Phragments – New Kings And New Queens (CD Album – Tumor/Malignant Records)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, soundscape.

Content: Phragments has already released several albums on very different labels, but this new album saw the light of day 5 years after the last studio album.

Mastermind Matej Gyarfas holds on to the inspiring darkness of his earlier work, but definitely explores new grounds with a more soundtrack-minded album. I remember Phragments for mixing dark-ambient and neo-classic influences. Phragments avoids using a wide arsenal of sounds, but focuses on the impact an obscure sound can have. There’s a slow noticeable progression in the work that finally comes to a pure frightening experience.

The chilling parts are accentuated by a few discrete drones, but globally speaking it remains the obscure atmosphere that characterizes the work. The work sounds like it was made for an imaginary documentary dealing with a frightening theme.

Conclusion: The new work of Phragments sounds more intimate and conceptual as well. “New Kings And New Queens” walks on new paths, but the future will tell us if this is the start of new musical horizon for Phragments. This is not my favorite release of the project.

Best songs: “When Memory Fails, We Disintegrate”.

Rate: (Elise Din:6/7)ED.


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