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ABANDONED PLACE: Shadow Of Memory

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 02 2008
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Artist: ABANDONED PLACE (@)
Title: Shadow Of Memory
Format: CD
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Rated: *****
Born in 2006, Abadoned Place is a dark ambient project headed by Romain Lemenorel (the same guy who's behind March Of Heroes) and SHADOW OF MEMORY is his debut album under this moniker. Presenting eight untitled tracks or eight movements of the SHADOW OF MEMORY suite, Romain created one hour long cinematic album where the main theme, by looking at the album's art and pictures, seems to be concerning the abandoned houses and the memories which like haunted souls are chained to those places. Reverbered noises, synths and violins are the main instruments used. The atmosphere created is working well although the sound construction doesn't change too much as it is focused on the effect/ambience created. The album has been mastered by Frederic Arbour of Cyclic Law.

:WULGATA:: Echoes Of The Past... Not Far Away

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May 30 2008
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Artist: :WULGATA: (@)
Title: Echoes Of The Past... Not Far Away
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Containing eight tracks exploring the dark ambient/industrial realm, ECHOES OF THE PAST... NOT FAR AWAY isn't properly a new album by :Wulgata: as it gathers tracks which previously have been released on the MCDr "Echoes of 3rd", one remix of a Multipoint Injector track included into their "Altered states album" plus two compilation tracks (basically this is a CD reissue of the "Nag Hamadi - Unfinished Story..." CDr released by Mizantrophy Label back in 2005). Of the lot I appreciated most the five tracks coming from "Echoes of 3rd", because they are able to span through different dark ambient/industrial ambiences trying to diversify the sound. So, if "Abyssynthia" is based on minimal sounds/noises with bells and water noises that suddenly break in, "Le jour du soleil noir" has a strong mid tempo rhythmic section (a Middle Eastern kind of rhythm) with distant distorted guitar rumbles and a synth joining in after a while, enriching the atmosphere. "R.otten I.ra P.uryfication", instead, has a background of vocal and drum machine loops and creates a total different mood. The compilation tracks are nice industrial ambient tracks with ethnic references (this concerns "Gange flows") but they kinda stick on the same ground.

ATUM: Hitwa

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May 29 2008
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Artist: ATUM (@)
Title: Hitwa
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
This new album by Atum is titled HITWA and it's divided into five movements. The main concept behind this work is represented by a question which can be read also as an experiment: if the effect created by the contemplation of symbols is a whole different experience for each of us, how much powerful can it be if in conjunction with sounds? The three panels of the CD package contains five different symbols you can use at this purpose while you are listening to the trembling sounds created by Atum. Sounds which tend to create apparent calm dark ambient suites (see the use of acoustic guitar with synth pads) where choruses, bells, and reverbered industrial rhythms come back an forth destabilizing the whole sound. Influenced by the early Cold Meat Industry sound of Megaptera and Desiderii Marginis and helped out by Infamis, Dead Factory and Equus, Atum succeeded into the creation of a hellish microcosm.

INADE: Aldebaran

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May 26 2008
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Artist: INADE
Title: Aldebaran
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Released back in 1996 by Cold Spring Records, ALDEBARAN was the first CD by Inade. The German combo already released on their own label Loki Foundation two tapes but with ALDEBARAN they were able to test their dark ambient sound with a wider audience. Divided into four different movements, ALDEBARAN, is a sort of concept album focused on "the black light of the universe which illuminates the inner world" where the "68 dimensions is the stair where the shadows of the secret knowledge darken the reality". The band's sound aims to make feel to the listener the pulse of the universe and all the four movements ("Signals from 68 dimensions", "The conquest of being separated", "The crushing of earthly foundations" and "The end of the beginning") tend to induce a dizzy sensation into the audience. Flowing/hissing sounds come back and forth through the speakers and even if sometimes the minimalism of the early tracks need more attention, there's a certain development which make the sound explode during the second part of "The end of the beginning". Here the hisses are coupled by obscure vocals, trembling sounds and darkness. Listened nowadays this is still a nice album and you have to listen to it loud to fully appreciate it.

Formication: Agnosia

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 26 2008
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Artist: Formication (@)
Title: Agnosia
Format: CD
Label: dark winter (@)
Rated: *****
Released on Dark Winter both on cd and for free download – Agnosia is the new ep by Formication and features a twist in their style but mantains a top notch ritualistic and enigmatic blend of ambient. With "Agnosia" they take distance from coil-influenced electronics ( last year's "Icons for a New Religion " ) to dive deeper into an hard-edged isolationism, the obsessions and compulsions here are similar to those found on the first album by Final. As in their previous album "Redux" there are tracks on this ep with titles but without the precise order – this continuity slows down your mental processes in order to reach a trance-like state. Formication's sound undergoes several permutations and surely requires open ears. As for their previous release,i have the feeling that they are getting close to a masterpiece of dark electronics.




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