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EDGE OF DARKNESS

Robin Taylor

RIO/Avant-Prog


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3.93 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. At Least One Beautiful Note (2:12)
2. Nightmare Paint Mk X (5:18)
3. Likewise (6:35)
4. Painters In the Night (3:04)
5. The Cellar (7:48)
6. Even Darker (6:51)
7. Now What? (0:49)
8. Question Mark (2:17)
9. Twilight (7:31)
10. Nightmare Paint Mk Y (5:20)
11. Edge of Darkness & Nightscape (17:02):
a) Edge of Darkness 11:11
b) Nightscape 5:51

Total Time 65:04

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Line-up / Musicians

- Robin Taylor / processed guitars & basses, electronics, glockenspiel, percussion, taping, etc incl organ - on 5
- Karsten Vogel / saxophone
- Hugh Steinmetz / trumpet
- Peter Bruun / drums & percussion
With:
- Carsten Dahl / grand piano (on 8 & 11)
- Jan Fischer / farfisa organ, harmonica, percussion (on 11)

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MOBCD 005

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ROBIN TAYLOR Edge of Darkness ratings distribution


3.93
(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
20%
Good, but non-essential (40%)
40%
Collectors/fans only (20%)
20%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I'll let Robin tell you how this album came about. "In the early 1980's I was very much into tape manipulations and did a lot of experiments. A couple of long lost tapes from that period suddenly reappeared in the spring 2000, and I was immediately convinced, that they should form the basis of a new record project, which was competed during the Summer.To me these "ghost tapes" represent something "sacred" and i'm very pleased, I got hold of them at the last minute, before they seriously began to disintegrate. Glimpses of darkness...an edge."

We get farfisa organ, harmonica, percussion, horns, piano, hammond organ, electronics, processed guitar, bass and more. Robin also says "No synthesizers !" in the liner notes. The music is dark and minimalistic and I must admit it agitates me for some reason. I thought maybe listening to it with headphones on and giving the music my undivided attention would help, but no, I get annoyed a lot (haha). Not a fan of the cover art either. I really don't like winter. I'm not going to go track by track because I would be repeating myself a lot. At 65 minutes it's a little long for this style but I imagine there are those who would feel it's too short. Different strokes right ? So a good album but one that fails to capture my imagination. Maybe one day.

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
5 stars There is always a problem with labelling music, in that labelling it can mean that the artist can be pigeon-holed which can then mean that people who may enjoy the music don't actually get to hear it, as they don't think that they will like it. Take Burzum for example, I defy anyone to categorise Varg with just one style of music but those who have never played it will say that Burzum are Black Metal ? without actually hearing the many different styles he has produced. And so we come to Robin Taylor ? this was his eighth album and was released originally in 2000 (he has now released nearly 30!). While Robin will always be viewed as a jazz artist, often working within the avant-garde, there is something else going on with this album as well. Those who know me would say that my musical tastes are eclectic (if they are polite ? my daughters often just state that I listen to some very weird stuff), and that I have been known to often play atmospheric black metal along the lines of Agalloch or Negura Bunget etc. I was surprised how many times I kept thinking of that type of band while I was playing this ? there is a lot going on, with the brass instruments particularly winding up and down the scales in a frenetic and frightening fashion. But, the sound I heard most was one of coldness ? this album chills me to the bone, and in that manner it has more in common with atmospheric black metal than anything else.

I can imagine some reviewers and listeners being quite frightened when they heard this for the first time as there is a menace present throughout which makes it unsettling and unnerving to say the least. So there will be many that will feel that this album is to be avoided, but to my ears it is one that is to be welcomed and explored for what it is ? a masterpiece. Maybe Robin ought to reissue it with a darker cover, changed the band to something exotic such as Norbilyator and see what the extreme mags think of this ? I think they would have a blast

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