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Eidulon - Idolatriae [Maliganant Records - 2009]

'Idolatriae' is a slowly shifting & textural changing, often abstract & grimly surreal take on the dark ambient genre.  Eidulon are Italian based project & this is their first release which has been macabre worked on & darkly developed over a two year period between 2004 & 2006.

The thing I think that makes Eidulon stand out from any number of other dark or black ambient projects you might be able to think of is the different sonic disciplines, sounds & takes on making bleak/subterranean sonics they use in any one track. The tracks drift from: gothic organ sustains and dwells, onto dark murky brooding synth hazes, through to slowed down industrial crypt clunking & spooked out gamelan crashers, onto very uneasy dank, subterranean rubbles & drones, through to creepy field recording collages, onto the odd more noisy & damned highs.

Each track here is its own strange, dammed & creepy trip, & you really don’t know quite where it will swing or drift into next; all you do know is it be very darkly hued & grimly sunk in tangible black atmospherics. And unlike many dark ambient albums this works just as well in single track grim bursts as it does playing the whole album in one go; it's as if each sonic atom of the album is thick with dread,  & all things  dark, creepy & fearful.

'Indolatriae' is an original, varied & distinctive take on the dark ambient genre. Put simply it’s a dark mind-altering album that seems to grimly drag you off to strange, musty & damned place in-between realities where anything & everything is possible.

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Roger Batty
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