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I.Corax : Spectral Metabolism

This is the debut full-length of I.Corax. This is somewhat strange as some of the previous releases have exceeded 60 minutes in lenght (and is hence longer than this CD), but it seems that since they were released on pro-CDr and not a real pressed CD, the guys behind the project didn't count them as real full-lenghts.

'Spectral Metabolism' is based on some of I.Corax' first recordings, done by Anti Ittna Haapapuro and Jaakko Vanhala during the period between 1999 and 2002. Apparently the industrial/dark ambient that is found on this disc is mostly based on direct recordings of the sounds of nature. I'm not 100% sure wether or not they actually use any instruments. There are some sounds that I can't imagine coming from anything besides an instrument, but then again digital manipulation seems to be able to make anything possible.

This is one of the darkest pieces of music (if you can call it that) I have ever heard. Not only does it contain the usual unmelodic, disturbing sound that is typical for I.Corax. It also contains more distinct features that go from being in your face one second, to fading into the aether the next. Combine this with an intensive sound with so many layers that it's impossible to focus directly on the music. And that's perhaps what is so brilliant about this CD. It tries to avoid the consious mind of the listener and instead penetrates the subconscious, creating a direct link to the listener's emotions.

If you close your eyes and just let the music grow on you, it puts you into this trance-like state. The unmodified natural sounds will automatically put the mind's journey towards it. But the experience is not just nature alone, the dark atmsophere creates a vast, endless soundscape which floats between the seams of reality. This instantly reminds me of the spiritual journeys of the shamans. Knowing that these guys have an interest in such things only makes my suspicion stronger. I honestly believe that this CD is intended to be a spiritual journey, just like the shamans used to.

I've said it before and I'll have to say it again. I.Corax is not for the faint of heart. Yet many consider their works to be some of the best ever amongst the industrial/dark ambient genre. Anyone who has an interest in this kind of music should try this. Absolutely mindblowing.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
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Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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