Aiton - _Akhetaten_
(Insomnya Records, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (4 out of 10)
The debut album from Aiton is conceptually centred on on the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV Echnaton's attempts to create a monotheistic religion well before the supposed advent of Jesus Christ. Interesting concept, but only tenuous connected with the music itself, an unfortunate graduate of the Burzum school of dark ambient. At least Varg Vikernes has the excuse that he was stuck in prison, which I doubt is available to Aiton. However, Burzum did actually write good songs, it's just that the rendition was inferior (doubters are referred to the covers of his ambient material on the Burzum tribute, where the covers are actually better than the originals) and this may be the case with Aiton, but after hearing several songs of annoying programmed drums and Casio tones, it really doesn't matter.

If Aiton had dumped the Casio with the light-up keys in favour there might have been a decent dark ambient album that mixed the ethereal with the orchestral. (At this stage, it barely need be said that the synth strings are exceptionally cheesy. The patterns of the programmed drums are surprisingly conventional, but sound harshly cheap and clinical.) Basically, an album of potentially decent ambient tones marred by poor realisation. Those who loved the soundtrack to the original "Doom" game may enjoy this.

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(article published 27/4/2008)

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