Music Reviews

Artist: Adonai Atrophia (@)
Title: Metahistory
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Eighth Tower Records (@)
Rated: *****
According to the short liner notes from the label this is an enhanced and remastered reissue of an obscure release form this Bulgarian project by Seraphim Veluvian. Inspired by esoteric and ancient religions, his music is an highly detailed idea of dark ambient, as the drone is just a unifying element for a series of elements borrowed mostly by '70s electronic music giving an unusual sense of variety to this release.
While "The Infinite She" seems to start an almost canonical dark ambient album, the relatively '70s oriented sound of the synth takes the track along the tracks of evocative music for film. "Al Awwal" revolves, instead, upon hypnotic and repetitive music figures hiding the complex soundscape which is the real focus of the piece. "Metahistory" is a crescendo from a quiet and islet part to a surrounding drone. To add another level of evocativness, "The First Sunset (Phosphorus)" uses samples from a sort of religious chant in latin. "Ain Soph Aur" is another crescendo for drones while the tonal compression of "Malah Ga-Mavet" creates the sense of black and white of the cover. "Nephesh" is a small interlude ending in a child's chant while "Egregores" closes this release with a detailed soundscape where various small samples are tied by a drone.
An impressive release enhanced by the remarkable quality of the production and the clear sound spectrum. Even without any ground breaking idea, the quality of writing reveals a talent to hear carefully. Recommended.

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