Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REVIEW-APOCRYPHOS-THE PRISONERS CINEMA-CD

APOCRYPHOS-THE PRISONERS CINEMA-CD
CLYCLIC LAW - 73rd CYCLE
DARK AMBIENT/ISOLATIONIST CHAMBER MUSIC
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGIPACK WITH ART
AND LINER NOTES.
APOCRYPHOS IS:
ROBERT C. KOZLETSKY (SHOCK FRONTIER)
GUEST MUSICIANS:
FREDERIC ARBOUR ON TRACK FIVE.
DANIELLE KOZLETSKY ON TRACK SEVEN.



I.) EIGENGRAU / II.) TO DARK CELLS / III.) SUBINTERIOR FIGURES /
IV.) PHOSPHENE / V.) NEOLITHIC HYPNAGOGIA / VI.) THE FURTHEST SANCTUARY /
VII.) VESTIGE / VIII.) THE LANGUAGE OF ISOLATION:

We start out with "Eigenrau" nearly ten minutes in total eclipse.Brooding
wind swept ambiance leaks out like steam from a broken pipe until it slowly
feels the room with heavy intensity.High and low synth notes dance like frail
dead leaves on a winter breeze feeling the air with a profound sorrow.There is
a very intellectual and nocturnal vibe to the album.Music for long and solitary
nights in deep thought or study.Creatures who have long ago shunned the sun can
be heard praising their mother moon in the distance.Textures flow like white water
falls neath the crisp silver moonlight.Dense and twisting as midnight fog.Ghostly
choirs sing in radiant voices that linger long after they have passed.Fragile and
stunningly beautiful.Orchestral rhythms add pace and substance preventing this from
sounding too lost or spacey.Everything is perfectly woven tightly together and each 
layer comes across as part of a whole rather than a disjointed afterthought.Thick synths
roll in like slow creepy lava and conqueror all in tidal waves of blistering heat...And yet 
the piece as a whole still chills you to the bone.Distant flutes cry out along with awakening
birds adding a natural and primal feeling...And now we journey on. "To Dark Cells" is another
lengthy track at over eight minutes.Cold ambiance comes in a low and bitter breeze.High notes
scream out quietly and fade into obscurity.The chirping of insects and distant indistinct voices
can be heard in the chilly night air.This is isolationist ambient done right.Cinematic but in
slow motion.Vivid images of lost civilizations come to mind as the track captures you and leads
you down long forgotten corridors.Stirring voices stretch towards the sky as if in an attempt to
call down God's long dead.Rolling ocean waves turn in and pull out after crashing upon jagged rocks.
To call this atmospheric would be an understatement.This is hauntingly gorgeous.Shifting insects work
at unseen tasks in the night as they chatter away in their own strange tongue.It is like being imprisoned
in a lonely and crumbling cell in a tower on a cliff high above the roaring ocean.Your only company the few
moths who cling to the little warmth of your dank wet cell."Subinterior Figures" is a shorter track that opens
with uneasy drones and sinister deep piano keys echoing as they bounce off the walls.A claustraphobic and anxious
soundscape that stretches out invoking you further in a place you shouldn't have entered.Again we hear strange things
that sound like vermin and insects as they scurry on every angled surface.Acoustic guitar strings are plucked by phantom
hands and the notes simply dissapear.There is a strange sense of stillness even though you can hear movement all around
you.The multiple layers join as one yawning voice that carries deep into the night.Both curious and frightening.The calls
of succubi invite you further in as you willingly tread towards your end.This particular track sounds more haunted than
it does haunting."Phosephene" is close to seven minutes in length.Sounds slowly climb to the surface as if they had made
a long journey through a hidden cavern somewhere in nowhere.Playful specters ride on cool winds as glass chimes vibrate
and rumble in the air.Thick strands of dark ambiance pulse out and chase you into the depths like ghastly wraiths appearing
before your startled and unbelieving eyes.Dreadfully miserable moans cry out in a despondent pitch as winged things swarm
around and beat the air with grotesque wings.A gathering of whispering voices can be heard but the words can never be made
out or comprehended.Even more so than the previous track this one sounds haunted if not totally possessed.All manner of 
horrific entities can be heard playing as they hover from one ear to the other."Neolithic Hypnagogia" is a collaborative 
piece between APOCRYPHOS and FREDERIC ARBOUR.The longest track on the album at over eleven minutes.Beautiful strings rise
from realms unknown.Building and growing like an organism cloaked in every shade of misery and sadness known to man.There
is a heart wrenching sadness to the track that causes the hairs on the back of your neck to stand.Utterly captivating.What
sounds like synthetic brass instruments can be heard like a victory song began to soon followed by a swift retreat.Echoing
voices of withered spirits drone on like a time-stretched lament.An immense feeling of loss is invoked more and more with
each passing moment.It is rare that a track weighs so heavy on your chest...This one in particular crushes your heart like
a boulder.Thick electronics pulse beneath the voices of damned monks and fallen saints.By far one of the most intense dark
ambient tracks we have ever reviewed.The sound is massive almost to the point of deafening.Not in the same way as Harsh 
Noise or Metal but in terms of power, substance and movement this is a masterpeice.Frigid winds wrap themselves around
you as you become a pillar or foundation in a raging storm of sorrow.A fierce soundscape of depression like you have never 
experienced."The Furthest Sanctuary" takes us far away into a place devoid of all light.A dripping cave where powerful waters
froth beneath the surface.Delicate synths float like glowing fireflies as the ground quakes below.Bursts of air slam against
the walls as something shifts and clatters in the background.Condensation forms and drips from the ceiling, loudly pattering
upon the cold and stony ground.Thick resonating ambiance takes up residence in the empty space like a black cloud billowing
in a confined area.Howling ambiance like the cries of timber wolves howling somewhere outside are heard carried on the air.
The gloom surrounds you to the point you feel like you could touch it if you tried.This album is one to be experienced rather
than listened to."Vestige" is over seven and a half minutes spent in deep meditation.Dreary synths and reversed tones can be
heard as a wall of sound blares on.If you were exiled to a remote island where dark clouds loomed overhead and offered no
silver lining then this would be the perfect soundtrack to accompany your grim and permanent vacation.Ocean waves roar and
fill the air with salty mists.This is the sound of waking up and realizing you have been shipwrecked.Lost and a million 
miles from home let alone civilization.This is the sound of the feeling of doom that sets in soon after.Hints of beauty
wash over the ripples of your mind but are nothing more than sad memories.Again we are met with themes of sorrow and loss
that perform a bitter play with us as the only attending audience."The Language Of Isolation" finalizes our journey.Moaning
ambiance spreads out over a hallucinogenic landscape.The sun is setting and we are in the far depths of nowhere.Choirs sing
to mirror the woe in your soul as you tread bone thin and exhausted.This is music for long walks through vacant deserts as
the blazing sun watches you til it is fully snuffed out on the horizon.Synths come like waves in the humidity tricking the
sight with the illusion of a watery oasis.Rusted objects vibrate in the wind like strings on a cello.We have entered an
empty empire of rust and corrosion.What sounds like male and female voices sing out in opposite and mystical tones like 
monolithic sphinxes come to life.We are left here to wander endlessly until death finally graces us with her presence.

AN AMAZING DEBUT.THIS IS AN ALBUM TO OWN AND A PROJECT TO KEEP
AN EYE ON IN THE FUTURE.
8.5/10

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