Hellenica’s ‘Blood Moon Wolf Head’: a gift for the dead

Hellenica, the solo project of Montreal DIY artist Jim Demos, released a new album earlier this month entitled Blood Moon Wolf Head. His first full-length work under this moniker, the album was released on November 2, to coincide with El Dia de los Muertos, and is meant as an offering to the deceased. Gloom and doom are prevalent throughout all of Hellenica’s music but this album takes on a more otherworldly feel to it – the theme of death adding a darker dimension and heavier feel than his previous EP, 2012’s They Are Out For Blood.

Blood Moon Wolf Head is an excellent follow-up to Hellenica’s 2012 EP. They Are Out For Blood presented just a little taste of what Demos is capable of, a fact that is apparent on this new release. His newest work journeys further into the weird and unexpected. Demos experiments more with the structure of his compositions, by using improvised guitar parts layered with field recordings and other sounds to create a collaged effect. He manages to do this well, without compromising comprehension and fluidity in his sound.

Below is a short, self-produced film for “Monos”, the third track on Blood Moon Wolf Head.

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