TRACES OF NOTHINGNESS
CD: Cyclic Law 13th Cycle 
Ltd x 1000
Law…will you ever put a foot wrong? A part of me…small I must
admit…just wishes that you release something I won’t like.
Some mediocre recording where I can write ‘yeah…you got it
massively wrong. Not so clever now are you. Take this. Take that.’
That time will eventually come. The fall from grace must happen. Not yet
though. Not at this precise moment. The Gods smile down on Cyclic Law
and the lucky streak continues. How Svartsinn must give thanks to make
this label his home. A label that fully appreciates and can help nurture
and promote his talents. In return we the record buying public reap the
benefits from both artist and label. Music is the food of life.
eight tracks are beautifully rendered sonic sound sculptures encapsulating
the sadness and depression that effects us all. All the naturally to be
expected components that so typify this type of recording have been successfully
utilised to make one all encompassing aural experience. The electronics
are brimming with depth and atmosphere and suitably chilling and nightmarish.
Even the inclusion of samples…an old and slightly stagnant device…are
sparingly used so enhance instead of hindering the recording. In fact
one of the samples used appeared on the first "Back and Forth"
release by Skinny Puppy. Strike one smart ass point to the reviewer. No
matter how great or exemplary the recording (which this is by the way),
the question remains as to whether "Traces of nothingness" adds
anything new to the dark ambient genre. The answer of course is that it
doesn’t. Nor does it need to. This genre is already full to the
gunnels with like minded recordings but there’s always room for
one more…especially one oozing with the quality on display here.
The labyrinth of desolate sounds makes for a highly rewarding and pleasurably
dark and unsettling sonic voyage which is thoroughly engaging and tempered
with the odd flashes of brilliance here and there.
[Svartsinn] / [Cyclic Law]
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