by Alethes

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Austin I cannot find a single flaw in this album. I knew I had to order it as soon as I found the money. This style of music is very unique, and can be hard to find. I look forward to the next release. Favorite track: We Once Were.
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    This wonderful original debut pressing, a "6x6" six panel deluxe gate fold CD, features matte black foil stamping upon an extremely rare and limited edition black "leathery" stock! An obscure packaging design only Glass Throat could offer within the true underground and one you have to see to believe!

    ​Arising from the verdant soils of the Pacific Northwest, Alethes bring us their epic debut album "Aletheia". Originally conceived as ritual, these are five timeless compositions comprised of mournful and warm acoustic guitars, shamanic percussion, classical strings and deeply ancient vocal harmonies. Digging deep into the Earth and reaching ever higher to the Heavens in the eternal quest for illumination. Alethes emerge from tradition and disappear into Nature's shadows, yearning for a time past, or yet to be, where the ancient fires burn bright and the cycles of life are awarded their proper respect. This is a truly powerful craft folks​ we strongly recommend!

    ​In a time of ever-quickening technology, it's refreshing to hear something that harkens back to a time of simplicity and beauty, where simplicity WAS beauty. Yet even with the limited use of modern technology, the album still has a feeling of antiquity. Not to mention the troubling tone of awareness, something mostly lost in modern man. A sort of desperate plea for help in these troubling times. Yet amongst the bleakness is a growing ember of hope. Truly the testament of a soul lost and re-found. I can not possibly thank them enough for giving me reason to use my stereo again. Please pass on my deepest gratitude to these brothers of the flame.


    ​This album is so simple, and yeah so absolutely stunning. It's a small miracle that these elements haven't been assembled with this kind of power and breath before. Alas they have not, at least not in anything that has found these ears. There is no superfluous melody or layers and details that wrap you up, but the sincerity and girth of this record is beyond question. It is perhaps the simplest epic I have ever heard.

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​The final piece for the album: "A Journey To Arachne" speaks these pertinent words:

    "as we ascend to the heights
    to see a world in decline
    we shall not fall through this trial
    but only continue to climb..."

    One cannot help but feel the passion shared through these works, and hope that it can provide the strength to sustain us through these times of tremendous hardships....

    Blessings be to Glass Throat Recordings: Chet W. Scott (Cycle of the Raven Talons and Blood of the Black Owl) and life partner Rachel Boaz- Scott for finally bringing these recordings to us all, and for presenting them in an astonishing oversized black upon black tripartite 6" x 6" six panel deluxe gatefold packaging adorned with the amazing artwork of Markus Wolff and beautiful calligraphy of Sarah Jean Head.

    Dark acoustic is perhaps the best way to describe this album, because it as quite unlike most bands that are normally related to the dark folk genre. Actually, many of the acoustic guitar melodies and chords remind me of a metal approach to music, and in a way, this album could be considered a highly successful attempt at making brooding acoustic doom metal. On the other hand, I would like to leave this impression aside, because it would be senseless to possibly scare away people who don't have any feeling with metal. This album has a unique style, and many merits of its own.

    The atavistic craft of Alethes evokes shadows and decay, gloomy moonless nights and stagnant black pools, the mingled aromas of leaf mold, marsh gas, wet bark and fungus, dappled sunlight through the forest canopy, camouflage and concealment, the eternal dance of predator and prey – music to hunt and gather to.
    ----JUDAS KISS

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released June 21, 2006

Alethes is:
Joshua - Guitar
Exile - Guitar

Alethes was joined by:
Markus Wolff - Percussion
Armin Zomorodi - Cello
Nora Danielson - Violin

Recorded in 2002 by Michael Stanioch at The Ship.
Mastered by Garrett Clark

Artwork by Markus Wolff
Calligraphy by Sarah Jean Head
Packaging, print and layout design by Rachel Boaz-Scott
(For Glass Throat Visions)



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