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    Amber Asylum – “Garden of Love ” – [Self Release]

    Bio-fidelic biofeedback from the living dead? Amber Asylum has
    always had the prettiest corpses, whether suspended in amber,
    or glimpsed ghostly in mirrors, or shrouded in white water
    lillies on a black river. This self-released 10″ starts of
    with a cello “death” march while Kris Force’s violin gathers
    overhead. Actually the morbidity seems diminished on this
    aspect of the Asylum. Instead the feeling of a fantastic
    dream state is more in focus. The pace is very deliberate,
    as in a dream when you cannot move your feet. It quickens
    a bit in sections of the “Autonomy Suite” (which has a nice
    gladiator stand-off contained within it…) Eventually vox
    do arrive fashionably late on the first and final track of
    this three song record. On the latter, “Still Point” while
    Force’s counter-vocals still soar, Lorraine Rath’s lead has
    a sort of jazzy croon to them. Sort of a strange contrast
    for me, but surely KFJC’ers will eat this up like kids eat
    up Halloween candy. One cautionary word about that last
    track, it really does hit a “still point” about 2/3 of the
    way into it. We get a death knell, someone says faintly
    “that sounded okay” and then a reprise of dripping piano
    and instead of a violin flying above it, it’s Liz Allbee
    on trumpet at first. But then the Force is with us again,
    some string jags and then breathless shrieking (looped?).
    Could Amber Asylum be in the midst of a sea-change, what
    waits beyond the pale silence at this ep’s end?

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 23, 2005 at 9:58 am
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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