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Artemiy Artemiev: Mysticism Of Sound (CD, 76:59); Electroshock Records, ELCD 009 Shades of Klaus Schulze’s X and visions of awakening from the Matrix-inspired AI sleepworlds -- this is excruciatingly perfect nightmare dronings. H. R. Gigerian, biomechanoid Liliths drag you beneath the digital mire and push your psyche through catacombs of ambient- noir. That was 17:42 of “Pictures of I. Bosch & P. Bruegel” swallowing you. The 27:10 “Mysticism Of Sound. Part #1" is a bit more ethereal at the start but soon you realize you have wandered into Hell’s abysmal industrial areas where monstrous entities babble and build the war machines of Apollyon’s Apocalypse. Dismal, maddening, relentless, blackened avalanches of sonic horrors bury you alive yet your ears will bleed for eternity. Shrouded priests chant blasphemies of corruption to unearth you for track three. You stand shivering in the ice caverns of Lower Tartarus, awaiting the unknown. “Cataclysms of the XX Century” brings 15:40 of Schulze- induced/X-ian journeys through echo-bouncing, doppler-effected, alien technology displays of forbidden powers. Cyber-beserkers approach, massive piles of metal and throbbing light, they tower over you, screaming gears and deafening hydraulics threaten your last vestiges of humanity. You are assimilated into the final track. “Mysticism Of Sound. Part #2" weaves 18:45 of Eno- esque eclecticsm and minimalism with Schulze-like synth textures. A perverse koto-sounding, free form, plucking meanders through industrial occasional noise. Nowhere was the destination and was reached over and over. Morton Subotonick or an insane Nipponese android might enjoy this final track but for this reviewer it was so diffusely enigmatic as to be predictably boring. Tracks one through three are inspired but the outro piece was flaccid electronic whanking in the style of 1960's experimentation without lasting substance. Overall, I recommend this release strongly to those with a darker taste in 21st century synthworks. ~ John W. Patterson
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