“ Artist: Autopsia / Genre: Dance & Electronic / Release Year: 1995 „
'Secret Christmas History' was a minor release from avant-garde act Autopsia in 1995, and as I listened without any idea of its background, I can only guess as to its purpose. These three songs are all fairly ambient, electronic-led pieces that nevertheless evoke a nostalgic mood, though more along the eerie lines of a Hammer horror film, and as the album progressed I became increasingly convinced that this would make an appropriate soundtrack to overlay onto a silent film such as 'Nosferatu,' though it wouldn't be as entertaining of some of the music I've previously heard associated with those films.
Autopsia seems to take it as an insult when people refer to their productions as "music," as if that's an outmoded and barbaric term to apply to their aural genius, but despite the prominent tedium and atmosphere of these pieces, it still has much in common with existing ambient and new age genres, the first song evolving from a non-descript keyboard into a gradually structuring song complete with chimes and light percussion, and ends sounding like something Vangelis would have produced around the same time. 'Electric Sacrifice' attempts to be a little scarier, using eerie sound effects over a thrumming synthesiser line but commendably refraining from being too cheesy or over-the-top, and the second half finally relents and delivers an electronic rhythm to keep listeners interested. 'Hermetic Triumph' is the most doom-laden of all, with its chiming bell and full-blown church organ, but the only real sign of improvement across the tracks is that they thankfully become slightly less long each time.
I enjoy the occasional ambient or mood album, especially those that aim to evoke a creepy atmosphere, but there isn't much to recommend about this mini album, particularly as it would inevitably prove almost impossible to come by. It also has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas, and wouldn't exactly work a treat when played alongside Slade, so keep it off the list for your Christmas party.
1. Winter King
2. Electric Sacrifice
3. Hermetic Triumph