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I.Corax : from gOLDem flesh to silverb ONE

I must admit I was impressed by the quality of this CDr. If I didn't know any better I would say that this was a well-planned studio album while in fact it's a live studio recording. If I hadn't read the statement by the band themselves and hence verified that it is in fact true, I would never have guessed. The quality of the sound is in fact so good that most studio albums fall below. The fact that all the tracks have no title makes me wonder if the album is not just a live studio recording, but in fact completely improvised as well.

Yet another interesting thing about this release is the name. If you read the capital letters only it reads "OLD ONE". Who is the 'Old One'? Is it an ancient deity or a being of force? Or might it be a reference to a psychological state? The name of the band can perhaps answer it all. 'Corax' is latin for raven. So I.Corax would mean: "I, the raven". According to Norse mythology the raven sees all and isthe messenger of Odin, the king of the gods. But this is just a guess which quite frankly, I find to fit the music.

The music, if you can call it that, is very dark, sinister and claustrophobic. I know that sounds a lot like the description of Halo Manash, but if you compare the two then you'll find that I.Corax is far more pulsating and much less ambient. In fact there is not much ambient at all on this CD. But the dark and sinister aura is very similar for both bands, just in different ways. While Halo Manash focuses on the haunting and subconscious mind, I.Corax instead puts effort into making very claustrophobic audio.

Imagine being locked up in an isolated room. There is no door, no window and no other way to get out. In this room there are voices that constantly surround you. There is no one there... At least no one that you can see. There are so many of them that you cannot discern a single word from the constant mumbling. I find that this has to be the best way to describe this kind of music. An unstoppable experience of horrors which you'll never be sure whether comes from your head or is real.

For those who like music that really freaks you out and torments your very soul, this has to be a perfect record. It's so intense that you can feel it around your heart. But if you are faint of heart, I have to warn you that this might be more disturbing than you can handle.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. [untitled]
2. [untitled]
3. [untitled]
4. [untitled]
5. [untitled]
6. [untitled]
7. [untitled]
8. [untitled]

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the I.Corax bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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