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Darkspace - Dark Space III I (2014) - Review

Band: Darkspace
Album title: Dark Space III I
Release date: 20 October 2014
Label: Avantgarde Music

Tracklist:
01. Dark 4.18
02. Dark 4.19
03. Dark 4.20

I was always looking forward to Darkspace’s new efforts when the time was about to add yet another nocturnal child to their discography. Well it’s been 2 years since their Dark Space – I EP and about 6 years since their previous full-length, the magnificent Dark Space III. So, the timing for Dark Space III I was more than right to come to the surface. Wroth, Zorgh and Zhaaral once again pledge allegiance to unconscious coordinates and chaos is reborn. You could refer to it as black metal from the astral plains.
 
"Dark 4.18" opens the gates with lurking sounds of inexplicable horror inside unfathomable depths. It feels like the birth of a circular nightmare when the sonorous and threatening guitar melody emerges and the riff,like fire at will in a parallel battlefield,on the background scratches like nails the core of your soul; and then the faceless assault of the highest order of horrors breaks in. Mechanical vibes and a wall of transcendent sound that explodes and expands without beginning and without end. Abhorrent to a saint’s ears, exquisitely beauteous to others. The echoing chanting grants appear every now and then, malevolent and elegant at the same time. Darkening, grandiose, imposing, imponderable, ever-expanding, that’s how it sounds because that’s how it should. You have to adore the way ideas come and go in circles, like the circular guitar leads that float like maelstroms that devour everything and the sound you receive is just a mere echo of once-existence. The minimal synthesizers add another astral sense of mystery to the overall effort, the fuming effects darken the soundscape even more and the programming of beats n’ drums holds everything tightly.
 
"Dark 4.19" processes with a divine eloquence, the electronics dance macabre on the background or just float as they accompany the slicing guitars that forge cracks upon the map of space and time to tranquilize for a while in the vast sea of stars until the majestic journey amidst dreadful yet elegant sounds starts anew, in an orbiting manner, hell, it feels like a satellite’s course! The distant breaths at the end of the composition makes it feel like relieving moments of an immense threat that just passed by; just to fill in the void with more discomfort after the first minute of "Dark 4.20", exploding like cosmic sperm in the vaginal universe just to impregnate the uncertain. And as it progresses it feels like entrancing transmissions from forgotten realms. No remorse, no mercy, just a sense of sympathy by the time it reaches the end simply because you have to survive so as to cherish their next attempt in the near (I hope) or far (even then it’s fine) future.

Darkspace never disappointed me and even this time they couldn’t achieve this. On the contrary, with every release they expand their sound corridors into something more massive and diligently absurd. Dark Space III I is the sound equivalent of an astral projection, close your eyes and let it elevate you; downwards.

Review written by: DerRozzengarten
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Hidden By Ivy
Album title: Acedia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Alchera Visions

The musical output of Hidden By Ivy is hard to put in brackets, but what those two artists do is certainly giving some shivers down the spine with their incredible sense to compose refined and highly emotive music. There are found many different elements, from post-rock basis, to incredible subtle layers of dark wave, art pop, gothic elements, shoegaze, even cold wave, ambient, some jazz, a bit of folk and yet much more, everything put together into such an exquisite melancholic flow of refreshing meditative sounds. Acedia is a blistering attack for your senses. It has so much emotion, meditative soundscapes, melancholic catchy melodies and heartrending vocal arrangements that is hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Those constant variations in sound and intriguing art pop/rock compositional elements used all over are certainly making this album one of a kind. There's that vintage influence present, but the album sounds still very modern and fresh, also because of a genious production and final mix. Every single song, like as well the album as a whole has that hard to obtain pathos which captivates the listener from the start till the end and makes the one wanting to return for more.

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