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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017



01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
- End Of Chapter

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Cryo Chamber Collaboration - Azathoth (2015) - Review

Band: Cryo Chamber Collaboration
Album title: Azathoth
Release date: 06 October 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Azathoth 1
02. Azathoth 2

Produced, written, and collaborated by:
Atrium Carceri
Kammarheit
Foundation Hope
Taphephobia
Alphaxone
Altered State
Apocryphos
Aseptic Void
Cryobiosis
Dark Matter
Darkrad
Dronny Darko
Halgrath
Mystified
Wordclock
Sabled Sun
Neizvestija
Randal Collier-Ford
Sjellos
Svartsinn
Therradaemon
Ugasanie

Mastered by: Simon Heath

"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes." H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

Azathoth came rolling in as the storm did on the east coast of U.S. I woke up to a deep dark cloudy sky full of rain and gloom. I proceeded to put my headphones on and listen to Azathoth.  The first time through was a frightening adventure. It took me by surprise in its vastness.  Constantly through Azathoth you can hear the weight of 20 seasoned artists presenting the terrifying greatness of Azathoth’s infinite horror and glory. As the album progresses it feels like there is a great one moving through the universe and our world. We follow it and feel it. It presses down upon us. It moves through rainy cities, blazed fields, dark thundering skies, cold frozen wastelands and then into the infinite blackness of night. Azathoth is indeed a monster and The Great One. H.P. Lovecraft only spoke a little of Azathoth himself, leaving the vastness of his darkness to the readers’ imagination. Cryo Chamber does a perfect job of bringing this great god of Lovecraft’s imagination to life in audio. Lovecraft said, "...the very plethora of weird imagery may have destroyed the power of any one image to produce the desired impression of strangeness." Azathoth is the perfect  demon for dark ambient artists to imagine through sound. With so many artists involved in the project, its as if they have found a way, which in H.P. Lovecraft's time was impossible, to make sounds that fit the description of this demon and its encounters with humanity.

Azathoth is the most recommended dark ambient album I can tell you to experience. I have listened numerous times and I’m constantly finding new and interesting layers and themes coming out of this vast work. The listener should especially enjoy Azathoth on a dark rainy night or any time they are feeling their darker side take hold. Listen to this brutally beautiful project in its entirety every moment is worth it. Global collaborations like this, showcasing artists from all over the world, is an inspiring concept, especially during these increasingly troubled times.

Review written by: Michael
Rating: 10/10

 

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