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Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Phew. When silence hits after listening to this, it feels like the sweaty heat after eating an enormous spicy meal. This is completely on-brand, quality Cryptospy material, with fantastic technicity, lots of variety and dynamics, could very brief calm moments, a lot of crushing riffs, and ruh ruh ruh. Very impressive for a debut album, it is well produced and also flows quite well as a constant stream of chaos. The main hurdle, as ever, is the (very occasional) shrieky vocals that was present on Ungentle Exhumation, and make a come back on a couple tracks including 1 (which had me worried for a second), whilst the guttural vocals are much bet
Cryptopsy Ungentle Exhumation
Ok this was exactly what i needed right now. Surprisingly mature for a demo, this certainly isn't all round perfect - some of the shriekey, ?female vocals sound frankly horrible, and the deep regular Cryptopsy vocals are cool but get a bit ludicrous in places, some of the sections are a bit less engaging too although rarely for very long - but hell if this isnt good hard hitting Cryptopsy stuff with already most of their sound being there in good quality. 1-2 are really cool, 3 is not far behind, and 4 was a bit less convincing especially at the start, but all four tracks have the merit of never dwelling too long on a bad (or good idea) and k
Julianna Barwick Florine
More Julianna material of the same quality and flavour: music where she turns herself in a (sometimes a touch too much) reverb-drenched choir. It is nice, short and sweet, but there always is a little something that blocks it from being outright stunning. The very pretty 5 stands out as being much more piano-focused, and the closer 6, although more straightforward vocals-based Julianna stuff again, works very nicely after that as well, though the EP (acceptably) kinds of ends into nowhere. 3.5
Darkspace Minus One
Honestly this is pretty great, and I found it far more engaging than LP1. The first track opens with a lot closer material to what I always hope for with Darkspace - a grand wall of bm sound complemented by space evoking synths and/or black hole/supernova-esque grandeur. It does loose a bit of steam for a couple minutes after min 5, but picks things back up after that. It could of loses itself again in the last few minutes, before getting quite epic in a soloey kind of way at the very end sort of min 14. Great quality Darkspace outright and one of my fave tracks at this point of their discog (including LP1). 2's charm and merit is more in how
Burial Streetlands
Slightly puzzling this one. I really appreciate the extremely minimal ambience crafted by 1, and continued somewhat too long by 2. You can really see the nighttime London images/documentary playing before your eyes, even though especially on 1 there are practically no sounds to speak of. 3 springs a bit out of nowhere if I'm honest with its Vangelis-ish, old timey synths arpeggio based flavor of ambient coupled with some esoteric vocals you could find on some BBC archaeological documentary about an old lost civilization, and its abrupt shifts in volume and space filling, going to much darker places, then back to the arpeggios. Don't get me wr
Susumu Yokota Zero
Look if I had a bar/club on a sunset beach I would spin this back to back all the time. It is technoey, funky, and very backgroundey as there isn't much in the way of hooks or choruses - it's really mostly nice beaty songs to play in the background. I was surprised at the style shift compared to the much more ambient Sakura, as this is house/techno outright in a lot of places. Well crafted, but a type of music I just don't tend to listen to on my own, at my place. 3.6
Skarpseian Skygge Slottet
Well executed dungeon synth that takes the term quite literally, as this is pretty much exclusively made of a couple lines on old timey/vaguely RPG OST sounding synths, and not much else. Yet it really works, and crafts an atmosphere quite nicely without ever being at all intrustive - a great soundtrack for productive hours. I think 1hr of this would have been too much, but the record is smart enough to keep its runtime under 30 minutes. I will say for something so bare bones it is a bit of a shame to rely on fadeouts for conclusions (e.g. on 1 or especially on the album closer 5), but that's just a usual gripe of mine isn't it. Well done and

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