Abbildung – At The Gates Of Ouln (CD Album – Winter Light)

By May 11,2019

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Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient.

Background/Info: Romanian artist Stefan Casian has released considerable number of productions on his own label Essentia Mundi. He now joined back with Winter Light for the second time to unleash this new opus featuring six cuts.

Content: The influences and style remain pretty similar to previous works from Abbildung. There’s a constant mix between dark-ambient and soundscapes, which is directly illustrated on the opening cut “Brejor”. There’s a slow progression running through the tracks, which are constructed with numerous field recordings and obscure, overwhelming sound waves. From sharp sounds to boiling noises, this work also reveals a kind of liturgical chants (cf. “Astrolatry”).

+ + + : If you’re familiar with dark-ambient music you’ll have to agree it’s not that easy for projects involved in this genre to distinguish themselves from the masses. I’m not saying that Abbildung is an exception to the rule, but the dark-ambient style has something really obscure. It feels like walking through an eternal darkness inviting the listener to experience visions of horror. I like the slow progression running through the opening cut, the chants featured at “Astrolatry” and sharp-cutting noises from “Hymni Zahir”. Last, but not least I also have to say a word about the great digipak featuring a ritualistic front cover.

– – – : I also noticed a few more monotonous passages, which often sounds more inspired by soundscape music.

Conclusion: When you think to have experienced the most horrible horror in life, Abbildung will take you a way for an even more extreme experience. Luckily for us, it’s just the vision of a fantasy world created by the power of music…

Best songs: “Astrolatry”, “Hymni Zahir”.

Rate: (7).

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