All Blog Posts Tagged 'review' (428)

My review of "Exiled Particles Volume I" CDr by Alpha Wave Movement

A bunch of well-treasured pieces from 1997-2005 archives were dusted off by Gregory Kyryluk, the sole sonic wizard of renowned Alpha Wave Movement, as "Exiled Particles Volume I", released at December 1st, 2012 through his own Harmonic Resonance Recordings. All those who are following this ultra gifted composer are…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 5, 2013 at 1:14pm — No Comments

My review of "Epoch" CD by Shane Morris & Mystified

As you might know, my ventures into rather dark ambient fragranced territories are quite sporadic, however it's time to take a closer look on "Epoch", the first part of planned trilogy entitled "Inspired Evolution", mapping the prehistoric time of the Mesozoic Era, the Age of Reptiles, with huge dinosaurs colonizing…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 3, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

My review of "Bloodmoon" CD by Mathias Grassow

Celebrating the nocturnal autumn sceneries of the Scandinavian territories, the German drone virtuoso Mathias Grassow returns with new album, released at the beginning of October 2012 on Swedish gterma label. This shadowy ride emerges with "The Longing", nearly 12-minutes long intro, surrounded by quite monotonous…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on February 24, 2013 at 10:19am — No Comments

My review of "The North Shore" CD by dreamSTATE vs. Heiki

Awaited for longer time with quite big expectations, but when the mailing finally arrived and I exposed the album, my eyebrows were raised immediately. A glass mastered CD, packaged in attractive 4-panel digipak with additional art cards included and signed by the artists. Wow, I simply couldn't ask for…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on February 23, 2013 at 6:40am — 3 Comments

My review of "Chrysalis" CDr by Chronotope Project

First of all, big thanks to John, one of the driving forces behind wonderful Relaxed Machinery community, who has pointed me to Chronotope Project few months ago. I was immediately impressed by this, in Eugene, Oregon, based project, stared by Jeffrey Ericson Allen, who is a truly gifted composer, cellist and…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on February 16, 2013 at 10:42am — 3 Comments

My review of "The Ocean Inside" 2xCD by Max Corbacho

Announced longer time ago as possibly the most ambitious project, has became the reality during December, 2012. Yes, "The Ocean Inside" is a monstrous double CD recording by Spanish drifting aficionado Max Corbacho, released by ad21 label and packaged in gorgeous 6-panel digipak (designed by Manuela Márquez). I still…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on February 10, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

My review of "Full Circle" CD by Resonant Drift

California based duo Resonant Drift, driven by Bill Olien and Gary Johnson, returns with brand new, long awaited work entitled "Full Circle", self-released at the end of 2012 as their 6th album. Wow, the first impression is absolutely striking as the CD is packaged in beautifully designed 6-panel digipak, all…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 20, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments

My review of "Fimbria" CDr by Landru

Landru is Patxi Hernández, one of driving forces behind Altera Orbe label, and "Fimbria" is his second solo ambient installment, released during September 2012. "Fimbria" comes as CDr edition packaged in elegant digipak. "Corrosion" unfolds the album and dives straightly into shadowy cavernous…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 20, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

My review of "Tales From The Ultra Tribe" CD by Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf

Exactly one year has passed since the phenomenal "Back To Life" 2CD by Steve Roach, which still deeply resonates with me. But now it's time to celebrate another groundbreaker!!! Yes, though this time The Master is joined by his fellow Arizonian shaman Byron Metcalf, a ceremonial and therapeutic guide, for their 6th…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 16, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My review of "Second Gift Of Life" CD by Mathias Grassow

After more than 20 solo and collaboration albums released on Databloem's sublabel Practising Nature, here comes the premiere solo CD on the main Databloem label, released at December 1st, 2012. As obvious for this German drone virtuoso, his release pipeline is always completely filled, if I am counting correctly,…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 11, 2013 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Reviews : Steve Brand_"Catalyst" on Relaxed Machinery

Here is another sonic installment by Steve Brand, released during June 2012 on Relaxed Machinery. A four track album, with track lengths durations between 12 and 18 minutes.…

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Added by Steve Brand on January 5, 2013 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

My review of "Beyond The Veil" CDr by Aestrata

Aestrata is the new name of project driven by German drone purveyor Tomas Weiss, at least according to the information I have, because more detailed credits are wrapped by the majestic thick foggy blankets of the stunning cover image by Jesse Harrison. Firstly used as an album title in 2010 in his notable…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 5, 2013 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

My review of "Catalyst" CDr by Steve Brand

Here is another sonic installment by Steve Brand, released during June 2012 on Relaxed Machinery. A four track album, with track lengths durations between 12 and 18 minutes. "Amniotic Light" ignites the journey with droning intro, but soon serenely spiraling and cascading ethereal reveries can be explored, although…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on January 4, 2013 at 1:44pm — 4 Comments

My review of "In The Season Of Fading Light" CD by Jeff Pearce

Quite long time has passed since Jeff Pearce's last album "Rainshadow Sky", released back in 2008. But this doesn't mean this ambient guitar virtuoso from West Point, Indiana, was inactive since that. In July 2011 Jeff Pearce has created together with his wife Anastasia a year-long project entitled "Provision…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on December 28, 2012 at 11:36am — No Comments

My review of "The Geometry Of Shadows" CDr by Broken Harbour

Canadian drone sculptor Blake Gibson known as Broken Harbour, based in Edmonton, strikes once again!!! After successful, self-released "Gramophone Transmissions" album he returns with his third full length work, entitled "The Geometry Of Shadows". This time released during November 2012 under the wings of Relaxed…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on December 26, 2012 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

The Best of 2012

Another year has passed, and I wanted to pass along what I thought were some of the best Ambient records of the year, in no particular order...

*Disclaimer: I missed alot of high profile releases this year, between recording my newest album, and my hectic life that was 2012, I didn't actually get to sit back and listen to everything…

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Added by Broken Harbour on December 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

My review of "Eolian Reflections" CDr by Alpha Wave Movement

The master of tranquilly illuminating soundscapes, Gregory Kyryluk acting as Alpha Wave Movement, returns again through Darren Bergstein's Periphery label. His first appearance on this label was with his Within Reason project and I must say that "Subtle Shift" was a real masterwork in cyber-tech electronica, in my ears…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on December 20, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

My review of "When The Earth Is Far Away" CD by Craig Padilla / Zero Ohms

After two highly acclaimed collaborations ("Path Of Least Resistance" in 2005 and "Beyond The Portal" in 2009, the later featuring also Skip Murphy), veteran US drifters Craig Padilla (based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and Richard Roberts aka Zero Ohms (Byhalia, Mississippi) have teamed again, with some help of Skip…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on December 16, 2012 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

My review of "Gaze" CDr by Joxan Ruiz

Spanish label Altera Orbe, run by Ran Kirlian and Landru, keeps on growing, with "Gaze" they introduce a brand new name on their roster, Joxan Ruiz from Madrid. "Gaze" is Joxan's debut work, although he has already appeared in 2011 on Jamendo's download release by Skaven entitled "Divine…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on December 9, 2012 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

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