If you can overlook the packaging, which looks like a bootleg B-horror film you’d get offered in an alley in Chinatown, you’ll find that Hamre delivers with some of the best dark ambient soundscapes I’ve heard this year.
The dichotomy of light and darkness, of good and evil, that exists in the universe is not a representation of opposition but of a relationship, as neither can be defined without the other. Indeed, the two are often so closely intertwined as to be indistinguishable, and incapable of surviving without one another. Our purpose here is no celebration of evil but instead an embrace of the darkness as an integral part of our souls. Where would Heaven be without Hell?
On first listen, this isn’t as boring as I expected from someone who has the tendency to release over twenty albums a year. There are some genuinely interesting elements at play here: calm, dark, minimal drones, various melodic elements, and even some well-crafted tribal-esque percussion.
CD, First Fallen Star, 2009 www.myspace.com/aspectee German dark ambient takes a variety of forms, but rarely does it feel as organic as “Morben”, the first full-length album from Aspectee. However [ … ]
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