Gydja on Bandcamp

There is now a Gydja page on bandcamp. The plan is to make most older releases available for download there. Rivers… from 2002 is the first to go up, with new artwork just for this reissue.  

Gydja at Bandcamp

Most releases will probably be available for koha; pay as little or as much as you like. 

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Gydja/Svartsinn collaboration on Cryo Chamber

Gydja and Svartsinn have contributed a collaborative track to the Behind the Canvas of Time compilation on Simon Heath’s 24bit digital label Cryo Chamber. The piece is called Terrenum Corpus and Cryo Chamber describes the compilation thusly:

This compilation weaves a tale from the depths of the ancient gods, to the plains of our tribal formations, to the reconstruction of giant cities from our repressed memories. The evolution of our expanding mind inside our caskets of drooping flesh has never been told like this before. You have never heard these amazing acts in such lush detail, the dynamic range of this 24-bit release finally does these veteran producers justice.  

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Krtrima-sprha Compilation on Kalpamantra

Gydja is featured on a 75 track digital compilation from Kalpamantra. The track, Nubem de Obscura, sits along contributions from, amongst others, Kammarheit, Blood Box, Numina, Tenhornedbeast, Coph Nia, Clear Stream Temple, Antlers Mulm, New Risen Thrown and Herbst9.

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Heathen Harvest Samhain Sampler

Heathen Harvest has released an online compilation to celebrate Samhain, 2011. This features the Gydja track The Spirit of the Earth with Venom Intoxicate from Helchemy, making it quite a long compilation. Other artists include Nordvargr, Sleepchamber, the Legendary Pink Dots and Halgrath. It can be download from here.

Press release follows:

This sampler is the very first compilation album put together by the Heathen Harvest webzine. Throughout our years we have always been sure to bring you the most stimulating, original and capable artists from the post-industrial underground. Now we can share some more of what moves us directly with our readers. Our journalists have been hard at work choosing what they consider to be some of the most fitting music at this important turn of the Wheel.

The Heathen Harvest Samhain Sampler is a selection of some of the most emotional music to cross our paths recently, as well as some select favourites from years past. The music herein was chosen to adhere to conventional concepts of darkness, in addition to presenting the more challenging, unconventional interpretations. We hope you enjoy this aural voyage of two hours through the underground musical domain.


Dedication I

1. Seven Morgues – Frames
2. Sky Burial – The Equine Knocks [exclusive]
3. Nordvargr – Hascimh
4. Halgrath – Deep Underwater Darkest Tale
5. Gydja – The Spirit of the Earth with Venom Intoxicate
6. :Golgatha: – Rising
7. Triangular Ascension – Dimensional Warp
8. 156 – Horse Drawn Carnage

Dedication II

1. Progenie Terrestre Pura – Progenie Terrestre Pura
2. Regul – Jarym Ognem Nebo Gorit
3. Seuchensturm – Paranoiamaschine
4. Moon – Monastery
5. David Galas – The End Is Always Closer
6. Kinit Her – Walless
7. Cult of Youth – New West
8. Art Abscons – Rune
9. Sleepchamber – Nightsuit
10. The Legendary Pink Dots – Torchsong

The Blue-Lidded Daughter of Sunset

Available now from the Roil Noise label is The Blue-Lidded Daughter of Sunset, a split release between Gydja and Thee Girls Ov Ctephin. A celebration of the goddess Nuit, this features two long tracks, The Consciousness of the Continuity of Existence from Thee Girls Ov Ctephin and She Who Holds A Thousand Souls from Gydja.

“Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I love you! I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.” – Liber Al 1:63-64

Comes in a clear jewel case with rather pretty artwork by Abby Helasdottir.

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Atmoworks Presents: Compiled

I’m very proud to announce a compilation just released on the AtmoWorks label features a new track by Gydja. The track, Noaide, is joined by contributions from Vir Unis, Bunk_Data, MjDawn, dreamState, Igneous Flame, Galactic Anthems, The Elf Machine, Interstitial, Steve Brand, Dr. Victor and Apne Sinn.

Available from as both a download and as pro-pressed CDR.

Label’s Press Release:
AtmoWorks is proud to bring you a first in our label’s history; a compilation of AW and other highly respected ambient and electronic artists into one cohesive release that we like to call ‘AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled’. AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.

“We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of “AtmoWorks Presents:” albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists.”

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, ‘AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled’ is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads. From the deep drones, guttural drones of Gydja and Bunk_Data, to the minimal beats of Interstitial and the organized chaos of MjDawn, this collaborative effort has something for everyone.


Helchemy released by AFE Records

Helchemy is a new full length Gydja release on AFE Records, the label of Andrea Marutti (Amon, Never Known). It features two 25 minute tracks: The Spirit of the Earth With Venom Intoxicate and The Black Sea, the Black Lune, the Black Soll. Helchemy is a title i’ve used and intended to use for work on and off over the last decade; initially recording a full, but unreleased, cassette-based work with that title way back in the late-nineties. I still have that cassette in the archives, but haven’t listened to it in years, and suffice to say, none of it made its way into this new Helchemy. Instead, this incarnation uses pieces of sound i’ve recorded over the last couple of years, some for other concepts that moved on without them, and then brought together in 2007 and 2008. Since i first thought of using the portmanteau as the title for a piece i’ve been interested in the way in which the alchemical process resembles shamanic initiation, especially how distillation mirrors dismemberment. While the title might suggest a survey of the entire alchemical journey, the album primarily concerns itself with just a few specifically Helish themes. Most obvious of these is the venomous black toad that is found in alchemical tracts such as the Ripley Scroll (a version of which is used in the album artwork), Norton’s Mercurius Redivivus, and Michael Maier’s marvellous book Atalanta Fugiens (the album includes melodies taken from Maier’s illustrations in Atalanta Fugiens). In alchemy, the toad may have represented the prima materia, the matter with which an alchemist would begin, but it was also seen as the symbol of the final product: the Elixir, the Philosophers’ Stone, or gold itself. In his Camp of Philosophy, Bloomfield, one of the early English alchemists, lists the Toad as one of the names for the Philosophers’ Stone, along with other alchemical euphemism like our Azoth, our Basilisk, our Cocatrice, Mercury of metalline essence, and the Eagle flying fro’ the north with violence. In other instances, the toad represented the fifth alchemical phase of putrefaction. This transformational stage was otherwise symbolised by yet more Helish imagery, such as the black sun, the death’s head, and the raven; indeed, another name for this stage is Caput Corvi.

Helchemy is limited to 100 copies and comes in a pro-printed cardboard sleeve with artwork by yours truly. The cover features the design below, while the inside spread is a full colour elaboration of the album’s bufonial themes. The Gydja page at Myspace has an excerpt from the second track and there are very short samples from both tracks on the album page at Last.FM.


Previous News

This is an archive of previous news entries from the older version of this website

*Out now from the Gears of Sand label is a new full length release from Gydja. Machina Mundi deals with clockwork universes and other deterministic cosmologies and what happens to those world views when they fall out of favour. The label describes it as a listening experience that “brings to mind vast images of an entire floating planet– translucent like a post-industrial snowglobe–revealing intricate machines, plant life, and weather systems moving apart, together, in a strange otherworldly ballet.” The Gydja page at Myspace has an excerpt from the title track and more samples are available at the CD Baby page

*Belgium’s increasingly collectible Mystery Sea label has released Gydja’s Umbilicus Maris . This release is limited to 100 individually numbered copies with the usual impressive artwork that Mystery Sea has become known for. We don’t have many copies left, so order them directly from the label.

*BLC Production’s industrial/ebm compilation series has reached its ninth installment with Interbreeding IX: Kuru, and includes six tracks from Gydja as well as booklet artwork by Abby Helasdottir. The previous installment, also featuring tracks from Gydja, sold out fast so get in quick. Other acts on this two disc set include Kubix, Viscera Drip, Boundless, Xentrifuge, Werstahl, Prototype, Dvation, Statik Sky, Alien Produkt, Function13, Zauber, The Panic Lift, Stark, Homicide Division, Stigmata, Frightdoll, Cyanide Regime, Run Level Zero, XP8, Asseptic Room, Engelmacher, and Slayv Axis.

*Available now from Chmafu Nocords is Ma-mo Rbad Gtong, a collaboration between Gydja and Austrian musician Marufura Fufunjiru. It explores the four orders of Wrathful Goddesses encountered by the soul in the Bardo Thödol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead. The tracks bear the names of each of these orders: Eight Kerimas, Eight Htamenmas, Four Female Door-keepers, and Twenty-eight Herukas. Features artwork by Abby too.

*Two releases from the CT-Collective feature tracks from Gydja. CT -Film compiles reimagined soundtracks for films and includes Gydja’s The Man Machine, scoring a crucial scene from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, as well as coverart by Abby Helasdottir. CT-Poem explores poetry set to sound, with Gydja providing the sound to the poem The Strange Metamorphosis of Animals by Charlotte Hurley. Frans de Waard in Vital Weekly said: “the best pieces are short and at the beginning, such as the spooky piece by Gydja, with its traces of Nurse With Wound, or the laptop intimacy of Anders Ostberg. Both compilations are available for download from the CT-Collective website: CT-Film : CT-Poem

*Liber Al is a compilation of exclusive and unreleased tracks dedicated to Aiwass & New Aeon & The Book Of The Law technically called Liber AL vel Legis sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI that was dictated in Cairo on April 8th-10th in the year 1904. Released by Czech label HORUS CyclicDaemon, the compilation features the track By a Secret Name by Gydja and The Magdalene , as well as contributions from Ah Cama-Sotz, This Morn Omina, Atrium Carceri, Unto Ashes, Cotton Ferox & Genesis P-Orridge, Belborn, Hexentanz, Musterion, Duparc, Encryption, Abnocto, While Angels Watch, Transfagula, Za Frumi, Hadit, Psychonaut 75, Exceed, 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, The Circus of Scars, Satorii, Artefactum, Chaos As Shelter, 3LCF, and Ossaserpia. A double disc set in a strictly limited edition of 418 hand-numbered copies with an 8-pages A5 booklet on high quality stock and A3 poster. Packed in stunning black-box with printed cover designed by John Coulthart. For reviews and ordering details, visit the label HORUS CyclicDaemon

*anotherGIZYA features reworkings of Liquid Sphere’s Gizya album by a variety of artists including Gydja, Cordell Klier, Aidan Baker, Wilt, and others. Released by Liquid Sphere Industries.

*Sonic Visions of Middle Earth is a compilation released by Foreshadow Productions featuring tracks inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Features Torech Ungol by Gydja, and artwork by Abby Helasdottir.

*Hidden Landscape: Lake Vostok from Dreamland Recordings is a compilation featuring tracks from Gydja, as well as Aidan Baker, Bokor, Ellende, Liquid Sphere, Siren, Undecisive God, and Wilt. Further details from Dreamland Recordings.

*Gydja contributed a short piece, The End of Time, to a soundscape presented to author Michael Moorcock on the momentous celebration of his 65th year. More details available here.