Album Review: Forest Management – Passageways

Punctured only by an occasional clicking beat, like the flicking open and closed of a comatose eyelid through the blurry passage of time, the perfectly titled ‘Ageless Imagination’ opens the new Forest Management album, Passageways, with gentle and ethereal ambience. This tiny, flickering ostinato is in fact the only beat of any kind throughout the…

Album Review: End Christian – Bach Part One

The members of End Christian boast an impressive resume of bands past and present between them: Hex Inverter, Dalek, Brutal Truth to name a few, with Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh), Mike Hill (Tombs), Chris Connolly (Sun Kil Moon) and others also adding their talents to Bach Part One. However, the result of this wide collaboration…

Review: A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION//MIRROR

Certainly dark and certainly ambient, the genre tags associated with A.R.C. Soundtracks new release (on the increasingly eclectic and fascinating Gizeh Records) do not lie. Kicking off with a pleasingly menacing opening motif, DERELICTION//MIRROR has all the key elements of dark ambient music locked down and although the opening title track quickly becomes quite B-list-horror-esque…

Review: A-Sun Amissa – The Gatherer

Featuring an all-star cast of musicians from various atmospheric, left-field acts, the new release by ambient/drone collective A-Sun Amissa presents an exciting prospect for fans of these musical wanderers’ various niches. Led by Richard Knox (Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars, Gizeh Records), The Gatherer includes contributions from members of Amenra, Nadja, Lanterns on…

Review: Aaron Holm – The Boy

Ambient music is a tricky field for reviewers. As genre forefather Brian Eno once said, ‘it must be as ignorable as it is interesting’, and as such, focussing in on the specific strengths and weaknesses of a release such as Aaron Holm’s latest The Boy can be challenging. However, this challenge can be flipped around…