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Grimbergen - A Lonely Place
Thursday, March 15 2007 @ 01:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: Hoerikwaggo

A Lonely Place

Artist: Grimbergen Czech Republic

Title: A Lonely Place

Label: Self Released

Genre: Dark Ambient

1. A Lonely Man
2. Without Hope
3. Waiting For Better Days
4. Unable To Escape
5. A Constant Feeling
6. Of Frustration And Disappointment

This is a rather intriguing fourth demo from Nathan Clemence, an expat “Northern Englishman” now residing in Prague. Releasing four demos without securing a deal usually suggests a lack of creative prowess, but it appears as if bad luck rather than insipid compositions is to blame, especially with so many lesser talented acts polluting rosters.

Grimbergen claims this is similar in tone to his previous demos, barring the introduction of bass and chants. The cumulative effect of these new elements is to provide an organic dimension that was presumably missing previously. The chants are extremely basic, consisting of nothing more than solo “aahss” and “orrrhhhss” but are used to great effect, helping to propel the songs forward, alongside the ritualistic percussion and naturally providing a spiritual dimension to his music. The introduced bass is also used selectively and this adds to their effectiveness. An ebow is used to create less orthodox but nonetheless still haunting drones. In contrast to many of his peers in the dark ambient field, there is a sense of progression, to the songs, a feeling that they are proceeding towards a definite endpoint, even if there is not always a climax. Given the vast numbers of bands who routinely release much inferior material; it is a mystery why he remains unsigned. But then no-one said that life was fair.

     


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