MANASH: PAR-ANTRA I: VIR
CD: Aural Hypnox
Ltd x 1000
kulKU ISKA AJAn alia
TULVI Alas keESIIN
siE LUs tO
is a great CD from Aural Hypnox, and from the product number I do believe
it’s their first release? This is a Finnish record label specialising
in Drone and Dark Ambient.
'ast unTA AKSElin' starts
with percussive samples over a drone sound-scape produced using both guitar
and vocal generated source. As the track develops, strong drum rhythms
are introduced which complement the guitar drone perfectly. 'VARJOutoMAA'
as a standard drone piece using sustained guitar effects (very similar
to Troum). Strong drum rhythms develop along with vocal samples. Again,
like the previous track, there is smart use of voice here to generate
both dark drone and additional overlaying inaudible vocal. 'joenukkuMA-A
of a vocal and sustained guitar intro. Again very similar to Troum, this
track is supported with strong percussive rhythm. 'kulKU ISKA AJAn
a broad array of guitar-generated samples, which drive the rhythm of the
track. This differs from Troum in that there is a lot more happening and
is far removed from the minimal approach of Troum. The use of percussion
here makes this style more accessible to the listener. 'puhdASTRAALIvaio'
is lead from the previous track and in ways is a lot similar with the
ubiquitous guitar sound-scape and percussive rhythm. 'MAgneTisOitUNut
up where the previous track left off. There is an intro of guitar-generated
drone supported with some nice sweeping oscillations (quite reminiscent
of early Hawkwind, but better!). The drum rhythms eventually build along
with the vocal effects to great effect. This track builds better than
the previous ones and really stands out (essentially tracks 3-5 blended
into each other). This excellent track fades into 'TULVI Alas keESIIN'
with a calming cavernous sound. Percussion is absent here, which is a
nice break. Lovely vocal samples complement the guitar-generated drone
The return of the percussion fits in perfectly here. The overall effect
here is a strong dark ambient piece with sacrificial undertones. Lovely!
'siE LUs tO'
is the big one! This track opens with the expected, and welcome, guitar
generated sound-scape. Here we have some sporadic yet defined percussion.
Again the drone sound-scapes are very reminiscent to Troum (which here
is a good think) but with added percussive rhythm and increased urgency
about it. It’s a bit like Troum on speed. This track I’m sure
would come across very well in a live situation. The percussion eventually
subsides leaving just guitar and vocal textures, and finally drops out
after 13 and a half minutes. At this point there is a sort of re-birth
as the track begins to develop again with vocal and percussive textures,
until its final demise. A fantastic track.
Manash] / [Aural Hypnox]