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Рецензия от Chain D.L.K. на альбом «The Time Machine»

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According to the liner notes this release is based on the concept of time travel and, while it's not particularly evident during the listening of this release, this is the reason why there's a so massive use of field recordings. SiJ makes little use of drone as it's used mainly as a structural glue which ties together all tracks and relies instead on a descriptive musical language based on a the choice of samples with an evident influence from movie's sound design. In such choices samples are chosen not only for their technical properties but also for the fact that they are so culturally connoted to be even descriptive of a mood e.g., the sound of rain.

Рецензия от This Is Darkness на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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This new collaboration is an excellent example of dark ambient/neo-classical collaborations gone right. SiJ and Item Caligo are both known for their sounds that often float from ambient, to dark ambient, to neo-classical, and then back again. As is to be expected of these two artists, we have a nice combination of drone, piano, and various other lesser elements. SiJ and Item Caligo combine to craft a sound that is undeniably listenable. There is nothing harsh here, at many times its not even particularly dark.

Рецензия от This Is Darkness на альбом «The Time Machine»

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The album title, The Time Machine, is a clear reference to the book of the same name by H.G. Wells. As such, we are taken on an adventure through the course of the album. The Time Machine starts out with a protagonist character at its central theme. The opening track “Forward in Time” is a clear reference to the protagonist taking a time machine forward into the future. All sounds on this track lend themselves to a forward moving dynamic.

Рецензия от АртСовета на альбом «Duftérose»

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Как и любое прослушивание эмбиент-дрон музыки — это своеобразное путешествие сквозь те образы и состояния, которое рисует наше воображение. И не так важно, какой смысловой посыл вкладывают сами создатели, мне кажется, предназначение такой музыки — расчищать в наших головах, в сознании, дорогу вот этим собственным образам-картинкам, убирать оттуда все лишнее, повседневное и обыденное. Такая музыка позволяет нам самим побыть немного творцами, используя плоды своего разбуженного воображения.

Рецензия от Raben Report на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Fleißig ist er, unser Vladislav Sikach, der nun bereits ein neues Werk hervorzaubert. Und was für eins! Wie bereits der Titel schon andeutet, so geleitet uns der Protagonist diesmal mit "Time Machine" auf eine gegensätzliche Reise, wo es in der Vergangenheit gilt, alten Zivilisationen einen Besuch abzuhalten. Stimmen hallen durch Tempelanlagen, wo Schatten durch schummrige Gänge wandern und ein modriger Geruch die Umgebung umhüllt.

Рецензия от Archaic Triad на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Would you like to travel in time? Are you having concerns, scientific or otherwise, about the practical or even theoretical possibility of doing so? Are you worried that you will travel to the far off future, and find that Robot Hillary Clinton and Cyber Donald Trump have patched up their differences, and now rule the universe as king and queen? If so, there are easier ways to explore the experience of traversing the spatio-temporal continuum.

Рецензия от Raben Report на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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Vladislav Sikach ist es, der hier mit seinem Kinde SiJ eine Kooperation mit Sergey Epifanov eingeht, welcher mit Item Caligo seinen Beistand abgibt. Wem das Schaffen beider Musiker nicht fremd ist, der wird sicherlich auch nicht verwundert sein, dass die vorliegende Welt namens "Queer Reminiscence" auf ruhigen Ambientklängen beruht. Der Schaffensprozess dafür liegt in den Jahren 2015-2016, wobei gerade unter Ohrmuscheln oder bei aufgedrehtem Regler einem schönen Klangerlebnis nichts im Wege steht.

Рецензия от Heathen Harvest на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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For the third time in three years, the dark ambient label Cryo Chamber presents a collaboration paying tribute to an entity from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.  As before, this is a true collaboration, with the work of each artist seamlessly woven into a single, unbroken track that spans 190 minutes across three CDs.  Unless you’re extremely familiar with the sounds and techniques of each artist, it’s nigh impossible to distinguish one from another; perhaps the limiting scope of the dark ambient genre is also a factor.

Рецензия от Brutal Resonance на сборник «Eudoxus»

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Another year is coming to an end, and it is the right time to take a stock of the latest activity in the field of a special interest which is captured by experimental music. And I am 100% sure that there is no better way to explore all the achievements than with a traditional compilation from the gates of the well-known label hiding behind the name Kalpamantra. If you aren’t familiar with this name thus far, check out its Bandcamp page, because it’s better late than never. Just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will discover that's only a few mouse-clicks away from the artificial borders of your current sphere of interests.

Рецензия от Brutal Resonance на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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'Twas late last night that I found myself dabbling in fiction once again writing away a weird and mystifying tale when I realized I had chosen a previous Cryo Chamber collection as my source of inspiration. That title was Cthulu and it was only after I had put down my pen and laid in bed that I realized I had not listened nor mentioned a dark ambient album in quite some time on my precious little website. So off I went to Cryo Chamber's Bandcamp in search of a piece that would quell my inner hunger for something dark and sinister, yet meditative and placid all the same. Lo and behold I stumbled upon another massive collection of talents and another entry in Cryo Chamber's H.P. Lovecraft tributes titled Nyarlathotep.

Рецензия от Santa Sangre на альбом «Perseides»

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If I were to make a list of which project we received the largest number of promos from, since the beginning of the magazine, I think SiJ would occupy the second place, right behind Rapoon. Seriously, this guy seems like another no-life for whom making music is everything in the world. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but it makes me wonder if labels check a musician’s “creative” background, and if the number of releases per year in other labels is actually one of the conditions before the proverbial signing a deal. Personaly I don’t suppose I’d release an album by an artist with such an extensive collection of CDs, tapes or digital recordings already in his discography. Unless his sounds truly amazed me, then it would be a different story.

Рецензия от Raben Report на альбом «Influence Of Darkness»

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Mit SiJ kommt einer der Hoffnungsträger aus der Ukraine, was den Bereich des Dark/Drone Ambient betrifft. Verbergen tun sich dahinter ein gewisser Vladislav Sikach und eine gewisse Alena Perepadya, die uns mittels "Influence Of Darkness" einen Trip zum äußersten Punkt der Nacht versprechen und dies in fünf Kompositionen zu bewerkstelligen versuchen.

Рецензия от Rest Art на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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Помните бородатые анекдоты про вкручивание лампочки в разных составах? А теперь вопрос на засыпку. Сколько нужно гудельщиков, чтобы записать очередную пластинку про Ктулху? Правильный ответ – дохренища. Cryo Chamber Collaboration, своего рода команда мира по дарк эмбиенту и смежным дисциплинам, утверждает, что участников в «дрим тиме» заиграно как будто 25 – но пойти сосчитай точно. Как подсказывает само название, это сборная всех звёздочек тёмно-гудельной сферы с лейбла Cryo Chamber. Значком этим заправляет Саймон Хит, неумеренно плодородный автор Atrium Carceri, Krusseldorf и Sabled Sun. Неукротимо урожайный, как и всякий уважающий себя графоман, Хит с некоторых пор взялся за издательское дело и наладился штамповать гулкие шедевры младшего поколения.