Coldstream
Alarums


3.5
great

Review

by RiffOClock USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


It happened again. I dropped my guard and, for a brief moment, let myself believe that I had found THE long lost successor to Deathprod’s Morals and Dogma. ‘Alarums’ entered my eardrums boldly, unceremoniously and drew a blanket of utter despair over my spirit. A thick presence that so many dark ambient artists strive to achieve. It didn’t need much: two constantly repeated chords, frozen in time and space, overpowering whatever came into their way. They echoed cruelly in the darkness, unaware of a world outside their own. But it took me a long time, too long, to figure out the true price of their unparalleled serenity: the monster emanating these sounds was long gone, dead and forgotten to the world. I was experiencing the unmoving reality of nothingness, of death and emptiness. We can only guess how long the thick, droning silence has been traveling to reach our world; an hour? A year? Decades? How much would be convenient enough for us to believe? We will never know; somehow I doubt that we even want to know. Then ‘Pan Novak’ came along, rescued me from this reality and brought me back headfirst into our own. For a while I was blinded but then I saw the bitter truth; it wasn’t meant to be after all. ‘Pan Novak’ took me on a journey through lush, meditative ambience, but it failed to take me places that I hadn’t been to before. And before I knew it, I was lost; stuck somewhere between silent contemplation and total disinterest. I enjoyed his company while it lasted but his presence left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth, considering the virtues of his predecessor. Alarums is not a classic, but after hearing its phenomenal opener I don’t want to wake up in the morning thinking it could never be. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.



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RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


http://coldstream.bandcamp.com/

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2013


18490 Comments


dark ambient is kind of gay

Digging: Objekt - Cactus / Porcupine

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa comparisons to morals & dogma this must be good, at least better than lustmord

RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


bad dark ambient is kind of gay*

agreed

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so far the title track is gorgeous. Have you noticed that most ambient that is tagged as 'dark' isn't really dark, it's just depressing. It's confusing because I download prepared for a horror movie but end up depressed and suicidal, annoying. Dark Ambient---------------- -_- --------Depressive Ambient*




RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


depressive blackbient~

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2013


20688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might give this a listen.

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was good

RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


yea listen to the first track jamie, just be sure to turn off the lights

Havey
January 14th 2013


9684 Comments


damn you're on a reviewing spree

negative review next pls

Havey
January 14th 2013


9684 Comments


review Vikki Jackman next LOL

Havey
January 14th 2013


9684 Comments


have you checked out that Portraits albm tho, that's more up your alley

RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


yah i have it prepared, will get to it soon

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Emma watson is a whore

RiffOClock
January 14th 2013


1049 Comments


hes*

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

irony[*] yea sure isn't rose mcgowan

Wizard
January 14th 2013


19409 Comments


dark ambient is kind of gay

Agreed. Good review though buddy.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

RiffOClock
January 15th 2013


1049 Comments


Also, you didn't even talk about the album. Rather, you gave us your personal experience which is why I neg'd your review.


good job missing the point of most ambient music. wow ur dumb

Wizard
January 15th 2013


19409 Comments


Hahahaha I thought it was actually well done tbqh. Now do an album description like this for something you despise, I would like to hear the thoughts of a Riff.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


20688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good.



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