Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Aram 17 is an Armenian solo-project, which previously released four digital albums on Cephalopagus Records. Inspired by ‘inexplicable myths from the past’ this new opus –which also is the first official CD-format by Aram 17, seems to revisit biblical themes.
Content: The album features 7 tracks; a magic number when it comes to occultism and that’s a bit what comes through in the composition as well. Aram 17 clearly composes a dark-cinematographic sound, which is alternated by dark-ambient passages. It all sounds like music for ghosts.
+ + + : The ‘dark’ side of the album has a clear impact. It has a strong visual appeal, which is empowered by some monstrous sound treatments –especially at “Lake Of Boiling Blood”. “Ceaseless Of Rain” reveals a perfect symbiosis between both main influences of the album. This is the kind of work, you also have to (re)discover by using headphones to enjoy the little extra noises. Last, but not least, I can’t remember to have ever heard similar music from Armenia. It’s fascinating discovering bands from distant borders.
– – – : Like it often happens with cinematographic music, there’s less diversity running through the work.
Conclusion: “The Vision Of Death” is an explicit title, which I hope will make discover Aram 17 to a wider audience.
Best songs: “Lake Of Boiling Blood”, “Ceaseless Icy Rain”, Valley Of The Dry Bones”.