"Demian" Cd 2009
Damiano Mercuri's creativity and splendour has no limits...this time arriving with his 2nd full album, and again released by Justin & Cold Spring recs. And the result is just an amazing album full of 10 epic and romantic neo folk a composition which transports your senses to most in deep desires due the sensitive and beauty of each one of the tracks included on this album. Opening the album is "Il Gatto Osserva" a melodic composition with beauty guitar elements and percussive sounds which complements perfectly by the expressive Italian oral executions of Damiano. the second track is "Rose Rovine E Amanti",and without a doubt an epic encounter of beauty depressive and sad nature where the inner pain is mixed with perfect sorrow melodies and female voices making incredible atmospheres full of emotiveness and sensitive elements. Violin passages dressed by such acoustic guitar parts through the whole track. Then comes "Demian", a more aggressive track with strong guitar and percussive elements surrounded by the voice adaptations of damiano, also aggressive violin parts emerges to complements the track. Through "Il Grande Tradimento" you shall experience such beautiful neo folk expression with sad atmospheres bathed with percussive soundscapes, voices and great atmospheres. The whole album is highly inspired by religious visions of the medieval Catholic Europe to cabaret grotesque pieces to human madness all explored with an inner spiritual strength, which is only developed by a creative spirit as the one of Damiano. Another tracks including here are "From Desperation To Victory" "The End Of This World","Paura Del Demonio" another composition with high amazing moments due its sorrow nature and how your mood is affected giving you remembrances of old moments filled with such nostalgic atmospheres.” Mille Serpi","Noi Ritorneremo" and "Ave Maria" closest this amazing neo folk release from this Roman project. Just visit Cold Spring page in order to get this masterpiece. The album comes in a 12 pages booklet with interesting art concept including pictures and lyrics in Italian & English.
IN SCISSORS (Gre )
"Orbis Terrarum Requiem" Digipak 2009
After the high response at "The Veratrine Evangelicum", IN SCISSORS the solo project exploration of Vincent Andelmot is back with a more mature and structured Album, through 56 minutes in which you shall experience the decadence and destructive awakening by humans from an abstract perspective, floating into dense dark ambient passages included through 9 compositions included here. Opening is "Attic-An introduction" based into diverse piano passages and atmospheres performed in a proper way. Then, comes "Hypnogeum Dweller”, through more dense passages and bathed with ambient atmospheres violin and percussive elements and dismal chorus as background of the track, one of the best ones included here."Vierte Ritter"is a compendium of diverse instruments handled carefully to create a dynamic exploration of atmospheres with a mystic eastern atmosphere in the construction of the track. With "Sealed Writings" things are going oriented more into dark ambient soundscapes with such cinematic elements here and there able to mutate suddenly into different forms.” wandering Gnome" is a cinematic orchestration with sutile defragmentation of sounds converging all the time, a very interesting piece full of diverse elements."Orbis Terrarum Requiem”, “Autumnal Asperges","...Of Ancient Galleries"are other tracks which floats into dense ambient structures bathed with such personal touch which is moult through the whole album. Piano passages, violin soundscapes and percussive elements is what you shall find when exploring the universe created by IN SCISSORS. Remember that The IN SCiSSORS’ philosophy about music is to create every time a different realm or dimension in which it’s taking place…"
Pavel Aleshin is enigmatic Russian deconstructionist responsible of RE-DRUM offer us an Abstract/minimalistic dark ambient piece full of psycorporeous and drone structures revealed through 4 untitled tracks in which you shall experience just part of the inner visions and abstract realities. Drone textures and fractal emanations converging into mutative soundscapes are the first conceptions coming to our mind when exploring the first track. Water drop sounds, diverse ambient atmospheres and drone concrete sounds surrounding the whole picture of the track. The second composition is an ambient march with abstract elements and dense soundscapes crawling slowly and suddenly finishing with such melodic acoustic guitar parts. It seems RE-DRUM is a constant machine built into repetitive sonic experimentations in which such hypnotic passages opens to you new realities due how surreal and enigmatic the music is created here. The third track is more an experimental composition built though harmonica at the beginning and with the pass of minutes mutating into dense drone structures collapsing into ambient atmospheres and strong repetitive elements. Closing the release there is a track Full of minimal elements here and there which explores diverse ambient atmospheres and elements worth to explore. The fact is that "S" is an interesting release with so many elements worth to be explored by yourself if you are looking into ambient/drone atmospheres with an experimental abstract touch. For more info just visit Zoharum's page.
AB INTRA (Pol)
Coming from Warszawa Poland and highly inspired by nature,space,philosophy,literature,art,chaos,mysticism,magick,gnosis...Radoslaw Kaminski the shape behinds this project emerges with his third release, and what amazing release is what we experience when in deeply we were exploring each one of the 6 tunes expressed through "Aura Imaginalis". Ab Intra is the Latin phrase for "on the inside”, and from such concrete words it derives a high quantity of diverse elements and structures dressed with mutative elements ,creating a vast void in which floats in total darkness AB INTRA. "Wanderer" is the first opus generated here, and its perfect structured and well arranged due the high exposition of dense atmospheres surrounded by agonic percussive soundscapes opening new gates of perception.” Astral Wings" crawls into several forms but a concrete reality, ambient drone machines with such cosmic atmospheres which seems as black holes devouring everything. At moments so bombastic and with some industrial traces, and perfect in its own execution.” current" is the third track, evoking pure defragmentative darkness due the colossal spirit behinds this composition and how each dismal atmosphere is surrounded by vaporous keyboard passages emerging from time to time. The next is an untitled track crawling though eerie elements and such strong devices creating a subliminal force mutating in diverse forms with the pass of minutes. At moments the album reminds me to German act Inade or even Herbst9, due strong convergences created here. "Arcana" and "Essence" closest this magnum opus created by AB INTRA a very promising act coming from Polish territory!!!