Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Artist: Common Eider, King Eider
Title: Extinction
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Common Eider, King Eider is a music and art collective mainly interested in soundtrack work for film and theater. This new release is presented as a "modern manifestations of ancient energies" which means that the sonic framework of this release is based upon a form of ceremonial music based on drones and percussion but, instead of being a meditative release, controlled explosion of sound creates moments of fury, or catharsis, that put this release closer to some experimental form of black metal rather than ambient.
The initial drone of "Extinction" starts quietly creating a ceremonial atmosphere until, at 3:00 mark, an almost black metal eruption marks the beginning of the second part of the track based upon a meditative, but aggressive, set based on buzzing guitar, screams and sparse drum beat which ends on almost pure silence acting as a background for reverberated noises. "Black Bough" is based on heavily reverberated sounds so all instruments lost his timbre to generate an abstract mass shored up by beats in the ending part. The more defined sound of "Crystalline Shore" let the drone's resonances emerge clearly so the transition from the first part, based on low frequencies, to the second part, based on high one, is really impressive. "A Wisp of Smoke, and Salem Burns" starts with a gentle guitar arpeggio accompanied by a cello doubled by the other instruments so the track slowly evolves in a crescendo metal oriented which closes this release as a catharsis.
While reworking well known musical codes, this release is well written an evocative enough and will be appreciated by all fans of ceremonial oriented, or pagan, music. It's particularly incisive the mastering at the threshold between defined sound and abstract mass as it underlines as the track are equally influenced by drone and black metal. It's really worth a listen.


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