Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Iranian composer Mehdi Saleh is already back with a new opus. He released an impressive number of productions in less than 10 years.
Content: “Chronosphere” moves on there where previous works have stopped. The musician invites his audience to embark on a dark sonic shuttle for an ambient trip. The tracks have been progressively built up, sometimes gaining an ultimate point by the addition of sharp sound treatments. The visit brings us throughout baleful imaginary spaces, creating the impression of an endless tunnel effect accomplished with refined sound treatments.
+ + + : The visual strength of Alphaxone’s work remains intact. The listener will figure dark and disturbing images, which are reaching an apotheosis at “Into The Void” and “Ancient Pillars”. The composition is rather diversified, revealing an interesting palette of sounds and noises including field recordings. I also –and once again, enjoyed the delicacy of the sound treatments. The work is filled with multiple little details you can better discover by using headphones.
– – – : Some passages right in the beginning are a little bit monotonous. Mehdi Saleh remains a master in his genre, but his work became more predictable.
Conclusion: The sonic universe of Alphaxone remains an imaginary voyage throughout unknown mysteries.
Best songs: “Into The Void”, “Ancient Pillars”, “Particle Storm”.
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