Black To Comm
Seven Horses For Seven Kings


4.0
excellent

Review

by ljubinkozivkovic USER (97 Reviews)
January 27th, 2019 | 5 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent dark ambient soundtrack for modern times.

It takes only one look at the cover image of Seven Horses For Seven Kings for the potential listener to realize that something sinister, oppressive is in grooves (or bytes) Black To Comm alias Berliner Marc Richter has prepared for his listeners.
Those unfamiliar with Richter’s extensive catalog (Richter has been on the scene for over 12 years now), might be in doubt whether to expect so really darks electronics or any form of the shape of black metal. Even the title itself might lead them in the latter's direction.
Dark, oppressive, sinister, yes, Seven Horses For Seven Kings has more shades of black and horror than any album in quite a while, but there’s no sign of metal around. Unless, you take into consideration Richter’s ability to turn any sound, including that of a metal object into any shape or form he pleases to suit his musical goals.
The thing though is, labeling this music as ‘ambient horror’ or anything similar would be too simple. From the opening salvos and trumpets of some sorts of “Asphodel Mansions”, to the closing complexity (including the title itself) of “The Courtesan Jigokudayu Sees Herself as a Skeleton in the Mirror of Hell”, Richter, like Max, that other German modern composer that shares the last name with him, can bring into his sounds all the nuances the combination of electronic and classical music can.
In many aspects, compositions like “Lethe”, “Fly on You” or brilliant “Rameses II” with its incessant drums (of war") and bursts of electronic explosions and brass seem to reflect the dark and oppressive times in which Marc Richter came up with Seven Horses For Seven Kings. In many ways, it is an album that would be an ideal soundtrack for a deeply dark horror movie. Of today.



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Ev1lToaster
January 27th 2019


184 Comments


A lot of mistakes in this review.

"It takes only one look at the cover image of Seven Horses For Seven Kings for the potential listener to realize that something sinister, oppressive is in grooves"

Comma placement doesn't make sense here, omit and add 'and' instead.

"Those unfamiliar with Richter’s extensive catalog (Richter has been on the scene for over 12 years now), might be in doubt whether to expect so really darks electronics or any form of the shape of black metal."

Again, remove the comma, there's no reason for a pause there since "might be in doubt" is a continuation of "Those unfamiliar with Richter's extensive catalog". The rest of that sentence is an incoherent mess. 'darks' isn't a word, 'so really darks' makes no sense. Restructure that whole sentence.

"The thing though is"

*The thing is though - make this correction.

"From the opening salvos and trumpets of some sorts of “Asphodel Mansions”"

"Trumpets of some sorts of" sounds awkward. Are you saying the trumpets sound weird? If so, just write it like "From the opening salvos and odd-sounding trumpets of "Asphodel Mansions".

" (of war")"

Omit quotation.

" In many ways, it is an album that would be an ideal soundtrack for a deeply dark horror movie. Of today."

Lol why do you have a separate sentence to say "Of today"? just add it to the end of the sentence preceding it.

What an odd review. Sometimes the writing is spot on and you use proper grammar and punctuation, and in other instances you make bafflingly amateurish mistakes. I'm guessing this one was rushed.


TwigTW
January 31st 2019


3657 Comments


I'm not exactly sure what to make of this album, but it is an interesting listen so far.

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Yotimi
February 14th 2019


7469 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Angel investor is nice. Not really feeling the rest

Sniff
February 26th 2019


5440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this slabs

TorkshireYea
March 2nd 2019


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last two tracks on this were a pretty pleasant salve for the rest of it. 'A Miracle No-Mother...' is nasty.

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