Archive for Ambient music

My Sleeping Karma – Soma

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 3rd December 2012 by tobiasgray

My Sleeping Karma
Soma
Released: 28th September 2012
Atmospheric Groove Rock
Released via Napalm Records

Soma is the fourth album by German groove rockers My Sleeping Karma. Eschewing vocals in favour of layered soundscapes of chilled out psychedelia and ambient waves of beauty, the four piece sound like Tool at their most relaxed – sweeping crescendos of rhythm and looping rock riffs followed by short interludes of white noise like ‘breather tracks’.

This is an album most appreciated in one sitting.  It’s a long journey, clocking in at almost an hour of relaxing grooves, but certainly one worth undertaking.  The production is crisp and the experimental waves of sound that texture every track sound professional and compliment the music perfectly.  The sleeve is a mixture of Eastern tinged imagery and a psychedelic circle of life, hinting at the underlying themes and influences that flavour this bands music.

It’s difficult as a reviewer to highlight or recommend specific tracks as they are all similar (in a good way!).  Soma should be experienced, with the high points of the complete package subject to each individual listeners opinion.  For example, the images I felt listening to ‘Interlude’ (track 6) will be very different from anyone else, yet the effect that music had on me coloured the next track…whereas another listener may be drawn to the thundering drums of Somalatha or inversely, to the serene stillness of the second track.

Music is notoriously difficult to quantify, but if you are drawn to bands such as Tool, Isis, This Will Destroy You & suchlike, the relaxing grooves of My Sleeping Karma will be worthy of you attention.

4/5

Tobias Gray

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Agael/ Lebensnacht (split) – Apathologie

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , , on 18th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

Agael/Lebensnacht (split)
Apathologie
Released: July2012
Black Metal/ Dark Ambient
Released via Naturmacht Productions

‘Apathologie’ is a split album featuring the German black metal/dark ambient project Agael and the dark ambient/black metal artist Lebensnacht. According to an official press release this split album focuses on “the final target to find true life” with each band offering their unique interpretation of the subject.

First up is Lebensnacht with a sombre piano track called ‘Elaboren’. Very atmospheric and soothing as far as dark ambient goes. With ‘Im Käfig’ come the raw black metal style guitar riffs and somewhat disturbing sounding vocals. Burzum and Beyond The Ninth Wave are probably the only bands which I could compare this to. Similar things can be said about ‘Lebensnacht’ but luckily there’s ‘Dem Ende Nah’ which provides some singing birds mixed with the right kind of dark ambient to soothe my ears.

Agael is more atmospheric in nature as ‘Offenbarung’ reveals itself to be a soundtrack to an uplifting experience of tranquility through meditation. ‘Vom Nichtsein’ and ‘Die letzte Geburt’ are leaning more towards black metal with shrieking vocals mixed in with melodic guitar riffs. Though the dark ambient elements are still lurking in the background thanks to the sombre keyboard noises. The instrumental ‘Remorphose’ combines the melodic guitars with the tranquil ambiance making for a very pleasant sounding track.

3.5/5 – Overall

3/5 – tracks by Lebensnacht
4/5 – tracks by Agael

Iza Raittila