Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Cinematic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: This album resulted from the collaborative efforts between Giuseppe Verticchio (Italy) and Tomasz Borowski (Poland). Nimh is a familiar and renowned name who has also collaborated with numerous artists while Formalhaut seems to be a new project.
Content: Most of the tracks are driven by Dark-Ambient and Cinematic influences. It’s an ultra-dark sound universe created by boiling sound treatments and overwhelming, monstrous, sounds. There are passages featuring a somewhat Eastern sound atmosphere while I also noticed a slow cadence on one of the tracks. The last cut is more into reverie created by guitar playing and -effects.
+ + + : A successful collaboration always resulted from certain chemistry between the artists. That’s precisely what I experienced listening to “From The Longest Winter” revealing a true sonic match between both projects. I like the feeling of eternal darkness supporting this work and which has been created by a judicious mix between electronics and guitar. The way all these sounds have been assimilated and manipulated resulted in a dense sonic patchwork of heavy sounds and overwhelming sound waves. “Descent Of The Shadows” is my favorite track and I here like the slow kind of cadence bringing a true extra to the composition. The title track is another cut I’ve to mention for its somewhat Eastern atmosphere and the heavy sound treatments.
– – – : The last track of the album is the single cut that couldn’t convince me of being a kind of anticlimax to the aforementioned highlights. I also noticed there’s no tracklist featured on the CD-format artwork.
Conclusion: This is a successful collaboration between two inspired and complementary artists.
Best songs: “Descent Of The Shadows”, “The Longest Winter”, “Before The Night”.
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