Black Depths Grey Waves - Never Forever Simply Done - (2.5/10)
Published on March 25, 2014
Genre:Dark / Ambient
When I was about to listen to this record I was intrigued by the album cover, which reminded me a bit of Therion’s Gothic Kabbalah booklet, but that is as far as similarities go. There are only two songs to be heard, and after hitting “play” on the first all I get is about 15 seconds of silence. Then some sounds start to build up into what seems to be a nice atmospheric and haunting intro, yet it continues for several minutes, and I start to realize this is no intro, this is the actual song, which stays practically immutable as time goes by in an extremely monotonous porridge of electronic effects. A sinister, heavily processed voice recites some texts that appear to be inspired by H.P Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley, but that really does not make up for the lack of, well, almost everything else in Never Forever Simply Done.
If one is expecting any kind of percussion or more straightforward instrumentation here, like the occasional guitar, even if electronically emulated, it just won’t happen. After about five minutes of the first track, “9th symbol of the Forgotten Realm”, I am already fed up and ready to listen to mostly anything else, or just enjoy the proverbial silence for that matter; however, I intend to do a fair review, so I continue listening in hopes of the slightest change in direction, but no, this will continue just as it began, until the very end, which clocks at, and I kid you not, 25 mintues and 25 seconds. Why? Why doing 25 minutes of something that really doesn’t change or evolve in any way?
It’s time for track two (time is a word that I begin to dread), simply titled “Hush”, and things sound kind of like an eerie industrial science fiction machine working in the background, and a couple of layers of similar sounds are readily added to the mix, but that is the way things stay, as you might have guessed, for the remaining time of the track, with just minor changes in pitch; oh, and also the same type of vocals as in the previous, only a little more scarce. This one lasts for about 21 minutes.
In all fairness I’m not big on ambient music, but I have heard some that strike me as decent. On the other hand, I have to say this could work as the soundtrack for a sci-fi, psychological, horror or suspense flick, or a videogame for that matter. Actually, I think I recall some similar sounds when playing the first Silent Hill game long ago, or in movies like THX 1138. They were, however, not used in such a lengthy, exhausting way, plus you had a game to be played or a movie to be watched.
I am probably just a big blasphemous ignorant when it comes to this kind of recording, but I in fact enjoy dark, slow, dense music, and I am not an enemy of minimalism. However, listening to this reminds me quite a bit of hearing “the ocean” in a seashell, and that is something I would not do for 47 minutes.