Darkspace
Dark Space III


4.5
superb

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
July 1st, 2008 | 385 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New Darkspace meets old Darkspace.

Darkspace return after 3 years with their expected album Dark Space III, with all song names and the title following the trend of their the first three releases. Titles are simple numbers that give you the album number and the track number in the title. Covers are minimal with a small ambiguous picture of outer space giving a bit of a creative guide to the listener. Booklets are empty, cds feature a pentagram etched on them, and the back simply has a very small tracklisting written on the back. Clearly Darkspace are still a band that put most of their creative focus into their music, and while III is not anything unexpected it is an excellent album nonetheless.

The music of Darkspace here is a blend of the first two albums. The heavy rhythmic palm muting riffs of the first album that almost gave a death metal touch are back after being put aside for II. The huge airy and open keyboard sounds of two are also back, and the III almost feels as if it is the best of the first two albums blended together. The songs are all very long, but this time the music is as varied as ever for Darkspace standards.

One of the key things that Darkspace do are create a wall of sound rather than distinct riffs and melodies. This is effective because you don't notice repeats or reoccurring structures which makes the music flow very organically. The mix is also very organic, including a good amount of distortion on the guitars bass and vocals. The drumming is still being handled by a computer and I think the synth is also programmed as it is rarely actually playing anything melodic. The synth creates moods and bursts of sound which work extremely effectively. Either they give a very empty hallow and airy sound to back samples like in 3.16, or they work to make a huge burst of sound to create a climax to a build up section, as in 3.17.

The guitars and bass are one of the most interesting things about Darkspace. As in Paysage d'Hiver I cannot tell what is being played at all. Some may be turned off by the overly harsh sound that the over-distorted guitars create, but personally love this distorted and full sound paired with the emty synths, unintelligible structures, and huge song lengths. The whole result ends nicely in a very bleak and empty vision of the far ends of space if the listener wishes to immerse himself in the music. The palm muted chords in the guitars detract from this feeling a bit, and instead substitute a bit of uneasiness and chaos into the mix.

The album is really the best of the first two albums. It takes the long airy passages of II and mixes then with the rhythmic Death Metal riffing of I. To all fans of empty, repetitive, ambient, and noisy music, I would recommend this to you. Darkspace is really more about understanding the feeling the members want you to get (which is the bands title, the concept of Dark Space) than listening to the musical aspects of the album, and it is the most effective album Darkspace have made to date in achieving this goal.

8.8/10



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ilikemusicthatsucks
July 1st 2008


1063 Comments


Bad review. Nothing about the lyrics in the whole review.This Message Edited On 07.01.08

Apocalyptic Raids
July 1st 2008


810 Comments


if you'd actually listened to this band ilikemusicthatsucks, you would realise that lyrics are pretty much irrelevant to darkspace. as far as i know, their lyrics aren't available on the internet, and even if they were, they are buried under so much distortion and noise that you wouldn't be able to make them out anyway.This Message Edited On 07.01.08

masscows
July 1st 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is awesome

I just wish it wasn't so fucking long

joshuatree
Emeritus
July 1st 2008


3742 Comments


Bad review. Nothing about the lyrics in the whole review.


first funny thing you've ever said
This Message Edited On 07.01.08

Silenius
July 1st 2008


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm assuming you're just trolling but if you're not, then listen to what Raids said, the lyrics aren't available, and the vocals are themselves simply another instrument, another sound in the mix.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 1st 2008


1063 Comments


lol.

masscows
July 2nd 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

changed my mind, this doesn't need to be shorter

I listened to this while high earlier, I swear it changed my life lol

AngelPhoenix
September 14th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard this once and it's damn near a 5. I need to spin it again, but I'm afraid my mind may collapse into a quantum singularity if I do

BallsToTheWall
September 14th 2008


44342 Comments


This is a good album. I still need II though.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

TricksterGRex
December 9th 2008


2087 Comments


Album rules.

Doppelganger
March 30th 2009


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Growing on me. 3.13 is heavy as shit.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The "Prince of Darkness" sample in 3.16 is beyond epic.

Foxhound
September 6th 2010


4570 Comments


i tried to review this so long ago

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gave up?

Foxhound
September 6th 2010


4570 Comments


pretty much

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww, don't be a quitter bro.

This album slays more than a quasi-stellar radio source.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jams hard.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2010


8819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so close to a 5 yes :3

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Acanthus
December 19th 2010


9542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Randomly stumbled onto this review, giving 3.13 a listen.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't think you'll be terribly disappointed. This album is quite superb.



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