Ambient Reviews

Polyphia - Muse Album Artwork Cover
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Polyphia – Muse (, )
10th September 2014 -

Fresh faced Texans Polyphia have created an instrumental parade with their debut Muse. Open your ears to instrumental music because this one is awesome.

The Russian Sleep Experiment - An End Reborn Album Cover
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The Russian Sleep Experiment – An End Reborn (, , )
28th July 2014 -

An End Reborn is the début album from The Russian Sleep Experiment, a young metalcore band out of Milwaukee named after the viral horror story known as a “creepypasta”. The name of the band could indicate a level of abrasion and eerie atmosphere designed to keep you awake at night (which, to be honest, can be somewhat heard in “The… Read More »

Covenant - 'Leaving Babylon'
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Covenant – ‘Leaving Babylon’ (, )
8th September 2013 -

Every once in a while, one takes a punt on something different. I’d say I was exceptionally broad minded when it came to the music I listen to, but even then, we all have our preferences and individual tastes… As such, it should be noted that EBM (‘electronic body music’ to those too metal to know otherwise) is, to me… Read More »

Front Line Assembly - 'Echogenetic'
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Front Line Assembly – ‘Echogenetic’ (, , )
11th August 2013 -

(This review of ‘Echogenetic’ precedes an interview I recently did with Bill Leeb himself, in which we discuss the background and construction of the album. Check out Rock Sins in the next few days for the interview itself!) A haunting industrial ‘resonance’ (appropriately it’s title too) starts proceedings and it feels very much like the modern-day industrial EDM you’d come… Read More »

Palms
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Palms – ‘Palms’ (, )
14th July 2013 -

In short, this sounds exactly what you would expect ISIS and Chino to sound like; a well produced, emotive and peaceful balance of four fantastic musicians. That said, essentially it is ISIS through and through; melodic / sweeping ambience and guitar strokes; it’s very much a mix of the ‘Panopticon’ / ‘Wavering Radiant’ era and style, alas not as heavy… Read More »