“Submerged” Digipack 2008
This is my first encounter with this minimalistic drone act, coming from Usa.and this encounter bring us to transplutonic dimensions,coz we were submerged in ethereal atavisms surrounded by spectral fog and shapes. PHAENOM is formed by a Polish individual called Szymon Tankiewcz, now radicated in Usa. Through “Submerged” you can experience an intellestellar voyage to the core of dark nebular holes, melting themselves into radioactive emanations developed by drones and a minimalistic atmosphere which transport you to unknown alien dimensions. A very long 66 minutes track, veiled with a very incredible fragmentation of sounds gathered through dense, vaporous drone elements which express in concret way the Szymon’s visions regarding it own universe submerged in the most in deep void of consciousness. The music seems calm at moments, but suddenly you can feel the intensity and somber atmosphere in each sonic explosion erupting from “Submerged” album. This release is one of these ones you will never forget due to intensity and the way as are gathering together the whole elements as drone, effects to create a ghastly piece as the one you could hear at “Submerged”.so,it’s a bit difficult to be more explicit referring the whole conceptual album. just you must hear it to have a more exact idea of what PHAENON is. The whole track was recorded live in one take in May 2006 at Smithown, usa. A 6 Panel digipack with abstract, enigmatic images floating and twisting to show you a gat…a gate to the dimensional void hidden in the roots of PHAENOM.
“Idolatriae” Digipack 2008
This is a 7 tracks black and White six panel digipack with suggestive and original visual concept. The Italian shape of Francesco Gemelli, who is the externalized force and organic transmutator of EIDULON in this plane, has developed a concept album dealing with how idolatry has reached its peak during our age and how the cult has preserved only a fetishistic value. And musically talking I find “Idolatriae” album, impressive, penetrating and suggestive, with important elements into dark ambient experimental magnetism, developed by Mr Gemelli here. The first two tracks “Vestigial Del Presente” and “La Morale Come Corollario de La Vittoria” contains moments of subterranean madness, more the second one which is like a bizarre mechanical underworld emerging in the dark. Both tracks are mostly built with ambient passages and have such spectral resonance all the time. With “feticcio 7y-E6” and “Isolamento delle Folle”, you can hear a slow motion terror and a deeply introspective construction of sounds twisting all the time. But “Isolamento…”with a ritualistic drumming March which fits perfectly with the whole dark environment of the track. one of the best tracks in my opinion. last tracks are “Hartung”,”Oblio Delle Materie” and “shift Toward Objetivity”.each one of them with sonic incantations of vaporous ethereal sounds floating and converging together to create an enigmatic ritualistic release.EIDULON is the name used by the Greeks to define an image that consist only in a surface without death. A spectral emanation of a divinity. a very good release if we observe that this is the debut album.