CHALLENGE OF HONOUR: MONUMENTS
CDR: Steinklang SK30 
Ltd x 100
Ode To Solitude
The Hope Of Truth (Vers. II)
Theme For Play The Game
The New Jerusalem
My Lady's Grave
Theme For Miller's Court
Sturm Der Stille
March Into Captivity
The Morning Lays Behind Us
couple of official releases and numerous limited CDRs & vinyl (7"
+ 12") recordings comes this latest very limited ( 100 copies only
) CDR by the immensely talented Peter Savelkoul…and friends. Those
of you unfortunates out there who have never had the pleasure of hearing
any of ACOH output really don’t know what you’ve been missing
out on. I’ll quickly point out that you shouldn’t confuse
ACOH with the crass techno output of another group billing themselves
as COH. You have been suitably notified.
The early recordings by ACOH were very much in the military and orchestral
movement of bombastic thumping drums and lush strings looping together
with some fantastic samples taken from films and other media. With "Monuments"
the promise showed by the earlier work has been advanced to include melancholy
neo-folk style songs, sung by Peter and on track eight by Audrey Baker
& David Westerink, along with the usual array of neo-classical arrangements.
Take track four ‘Theme for Play the Game’ for example.
Beginning with a sample about playing football…which we all know
is Gods true game even for us Aberdeen supporters…that happened
as British troops charged kicking a football to their deaths during WW1
it then transcends into a drum patterned classical piece of music. This
piece alone sums up the music of ACOH. Sorrow tinged with the tears of
redemption all wrapped up in emotionally stirring music. I’ll privately
admit to not being a great lover of some neo-folk style singing but here
the vocals give added impetus to the delicate refrains on display and
only imposes the believe that here is a master craftsman at work. These
songs work in conjunction with the more flamboyant crushing pieces to
add a depth of substance to the recording giving it a more balanced feel
throughout. With "Monuments" ACOH has carried on his bewildering
skills to defy expectations. Sure there are many artists who work within
the bounds of the Military / Neo Classical & Folk genres but none
can compare to the original slant and intensity that Peter puts into his
ever impressive work and which has never failed to please these ears.
In two words…absolutely brilliant. I’ll add another two…absolutely
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