Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Ager Sonus is a new German solo-project set up and driven by Thomas Langewehr . The album has been introduced as appealing to, ‘the lovers of Necromancy and the unexplored ruins beneath the sands of Egypt’.
Content: The very first notes of this work are absolutely overwhelming and directly bringing the listener into surprise and fascination. The flutes call to a nearby disaster, which directly reveals the visual strength of this work. Quite progressively you feel a sensation of isolation.
The work progressively moves into cinematographic passages accomplished by field recordings and an impressive palette of noises.
+ + + : “Book Of The Black Earth” doesn’t sound at all like a debut work. It’s a real mature production featuring a solid dark-ambient and cinematographic approach. The opening song directly takes you by the throat leaving you with your most freaky nightmares. The composition also reveals a delicate side and I’m mainly referring to the subtle piano play running through “Osisri’s Courtroom”.
– – – : My main and probably single regret is that I’m missing an absolute climax on this work. Don’t get me wrong, the tracks are absolutely great and accomplished, but I didn’t hear this little detail getting me into a transcendental journey.
Conclusion: Cryo Chamber has a nose for new and talented formations. Ager Sonus has realized a noticeable debut work, which I’m sure has the potential to reach a wider audience familiar with dark-ambient and related music genres.
Best songs: “Through The Desert”, “Awakening”, “Osiri’s Courtroom”, “Apophis”.