Monday, September 28, 2020
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Artist: Council of Nine
Title: Dakhma
Format: CD
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
After the collaborative release of the last year, Council of Nine returns with a full length debut on this label trying to carry "the listener to a place of ancient history, through death into the void beyond". So, it could be conceivable to expect a typical dark ambient release but, however, the construction of sound palette is so carefully crafted to be truly enjoyed using headphones as, apart the use of a main drone, the track features various small noises and drones of support that could be missed in a noisy environment that would maintain only the louder elements closer to metal rather than ambient.
So, "The Magi" quietly opens this release with the juxtaposition of drones enhancing the atmosphere with the use of sparse noises. "Tower of Silence" is, instead, based on large reverbs of samples while "Sacrifice" features heavy basses and "Nasu" seems to include also some filtered human voices. "The Ossuary" has a complex musical spectrum while "Circle of the Sun" is close to metal territories using aggressive drones and distant noises that slowly surrender to silence.
This is a solid album that, even if not ground breaking, presents a project that could evolve in something able to produce some album that could be remembered for years. It's really worth a listen.


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