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Рецензия от Raben Report на альбом «Daguérose»

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Vladislav Sikach ist aufmerksamen Lesern mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit ein Begriff, haben doch schon diverse Tonträger ihren Weg zu mir gefunden, um meiner Wertung nicht zu entkommen. Ein Werk mit scheinbar starkem Bezug zur Natur hat der Musiker von Sij jedenfalls mittels "Daguerose" fabriziert, wo ein schönes Artwork schon mal den Vorgeschmack auf das gibt, was man uns mit den vier Kompositionen zu erzählen hat.

Рецензия от Komeda на альбом «Reflections at the Sea»

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SiJ라는 이름으로 활동 중인 러시아 전자음악가 Vladislav Sikach와 Textere Oris라는 이름으로 알려진 우크라이나 일렉트로닉 뮤직 프로듀서 Ilya Fursov의 협업 앨범. 일리야는 주로 협업의 공간에서 자신의 음악적 상상력을 관철하는 뮤지션으로도 유명한데, 그중에서도 블라디슬라프와의 공동 작업은 독특한 분위기의 사운드 텍스쳐는 물론 내러티브가 구성하는 인상적인 시네마틱 한 묘사로 기억된다. 두 사람의 여러 컬래버레이션 작업 중, 이 앨범은 커버 아트와 타이틀에서도 짐작할 수 있듯이 Reflections Under The Sky (2016)의 후속 작업으로 제작되었다.

Рецензия от Casey Douglass на альбом «Reflections at the Sea»

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I’ve always had as much time for urban environments as I have for the peace or bleakness of nature. Even though beautiful vistas have their place, there is a lot to be said for a small park backed by the thrum of traffic in a busy city. Reflections at the Sea is a dark ambient album from SiJ and Textere Oris, an album that, at its very core, brings these two forces together.

Рецензия от Monsters, Madness and Magic на альбом «Reflections at the Sea»

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SiJ and Texere Oris are back with another collaborative offering, titled Reflections at the Sea. 2016 was the year of their previous collaborative work published through dark ambient stalwart Cryo Chamber, Reflections under the Sky and much like its predecessor, this album is a stirring mosaic of textured sound design and almost lethargic desultory whimsy.

Рецензия на сборник "The Old Alchemist" от "Avant Music News"

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If nothing else, the current end-of-the-world pandemic crisis has facilitated digging through recordings that have been sitting on the shelf (or in this case, the SSD) unlistened. Case in point, I’ve had a copy of The Old Alchemist for over two years and first put it on a couple of days ago. If nothing else, it goes to show that there is a virtually unlimited amount of music being made – so much that excellent material can easily get buried.

Рецензия от From Corners Unknown на альбом «Hastur»

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The H.P. Lovecraft dark ambient collaborative efforts have been a staple of the titanous Oregon-based Cryo Chamber label for six years now. It all began in the early fall of 2014 when Simon Heath, owner and operator of Cryo Chamber, debuted the eighty-minute behemoth Cthulhu, which featured thirteen artists from their ever-growing roster. This selection of Great Old One, Elder God, Eldritch horror, however you choose to describe the winged tentacle monstrosity from the sea, was an obvious if not essential starting point for the unearthly schlepp the label would undertake in years subsequent. Cthulhu trekked across terrain familiar to those long steeped in the arcane words of the early twentieth century’s weird fiction author. For the uninitiated, it towered like a lighthouse, rotating its beaming bulb to catch the eyes of those who have heard whispers of the name in passing but not yet gazed into its esoteric radiance.

Рецензия на альбом "Vale Of Forgotten Sounds" от EMCritic

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Why raid a label for just one SiJ album when you can get two? Probably because you've gotten all the remaining hard copies of his albums, digital version the only option left for older ones. And because you've some bizarre hate-boner against ever buying digital when physical versions exist, you skip the other albums, forever denying yourself music you know you'll enjoy irrespective of format its played from. Boy, it sure is a good thing I'm not like that! Such a person sounds a right bellend to be around. (*cough*)

Рецензия от ProgArchives на альбом «The Utumis Shrine»

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SiJ is a Progressive Electronic project from Vladislav Sikach founded in Ukraine in 2011. The whole idea of the project is to experiment with dark ambience and industrial elements, somewhat in the same style as some of the Bass Communion albums. The project also utilizes field recordings. The project started releasing albums in 2011, and has since released 16 full length albums, the last of which is called "The Utumis Shrine", released in August of 2019. This album has only two very long tracks with a total run time of over 84 minutes. Sikach plays all of the instruments, but does have help with the vocal effects.

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.

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.

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.