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PASSION: CRUCIFIXION & RESURRECTION

Phrozenlight

 

Progressive Electronic

4.00 | 2 ratings

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octopus-4
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4 stars Since when I have started digging into Phrozenlight's music I had the impression of empty drones leading nowhere, like he's just spending some good time by joking with his electronic equipments. Sometimes the result is good, sometimes not.

This album, for the first time, has a meaning in the sense that the darkness of this ambient music and some of the background sounds are very in accordance with the track titles. I assume you all know the story and regardless the religious aspects I think it's one of the darkest stories ever told.

Musically it's not much different from the other rhythmless long electronic excursions of this artist, but of all the attempts to clone the Tangerine Dream's ZEIT that I have heard from him up to now, this is the most successful, probably because this time he was not really thinking to TD.

The "Friday's track" has some subtle organ and bells and should be giving the idea of the prison. An innocent condemned to a cruel death penalty waiting for his last day, laying wounded in chains. I think this track gives the idea.

Of course the Crucifiction is darker. Now there's real pain, but it also makes me think to the mystic part: the 3 hours eclipse, a portent explaining the God's anger, even though the story was already written. This track is a travel into the darkness of pain and incoming death, it doesn't contain any allusion to the promised resurrection. In some parts it reminds a bit (not too much) to the dark noisy part of Vangelis' Heaven and Hell (the Greek musician, not the books).

The third is the day of the resurrection. The Ooh's may represent the Angels, but they are too dark. What for Christians is a moment or reconnection between Men and God is here a supernatural moment which shows forces greater than Man and for this reason they are in any case perceived as dark.

Of all the ambient drones from Phrozenlight this is the most exciting that I've heard, the on on which he seems to have put some more effort than usual, probably because this kind of dark ambient is more congenial to his way of making music. In this album "outer" is not the space. It's the metaphysical world instead.

A good surprise.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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