Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Artist: Abandoned Asylum (@)
Title: Derelicts of Distant Hope
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Malignant Records (@)
Rated: *****
Abandoned Asylum is Lukasz 'Dani' Czajka from Poland and 'Derelicts of Distant Hope' is his first official release, CD in a 6-panel digipak with self-produced artwork limited to 500 copies. It was mastered by John Stillings (Steel Hook Prostheses) at Steel Hook Audio Mastering, a place surely sympathetic to dark ambient. Every once in a while a newcomer to the genre manages to create something really astonishing, and such is the case here. Although somewhat noisy in places, 'Derelicts of Distant Hope' isn't what I would call noise; it is more atmospheric dark ambient with deliciously malevolent drones, eerie electronics, and reverberating soundscapes of vast proportions. There's a nod to Raison d'être with a brief passage of Gregorian chant. There's Alio Die-like subtle electronics. There's the ghostly rise and fall of heavily reverbed oscillators, and rattling chains. There's a sense of dimensional distortion and time dilation. And the mood ' daunting, fearsome, ineffable. This is cosmic horror on a grand scale. Many dark ambient composers have tried to tap into the realms of Lovecraft's Outer Gods, but few have succeeded in conveying that kind of cosmic horror the way Abandoned Asylum does in 'Derelicts of Distant Hope'.


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