Cryo Chamber
Cthulhu


3.0
good

Review

by Jots EMERITUS
October 4th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In his house at R'lyeh...

Creating a single piece using a dark ambient baker's dozen is a fascinating idea, is it not? It's typical for an extensive, droning album to have an ambiguously narrative style resulting from a singular vision, and applying too many additional perspectives runs the risk of losing concentration. However, the format of Cthulhu works. While having a dozen or so tracks slapped together in a compilation could create a wholly unsatisfying experience, Cthulhu is composed of one mammoth track courtesy of dark ambient's best and brightest (haha), to be found on the Cryo Chamber label. The Lovecraftian influence is clear, and would be regardless of the tell-tale heading... at least, for those somewhat familiar with his work. Cthulhu effectively captures the essence of the story from which its title is derived, speaking of horror and an unsettling tone brought on by chance discovery.

The Cryo Chamber was a chance discovery indeed, but speaks of untapped potential coinciding with the rife unsettling tone. Every member of the label - founded by Atrium Carceri - is beginning to make waves in a dark ambient scene, and Cthulhu is surely their sinusoidal apex (a sinusoidal wave is a simple harmonic wave, thank you physics). The droning nature imitates a storm surge, deviating little from its path of destruction. It builds from a puddle soaking into your shoes, to enveloping you as it nearly pours through your nostrils while you stand fixated. As many thoughts cross your mind, as they likely would when your life hangs in a balance, you begin to question your significance, or lack thereof.

What a dour tone that is, but such is the modus operandi of Cryo Chamber. If their mission statement promises highly cinematic dark ambient music, Cthulhu holds true. The piece feels tailor-fitted to the story progression, and easily offers an audial equivalent for those wishing a chilling, alternative reading experience. However, as a standalone music piece, Cthulhu is a far cry from casual listening fodder. Established fans of ominous drone should take notice, but new listeners beware: "Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep"



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Jots
Emeritus
October 4th 2014


7561 Comments


http://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/cthulhu

"All sounds created by: Alt3r3d Stat3, Alphaxone, Aseptic Void, Atrium Carceri, Cryobiosis, halgrath, Neizvestija, Ugasanie, Mystified,
Asbaar, Dark Matter, Sjellos, Sabled Sun"


probably too many lame references in this rev but ah well. enjoy, and feedback appreciated.

Gyromania
October 4th 2014


37009 Comments


pos

Gyromania
October 4th 2014


37009 Comments


also cthulhu is terrifying

ExplosiveOranges
October 4th 2014


4408 Comments


The Lovecraftian influence is clear, and would be regardless of the tell-tale heading - at least, for those somewhat familiar of his work - and Cthulhu effectively captures the essence of the story from which its title is derived

Idk, this sentence feels really long to me, and I think it might read better if you broke it up a little bit. Sounds nitpicky, but that's all I've got. Good review.

Jots
Emeritus
October 4th 2014


7561 Comments


nice catch, cheers

Gyromania
October 4th 2014


37009 Comments


also fix this:

The droning nature gives a feeling a storm surge



Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 4th 2014


11561 Comments


I don't know if I would be into this but the artwork and lovecraft shit is sooooo awesome

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


11969 Comments


wow, I knew there was a reason I keep reading your reviews. This is fantastic man, pos'd hard! Not my kind of music at all though, but the oncept definitely seems interesting. Also, I know Explo pointed it out already and you've edited but that same phrase is still a little shoddy, might want to split it into two or re-word or something.

"The Lovecraftian influence is clear, and would be regardless of the tell-tale heading - at least, for those somewhat familiar with his work"

Maybe instead something like:

"The Lovecraftian influence is clear, and, at least for those somewhat familiar with his work, still would be regardless of the tell-tale heading."

It just feels wierd to me to have a hyphen in their on it's own, especially following 'tell-tale', it's not aesthetically appealing and it makes reading it more difficult too.

Jots
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


7561 Comments


yeah I can reword it, though I'm not keen on your version either =P but yeah I get your point about the hyphen... didn't think it mattered but I'll take your word for it

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


11969 Comments


yeah I don't know, I guess it just feels like the sentence is broken up too much, but my version isn't much better in that respect besides removing the hyphen so idk. Everything else is great though, I'm being really picky with that one sentence.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2014


51216 Comments


Gotta hear this.



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