‘elements’, different components brought together to create the final figure or image.

 

Transmaniacon – The Darkening Plain CD (New Heavy Sounds)
Opening up with a 24 minute Sci Fi concept song (‘Quintessence of Dust’) complete with guest spoken word by Lydia Lunch, is a bold step, but Transmanicon (so named for a Blue Oyster Cult song/Jerry Shirley novel) are not shy in ambition. Musically there are elements of BOC and Hawkwind (particularly the plaintive vocal style) with the slower, doomier parts and keyboards sounding a tad like Ancestors with a smidgeon of Voi Vod on ‘An Eye for an Eye’. The artwork is pretty good for an independent release too. Above average. Ian Pickens

Transmaniacon take the blueprint and soundworld laid down by Bloodrock, Mountain, Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper, and add a hefty slab of dark doom, hard riffs, punk attitude and stoner metal to ramp it up for the 21st century. The vibe is steeped in ’70s rock, but the sound is definitely NOW! From the Sabbathian sludge of ‘City Of Chaos’ to the Dead Kennedy-esque ‘An Eye For An Eye’ and the stoner moves of ‘Chasing The INSANE’ the album is shot through with twists and chock full of riffs. This is hard rock at its hardest and heaviest, set against an expansive post apocalyptic backdrop.

 

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