Allseits – Chimäre (CD Album – Cyclic Law)
Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, drone.
Background/Info: Nina Kernicke is one of the few female artists active in the wider fields of dark-ambient music. Allseits is not exactly what I would consider a leading project in the genre although the “Hel”-album gained some positive reactions. Six years have passed so this new opus is a bit like rediscovering the chilling universe of this band.
Content: Nina Kernicke has accomplished a real masterpiece on, which she’s mixing pure dark-ambient music with heavy drones and inferno-minded guitar playing. “Chimäre” feels like a poignant abyssal world revealing constant sonic manipulations. Especially the last tracks reveal an impressive progression featuring dark electronic layers and crescendo-like percussion work.
The universe of Allseits is totally tormented although some parts are more in between reverie and nightmare. The global atmosphere remains however hostile and extremely dark.
↑↑↑: The work has a great and irresistible visual strength leading the visitor to explore desolation. The work is extremely elaborate with a magic fusion between ambient layers and heavy drones while the guitar creates a kind of unreal sound dimension.
↓↓↓ : Except for only one track, which is not a real noticeable cut, this album comes pretty close to perfection.
Conclusion: “Chimäre” is a compact and poignant work with a great progression. This is an absolute masterpiece and definitely belonging to the highest level of dark-ambient music.
Best songs: “Sink In Sideways”, “Interlude”, “Monster”, “Drown”.
Label: www.cycliclaw.com / www.facebook.com/cycliclaw
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