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VLE - The Book Of Illusions: Chapters I & II (10/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Ambient / Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 65:34
Band homepage: VLE


Chapter I
  1. Kano
  2. Freedom To Fly
  3. Behold The Night ||Beyond Sunsets
  4. Timeless
  5. 3 In 5
  6. Drift
  7. Stark
    Chapter II
  8. Kano
  9. The Dancer
  10. Trilogy Of The I
  11. Amintro
  12. Amtheme
  13. Scotland
  14. A Scene From A Tree
  15. In Silence
  16. Stark
  17. A Fortunate Reversal
VLE - The Book Of Illusions: Chapters I & II
After reading Wes' review I must state that I completely agree with everything that he said. This man has the ability to transcend and apparently stop time in his music. There is something dark, mysterious and frightening about this ability that I fear many people will choose to ignore or overlook this majestic work of art. It would be their own loss if they chose to do so as this is simply the most beautiful, deep and most importantly genuine sounding music that has ever graced my ears.

The info sheet claims that VLE convey many raw human emotions in their music including "melancholy", "duality", "infinity" and "harmony" amongst many others. Such a statement to me would normally seem arrogant or downright pompous, yet there is no false arrogance here as VLE actually to manage to create seemingly unrehearsed free flowing ambient sounds comparable not to other musicians but to natural human emotions and spontaneous tendencies.

If I had to draw comparisons I would say look no further than BURZUM. The pain and overall naturality of the sound is comparable to classic BURZUM in its ambience, like the timeless intro for the masterpiece "Det Som Engang Var" which he was never able to replicate in his later day ambient experimentations. BURZUM is definitely the best comparison I can draw to as the music does lean toward Black Metal in its heavier sections and the overall primal rhythmic nature can again be likened to tracks such as "Dunkelheit" only in a more rounded way with much less of a misanthropic edge.

Where BURZUM was undoubtedly Black Metal this is so much more and transcends the generic headings completely. Music needs more artists of this calibre yet I still fear for the survival of this artist as he will probably vanish before even being discovered by many until its too late. Why has this project not been snapped up by some label? Does music not need that splash of originality and genuine power to revive interest in failing genres?

I realise I have not spoken about the music deeply other than to liken it with feeling. This is not my fault as it will effect everyone different as in certain moods you pick out different sections to relate to. "Kano" the into to both parts of this disc is possibly my favourite track but everything merges into one timeless journey into human thought and emotion despite poor abrupt endings to each track (a fade out would have helped).

Simply put this is a masterpiece, but due to the lack of finance and the fact that it was recorded mostly on a four track this is an overlooked genius who has come, as Wes stated, well before his time. (Online June 15, 2003)

Niall Kennedy

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