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Рецензия на альбом "The Lost World" от EMCritic

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See? See!? I knew there was SiJ in this endless backlog bundle (I've been at since March and I'm only in the 'L's, OMG!). It wasn't some flight of fanciful delusion that I somehow skipped out on the specific artist I raided Reverse Alignment for. Okay, no one doubted my proclamation of innocence in that Ajna review, because few would even care. I cared though, if for no other reason than to confirm my own fraying memories. I had to have scoured for SiJ, because I recall doing so. It couldn't be a figment of my imagination, could it? Like, one of those realistically mundane dreams you're so certain happened it becomes a permanent memory? The cruellest of such dreams I've had are the ones I've unearthed a trove of unreleased Calvin & Hobbes comics. Yes, it's been a recurrent one.

Рецензия от Side-Line Magazine на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration "Shub-Niggurath"

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“Shub-Niggurath” features 2 albums. It’s impossible to know what has been the real contribution of each artist, but one thing becomes rapidly evident: it’s a truly Cryo Chamber work. The influences and especially the dark-cinematic approach are easily recognizable. Each disc features a long duration track. The work is driven by the strength of the dark atmospheres and their visual appeal. From nihilistic landscapes towards cellar music, the work is joined by passages with drones, slow rhythms and an impressive arsenal of subtle noises, scratches and other sound effects.

Shub​-​Niggurath

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A 2 hour dark soundscape album recorded by 20 ambient artists to pay tribute to H.P. Lovecraft.

Dark sounds from dreamy dimensions to never ending cursed forests. Join us in the ritual of lust for the Black Goat of the Woods.

Air Shrine

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Совсем забыли рассказать, что выпустили новый альбом из серии «Shrine»! Пока что без дисков, только цифровой релиз, но чуть позже планируем сделать и тираж. Как водится у SiJ, эта запись состоит из созерцательных звуковых ландшафтов, сотканных из звуков синтезаторов, поющих чаш и полевых записей. Несколько пасмурная, в меру меланхоличная, но в то же время помогающая навести порядок в мыслях прогулка в живописных локациях, нарисованных музыкой. Прекрасный саундтрек для начала осени и размышлений о прожитом... Альбом посвящен памяти Дмитрия Васильева — неустанного энтузиаста экспериментальной музыки, на подкастах которого выросло целое поколение музыкантов и слушателей, организатора уникальных концертов от Москвы и Киева до Севастополя — родного города проекта SiJ, и места, где жизнь Димы трагически оборвалась...

Рецензия от EMCritic на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Yog​-​Sothoth»

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Some time ago, I quipped that, in their relentless rate of output, Cryo Chamber would eventually release an album for every letter of the alphabet. As yet untapped, I even suggested 'Y' being a likely contender in their near future, perhaps for one of their massive collaborative projects - there had to be some Old World denizen with a name starting with the letter they could draw inspiration from. Indeed there is! Not that I knew it existed, mind you, my knowledge of Lovecraftian lore generally gleaned from pop culture references (you know you got it made when South Park is riffing on you). Still, when the label announced the release for Yog-Sothoth, you bet I double-taked.

Рецензия от EMCritic на альбом «The Time Machine»

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Did you know SiJ does solo albums too? Of course you do, because I've said as much in the past, though even these aren't technically always solo either. When Vlad Sikach initially launched the project, he had help from a couple associates, including Anna Vorobyeva on synths and Alena Perepadya on field recordings and photography. Hey, the design aesthetic was just as integral to the SiJ manifesto as the sound aesthetic, so it counts! Anna and Alena have remained a consistent presence, but many others have joined Vlad for collaborative work under the SiJ banner.

Zen Shrine

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Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an "expression of the moment" it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.
The ensō is also a sacred symbol in the Zen school of Buddhism, and is often used by Zen masters as a form of signature in their religious artwork. For more on the philosophy behind this see Hitsuzendo, the Way of the Brush or Zen Calligraphy.

Рецензия от Impatto Sonoro на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Yog​-​Sothoth»

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Siamo alla fine del 2017 e l’ennesimo anno infausto si prepara per essere immerso in un bagno di sangue purificatore. I 12 sigilli appena chiusi saranno prima ripuliti dalle scorie e finalmente saldati grazie allo scorrere dei caldi flutti. Tutto tornerà a emergere solo quando, con l’orrore del principio, ci renderemo conto che altri 12 enigmi dovranno essere risolti. Con la pazienza e l’indagine. Yog Sothoth è una delle figure più “psichiche” di tutto l’universo lovecraftiano, ma è anche una delle meno materialmente identificate.

Рецензия от Head-Banger Reviews на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Yog​-​Sothoth»

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Many times people see the word “collaboration” and think it’s some small-scale thing that two or three artists come together to create a different sound than what they typically perform. But if you’re at all familiar with the label of Cryo Chamber then you know that the world collaboration means something special once a year. It means something epic, expansive, dark, and beautiful is coming. For the fourth time, twenty different artists have come together to proclaim their love for H.P. Lovecraft. This time embodying the entity locked outside the very universe: Yog-Sothoth.

Рецензия от EMCritic на альбом «Queer Reminiscence»

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Having taken in more of SiJ's music since my first dabbling last year, I'm surprised he's ended up with a couple albums on Cryo Chamber. For sure his style of dark ambient and sonic experiments works within the label's overall manifesto (cinematic drone, and all that), but his sense of sombre melancholy feels more benign than this genre typically goes. He's less about the bleak outlook and crippling depression, and more about quiet contemplation, reflective of inner struggles rather than chaotic turmoil. Or perhaps it's music capturing the moments following the strife, of accepting complacency, the calm of clarity that comes when all hope is finally lost. Not a cheering thought.

Рецензия от Brutal Resonance на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Yog​-​Sothoth»

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I’ve never given too much thought to picking a soundtrack to accompany my Submechanophobia, defined by Google search as “the fear of submerged objects.” And yet, Cryo Chamber has released just that: a nightmarish paean to one of Lovecraft’s enduring horrors that dredges sunless oceans to dump its aural harvest of dread squirming fresh upon the slab...