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Saturday 4th April 2020

Cancelled: Dark Alchemy presents Common Eider, King Eider

— The crypt of St John on the Wall
US-based ritual ambient + collaborations by THE SEER & Dead Space Chamber Music personnel
price: Tickets Below


Dark Alchemy Bristol proudly present

Common Eider, King Eider (Cold Spring, Cyclic Law)

Ellen Southern voice/sound/art + The SeeR

Trauerarbeit (guitar/electronics) + Katie Murt (drums / percussion)

Raising funds for the The Churches Conservation Trust, which cares for the very special sacred space which is the setting for this event.

Few entities in the avantgarde/experimental underground have been able to evoke vivid visions and sentiments of loss, immateriality, abandon, and boundless ritualistic immensity like San Francisco's dark ambient-doom sorcerers Common Eider, King Eider.

Birthed around the mid-two thousands in the wake of San Francisco's collapsing psychedelic and art rock scene, and gravitating around the core values and aesthetics of San Francisco's legendary Tumult and Aquarius Records strongholds, Common Eider, King Eider is an obscure congregation of veteran San Francisco sound sculptors who have established themselves as absolute leaders of the pack and unrivaled masters of creation when it comes to realm of the most darkened, immaterial, and cataclysmic sonic architecture that the human mind can fathom.

Taking cues from revolutionary and mind-expanding artists like Lustmord, Throbbing Gristle, Wardruna, Dead Can Dance, Halo Manash, Arvo Part, and Sunn O))), through their levitating, soul-shattering, and black hole-sized ritualistic black ambience, Common Eider, King Eider have elevated themselves to the rank of near-mystical figureheads in the realm of modern times dark ambient and drone music.

2019 saw the release on Cold Spring of "Egregore" a ritual for the new dark moon featuring members of La Breiche, Still Volk and Ihan that took place in a tiny cabin in the French Pyrenees; while on October 1st Cyclic Law will release a collaboration album, with C.E.K.E. teaming up with Cober Ord.

"If you like shit like Sunn O))), Swans, GSY!BE, Thisquietarmy, Lustmord, Haxan Cloak, Mamiffer and Sutekh Hexen, then Common Eider, King Eider, will take you on an unforgettable voyage through the most remote corners of your mind and deep into the most hidden crevices of your soul, tunneling into you until your ego completely disintegrates" - CVLT Nation

"It is refreshing to hear an artist not only serve the genre so well but breaks new ground in the process. Highly recommended." - Avant Music News

"This is really a project to listen to and be a total fan over!" - Echoes and dust

""You can get lost in your own vision': artist Conny Prantera has built a striking career out of channeling precisely these concerns. Best known for her work as The Seer, her illustration, video art, music and multimedia work draws on arcane symbolism, and is full of dark meditations on our relationship to the natural world.

Ellen Southern (voice: Dead Space Chamber Music )
“Ellen Southern is a member of Bristol's essential dark ambient unit Dead Space Chamber Music. Her vocal-centred performances are a demonstration in gathering esoteric energies, weaved with a strength that can only come from the unseen and the unheard, giving life to bone rattling ritualistic transmissions" - Rough Trade Bristol

“An incredible voice: completely arresting, Ellen is very careful about the architecture and the physics of location of her performance, in order to create really unique experiences. - In Tune radio show, BCFM Bristol.

“A genuine polymath” - Bristol 24/7

Trauerarbeit + Katie Murt (guitar & drums Dead Space Chamber Music )

Location and access information
Address: Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EZ. The church is situated on the junction of Broad Street and Quay Street. Entrance to the crypt on Quay Street via a small door.

There is metered car parking on Broad Street and multiple city centre car parks nearby. https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/ The Grand Hotel is located nearby and the Guildhall is the closest landmark.

Due to this being an historic medieval building, there is no step free access. The crypt entrance is narrower and lower than a modern door. There are three and a bit steps down into the crypt totaling approximately 610mm in height. There is no handrail and there are no toilets on site, but we will provide information of facilities very close by. Please feel welcome to message us in advance or speak to us during the event, for any assistance we can offer.


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Artist Audio:

Common Eider, King Eider
Hollemn (feat. Rob Fisk) - Common Eider, King Eider
Dead Space Chamber Music

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Dark Alchemy presents Common Eider, King Eider at The crypt of St John on the Wall in Bristol
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