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R.Y.N. – “Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy” – [Equation Records]


On this 2010 release, the U.K. Dark Ambient duo serve their unwitting dinner guests two ominous sidelong tracks recorded in 2008. Both are about 18 minutes long, and both tend to be pretty minimal– layered wind-howls, long amorphous drones-on-drones, churning aquatic textures, distant rumbling, distorted electronics. Both sides are almost (but not quite) dissonant enough to make the leap from Dark Ambient to Industrial Noise. The A side (with moments of near-dead air at its start) seems to be mixed significantly more quietly than the B, but, perhaps paradoxically, A is also harsher and busier, making room for some Industrial crackling, metal banging and shrouded voices. B is the calm one by default but possesses no less of a twilight atmosphere than does its counterpart. This is really more of a place to visit than an LP to listen to, in some ways: it doesn’t seem to be coming from or going to anywhere. It’s content to just hang out, being spooky… mystical… nuanced… soothing… confusing. Check it out if you like Lustmord, Wilt, Maeror Tri or Raison D’Etre.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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