The German psych/prog label called Garden of Delights made a campaign to reissue a bunch of lost krautrock classics, Arktis is at the top of these 70s obscurities. Formed in 1973, the band released their first album the same year. This self title album revisits a conventional heavy rock style mixed with freak out improvisations largely made of fuzzy guitars. The second album from 1975 comprised mainly improvisations without firm aims or limitations in structure. This difference is already indicated by the album’s title "Arktis tapes". Although in perfect condition after 19 years, the master tapes were additionally remastered…
Arktis Tapes. While the first album by Arktis, originally released in 1974 and reissued on CD in 1993 in this series, predominantly contained clearly structured studio songs, the second album from 1975 comprised mainly improvisations without firm aims or limitations in structure. This difference is already indicated by the album?s title "Arktis tapes". Although in perfect condition after 19 years, the master tapes were additionally remastered. The third Arktis album called "1976 - On the rocks", which was recorded with a different line-up and had only recently appeared in collectors? circles, was officially released on CD in 1997 (Garden of Delights CD 022). There are also unreleased tapes recorded with the original Arktis line-up and also with the later line-up due to be released. RockaDrome
Arktis/Air is a six-piece avant prog ensemble from Austria. Their sound is an often confrontational blend of avant jazz, post metal, King Crimson-like riffing, and an overall love for the eclectic mixing of styles in surprising ways. Their self-titled debut album was released in April 2011. Take John Zorn's Painkiller and mix it with the post metal efforts of Isis and the occasional 70's prog experiments in the vein of King Crimson. Garnish the whole sonic spectacle with insane blast beats a la Napalm Death, the complexity and technical finesse of Jazz and add a pinch of Melvins. How do these ingredients blend? Allow Arktis/Air to demonstrate.
One has to admit, the German psychedelic rock reissue label Garden of Delights puts a lot of care in its sampler albums. They are generous - occasionally to the detriment of an album - and packaged with informative and lavish 16-page booklets. For every tenth release of their catalogue they pick a track from each of the nine previous releases and compile them under a volume of this series. All catalogue numbers are an integer multiple of ten. The tracks chosen for these samplers comprise recordings from the field of progressive rock music in all its different shades, ranging from psychedelic to symphonic, fusion and blues-rock, provided that there are progressive elements in it.