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2.95 | 3 ratings

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3 stars The opener 'Ixaxaar' has a sample from the 50's 'B' movie 'Night Of The Demon' which repeats continuously every six seconds for the entire five minutes of the track which gets a bit annoying even though it's hidden below blankets of dark ambience.

Track two - 'Primordial Atom' is a sprawling slow motion 25 minute nightscape which most listeners will find boring because of the very slow progression. The thing is, you've got to be in the right frame of mind to listen to this. 'The Monstrous Soul' is great to listen to late at night (if you're not easily scared). Incredibly atmospheric and foggy, with no drums, guitar or bass. What you're left with is some undulating, very deep electronic drone and highly distorted vocal that is flung into a very unusual time loop that continuously decays and corrodes along with the deep synthetics. Excellent!

This is one of the earlier Dark Ambient albums from the newly burgeoning genre from former SPK collaborator Brian Williams aka Lustmord and is perhaps his best. A whole glut of artists started recording albums like this in the early 90's due to easy cd accessibility - where this music belongs. Glitch free, vinyl pop and scratch absence, it does make for a good album, if somewhat repetitive.

Talking of SPK - why isn't 'Zamia Lehmanni' on the PA? It's more proggy than this, that's for sure. I guess that would be opening a can of worms - next thing you know we'd have Throbbing Gristle and Nurse With Wound up for review.

Now that would be a challenge!

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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