Deathprod
Morals and Dogma


4.0
excellent

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
January 19th, 2011 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Warning: Those with heart conditions may not ride. Side effects may include: nausea, anxiety attacks, lowered self confidence, stained underwear, and/or death.

Dark ambient is a tough genre to get into for most people. It’s long, it’s gloomy, and sometimes it’s just plain scary. However, I must be pretty strange. I have always liked dark ambient. I love laying back, closing my eyes, and getting lost in the subtle nuances that the genre brings. Artists such as Lustmord and Atrium Carceri have expanded and perfected the genre in their own way. With Morals and Dogma, Deathprod have crafted an album that goes back to the simpler ways of dark ambient.

Unlike some of their peers, they refrain from including samples of pagan rituals, screaming murder victims, and other ridiculously jarring sounds. Now you can take that however you want because it can be a drawback, depending on if that is a major part of what you like about the genre. Missing pagan sacrifice rituals aside, the album does its job, but only if you are paying attention. It isn’t exactly the kind of album the grabs your attention and pulls you through to the end. Instead you have to sit back and immerse yourself in the music. The eeriness of the album is caused by the little things that slowly get added into the songs. Each song starts off in somewhat of the same fashion. It begins with a deep, dark wave of white (black?) noise. The songs drone on for a while, getting more intense and slowly adding more subtle sounds, always coming in waves; louder and louder, deeper and deeper, until your ears are consumed by a musical fog. It never stops. When you think it has relaxed a bit, you get hit with another wave, this time with more things happening. There is no climax; there is no break, only a slow sonic assault that keeps coming until the end when it finally just… stops.

As mentioned before, the things that make this album what it is can also be a deterrent to some listeners. It’s simple, yet effective approach can be hard to swallow. You aren’t going to find any fancy avant-garde techniques. However if you like to sit back and absorb the music, you won’t have much of a problem liking this.



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Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Trying to get back into writing. Gonna perfect my short reviewing one day ;)

ConsiderPhlebas
January 19th 2011


6157 Comments


Recently got into a bit of dark ambient. Only heard Lustmord, though, so far - find it's good background noise when writing. Nice to see a Maniac! review.

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks :]

Get the rec's I put on the review, and then check out my "descend into the abyss" list

Tyrael
January 19th 2011


20883 Comments


Very nice! Got to check this out.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

FadeToBlack
January 19th 2011


10926 Comments


Dead People's Things is literally the best thing ever

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed Fade.

Bitchfork
January 19th 2011


7584 Comments


rating is too low

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry sir, but there's better dark ambient ;)

rasputin
January 19th 2011


14546 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yah this is a great record

it's probably my favourite dark ambient album too, though it's definitely not a 5/5

Inveigh
January 19th 2011


24997 Comments


nice review, though I've never really listened to anything like this before

Bitchfork
January 19th 2011


7584 Comments


"Sorry sir, but there's better dark ambient ;)"
basically raison d'etre, wraiths and asianova

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Blake.

You wouldn't like it. You and Hans would call it boring.

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@bitch

I prefer most of lustmord's stuff, but that's just stylistic preference.

Bitchfork
January 19th 2011


7584 Comments


lustmord's discog is really inconsistent

Maniac!
January 19th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed but heresy and metavoid are among the best in the genre

Wizard
January 20th 2011


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What is this dark ambient you speak of? Good review and I think I need to hear this.

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

DBlitz
January 20th 2011


1690 Comments


yea this is pretty awesome

i don't like the one raison d'etre album i've heard nearly as much as this though

rasputin
January 20th 2011


14546 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yah this album is better than any raison d'etre

SlightlyEpic
January 20th 2011


5780 Comments


Will most definitely have to give this a listen.

Bitchfork
January 20th 2011


7584 Comments


raison d'etre>all, so sorry i can't agree with that. this comes close though. so close.

i'd say raison d'etre>sunset mission>this>plaguebearer (if you're willing to call it dark ambient)>the beauty of sadness



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