Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Cinematic.
Format: Digital, 2CD.
Background/Info: “Ajna” originally released this album in 2016 featuring six tracks. It was released by reverse Alignment as a strictly limited CDR format. The work has been now re-released featuring an extra disc with six more cuts originally written in the same period of the work.
Content: The original work stands for an overwhelming dark sound creating a sonic mayhem that comes immediately through. The tracks are progressively built up, often without that much variation but creating an obscure, tenebrous, vision by the listener. The 6 extra cuts are quite comparable in approach and mood but accentuated by more explicit field recordings.
+ + + : The opening part of the work still has this tremendous sensation mainly coming through at the title track and “Un Unknown Visitor”. The dark mood creates a sensation of deep, despair which is accentuated by a few, ghost-like, spoken passages. This is an album I recommend listening to by using headphones to notice the very few, but essential, sonic details joining in.
– – – : The bonus disc is a nice gift for the Ajna-addicts but doesn’t bring the best cuts.
Conclusion: It all feels like the original work hasn’t been affected by the weight of time. This is an opportunity to (re)discover a cool work by Ajna.
Best songs: “An Unknown Visitor”, “Inevitable Mortality”, “At The End” + “A Tragic Landscape II – Deeper Solitude”.
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