Music Reviews

Artist: Abnocto
Title: Simon Magus
Format: CD
Label: Waerloga Records (@)
Rated: *****
Abnocto and the debut "Simon Magus" is something I can listen to over and over again.
To say I was looking forward to hearing "Simon Magus" is somewhat of an understatement - amongst the numerous other groups that inhabit the more spiritual side of the dark ambient genre, Abnocto are probably the best of them all!

Simon Heath (Za Frûmi, Atrium Carceri) and Simon Kölle (Za Frûmi, Musterion) have with Abnocto managed to seemingly effortlessly produce yet another stunningly unique and voyeuristic glimpse in their own domain of ultra dark music, which is as you'd expect as perfect as it is haunting.
All ambient/industrial/experimental fans should add "Simon Magus" to their collections.

Abnocto recorded the album 60 meters underground Stockholm. That is something insane but I am sure it gave something to the music. The underground and the solitude bring the recording to very unique level.

The only negative and sad thing with this CD is that it should have been released years ago (as it was recorded some years back). The music is beyond time for sure but I can only dream of what the duo could do with Abnocto today!?

I would consider this disc good accompaniment for reading your favorite horror, sci-fi or fantasy novel.

Ivan Racheck

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