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5.0 out of 5 stars They're here to stay ..., 2 May 2002
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This review is from: The Visitors (Audio CD)
Like Cyclobe's remarkable debut, 'Luminous Darkness', 'The Visitors' is not a work that gives up its secrets willingly. On first hearing, it drifts past in a cloud of accomplished but seemingly anonymous synth and string textures, punctuated by the occasional esoteric instrument, ominous discord or rhythmic throb.
But Cyclobe's is an arcane, hermetic art, and their command of the recording studio is profound. In fact, their music exhibits the same near-obsessive attention to sumptuous detail that graces founder Stephen Thrower's book 'Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci'. Successive listens reveal dense layers of carefully-placed instrumentation, meticulous arrangements, and a sophisticated, almost subliminal approach to harmonic progression far beyond what one would expect of the 'dark ambient' genre. Listen to the tingling synthesiser that joins the two distinct sections of 'Replaced by His Constellation' -- and the contrast between the sections itself -- for proof of Cyclobe's mastery of the studio. You are unlikely to find a record to match this for sheer tonal beauty.
The pieces on 'The Visitors' are generally longer and looser than those of its predecessor (interestingly, so are most of the titles), so even closer listening is required to uncover a mostly latent but very real intensity. They have now entirely left behind any industrial or techno trappings and moved into a world of iridescent dawns and sunsets with distinct middle eastern overtones, where the promise of transcendence is as thrilling as the threat of annihilation.
Thrower was a member of Coil for some years, and some of his contributions to that group give a hint of his later musical direction. The Dionysian elements are more understated, however, and 'The Visitors', especially, seeks enlightenment largely through meditation rather than ecstasy. It's a path Coil themselves have discovered in recent years but which, for my money, Cyclobe are treading more assuredly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They're here to stay ..., 2 May 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: The Visitors (Audio CD)
Like Cyclobe's remarkable debut, 'Luminous Darkness', 'The Visitors' is not a work that gives up its secrets willingly. On first hearing, it drifts past in a cloud of accomplished but seemingly anonymous synth and string textures, punctuated by the occasional esoteric instrument, ominous discord or rhythmic throb.
But Cyclobe's is an arcane, hermetic art, and their command of the recording studio is profound. In fact, their music exhibits the same near-obsessive attention to sumptuous detail that graces founder Stephen Thrower's book 'Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci'. Successive listens reveal dense layers of carefully-placed instrumentation, meticulous arrangements, and a sophisticated, almost subliminal approach to harmonic progression far beyond what one would expect of the 'dark ambient' genre. Listen to the tingling synthesiser that joins the two distinct sections of 'Replaced by His Constellation' -- and the contrast between the sections itself -- for proof of Cyclobe's mastery of the studio. You are unlikely to find a record to match this for sheer tonal beauty.
The pieces on 'The Visitors' are generally longer and looser than those of its predecessor (interestingly, so are most of the titles), so even closer listening is required to uncover a mostly latent but very real intensity. They have now entirely left behind any industrial or techno trappings and moved into a world of iridescent dawns and sunsets with distinct middle eastern overtones, where the promise of transcendence is as thrilling as the threat of annihilation.
Thrower was a member of Coil for some years, and some of his contributions to that group give a hint of his later musical direction. The Dionysian elements are more understated, however, and 'The Visitors', especially, seeks enlightenment largely through meditation rather than ecstasy. It's a path Coil themselves have discovered in recent years but which, for my money, Cyclobe are treading more assuredly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, mysterious, infinitely engaging., 11 April 2014
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This review is from: The Visitors (Audio CD)
This sounds better than ever. If you've seen the recent UFO documentary Mirage Men, you will find that most of the music has come from this album.
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