Thursday, January 28, 2016

REVIEW - AEOGA - TEMPLE TREYE - CD

AEOGA - TEMPLE TREYE - CD
AURAL HYPNOX
RITUAL AMBIENT/DARK AMBIENT/ELECTRO ACOUSTIC
COMES IN PLASTIC DUST-JACKET CONTAINING AN 
INTRICATELY CUT CARDBOARD SLEEVE WITH PRINTED
ARTWORK.CONTAINS A SMALL, JOURNAL STYLE BOOKLET
CONTAINING POETRY AND ALBUM INFORMATION.



I.) FEAST OF THE STANCE:
Here we have a full length from AEOGA who excel in 
crafting ritualistic/occult ambient with all the grandeur
of a master ceremony. Black sounds for the black arts. 
Album opener "Feast of the Stance" starts off with blaring
electronics that sound similar to brass horns or trumpets.
Like the regal ceremonial music to announce the arrival of
some Grand Duke, High Priest or King. Strange and dreamy
tones lurk in the distance like curious observers. Bells
chime through windswept atmospherics and low sub-drones
carry the proceedings along perfectly. Fans of SUNN O))),
BLACK BONED ANGEL, and TENHORNEDBEAST should definitely
check these guys out.

II.) BETWEEN THE CRESCENT HOOKS:
Track two is almost twice as long as the previous and takes
us into the chilling vibrations of large gongs followed by
seriously haunting atmospheres. Resonating drones yawn and
expand like rifts between the stars. It feels like all is
in order for an important and very rare work of ritual.
Something that can only be accomplished within a small
window of time while the conditions are right at last.
Feedback lingers and hangs in the air like a sonic miasma
and then sudden calls ring out as bass-filled drones are
layered on and sparse acoustic percussive elements are added
to the mix. Similarities to WOLVSERPENT and AELTER can be 
noted on this one. Stark, Dark and unforgiving music that
plods along like a treacherous journey through a murky
swamp filled with danger. Cold and life-threatening.
Woeful voices chant as if reciting sacred rites adding
even more of a ghastly vibe to the piece. Howling feedback
acts as lead instrumentation and fills the air with sinister
tones that send shivers down the spine. If you find yourself
between the crescent hooks...Come prepared.

III.) TELEMORPHIC CUTS:
"Telemorphic Cuts" and the following track are both slightly
over seven minutes in length and take us down two separate
paths of audio exploration. Music for wanderers and scholars
of the dark arts alike. Deep, quaking vibrations that sound
similar to an old pipe organ pump out a resonating flood of
doom and gloom as distant screeching metallic elements add
sounds that come like an omen of despair. This track fills
the room with an air of unease that refuses to cease. Gentle
chimes ring in contrast to the rest of the tones at work here
which only makes it feel more unnatural and deadly. Sort of
like something you'd hear as a soundtrack to an old 70's
Horror Film. B-Movie quality stuff that more often than
not, has a greater impact than high end cinematic soundtracks
ever do. Wraiths sing somewhere beyond sight in distant high-
pitched voices of woe and torment. Semi-Operatic and filled 
with loss and unbearable sorrow.

IV.) TEMPLE TREYE:
Title track "Temple Treye" follows with dense, rumbling waves
of corroded ambiance. Thick drones that slide and shift like
black tar crawling slowly downhill. A bubbling bog of unsafe
substance. Echoing clangs clatter and vanish as if something
or someone was carelessly lurking beyond sight. A shadowy
soundscape of unsettling intensity. Steady drums plod softly
as if signifying the beginning to an ancient celebration of
a long forgotten and wicked tribe. This track feels like 
you've suddenly awoken gagged and bound within a den of
cannibals as they light the fires of your funeral. Bells
ring as if to say "Dinner is served" as ghoulish voices
form spectral choirs that come through generous amounts
of reverb and delay. The drums pick up as whispered, spoken
word vocals recite unknown incantations. Cryptic and arcane.
An inverted mass. High magic at work. Hope you brought your
nightshade. The temple is open and worship has begun.

V.) TRANSPARALLEL MIST:
"Transparallel Mist" is the longest piece here at a little over
eleven minutes in length. Stirring strings rise with deep, low
end drones that infinitely hum through the stillness. Sounds bounce
off one another til all is a wall of resonant ambiance. Afterwards
we shift into scraping metallic textures and cold, clinical passages
filled with hanging sheets of reverb laden synth. This track drifts
like the smoke of incense on mild gusts. The eerie silence of a cool
breeze come witching hour captured in music. Muffled gongs are heard...
Obscured and warped by the otherworldly tones at play here. High pitched
ringing layers rise and fall like icy tides at dusk. Hidden melodies
struggle to shine through to no avail. They appear more like imagined
thoughts than actual parts of the composition. What sounds like shovels
digging through moist soil is heard. Chipping at the earth in an attempt
to create fresh graves for the listeners. Intensity slowly grows as if in
slow motion and then sudden percussive rattles shake and slam...Startling
you and bringing you back down to earth as if to stop even a mental escape
from the swallowing doom closing in around you. Stillness pervades with an
unexplained impact. Powerful stuff to say the least.

VI.) FEAST OF THE TRANCE:
As You can see the title of the final track mirrors the first and brings 
the album full circle. "Feast of the Trance" serves as an extended outro
that opens with ticking and thumping tones that slowly glide into ascending
drones formed of mid-range synth notes. These soon begin to behave like a
small brass ensemble also mirroring the first track, Although could be seen
as an inverted or reversed version of "Feast of the Stance." Deep sub-bass
currents flow and wobble underneath, Giving the piece an almost unstable
quality. A very brooding and foreboding work that invokes a feeling of being
watched by some unknown, malevolent entity. A pretty decent way to end the
record as we end similar to where we began.

A DARK AND SUSPENSEFUL RECORD THAT SHOWCASES SOME OF THE BEST ELEMENTS
OF AEOGA. DEFINITELY WORTH PICKING UP:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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