Vision Lunar "Luna Subortus" EP. Released September 28th 2015 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR13).

Luna Subortus

In mid-February of 2015, while demoing new Soufferance ideas, Alexandre Julien wound up recording a random black metal song. It had been a good four years since he last played any metal, choosing instead to focus on his ambient projects Soufferance, Vision Éternel and Citadel Swamp. The metal song was filed away in the “Projection Mina” folder, where heavier ideas usually collected dust. A second black metal song made its way to the same dungeon by the end of the month. Six months later these two demos were rediscovered and Alexandre decided to revive his old atmospheric black...

Vision Lunar "Phase One (2006-2009)" compilation. Released August 29th 2015 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR12).

Phase One (2006-2009)

After Vision Lunar broke up in early 2009, Alexandre Julien had no intention of ever looking back on his atmospheric black metal solo project. But in August of 2010 some fans made it clear that a proper farewell was needed. And so came “Phase One (2006-2009)”, a complete discography of Vision Lunar. The compilation was released by Mortification Records on October 6th of 2010, in an extremely limited edition CD-R (five copies to be exact), and were all autographed and given away to Alexandre’s close friends. But Alexandre wanted everyone to have access to it so Mortification...

Vision Éternel "Echoes From Forgotten Hearts" EP. Released February 14th 2015 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR11).

Echoes From Forgotten Hearts

Vision Éternel’s fifth album, “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts” came as a complete surprise to just about everyone. Everyone except maybe Alexandre Julien who was never certain if Vision Éternel would continue to release music after “The Last Great Torch Song” (released in 2012 through Abridged Pause Recordings). This is yet another concept album, as has become the norm for any Alexandre Julien release. But it almost didn’t see a release. Back in the summer of 2014, Alexandre was approached to compose the soundtrack to a short film. When he sent in the...

Soufferance "Memories of a City" LP. Released October 15th 2014 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR10).

Memories of a City

Soufferance’s third album, “Memories of a City”, is a dark reflection of a city which has always been interpreted as colorful and bright to its visitors. Alexandre Julien has a different outlook on the very city he was born in. To him its a film noir movie with plenty of dark corners and alleys, where the most despicable human emotions lay awaiting pray. “There was a time when Montreal meant happiness to me. A time when a film noir obsession meant watching movies in good company. A time when beauty was present in greyscale reflection from the screen. This album is...

Soufferance "Bonjour Tristesse" EP. Released November 14th 2013 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR9).

Bonjour Tristesse

“I spent some time dealing with depression in hospitals. It was surrealistic. A lot of people make these albums about mental illness or asylums. It seems to be a trend in dark ambient. But none of them have actually ever been in one or even know what it’s really like. Well I do. And this is MY way of telling it”, explains Alexandre Julien in description of the new Soufferance extended play “Bonjour Tristesse”. He continues “The song “Dementia Præcox” is split into two parts, with an interlude in the middle. I never went “completely...

Soufferance "Adieu Tristesse" LP. Released November 14th 2013 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR8).

Adieu Tristesse

“I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me. And I lived a few months while she loved me”. This short but heartfelt phrase is the way Alexandre Julien chooses to describe this new Soufferance album, appropriately titled “Adieu Tristesse”. The title translates to “Goodbye Sorrow”, and is the second release in the “Sorrow”/”Tristesse” phase, which began in November 2009 when this album started being written and recorded. Four years in the making and after going through two unreliable producers, three art designers and...

Soufferance "Travels" boxed set. Released August 14th 2013 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR7).

Travels

Due to Bandcamp restrictions, you must visit our Bandcamp page to purchase the boxset. When we found out from Soufferance that their fans had trouble getting their hands on their CDs, we set ourselves the goal to do something about it. The problem was not in production but in distribution. But we decided to look at it a little differently, maybe due to an avant-garde way that we have here at Abridged Pause. During the last 2 decades, when a record label signed a new band and wanted to distribute their back catalog, all they would do is re-issue them. We found that a little too simple and...

Vision Éternel "The Last Great Torch Song" EP. Released March 14th 2012 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR6).

The Last Great Torch Song

After taking a few years to carefully prepare their 4th EP, Vision Éternel finally unveils “The Last Great Torch Song”. This brilliant album is another new step for the band, in a way that they have completely changed the listening experience of their releases. The first two releases, “Seul dans l’obsession” and “Un automne en solitude” on Mortification Records were rather straight forward ambient, while their last EP “Abondance de périls” started to mark a change. This release finally brings this band forth on the new level. This EP...

Kailash "Past Changing Fast: Faster Ahead" LP. Released March 14th 2012 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR5).

Past Changing Fast: Faster Ahead

“Past Changing Fast” is Kailash’s second album. Originally released in 2009 on Frostscald Records, but the band wasn’t satisfied with the production. Two years later they completely re-mixed the album and Abridged Pause Recordings is proud to present to you the new version: “Past Changing Fast: Faster Ahead”. This new version also features alternate artwork originally created for what was to be the Abridged Pause vinyl version of the album in 2009. This is a beautiful math-metal album with intelligence written all over it. Kailash explains the reason for...

Beyond the Dune Sea "Beyond the Dune Sea" LP. Released March 9th 2010 on Abridged Pause Recordings (APR4).

Beyond the Dune Sea

Beyond the Dune Sea’s debut full length is a brilliant album. And it was done in such a “post-musical” style as well. A series of live jams were recorded and the whole thing was put together in post-production style by Adam Kennedy. The entire album is flawless and could be your next album on repeat once you get started. This is not to be passed by in 2010. Original press release post: Abridged Pause has been in close contact with Adam Kennedy since the very beginning. So when he showed us his new band, Beyond the Dune Sea, we knew almost before hand we were up for a treat...