AVANT: CARBON FIGURES
CD: Ars Musica Difundere AMD008 
from the Netherlands, Predella Avant presented their second album early
this year, and several months after it still remains, in my opinion, one
of the top releases this year among the Martial Industrial crowd. Right
from the beginning, it shows that there was a big leap in the quality
compared to their previous work (self titled). The first three tracks
(all untitled) are great pieces of intense epic percussive music on the
best Sophia / Karjalan Sissit fashion.
What follows comes as rather unexpected for those already well familiar
with the band‚s previous work, several pieces of Dark Ambient, but
a more 'fulfilling' sort of ambient, kind of a slower The Protagonist
meets Raison D'être in their "Enthralled by the Wind of Loneliness"
period, even a bit of Ulf Soderberg at track 7 (at least reminds me).
Tracks 8 and beyond are back into more percussive compositions and get
better and more intense one by one, until track 11 with its trumpets.
Carbon Figures is a fully instrumental album (except for some samples
here and there) and doesnt
have a high production such as Karjalasta Kajahtta (Karjalan Sissit) or
Deconstruction of the World (Sophia) for example, but it‚s clearly
well above the average. Expect long hours drifting through nightmarish
and apocalyptic soundscapes.
Avant] / [Ars Musica Difundere]