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Erdenstern: Into The Blue

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Erdenstern
Title: Into The Blue
Format: CD
Label: Erdenstern
Rated: *****
This is the third album in Erdenstern´s saga with always different themes. This time the theme is the sea and all thinkable adventures on it. The music is very much filled with adventure and energy. It´s neo-classical and as always with a goal of sounding like film music. The fantasy music genre is growing very fast and Erdenstern is one take on fantasy. It´s not always jolly and sounding like Hollywood soundtracks but enough to call this album probably the weakest by the always great Erdenstern. For my taste it´s a bit too heroic and lacking some of the darkness that the soundtrack for "The pirates of the Caribbean" has. Credit though to a rich flora of songs and some very good tunes.
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Artist: PARANOIA INDUCTA FEAT. KENJI SIRATORI (@)
Title: Black Paper
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
The last time we saw Paranoia Inducta in action was with the first act of the "Lux mundi" trilogy titled "Gloria laus", released by Beast Of Prey in 2006. This time Paranoia Inducta joined the forces with the most well known Japanese industrial/cyperpunk writer/artist, Kenji Siratori. BLACK PAPER see Paranoia Inducta mixing their industrial ambient style with Japanese culture/sounds. The experiment is successful into most of the tracks (the less focused on little variations of drones) and tracks like "Audition", "Grudge" or "Taboo" have Kenji performing semi traditional chants on dark ambient drones, traditional Japanese percussions and maybe a shamisen. The effect created remember me some moments of the "Blade runner" movie. Do you remember the soundtrack when we see Deckard at the Chinese fast food, when we have the adverts on the giant screens? Anyway, we have also the characteristic Siratori spoken word on most of the tracks. Another track I really dug is "Mechanical requiem". On this one along with Kenji voice we have an obsessive percussion on a melodic ambient background along with sounds of a picked shamisen. Going from post industrial ambience to dark ambient passing though Japanese tradition, Paranoia Inducta made a nice album which deserve your attention.

ROY-ARNE KNUTSEN: Fjords

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 14 2008
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Artist: ROY-ARNE KNUTSEN (@)
Title: Fjords
Format: CD EP
Label: Silence I Not Empty
Rated: *****
Released for the Silence Is Not Empty web-label, the latest E.P. by Norwegian Roy-Arne Knutsen is bringing to the attention of the cold dark ambient lovers two 8 minutes length suites. "Fjords 1" and "Fjords 2" are two minimal growing dark ambient tracks which are able to create a crawling sensation which made me recall movies like Carpenter's "The thing". You know, something that combine the ice land landscape with the sensation of an upcoming menace. Hisses, low frequencies drones, tiny melodic patterns are making their way through your speakers catching your attention. This release is best enjoyed with headphones and is downloadable for free at http://www.silence-is-not-empty.com/mp3/Sil012.zip
Feb 12 2008
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Artist: RUKKANOR (@)
Title: Deora
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
DEORA isn't the newest Rukkanor album but it is an album which deserve your attention anyway. Having been out of print for quite some time and now reissued with a new artwork, DEORA is a good example of crossover between militaristic, industrial and orchestral atmospheres with some Oriental influences for what concerns melodies and some rhythmical solution. Robert on his second album decided to made a sort of concept about Gods/men relation. On DEORA Gods are fighting for human possession and they need men to prove them their submission by battling against other people. Humans want to prove their faith by going to war and this soon became an absurd situation where only human blood will be shed (does this remember you something?). Musically DEORA is a fascinating example of orchestral music with ambient, ethnic and militaristic influences. Tracks like "Hosanna in excelsis", "Across the desert" or "Salvation" are able to create a cinematic effect full of pathos and tension. As I told you, DEORA is an album worth your attention and you should consider its purchase since it is available...
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Artist: ABYSS (@)
Title: Mental Self-destruction
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I have no clues about who's behind the Abyss project, the only thing I know is that the guy is from Poland and that before MENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION he did only a promo CDr titled "Ashh zahr hylth". This first official CD is the second part of the Diabolus Opum series and it contains twelve tracks of ritualistic dark ambient music. Being based on hisses, tiny noises, drones and whispered vocals, Abyss music's aim is to create a diabolical atmosphere where titles like "In sanctam, invocabilem, secretam noctem convertor", "Heart of Darkness" or "Perdition's Light" take life. In balance from industrial and dark ambient, Abyss succeeded into creating a bleak and horrific scenario where silence is having an important part into the construction of the anti-musical suites. Sometimes Abyss loses the point by proposing tracks based on the same atmosphere but for sure the lovers of the genre will find some good moments to enjoy.


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