Red Ankh is still plugging away at revising their old albums for rerelease, but some thing came over them and they jumped back from the on-deck Green album to UNIVERSE, the instrumental, many-genre-blending album from two thousand five, the one written between This is Our New Age and Bronze. UNIVERSE is comprised of four long pieces that progress through organic styles of music, with a hard core/gabber alternate version of a refrain section thrown in for good measure! The first track of this album, A Little Bit of Every Thing, is the second fifteen minute plus track to be written under the Red Ankh name, the first being Made Zon from their second album, MASTER SYNTH. A Little Bit of Every Thing is twenty-six minutes and twenty-seven seconds long, which also means that it beats out both A Change of (Speechless) Reasons and Bittersweet in length, making it the longest Red Ankh song to date!
More than any thing else, A Change of (Speechless) Reasons, released as a single track in 2010, was inspired by UNIVERSE. As such, UNIVERSE and A Change of (Speechless) Reasons are together the most diverse Red Ankh releases to have been released so far, though where the former borrows from electronic genres as IDM, drum ‘n’ bass, and trance, UNIVERSE downplays its use of synths to leave more room to explore classical, jazz, and an assortment of folk genres. CAN YOU DIG IT? Click above image to acquire this monster for FREE!
Yep, Shyft’s fourth installment of Synthetic Experiments is finally available! SLOW BUT SURE. RIGHT? And, as a special treat, K.H.D. has made his first contribution to the Synthetic Experiments project, and this fifth volume is also now ready to be heard! These two stand out in other ways, though: they are being released on Bandcamp early, before retail releases, and they are both available on Bandcamp for FREE. Money is accepted and appreciated of course, but you can input an amount of zero to bypass payment. I still want Shyfted Minds to be remembered as offering free music, and, with this Shyft release being one of the least DJ friendly to date, I’d really like to make sure that people just have the chance to have and listen to the unconventional oddness when ever and where ever they please. Hit the images above to get your cyber fingers dipped in to these!
Shyft’s release will hit digital retailers on May fifth and K.H.D.’s will hit may ninth. Since Bandcamp is right here, this is mainly important for Spotify streaming, I imagine. Speaking of other outlets, click here to see K.H.D.’s video for Lebe Jetzt!.
Stay tuned! Scorpyd also has a new release in the mastering phase, Shyft has two other Synthetic Experiments volumes near completion, one focusing on psychedelic trance influence and the other on industrial horror atmospheres. He’s also reviving an old, instrumental epic within the realm of Red Ankh…
The reboot of Red Ankh Green just won’t happen for a while, due to the sad fact of time restraints. In its stead, we have the Little Green EP! No, it’s not just the few tracks from Green that were managed to be finished; it’s three brand new tracks and one gabber remix (cause that’s what we do here). The first track is vocal heavy, lyrically expounding on the essence of folk metal in general. It is more reserved than the others in a technical sense. The second and third tracks are both instrumentals focusing on Germanic folk influences and Caribbean folk influences, respectively. Ever wanted to hear a metal track full of steel (or pan, considering your frame of reference) drums? Well, Red Ankh sure as hell did. If you’re over there going, ‘The hell is a steel drum or a pan drum? Aren’t all modern drums made with steel and are more or less pan-shaped?’ Well, YOU FOOL- remember those plinky, bright staccato instruments in half of the up-beat tunes in Super Mario World? No, not the piano. Yes, that other thing. That was a MIDI-style synthetic version of a steel drum.
Any way… K.H.D. of course is the remix artist on this one, as medieval melodies are his thing. The album art is all eight-bitty because I’m pretty sure my love of folk metal was directly influenced by old-school fantasy adventure and role-playing video game sound tracks. That, and may be I missed my old, crappy pixel art and may be I wanted to give it an other go. You’ll notice that the release date differs from this post date. This is because most folk metal belongs during autumn, the non-remix tracks were all ready to ship in autumn, and I do what I want! It’ll be up on Spotify and stuff in a couple weeks or some thing.
IN OTHER NEWS, K.H.D.’s new massive release is all complete now; we’re just waiting for the cover art. Predaking is returning with a new release, which very well may be ready next week’s end. As you can see, we’re rather relaxed about release dates around here. We’re an organic organization with digital hearts! Or some such nonsense.
For the purpose of better organization, Shyfted Minds will from now on delegate its heavy metal releases to a sub-label, Shyfted Minds of Metal or SHMM. It’s catalog begins with deluxe versions of Red Ankh’s Shadow and Gray double albums, which include instrumental versions of songs. Through this label Red Ankh enters in to the digital retail realm, but these albums can still be purchased for cheaper on Bandcamp, and the instrumental tracks are now included as free bonus material on that channel. Follow the link path through the image above to these, if you have yet to acquire them and would wish to do so.
As said, here it be. The Zarkerovense remix that you may have heard a sneak preview of last year made it. K.H.D. was responsible for that of course. Imil and 1nsane returned after long silences on SHM to tackle Ankh’s Terror and New. Dustrict answered the call with a heavy tune much more on the jungle side, but with its industrial build up it fits in fine. Shyft took two tracks as well, totaling six gabber remixes of industrial-metal-themed Red Ankh tracks. Sound familiar? Good. You belong here. Click the image above or here and enjoy this free release!
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In other news, Deluxe editions of Red Ankh’s Shadow and Gray will be released in mid May through Bandcamp and major digital online retailers. These editions include instrumental versions of Red Ankh tracks, honoring the discontinued, original version of Gray from two thousand eight. The upcoming K.H.D. release sounds promising so far. Predaking is working on some thing completely different, some chip-tune drum and bass, and per haps under a different alias. Shyft has a string of experimental gabber EPs in the works, the first scheduled to be released next month. Aaaaaaand last, and probably least, the release date for Red Ankh Gray: The Gabber Mixes is as floating around as ever. It was decided to give the remaining two remix artists an extension to the dead line, since, well, hey! We were looking forward to hearing those!
To date, there are three Shyfted Minds releases that are available in CD format. Their pages that provide digital down loads link to these physical versions, but, for your convenience, links are provided here. These releases are also available on Amazon, but this store, a subdivision of Amazon, provides the artists more royalties.
Shyft’s album HonoR: Digital | Physical
Red Ankh’s double album Gray: Digital | Physical 001, Physical 002
Red Ankh’s double album Shadow: Digital | Physical I, Physical II