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I.Corax : Kuilu

There is one thing about this CDr that sets it apart from all the other previous works by I.Corax; the tracks have actual names. Since the album doesn't have any lyrics, it's the names that are the main indication of the ideas behind the music. The names relate to things of nature ('Tephra' means volcanic rock and glass), mystical (a 'Menhir' is a lone, erected stone/monolith) and emotions ('Animus Desertus' is latin for "desolated soul").

The name of that last track and the name of the CDr, 'Kuilu' (which is Finnish for "abyss"), also says something about the mood of the music. It's simpler than most of their other works and while it's just a little less disturbing, it's mostly not as intense as their other works. Here they even incorporate some hints of melody from time to time. But don't get me wrong. It's still cold and unpleasant like it has always been.

The reason that the sound of this CDr is different is because this recording was acutally done two years before. The recording was made during I.Corax' first live performance on the 2nd of March 2002. Hence it's not as "mature" as many of the later releases. However, it still stands as an excellent release in the dark ambient/industrial genre and it should be mentioned to their credit that the sound quality is great. It sounds just like a studio recorded album.

'Kuilu' is not the most essential work from I.Corax. Hence beginners might want to start with one of their other releases. But that doesn't mean that anyone who loves really dark and unmelodic stuff won't like this. It's quite the opposite if you ask me. It's mostly because it was released as a more limited edition than the other releases. It's doubtful that any of the shops still carry it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Face Of The Sun
2. Menhir
3. Tephra
4. Animus Desertis

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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