ALIGNMENT: ...AND OUTSIDE GLOWS THE RED DAWN
CD: Malignant Records TumorCD24 
Ltd x 1000
a name like Combative Alignment I was initially expecting an album along
the neo-classical/ neo folk/ and/ or power electronics tangents - yet
of course such expectations were not to pan out.
Thus with further investigation, it was discovered the project is of German
origin and that the album’s ritual infused dark ambient style aligns
with the general sound & direction of Loki-Foundation label, of whom
incidentally released the group’s previous LP.
As for "...And Outside Glows The Red Dawn", it is split into
6 untitled parts that all flow together as a single coherent piece of
tensile evolving atmospheres. From the opening piece a foggy hallucinogenic
ambience quickly unfolds, which is complimented further with sections
of ritualistic drumming. Likewise the fluidly of the sub-orchestral sound
layers gives of a subtle droning quality, yet on numerous listens the
material is not half as calm as it initially appears. The trick here is
the depth and breadth of the sound production is such that it allows new
sonic textures & elements to be discovered on each subsequent listen.
As a debut full length for the group this is an excellently constructed
& executed album & having been issued on Malignant Records is
indication of a high calibre of release. Although the label releases only
a few albums each year, of what slim pickings that are available, they
are consistently of top notch quality in respect of both sound and design
packaging. Without doubt Combative Alignment’s album is worthy of
investigation and yet another feather in the cap for Malignant.
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