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CHAOS AS SHELTER - Midnight Prayer/ Illusion - CD - Crowd Control Records

review by: Roberto Martinelli

Chaos as Shelter is a one man ambient project from Israel. The material on this double album can be described as dark, but not evil sounding like projects like Herbst9 or Kerovnian.

Sighing, sultry horns mix with the sounds of wading into a pool of electric water, a shower of metallic drops, acoustic guitar, and some harmonic chants contribute to but a small bit of the plethora or sounds to be enjoyed on Midnight Prayer/ Illusion. Now imagine these elements if they were all recorded in some sort of cavernous aluminum air duct, and you've got a pretty good idea of what you can expect.

Vadim Gusis, the force behind Chaos as Shelter, has said that his material is best enjoyed in utter silence at around 4 or 5 A.M. This seems to be quite a fitting recommendation, as the sounds on Midnight Prayer/Illusion are soothing and etheral; they enter the brain smoothly - as if imbibed with a unique melody. Although the music is produced almost entirely with electronic equipment, it almost makes one think of some kind of alternate natural world, albeit one encapsulated in pliable metal.

The agreeable mix of ambient, electronics, voice, acoustics and Israeli folk music influences make this album highly recommended to fans of dark ambient and dilletantes alike.

 

 

 

ISSUE 6
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-D)  (D-I)  (I-L)  (L-R)  (R-T)  (V-W)

ANDROMEDA
Extension of th

APHEX TWIN
Drukgs

BENEDICTION
Organized Chaos

CHAOS AS SHELTE...
Midnight Prayer

DARK FORTRESS
Tales from Eter

DARK FUNERAL
Diabolis Interi

DARKTHRONE
Plague Wielder

DEATH
Live in L.A.

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