Music Reviews

Artist: Andreas Davids (@)
Title: Grey
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with Andreas Davids, but he evidently also records industrial under the name Xotox. If you are looking for the industrial rhythms of “Eisenkiller,” however, you’re going to be disappointed. This disc showcases Davids’ more ambient side. The disc consists of two tracks that make up “Grey.” “Part I” is spacey synth soundscape that would be quite at home with the stuff that Malignant Records has been putting out over the years (e.g., Collapsar, Phaenon, Phragments). There is a bit of dissonance here that gives it an ominous feel, but it is also strangely soothing. “Part II” shifts gears with a bed of rumbling bass punctuated by a slow moving, consistent tone (kind of reminds me of a warning alarm) that functions as a beat. There is an interesting juxtaposition here of noise and lilting flutelike melodies. Still, it seems to go on a bit longer than necessary and got a bit too repetitious for my tastes. That said, this is a pleasant listen overall. This album weighs in at around 18 minutes.

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