|Halo Manash is a dark ambient project by a member of another dark ambient project called I.Corax. The very same member is none other than the man behind most of the ideas in Dolorian, Annti Haapapuro. And just as with Dolorian, he has created a highly original and interesting atmosphere here.|
The music is based on seven dreams of its creator. Neither of them could have been very pleasant from the sound of it. Each track lasts exactly 7 minutes. Not a second more. Not a second less. Seven tracks of seven minutes each... 7x7. I do not know what it means or if it does mean something at all, but it does make one wonder.
The music, if one could call it music, is mostly made out of sinister and haunting sounds. Some sound like an engine room. Some are whispers or ghostly howls that fade in and out. Some are ritual drums. Some are faint computerlike sounds. And some are digital audio that I can only describe as being like a dark, thick dream-mist. Combine everything and you have an extremely claustrophobic treat.
Each track has interesting and thought provoking elements in it. Track three ends with sudden fuzz interrupting and sweeping away the music. It is almost like the person wakes up from the dream. Track four has deep growls in it with a whimpering response to it. The name of the track, 'Devourer', pretty much explains this. The whole album is a journey that can most likely be explained in similar ways, but the meaning of the dreams is hidden and only the author knows the truth behind them.
I suspect that the lyrics are in Finnish as I cannot really grasp the meaning of them, but on the other hand they are quite hard to discern anyways.
I am reviewing this release because I find it really of interest for doom fans, especially those who are fans of Dolorian or other horror doom bands. Not to mention that this is music for everyone who enjoys being a bit paranoid and shaky after the music finishes.
1. Solar Horn
3. I Lure Rot
6. Mania Tone
7. Lunar Horn
Duration : Approx. 49 minutes
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