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Halo Manash : SYoMA

Yet another dark industrial masterpiece by the Dolorian bandmember Anti Ittna Haapapuro. This time he has been aided by Iwo Hoccuc on percussions. He must certainly be a guy whose mind is full of ideas. Even though this is the third Halo Manash album to be released in only two years, he has already begun planning ahead two new releases for this project.

The overal haunting, void-like sound of the music hasn't changed much since 'Se Its En', the first Halo Manash full-length. One of the most notable differences is the more prominent guitar drones. Don't jump to conclusions and think that you'll find anything Sunn O)))-like on 'SYoMA'. The fact that the drone is made by acoustic instruments is just the first of the major differences. This is a sinister and industrial sounding dirge with nothing in common with the drone/doom scene.

A wide variety of instruments is used. This includes what seems like a dosen different wind instruments, chimes and skin crawling noises which cannot really be identified as anything from this world. But the most cruel touch is the chanting whispers that seem to fade in and out of the music. It's like a presence that has no distinct figure or shape, but instead drifts calmly around you.

Just like the earlier Halo Manash releases this is meant to enlighten you. It's purpose is meditation and actually does captivate the listener if you just close your eyes and allow yourself to drift away with the music. Of course this is quite an intense journey through the fabric of the universe, often touching the place where nightmares are born. This would probably be a good time to warn you that the disturbing sounds on 'SYoMA' can be way too much for a fragile mind. Still, although this CD does have the capability to induce fear, it is extremely mind stimulating.

Halo Manash is a really underrated band if you ask me. Even within the scene of the dark ambient/industrial genre, it seems to be quite unknown actually. I do not know why. All I know is that I am sure everyone who is a fan of this genre (and strong enough to cope with this kind of music) will enjoy this. As I said, it truly is a masterpiece...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. putoUSVA
2. usvaISuusiuTUVA
3. aLASpäIn sYÖn
4. Etä-etisijä
5. irTAUTumInensin
6. silvOINnokkaASTiEtoa
7. LOi muUTOS
8. SYoMA

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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