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Azimuths To The Otherworld

by Nechochwen

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heather w
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heather w Beautiful journey indeed. The music is dynamic and it’s soul grazing. Favorite track: Four Effigies- A. The Turtle Effigy B. The Adena Pipe C. Amanita Mushroom Wand D. Weeping Eye.
Obstacle of Affliction
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Obstacle of Affliction A great and thought provoking theme which was materialized through expert execution. Beautiful through and through! Favorite track: Azimuths To The Otherworld.
Mostly Metal
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Mostly Metal Still digesting this one but so far it doesn't disappoint. Favorite track: Allumhammochwen - The Crossing.
Mike Lamb
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Mike Lamb A beautiful journey from start to finish. The only way to do this album justice is to hear it for yourself. Favorite track: Allumhammochwen - The Crossing.
Benjamin Fortier (Forgemaster)
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Benjamin Fortier (Forgemaster) This was my introduction to Nechochwen. I found it to be an exemplary folk metal album. As I listen to the album, it feels heavy on the acoustic tracks. There are mountains of booming doom metal and tightly paced black metal. Overall, I really enjoy this album as a whole, but find myself skipping to certain tracks and sometimes repeating other tracks at obscene volumes. Favorite track: At Night May I Roam.
Dr. Newtron
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Dr. Newtron The classical guitar is great!
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A voice spoke in the ancient times To guide the People to prosperity On the shore of a distant sea The winds told of an eastern forest land Take this string of beads, await the sign Light your sacred fires in the heart of the Turtle Land The Great Star to the North The Morning Sun to the East Light the path of migration Across the water to land in which we seek Take this string of beads, await the sign Light your sacred fires to consolidate all the clans A voice speaks in the modern times To guide us back to prosperity On the shores of this Serpent Island The People yearn for their ancient forest land Take this string of beads, await the sign Light your sacred fires in the the heart of the Turtle Land
Red Ocher 06:03
Mesquaway (red) Welamoh (paint) Mockcottay (power) Nepowa (dead)
Confluence 02:29
A plume of smoke rising, aligning with the moon A gateway to the sky road for ment lost too soon We drum and we chant, with antlers worn high For our departed shaman, who wanders the sky A hallowed procession for otherworld flights An angle to guide us on burial nights


Azimuths to the Otherworld is my tribute to the people known as the Adena and Hopewell, who lived and died in the Ohio River valley from 3000 to 1300 years ago. They are best known for their mounds and other earthworks, some of which are massive and awe-inspiring. Others are barely noticeable blips on the Midwest's landscape; still many others exist only on old maps as they've been systematically destroyed in the name of "progress". My aim with this album is not to dwell in the minutiae of archaeological and anthropological history. I will leave that to the expert historians and authors who have greatly inspired this recording. Instead, I hope to leave the listener with music to ponder what must have been these ancient peoples' quest in life; to send the spirits of their beloved dead on to the next world. This was done in ways we only partially understand, but the clues left behind tell us that their earthen structures were created using primitive but amazingly powerful technology. By using rituals, hallucinogens, astronomy, and a mysterious unit of measurement, they could line up their earthworks to the sun and moon and guide their dead to the "Otherworld". Death, the ultimate migration, is not the only focus of this album. Its broader scope is the spirit of wandering, the seeking of a better place by personal choice or spiritual guidance. This is as true today as it was 2000 years ago, and it is my intention to honor this spirit in modern Native tribes as well as ancient ones in Azimuths to the Otherworld.


released January 10, 2010

Azimuths to the Otherworld was recorded in sessions from January to August 2009 at Sacred Sound. Engineered/mixed/mastered by Andrew D'Cagna
Produced/Co-engineered by Aaron Carey
Photography by Dawn Ray and Nechochwen
Layout/artwork by James Babcock
Turtle Logo design by Nechochwen and Dusk, inspired by an Adena tablet


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