May 25, 2024

Xerxes The Dark – The Rise of AI (Album –
Zāl Records)

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Genre/Influences: Cinematic, Dark-Ambient, Minimal-Electro.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: This Iranian artist -still involved with other projects, is a very prolific artist. The new album by Morego Dimmer aka Xerxes The Dark is inspired by artificial intelligence and the vision of the future.

Content: You’ll rapidly notice the familiar influences of Xerxes The Dark. The album mixes icy Cinematic atmospheres empowered by heavy Industrial sound blasts and a more Minimal-Electro approach driven by slow rhythms. The main part of the work remains instrumental, but you’ll hear growling vocal parts in some songs.

+ + + : The work is diversified so everyone will find a few cool songs. I personally like the last part of the opus for its more Minimal-Electro driven approach, the final song being a masterpiece. But I also enjoyed Cinematic passages like the overwhelming “Synthetic Consciousness” revealing impressive, cold sound treatments. The few vocal parts are also adding a little extra to the work. 

– – – : I don’t have anything against the album’s diversity, but I might imagine some listeners will get the feeling of discovering two different projects on the same album.

Conclusion: Xerxes The Dark indeed is a prolific artist, but every new work clearly has its own focus.

Best songs: “Gateway To The Unknown”,“Synthetic Consciousness”, “Intergalactic Empire”, “Simulating The New World”.

Rate: 7½. 



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