Reptilica Polaris

by Afenginn

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Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper More "bastard ethno" from Denmark and again, they throw a whole bunch of styles into the mix, gypsy, klezmer, south-east-european, what have you.
For this one they were chosen "Contemporary Folk Artist 2009" at the Danish Folk Music Awards! This album comes with choir and brass section. Finale nicely sums things up ... Favorite track: Finale.
Nicolas RESSOT
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Nicolas RESSOT Un super album camarade ! à la croisée de Russkaja et J.S. Bach !
Progressif si l'on veut, dépaysant et surprenant ; à écouter sous la neige et de préférence à Bicêtre. Très bon ! Favorite track: Massacre Gnu.
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Salveamini 02:03
Krokodil, Alligator, Gavial Kajman Krokodil, Alligator, Mastodont Kontra Amiral, Gavial Kajman Gavial Kajman, Krokodil, Musicale Guttural Oh, Natura Totalitator Oh, Natura Totalitator!
Digestiv inhalator, Respirator Alligator Conspirator usurpator, Mammon mammon liberator Antipatus pantekrator, Carbohydrixivibrator Sensmorale inspirator, Demokrator demokrator Navigator escalator, Ammoniak separator Exploitata implodator, Exhumator indikator
Iguana segregatis, leguan reptil non-gratis Dromedar astronaut, kameleopard patent Krabba terra resta, Volvo krabba descer Kraken ignorant An Galapagos mutant, Sodomaternalvaran Terranostra inx vulgaris, Inx dracukla, inx omstendis Lynx komodo monstruoso, Octopedo omnicentrii Septakopf decapitat
Kaskelotti 10:57
Portugalska kaskelotti mare nostri abessini surfa penetrare la dia solare Omedelbart derivare albatrosso Kamikaze pirat aus septa mare Terrorista I barbaro tutti patriare cosa I homini Kronos saludo neptuni fabile ostrostratum humini grosse mammal kaskelotti underfunden abyss surfa rosso albatrosso imomento integrare infernale drake panastrale horriri Non-contrare albatrossa altruare castor liberare Hosianna kapitano pantekrator Kaskelotti portugale singulare disposibile carnum Semi-permeabilo gelatino in condoma grande Killa albatrosso aviare protum grasioso Kaskelotta morto subtraktare conto pacifo I mare Bacteria I barracuda konsum karna panallegro Hosianna kaskelotti styx, Hosianna kaskelotti zen Neptunus saludi kronos hell albatross kommondor
Olmo pasternale, Olmo perfa animale Subterrare, Submarino, Solitudo, Silentiare Olmo nada vise, Tempo fluxi guanese Antiphonus, Audipatus, Olmo solo, Oblisaurus Olmo sublimare, Kreatura implodare Humidori, Externali, Psykopator, Amorali Sociale olmonauto, Avis jeuit invidi Patologo, Guanistor, Anticorpus, Exhumator
Dracul mare rosso, Horror ridis grosso Familia reptil polaris, Castrator maxibrutalis Cohone den dismembatis, Mare tropis venis satis Snipp snapp snut, Dracul rosso brut Testicale repulsator, Dracula satanis dator Atrocitum guttocidor, Testicale homocidor Pastorale genocidor mini, An rimini terraforma Mortoporno sub, Amerika Klub
Massacre Gnu 09:02
Gnu annale festivale, Carne remii flux agito Krokodil carnevale, Nexum inuxi occasio El akila lectocarne genocidis, Gnu fuga futile, gnu pervenio Gnutii reptis supervenio, Vadum vide desperatis Circa vide religio festus krokodil, Cykla orbis tempus tellus Solenis carneval grande, Reveneo antilope quande Krokodil Carnevale, Afrika daemonides, Grex millionare gnu surviva Mille panis reptis ver, Camelum nubis dei speculum Homo genius polar Krakodil carneval natural Deus krokodil gavial!
Finale 05:24
En Sarkofag, Eoner vampyr gavial aurum Gratis punis vanis usurpare, Divinare Per dividend, Biennal kajman ratus burma Homicide muy bien brutale, Sacramento Du katapult. Monstrum faunae fissiobomba Krokodil von pyrimidae satan, Bastarde kom A kapillar, Vampyr krokodil analfaturum Kronos morfo tao sanctuale, Indiana El krokodil, Eoner parbellum gavial aurum Ratus punis vanoincognito, Plus sarkofag


Our third album, Reptilica Polaris, is a big and very ambitious piece of work. The album is composed as one long piece, almost like a symphony in 11 parts. It is generously orchestrated with a 12-piece brass band, male choir, extra percussion, guitars, string etc.

The idea to make Reptilica Polaris span off from the "Bastard Kompleks"-suite on Akrobakkus and was composed during 2006-2007.

The lyrics are written by the Finnish poet Timo Haapaniemi and are built up as a homemade syntax error lingua of latin, english, greek, finnish, swedish, german words - some kind of "street latin" if you wish :) It is poetic and lyrical and has much meaning although it takes some decoding to get the most out of them.

We started rehearsing and recording almost simultaneously, which made the recording session a rather time-demanding affair. We began working on the album late 2007 as a quintet, recording basic tracks and building it up piece by piece.

As we couldn't afford having a male choir and brass orchestra in the studio all the time, we had to imagine those parts while recording our basic tracks. This was a rather challenging quest, but turned out to work great when we got a hold on it.

The recordings were ready in March 2008, and Reptilica Polaris is released by TUTL in June the same year. It was very well received and won us a Danish Music Award for "Best Contemporary Artist"

Recording engineer: John Fomsgaard
Produced by: John Fomsgaard and Afenginn
Additional recording: Lars Nissen, Frank Grønbæk
Recorded at Reptile Studios, Copenhagen 2008


released July 10, 2008


Rasmus Krøyer: clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Niels Skovmand: violin, viola
Kim Nyberg: mandolin
Aske Jacoby: bass, banjo, mandocello, mandolin, guitar, lapsteel
Rune Kofoed: drums, percussion
Chamber Choir Camerata: male choir
Martin Nagashima Toft: choir conductor
Bent Clausen: marimba
Ole Theill: tablas

All music written by Kim Nyberg
Lyrics by Timo Haapaniemi


Rene Bjerregaard Nielsen: brass conductor
Kasper Tranberg: cornet
Jens Gotholdt: cornet
Jesper Riis: cornet
Karl Husum: trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet
Christer Gustafsson: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
Mikael Frank Müller: trumpet, flugelhorn
Peter Dahlgren: trombone
Mads Hyhne: trombone
Lasse Frank Mouritzen: french horn
Øivind Slaatto: tuba


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Afenginn Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the leading voices of Scandinavian neo-folk, known for his ambitious orchestrated works. What defines this artist are his seemingly mercurial creative impulses, as each of the 6 full-length albums have been clear departures from the last. For the same reasons that Radiohead is sometimes labeled as prog, Afenginn can also be put into this camp for the way the emotional arc is designed ... more

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