To be honest, if you’re not a fan of the style, this record will feel boring and empty. Even when compared to some other acts in the genre it’s fairly boring. However, it has that rare subtle, calculated brilliancy to it that only a few acts, such as Kammarheit or Tholen, can pull off: this is minimal dark ambient done properly.
After listening to this for a few minutes it is readily apparent that Rockdrill is a good fit at Cyclic Law. The vibe of the music recollects something perilously mysterious of deeply ancient and organic origin; I find myself constantly getting mental images of primordial human plight. Fans of industrial-tinged dark ambient (with a pinch of neofolk) should really like this one.
If you want to feel like you live in a collapsing cyberpunk dystopian world where pollution and human failure have caused the denizens to retreat to the murky underground, then leave this playing at all hours. It’s intricate and detailed enough for somewhat active listening, but un-intrusive enough to leave on while you do other life activities.
“Midnight Sun” wastes no time: upon its opening it immediately thrusts the listener into the crushing, icy winds of the vacant arctic tundra… At low volume levels it may seem boring and no different from similar albums, but at a mid-level volume on a good system this album really comes alive and all its nuances are exhumed from beneath blackened ice.
“Black Pyramid” is the latest release on dark ambient/drone label Cyclic Law. Typically, Cyclic Law releases are built from a standard mold: calm, droning, dark ambient. Aun is one of the few to break out of this pattern, if only somewhat.
One thing that I really enjoy about the Cyclic Law label is its level of consistency. “Hel” is another fine entry in a fantastic catalog. From the get-go, “Hel” seems like exactly what you’d expect from a release bearing the Cyclic Law name: an extremely dark, droning collection of deep ambience.
CD, Cyclic Law, 2010 www.immensity.ca The void. A vast empty space containing absolutely nothing. How to represent nothingness in musical form? Clearly only very minimal dark ambient will do. The [ … ]
2CD, Cyclic Law, 2009 http://www.svartsinn.com/ The Norwegian musician Jan Roger Pettersen has been releasing dark ambient compositions under the name of Svartsinn for ten years now, and although the last [ … ]
CD, Cyclic Law, 2009 www.myspace.com/citieslastbroadcast “The Cancelled Earth” is the first album from Kammerheit side-project Cities Last Broadcast. Judging by the sound of Kammerheit and the fact this album was [ … ]
CD, Cyclic Law, 2008 www.myspace.com/lakeofsleep It is not hard to figure out right off the bat what one is getting into with this release. Latin name, cover art is a [ … ]