Mantis Radio 289 – Crystal Cage
Crystal Cage present their darkgaze synth sound. We’ve music by Scorn, Fear Itself, Opal Tapes, Dadub, Author & Punisher, NIN, Factory Records, Huerco S., Christoph De Babalon, and Boredoms.
Fear Itself – Primal Cut [Third Eye Vision]
Evitceles – Within My Vulnerable Thoughts [Opal Tapes]
Dadub – Nusuth [Holotone Records]
Author & Punisher – Callous and Hoof [Housecore Records]
Scorn – Feather [Ohm Resistance]
Nine Inch Nails – The Becoming [Nothing Records]
Kittie – No Name [Artemis Records]
NONE – A Chance I’d Never Have [Hypnotic Dirge Records]
Joy Division – Disorder [Factory Records]
Huerco S. – Promises Of Fertility [Proibito]
Christoph De Babalon – Cum On (Feel This) [FatCat Records]
Crystal Cage – Regen
Crystal Cage – Golven Vallen
Crystal Cage – Regenval
Crystal Cage – Vlucht
Crystal Cage – Aisha’s Soul In Decay
Crystal Cage – Venus Pyre feat. death of codes
Crystal Cage – Zielslicht
Crystal Cage – Phosphorus Betrayed feat. death of codes
Crystal Cage – Felt Like Fire / They All Fall
Our guest this week is Finland’s Crystal Cage. An artist who appeared on my radar earlier this year with his self titled debut, self released in April 2018.
Based in Finland, theirs is a sound described as a combination of black metal, early 90s techno and jungle, with some Gothic minimalism thrown into the mix. In the vein of 80s UK group Cranes. Cage tell me this informed the vocal structure and style of the first album, and the later blockiness of the structure, usually without a chorus, because they say everything is the chorus.
The music released under the project morphs stylistically as it develops. The most recent material of which channels influence from the Berlin school, notably of Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese, with drone, industrial and noise elements thrown into the sonic soup.
Cage tell me in their next wave of releases they: “intend to shift back to a more melodic space, before going full on minimal and harsh. Themes for tracks have been Occult from the start with combination of dreams and stories from past. Later ‘prophecies’ from the future, pass life (not past but what comes after).”
Video plays a big part of the project, with videos for every track on the project’s first album. Cage consider their best videos are for II. In keeping with the music, the project’s design aesthetic is worth highlighting. All done by Cage it beautifully fits the sonic journey.
Coming up later this year is a split release with death of codes called Romance At The End Of The World. Each will edit the others work on the recordings.