Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, cinematographic.
Background/Info: Two years after the “Onyx”-album Robert C. Kozletsky (Apocryphos), Pär Boström (Kammarheit) and Cryo Chamber label owner Simon Heath (Atrium Carceri) joined hands again for a second common production entitled “Echo”. The concept behind this work wants to explore mankind’s weakness to self destruction.
Content: You somewhere can hear that those artists are quite familiar working with each other. The work doesn’t sound at all as a side-project, but more like a real accomplished piece of music. The atmospheres hanging over the tracks are filled with sorrow, which is an element accentuated by the piano keys. Field recordings and multiple sound treatments have been added resulting in a dense cinematographic impression.
The obscure atmospheres have a strong visual impact on the listener while there also is a noticeable evolution in the tracklist reaching its peak on, “In An Arched World” and “Omission”. The dark-ambient sound was transposed in a tormenting vision characterizing the global strength of this ambient work.
+ + + : “Echo” sounds like it is moving on where “Onyx” left off. There’s a judicious merge between all influences, but the main noticeable element is the impressive atmospheric touch, which also is the essence of any good dark-ambient opus. “Echo” reminds me a bit of a dark and tormented adaptation of Philip Glass. It has something emotional and has been elaborated with intelligence and all the talent of those 3 dark Masters. “Echo” is one more successful work between label mates active at Cryo Chamber.
– – – : Some cuts are a bit too similar and that’s maybe the only minus point about this album. “Onyx” was a bit more diversified, but maybe less accomplished.
Conclusion: I remember to have said that I sincerely hoped those protagonists would work again after the successful “Onyx” experiment and that’s what they did. But they still did it with the same passion achieving a new noticeable opus.
Best songs: “Omission”, “In An arched World”, “Burrows”.