The return of vinyl, the return of Ah Cama-Sotz – HANDS celebrates with a must-have collector’s item HANDS B040 in a limited run of just 300 numbered copies including: one six-track picture LP of the new Album Murder Themes II) with over 40 minutes playing time (HANDS V067 and a bonus CD version of the album (HANDS D191). Musically this is continuing from where “Murder Themes” left us in 1999: The deepest, darkest abyss of human psyche, painted in thick drones and obsessed with horrifying subject matters. “Murder Themes II” proves to be very classic Ah Cama-Sotz, a conceptual continuation of the album which was part of the 1999 limited edition of “Terra Infernalis”, the picture vinyl sporting the iconic Ah Cama-Sotz bat on one and an angelic statue on the other. All six tracks remain beatless throughout – no distraction from the bleak topic of murder. The opening track is Theme eight, “Most Evil”, an upsetting collage piece featuring a documentary rant about female serial killers, while “The Sound Of Hell” adds string sounds and angelic choirs. Theme ten is aptly titled “A Dawn Without God” and goes back to documentary samples at length, dealing with David Lewis Rice, who murdered an entire family in 1985 out of religious fanaticism. “Resurrection”, renders the mood of “The Sound Of Hell”, before the 12th Theme, “I Will That Men Pray Everywhere” centers around voice samples and adds clearly electronic sounds, determining a present tense reference for the first time on the album. “Bless Those Who Persecute You” is the 13th and last Theme, the most noisy, industrial piece of the album with an eerie build-up structure and documentary samples again. Not for the fragile characters, not for the dance floor crowds, “Murder Themes II” is an artistic statement about the evil that men do; it requires active listening and an acceptance of dark thoughts.
© bats & cats . cat. BCD05. 2017. Belgium
© Ah Cama-Sotz + bats & cats digital
© Artwork by Nicola Bork