Review Summary: Tchornobog is the ultimate soundtrack to contemplative and individualised thought and self-experience.
At first glance, the one-man project of Markov Soroka’s seems intimidating. Tchornobog. With its four larger than life tracks, the massive and surreal artwork of Adam Burke adorning its cover. Inside, the music is highly potent and impenetrable, spanning styles of black metal, death metal and funeral doom, with guest features from genre heavyweights like Svartidauði’s Magnús Skúlason on drums and Esoteric’s Greg Chandler providing additional vocals. But upon listening, there’s an immediate sensibility to the music that feels warm. Welcoming, even. In this writhing, cyclopic mass there’s a tunnel-vision goal that drives the music along familiar railing, guiding the listener through movements that are instantly gratifying despite the initial image of their scope.
There’s an archaic density in the way that Tchornobog
presents itself. The sound is heavy and thick with layered textures, instrumentals and ambiance, but the way the production is mixed and mastered through these entangled components leaves it sounding fogged over, soft on the ears despite its indelible weight. This contrast of forms leaves a feeling of atmospheric meditation, allowing each composition to breathe, seemingly unchanging, for up to twenty minutes. And with each track fluctuating between ten and twenty minutes, it’s incredible in that way that not one of them builds or evolves or contrives climax. Each one of the four tracks on Tchornobog
wraps and wraps around itself with similar compositional mass, often moving through several moments of change before reverting back to a former passage, all with the same psychedelic grip. On a careful listen, it is easy to pick up the way in which a song will make these changes, but it is best experienced passively, where every riff and howl and drum groove will give life to one another in one detailed and fascinating instance.
In all of its psychedelic and anti-entropic leanings, Tchornobog
creates a vortex of contrasting facets for the music to take form. On the one hand, its almost straight-forward approach to long-form composition is easy to engage with, but its hazy atmosphere and intangible layering leaves it fresh and inviting for multiple listens, constant replayability and intense introspection. In many ways, Tchornobog is detached from the listener, its own entity, only worried about its own convolving processes. But it’s in that detachment that it allows the listener to find their own repeating rhythms and passages to dwell on and devour over its runtime. Tchornobog
is the ultimate soundtrack to contemplative and individualised thought and self-experience.
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killer art, will check this out
What are anti-entropic leanings?
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Album Rating: 3.0
"the one-man project of Markov Soroka’s seems intimidating. Tchornobog."
"Markov Soroka's one man project, Tchornobog, seems intimidating" reads much better
"With its four larger than life tracks, the massive and surreal artwork of Adam Burke adorning its cover."
This is not a complete sentence.
First two sentences of the second paragraph feel kinda redundant given that you pretty much just rephrase what you say in the first one.
"And with" !!
it’s incredible in that way that not one of them
You could drop "in that way" for the sake of brevity
"seemingly unchanging ... not one of them builds or evolves ... moving through several moments of change ... easy to pick up the way in which a song will make these changes ... highly potent and impenetrable"
These phrases contradict each other in multiple ways
Your prose is odd. Phrases like "the initial image of their scope" feel really unnatural, and you seem to writing a lot without saying much. I get that is this sounds dense, introspective etc. but you don't make note of even a single musical technique. I still have very little idea of what to expect besides twenty minute run times and a certain kind of ~ aesthetic ~
killer art  tho
technoborg is a sweet name m/
Album Rating: 4.5
is this review written in english
""Markov Soroka's one man project, Tchornobog, seems intimidating" reads much better"
Disagreed. Completely different tone and inflection to what I intended.
"This is not a complete sentence."
I have deliberately staggered the language. It reads weirdly but it works in my intended way.
"These phrases contradict each other in multiple ways"
Sort've but not really. "Seemingly unchanging" doesn't mean unchanging. It's a surface level assumption. And there's a vast difference between evolving or building and changing. You can change but not evolve.
"Your prose is odd. Phrases like "the initial image of their scope" feel really unnatural, and you seem to writing a lot without saying much. I get that is this sounds dense, introspective etc. but you don't make note of even a single musical technique. I still have very little idea of what to expect besides twenty minute run times and a certain kind of ~ aesthetic ~"
I feel that. Even though I disagree with your nitpicks, I understand this isn't my best review and a lot of this review says little. I've been in a review rut for a couple of months and wanted to just put something out. That said, I don't strictly believe in needing to define what the music sounds like in a review. I prefer to explore the concept of explaining how it makes me feel. And my prose may be flowery and backwards and break grammatical and structural rules but I think English is funner when you fuck with how it works. It's such a contradictory language by nature, so many rules seem completely arbitrary in most cases, so I treat them arbitrarily.
"What are anti-entropic leanings?"
Basically a convoluted way of saying something isn't convoluted.
yeah this is a bit circumlocutory i think, but you're clearly a good writer, hope to see you posting more soon :~)
Album Rating: 3.0
They're not nitpicks, "deliberately staggering" language by not even completing your sentences is bad writing. Also, true, you can change but not evolve, but you can't evolve and not change, and you imply in multiple ways elsewhere that the compositions evolve. You also say the album is "impenetrable" but easy to follow.
"I don't strictly believe in needing to define what the music sounds like in a review"
You can definitely over describe music, I used to do it all the time, but the fact is you don't even begin to describe what goes on here besides the fact that this album ~twists~ and ~turns~ and is dense. Like, if you were to pick even one riff on here, could you describe it to me? What do the musicians actually do?
"And my prose may be flowery and backwards and break grammatical and structural rules but I think English is funner when you fuck with how it works. It's such a contradictory language by nature, so many rules seem completely arbitrary in most cases, so I treat them arbitrarily."
It's alright that you don't like it man, we clearly like different things about writing and reviews in general. If you think I'm a bad writer then that's your right. Many others probably agree with you. It's not like these reviews matter. I just like gushing about good music.
jac you dont want another tremolo picked pinch harmonics situation tho
Album Rating: 3.0
You've written good reviews before, but this isn't one of them. There are things that come to preference but that can't explain away some of what you've written here.
Ahh true Lloyd. Nvm.
They're not really faults if they're deliberate
Also I don't make excuses for my writing. I've acknowledged many times that I know most people won't like the way i write sometimes. I do this just for fun.
But it's not. Nothing you or Jac has criticised has been worth considering, because I disagree with them.
There are no definites with language. Language is malleable and alive. It changes with how we use it. When some of the most respected writers in the world refuse to stick to the rules, why should I? Because I'm not as good as them? I mean, it's true, I'll never be a world-recognised writer. But that doesn't mean I should act like this is an essay for english class. This is a public forum, and the contributor title means nothing. I don't have any standard to uphold for anyone.
My reviews reflect what, to me, the albums feel like. And if my reviews make no sense, that's a result of that. All my reviews are distinctly different, in my opinions, and the tones you gather from them is all your own bias and deflection. If you want to see elitism or contrarianism in how I write, then you're free to do so. I care little for you, I don't expect you to care at all for me either. My writing is what it is. Deal with it.
Weird, considering you have a Twin Peaks avatar
nice review boss
i'll be sure to use anti-entropic in casual conversation wherever possible now
yo jaq don't bother trying to offer constructive criticisms, snox never considers them
Gyro gets it