Автор: Argentum | 23 июля 2013 | Просмотров: 1023Mp3
Artist: En Nihil Album: The Approaching Dark Genre: Death Industrial | Power Electronics Origin: USA Quality info: mp3 320 kbps Size: 115 mb =============
1. The Tombs of Empire (03:46) 2. Frozen Postures (03:20) 3. The Hearts Relent (04:52) 4. Human Animal (03:29) 5. Futile Man - The Weight of Absolution (08:38) 6. Souls to Cease (04:48) 7. Vulture Reign (05:10) 8. The Approaching Dark (10:30) 9. Darkfall (07:33)
'In the vast world that encompasses dark electronics, it goes without saying that projects can tend to easily bleed into one another as their dedication towards the abrasive or the minimal leads to an inevitable solidarity in sound. While there is certainly that 20-30 percentile whom operate outside of the confines of those invisible barriers, few have done it for as long and with such dedication as En Nihil. Helmed by one man in Adam Fritz over the life of the project, En Nihil is now approaching its second decade of existence, though it appears to have had its own proverbial dark age between 1999 and 2009 where little to nothing was recorded, or at least released. Whether this was due to personal hardship or general disinterest in the style of music that he was destined to create is unclear, but there is something within The Approaching Dark that hovers on the periphery of the skin-deep meaning that is proposed by track titles like “The Tombs of Empire”, “Souls to Cease” and “Vulture Reign”. No, this album cover hints at something more than a simple death; something that has rattled the artist down to the marrow, perhaps leaving The Approaching Dark as an ambiguous, visceral purification of whatever lay in memory underneath that decade-long silence.
“The Tombs of Empire” left me immediately horrified as the album opened on a frail electronic line of sound that buzzed in and out. Surely this couldn’t be a sign of things to come — of some sort of electronic experimentation gone wrong. My faith would be rewarded seconds later as this line abruptly raised and crashed, effectively snapping into existence a ferocious blur of harsh industrial scrapings and rumblings. From the closing moments of the opener to the opening of “Frozen Postures”, it became clear that this would be another varied effort from the artist as we quickly dove into the depths of glimmering, crystalline dark ambience — a fragile sonic landscape populated by glacial statues of men driven mad by endless wretched hours of solitary thought. It isn’t until “The Hearts Relent” that the true emotive essence of the album begins to show — where these shadowed Forms melt into streams of purling memory that are illuminated by a brief, potent clarity and, finally, acceptance. This is a beautiful melancholic track that is dominated by a repetitious flowing melody that heralds what is to come in the latter two-thirds of The Approaching Dark.
From here, it’s all downhill in terms of any semblance of waning light. As the title hints, “Human Animal” is nearly completely composed of a bestial display of raw electronics, while “Futile Man – The Weight of Absolution” carries with it a melodic brilliance that is shattered by powerful electronic brooding and a monstrous bass-end. It contains the melodic elements that one might expect from some IDM artists or electroacoustic ambience while retaining a surreal destructive sonic force, and ends in dissolution, simply meandering in nothingness through withering static decay and droning dead air. This, then, is one of the most powerful and inventive tracks that I have heard in recent memory — aesthetically and emotionally striking, and nearly leaving me tongue-bound and incapable of describing its uniqueness. From the straight-forward industrial tidings of “Souls to Cease” to the subtly rhythmic “Vulture Reign”, the end-half of the album seems to get “back to basics”, providing a glimpse into some old-school electronics and impressive death industrial atmosphere, and the title track, “The Approaching Dark”, follows suit with an epic Gruntsplatter-style dark ambience (I can’t help but be reminded of “The Hive”). The closing track, “Darkfall”, is impressive in that it doesn’t attempt to close the track out on an expected note — what one would assume would be an apocalyptic track with thunderous destruction and the death rattle of civilization — rather it opts for a sombre tone. This final track transcends the violence of its noisier counterparts, bringing everything together on top of a harrowed and yet deeply personal hallowed ground.
Whatever epiphanies regarding the secrets that this album holds remain ephemeral, hidden behind every subtle, somber melody, every furious eruption of noise, and every episode of maddened industrial frenzy. The Approaching Dark is indeed a conceptual album, but its final meaning is ambiguous at best. While there are currently no plans for En Nihil to release any future albums, it is hard to imagine there not being a successor to something as impressive as The Approaching Dark. However, if there were to be a high-note to go out on, this would be it.'