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before the first word / 
before the first drop/
when silence was absolute/ 

Hallow Ground and Edition Gris are proud to announce their collaboration with Romanian Artist Costin Chioreanu. OUTSIDE THE GREAT CIRCLE, WHERE PURGATORY ENDS is a spectacular multimedia approach on both spiritual and artistic levels. The project features musicians David Tibet (Current 93), Attila Csihar (sunn0))), Mayhem) alongside others.

The 10th of August 2013 is set to be the official release date.

OUTSIDE THE GREAT CIRCLE has been premiered at this years ROADBURN FESTIVAL and gained praises from audience and bands alike. 

Read what the artist himself has to say about the movie and music:

„Outside The Great Circle is my new film and also my first animation movie. For the first time in my career, I channeled my affinity with three separate mediums into a single work. Merging music, illustration and film, this movie invites the viewer to ignore traditional structures and genre restrictions and submit to the experience of the moment completely.

A work of visual art of this magnitude required equally massive music. For the soundtrack, which was composed by me on guitar, I enlisted the help of some formidable musicians: Attila Csihar and David Tibet on vocals, Mirai Kawashima (Sigh) on keyboards and synths, and Kimmo Helen (Hexvessel) on violin and effects.

All of the people gathered on this record were chosen for a very specific reason: no one else would do. Without even one of them, this soundtrack would be rendered an eyeless Mona Lisa, lacking a crucial element of enigmatic power. Attila has his unique dark voice and the ability to give the music a foundation of incredible depth, enhancing the spiritual side of music on frequencies usually left unused. David Tibet has his high timbre – charismatic, apocalyptic, angelic with an irresistible aristocratic edge. Mirai Kawashima brings a startling darkness using instruments such as his keys and Rhodes, proving once again that an open-minded Japanese metalhead playing avant-garde black metal is something special! And last but by no means least, Kimmo Helen. This polyvalent musician from Finland brings his wildly creative and experimental violin skills and unique perspective. The soundtrack was mixed by me and mastered by Attila Csihar.“

Side B of the LP features the original soundtrack of Chioreanu's first exhibition "Where Purgatory Ends". The exhibition has been showed in various places around the world. The music has been composed by Costin Chioreanu together with Rune "Blasphemer" Erikson (Aura Noir, ex-Mayhem)

"I have never reached the stars, nor did I ever exit the earth’s atmosphere. I have never been to the depths of the earth to see that it’s made of dirt or reigned by another world, I have never been thousands of meters deep to see if I can breathe, letting water invade my lungs. Almost everything I know, I have been told. Certainties, be they growing or not, are close to me, the one living under the cover of flesh and bone, the nameless, shape or serial number. I see all life as a tiny part of a long journey. This journey has nothing to do with form or state of matter, not even the borders that must be crossed, don’t know if this is the way things are since nobody around me can confirm my theories or dismiss them. All I know is that this thought makes me what I am, and everyone around me is passionate, openly or not, about what is beyond death
or before life. Some have found the answers easier, I chose to look for them further.

“Where purgatory ends” is an ironical title since I have no idea how the end of the road looks like or if the road ever really ends. It is with this thought that I hope the people that come see my works or listen to my music will appreciate this artistic happening as a celebration of our journey in and towards becoming.”

KOONDA HOLAA live in Lucerne
17th Mai 2013


MYRNINEREST live at Matthaeus Kirche Lucerne/Switzerland 23 Feb 2013

Thank you all for visiting. Jhonn was there...

Photos by Stefano Schröter Lucerne/Switzerland 


David Tibet (Current 93, UK) Vocals
James Blackshaw (Current 93, UK) Guitars, Harmonium
Aloma Ruiz Boada (Current 93, ES) Violin
Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound, UK) Guitar, Electronics
Reinier van Houdt (NL) Piano, Organ
Davide Pepe (IT) Hallucinatory Utter Film

Live at Matthaeus Kirche Lucerne/Switzerland
23rd February 2013, 8:00 pm