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Artist: Atrium Carceri
Title: Codex
Format: CD
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
After three years in the making Simon Heath returns with a new release where he shows his well known vision of dark ambient. This album is present with the usual synopsis, this time about prayer for the Demiurge to return so someone could return to Elysium. This is an hint that the core of this release if far more optimistic, and with a brighter sound, than the average of the genre.
As the first track, "The Void", starts the listener is immersed in a form of dark ambient where the compositional focus is, along with the usual elements of the genre, a fistful of small sounds which create an illusion of a real environment; after the quiet piano chords which close the track, "From Chasms Reborn" reveals how the use of effects gives the sense that the music is recorded in a specific place e.g., the piano chords have a reverb as it was in a distant place. After a static beginning, "The Seer" evolves in a noisy way, "A Memory Lost" is a languid pianistic interlude to "The Empty Chapel" where the detail of the background sounds takes the attention instead of the drone in the foreground. "Path of Fallen Gods" starts quietly with a bass drone which evolves in frequencies with foley adding movement until a final, and sparse, drone closes a really good track. "The Ancient City" continues in this sound path while "Sacrifice to the Machine" features an industrial beat to have a variation. "The Maze" is the most static, but spatial, track of this release while "A Hunger too Deep" is centered upon an almost romantic piano instead of a drone. "The Citadel" closes this release summarizing all the elements of the album.
Technically it's an impressive release from a veteran of the genre which shows its distance from a scene based upon a form replied in an almost dull mode. From a writing perspective, most fans will rate it among the albums of the year. Excellent.

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