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Рецензия от Vital Weekly на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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The next one is the collaborative work of Vladislav Sikach's project SiJ, whose first album, 'The Lost World' was also released by Reverse Alignment, who teams up with one Item Caligo, the musical project of Sergey Epifanov. The cover shows us landscapes in twilight sceneries and that  is an indication for the flickering ambient music played by these projects.

Рецензия от Richard Gürtler на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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In Sevastopol, Crimea based applauded dronesculptor Vladislav "Vlad" Sikach, who is acting as SiJ has joined his forces with Textere Oris, a project of Ilya Fursov with domicile in Moscow. To be honest, I don't know too much about Textere Oris' previous releases except the fact Ilya Fursov has already teamed with Vlad Sikach on one of the tracks on his digital album "Plæntágose", which was released during 2015 on relaxedMachinery gang. However, when "Reflections Under The Sky" CD was announced during February 2016 on US dark ambient eminence Cryo Chamber, my eyebrows were immediately raised!

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 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 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 Casey Douglass на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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A 190 minute dark soundscape album recorded by 25 ambient artists to pay tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Field recordings from the deepest dark corners of 4 continents. Dusty tapes out of forgotten archives. Strings through crackling amplifiers and distorted drone combine into a sea of pitch black. Nyarlathotep is a manipulative being in the Lovecraftian Mythos. Unlike Cthulhu, or Azathoth, he delights in cruelty and deception. Causing madness is more important than destruction to him. Smell the burning embers as you kneel outside the sunken temple before Nyarlathotep. Feel the raspy touch of the faceless pharaoh as he leads you to the ancient Pyramid. Hear his inhuman summoning call to gods beyond reality.

Рецензия от I Die: You Die на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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As a bit of a Lovecraft scholar, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Cryo Chamber had elected to dedicate the third (and presumably last) entry in their series of Lovecraftian collaborative releases of dark ambient music to Nyarlathotep. After a slightly aimless and underwhelming tribute to Cthulhu, things seemed more focused on the second release, a suitably cosmic and impassive homage to the blind idiot god Azathoth. Nyarlathotep, the closest thing Lovecraft’s mythos has to a trickster god, seemed to me both a richer source of inspiration and a trickier entity to sonically conjure. The only of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones to take an active interest in humanity, Nyarlathotep is both beyond human ken and an active meddler in our affairs. That’s a delicate balance to strike, but the Cryo Chamber roster manages to offer up a three-hour opus both worthy of the Black Pharaoh’s mercurial nature and the brand of dark ambient the label’s come to represent.