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Go to the Necropolis website  Necropolis - Necrosphere [Cold Spring - 2006]

Within the first few minutes itís clear from the quality and depth of the sound here, why Cold spring wanted to re-releases this deep dark ambient masterpiece, it was original releshed as a Cdr pressing of just  85. It drifts into chilling banks of flimatic synthesizer work,  low and deep bouncing off the abyss drones , and sounds that suddenly fire out of the darkness at you, to keep you on edgy.

At near on half an hour Necrosphere is of a satisfying length, with enough textural and sound variation to keep your interested. Like all great Dark ambient music itís often  difficult to put your finger on, what exactly is making each sound, which of course tigers ones imagination. This seems to alternates between the feeling  of vast dank semi aquatic hangers, and rubbish strewn abandon cities. Every surface covered in inches of dust, there seems very little movement of air  and you seem to be the first person here in many years, even the animals have left. the was  Recorded in and around Siberian, Russia, utilizing field recordings made in Taiga and disused military missile shafts.

The second track morning air runs for near on 15 minutes and  appears for the first time here. Itís again another brooding piece of sound work, aching out deep bellowing cravens of vast dark sound, that seems to bring to mind been stuck on a narrow stone lendge looking down into endless seemly bottomless pit just bellow you, you throw a stone down ,but it never seems to touch the bottom. The air is dank with the smell of decaying flesh matter, as the track nears itís end it slides into darkly beautiful synthesizer clouds.

A very satisfying piece of dark ambient sound craft, which I can well see my self returning to often.  I Look forward to hearing  more of Necropolis  future work.

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Roger Batty
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