Phragments – All Towers Must Fall (Vinyl Album – Tumor/Malignant Records)
Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, experimental.
Background/Info: Matej Gyarfas is a Slovakian composer hiding behind Phragments. This project has already been busy for a couple of years now, but it’s already three years ago that the album “New Kings And New Queens” has been released. It was clearly not my favorite work of Phragments so I was a bit wondering how the new work would sound.
Content: The break after “New Kings And New Queens” seems to have had a very inspiring effect on this artist. Phragments strikes back with a poignant ambient composition revealing obscure sound waves, dark echoing noises and an impressive arsenal of noises and field recordings. You’ll hear freaky, humming, sonic vibes and a songwriting, which is progressively leading the listener into stupor and haunted visions.
+ + + : “All Towers Must Fall” has reconciled me with Phragments. This is a well-crafted piece of music carried by a strong sound production and a real overwhelming cold and chilling atmosphere. I like the resonating sound vibes and resonance of the multiple noises. A few cuts also reveal a great progression leading you to the ultimate state of torment and fright, which in the end is exactly what we would like to experience when listening to this kind of music.
– – – : It’s a pity this album is not available on CD as it for sure is appears to be one of the most accomplished works by Phragments.
Conclusion: “All Towers Must Fall” stands for maturity and intelligence symbolizing a creative musician with a delicious dark artistic mind.
Best songs: “The Fire Still Burns”, “All Towers Must Fall”, “Defiance”.
Band: www.phragments.sk / www.facebook.com/PhragmentsSK
Label: www.malingnantrecords.com / www.facebook.com/malignantrecords
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