Sephiroth - _Draconian Poetry_
(Cold Meat Industry, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Sole member Ulf Soderberg is certainly well-traveled: apart from trips to Egypt and Iceland, he has also journeyed to the relatively unspoilt Antarctic wilderness. This may seem like an irrelevant topic with which to open a music review, but Soderberg incorporates samples taken during his journeys into his music. Perhaps his frequent wanderings explain the lengthy gap between Sephiroth's 1999 debut _Cathedron_ and this, his sophomore effort. (To be fair, he has released material under his own name in the intervening years and labelmates In Slaughter Natives and The Protagonist have also taken lengthy breaks between albums.)

Although Sephiroth's music remains comfortably within the realms of dark ambient, his conventional ambient soundscapes are complemented by the highly effective bursts of tribal drumming, providing a rhythmic background and generally allowing for a more invigorating listen than many of his contemporaries. Without this percussive anchor, the music tends to meander somewhat aimlessly.

Despite the slightly above average rating given above, I would still advocate a purchase. It is entertaining in places and money would not be wasted. However, it suffers severely by comparison to ambient cohorts Desiderii Marginis and Atrium Carceri, who have both released outstanding and far stronger albums in the recent past.


(article published 28/2/2006)

8/12/1999 A Wasylyk 8 Sephiroth - Cathedron
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