Thursday, 5 January 2012

ZEIT & RAUM promotional VCD



Band: CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE
Title: Zeit & Raum [video track]
Format: Promotional 1 track Video CD containing the video for this song, which was included as a bonus clip on the COI release "Der Rote Glanz Der Flammenfee" in 2008. This white-label disc comes in an orange paper sleeve contained within an orange plastic wallet.
Edition: 1 copy

Track Listing:

01. Zeit & Raum [video track] 5.10

So then ... let's be different and open up the 2012 Honour and Darkness schedule with a less frequently featured project - the pop/ambient artistry of Ceremony of Innocence (COI).

This promotional VCD was in fact Hugin's back-up copy of the video track for "Zeit & Raum" as featured in the bonus content of "Der Rote Glanz Der Flammenfee" release. With some catchy synth textures and pop sensibilities, this is one of the songs on that album that is supremely commercial and very easy to get lodged in your mind, with its piping refrain at the start and lush orchestration throughout.

The video - the same on this promo as on the official release - presents the viewer with a broadly monochromatic kaleidoscopic effect, with bursts and rays of pulsating light and other effects detonating on your synapses. As the video unfolds - and partially hidden behind the plethora of visual effects - we come across Hugin himself, keeping the beat on a large drum as the visual chaos continues around him. Coupled with the start and end credits showing this is a COI release on the Beverina label, that about wraps things up!

The images accompanying this post come directly from the video, and if the sight of Hugin on the drums looks familiar to you it may be because it is a similar image to that used on the inlay for the proposed 2-track A.M.F. Productions COI release covered on 19 March 2011: a release that didn't, in fact, come to pass.

Will 2012 see new Ceremony of Innocence material to continue the 'elements' theme that "Der Rote Glanz Der Flammenfee" started? Only time will tell, but until that point why not see if you can lay your hands on the original release to soak up some COI rays of your own...?

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