Band: Flames of Genesis
Release House: Minotauro Records
Genre: Dark Ambient
One Sentence Synopsis: The Voyager enters the scene with an amazing dark ambient soundscape.
Series: Interstellar Transmigration Series
Release Date: 11-10-17
Running Time: 68 minutes
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Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan
Final Score: 4.5 Moons (Out of 5.0)
Nameless and faceless, The Voyager has come upon us with his dark ambient soundscape: Flames of Genesis. Chilling sounds and droning noises; seven soundtracks take the listener beyond that dark expanse we call “space” into the realm of Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge to Further Realms.
Light the incense, put on your headphones and prepare to expand your mind because it’s going on a little journey; a journey into the realm of the dark ambience. The journey begins by “Entering the Breathing Space Between Worlds.” A gust of wind followed by low tones prepare you for “Visions of Fluid Dimensions,” a remarkable mixture of droning bass, sounds that you might hear in a halfway abandoned factory and drawn out notes all building the atmosphere for the rest of the soundscape.
Travel further into the coldness of space and the fluid becomes “A Legacy of Ice Across the Cosmos,” offering one of the more complex tracks on the album. Going deeper into the recesses of space the droning seems to speak to the listener as “Attuning to the Voices Beyond the Vacuum.” The eeriness just increases as you’re “Aligned with the Expansion of the Universe.” Visions of wind chimes in empty space go through the listener’s head. How long the journey has been is unknown, as you are now “Beyond the Linear Concept of Time.” You really begin to feel the emptiness, and paradoxically it seems to fill you rather than drain you. And then the travelling ceases with the “Journey to Where the Silence Begins.” Gusts of wind just like where the listener began, offering what appears to be a cycle of soundscapes that one would definitely want to revisit.
I have been a fan of ambient music for about ten years now, and I must say that Flames of Genesis is by far one of the best acts in the genre that I have heard. People think it’s just noise but it takes a lot to be able to mix the sounds and music just right in order to create a certain feel and mood, and I think the mixing and mastering done on this album is phenomenal. “Transmigration” is a great word to have in the title because your soul will indeed pass into another realm.
My favorite track is most certainly “A Legacy of Ice Across the Cosmos.” I really love the complexity of the track, and it’s one of the more diverse songs with wide-ranging notes and changes within. I like how “Journey to Where the Silence Begins” started very similar to the opening track, but I would have liked a more powerful ending to the album.
The dark atmosphere of this album could be very appealing to the Gothic listener, as many of us in the community are fans of the ethereal realm. There is an air of mystery that surrounds not only the soundtrack but also the artist as well. Definitely something one could listen to in a dark room with candles lit.
Flames of Genesis offers top quality dark ambience that I thought was starting to lack in the genre. This album renewed my hope.
Theme: 5.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
Presentation: 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
Gothic Fit: 4.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
Final Score (not an average): 4.5 Moons (out of 5.0)