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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ Screams For Tina - 2003 A.D. ]
[ SD6 - Between Noise and Transmission ]
[ Seabound - Double-Crosser ]
[ Seabound - No Sleep Demon V2.0 ]
[ Seabound - Poisonous Friend ]
[ Seabound - Beyond Flatline ]
[ Second Skin - Black Eyed Angel ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ Sibelian - Gothic Opera 1999-2011 ]
[ Silent Auction - H On Earth ]
[ Silica Gel - Genesis ]
[ Silica Gel - Nada Es Eterno ]
[ Silica Gel - La Mitad ]
[ Silvery - Black Box ]
[ [:SITD:] - Ikon:Koru ]
[ [:SITD:] - Rot ]
[ [:SITD:] - bestie:mensch ]
[ [:SITD:] - Coded Message:12 ]
[ [:SITD:] - Stronghold ]
[ Skeleton Trees - Season of Mists ]
[ Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right ]
[ Sleep Slid In - The Open Diary ]
[ Sleeptheif - Eurydice (CDS) ]
[ Sleeptheif - The Dawnseeker ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Mirror ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Purity ]
[ Sol Invictus - Sol Veritus Lux (2006) ]
[ Solemn Novena - Kiss The Girls ]
[ Soman - Mask ]
[ The Soil Bleeds Black - Mirror of the Middle Ages ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Eztica ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Atlan ]
[ Soul Flight - Soul Flight ]
[ Soulscape - Grave New World ]
[ SPC ECO - Push EP ]
[ SPC ECO - 3-D ]
[ State of the Union - Inpendum ]
[ State of the Union - Timerunner ]
[ Stereoskop - Electrika ]
[ Stereoskop - In A While EP ]
[ sToa - Silmand ]
[ sToa - ZAL ]
[ Streeturchin - Native ['neitiv] ]
[ Stromkern - Light It Up ]
[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
[ Subway To Sally - Bastard ]
[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
[ Suicide Commando - Bind, Torture, Kill ]
[ Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil ]
[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ System Syn - All Seasons Pass ]
[ System Syn - End ]
[ System Syn - The Mourning Ritual ]
[ System Syn - Postscript ]
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[ Tannhauser - a.new.biostate ]
[ Tearwave - Different Shade Of Beauty ]
[ Tearwave - Tearwave ]
[ Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ Tolchock - Wipe Out, Burn Down, Annihilate ]
[ Tor Lundvall - Yule ]
[ T.O.Y. - Fairytale MCD ]
[ T.O.Y. - White Lights ]
[ Trance to the Sun - Spiders, Aether & Rain ]
[ Trinity Project, The - The Subtle Movements... ]
[ Tristraum - Gray ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Legends of Blood and Light ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Reverie ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Fairydust ]
[ The Twilight Garden - A World We Pretend ]
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[ Unavox - Angels Dance Upwards ]
[ Underwater Pilots - Tranquil Places ]
[ Unheilig - Zelluloid ]
[ Unto Ashes - Burials Foretold ]
[ Unto Ashes - The Blood of my Lady ]
[ Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow ]
[ Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings ]
[ Unto Ashes - I Cover You With Blood ]
[ Unto Ashes - Empty Into White ]
[ Unto Ashes - Saturn Return ]
[ Unwoman - Blossoms ]
Eztica (feat. Ashkelon Sain) - Review

Soriah and Ashkelon Sain combine forces again for their second album together released on Projekt Records. img These two build on their unique talents and musical styles for another interesting and haunting collaboration. Mixing traditional and ancient aztec and central asian styles and influences with modern guitars and various forms of percussion and rhythms modern and traditional. Spanning eleven tracks and packaged in a beautiful fold out eco-friendly wallet, this album is another excellent mixture of unique music.

The album starts off fairly dark and heavy with ancient verse and vocals hovering over grinding bass and various guitars and a mix of tribal rhythms in the form of "Iix". We get a nice mixture of ancient and modern styles and elements on this disc and this is a perfect example of how this collaboration has expanded slightly to include a little more modern instruments and styles in the mix while still maintaining that ancient air of mysticism. The range of intensity varies from the previously mentioned upbeat piece to dark, haunting ambient sounds. In fact dropping right off from "Iix" into the next piece "Ticochitlehua" is like dropping off of a high mountain peak into a dark and dreary abyss. The haunting music swirls around the listener as the soft, whispered tendril-like vocals move in to the subconscious. After climbing out of this abyss we're presented with a favorite on this album, the title-track "Eztica" starts off slow and dark and slowly builds into a moving, hypnotic piece with the mesmerizing throat-singing in it's unique splendor accented and moved along with a modern beat and modern, haunting music.

Overall the album picks up more of a modern air with the new and unique mixes across each track of guitar, percussion and synths making the music a bit more accessible to a wider audience in the related genres. It moves along fluidly through each piece from ancient to modern and back again, mixing the seemingly opposing styles into something at times dreamy, others moving and upbeat. Traditional tracks like "Ehecatl" and "Temicteopan" lay nestled between modern pieces, some still laid back and ethereal like "Chocatiuh" while others are an excellent mix of modern guitars and soundscapes such as "Ximehua". This new genre of ancient aztec and modern ambient and shoegaze meets psychadelic is intriguing and seems to work fine with an eclectic air. After a couple more of these pieces the album wraps up neatly with "Amochantzinco", again mixing the ancient vocals and chanting with modern guitars and ambient electronics across a moving mix of tribal and modern percussion for an excellent finale to the album.

Overall an excellent work with the music geared more towards what readers and listeners here would expect, while still maintaining the solid foundation in Soriah's ancestors ancient traditional sounds. Excellent progress while not losing any of the solid foundation.

Rating: 4/5



Atlan (feat. Ashkelon Sain) - Review

Soriah is a unique musician in the ambient world of music, combining Asian influences with that of the ancient Aztec culture. img While he has created a number of limited self-released albums, this is the first full-length album through a label. He combines his efforts with those of Ashkelon Sain most recently known for his work with Trance to the Sun, also released with Projekt Records. I don't know much about the cultures and influences behind this music, but the style of throat singing that appears layered over the spellbinding ambient soundscapes is captivating across the eleven tracks on this album.

The album ebbs and flows through these otherworldly pieces and hold the listener entranced through instrumental and lyrical pieces alike. The vocals are unique and unlike anything you'll probably ever hear on any other album featured here on gothic paradise, but the music is an excellent blend of ambient and ethereal dimensions. Tribal beats provide a rhythm on some pieces while mostly the drifting, ethereal world envelopes and holds the listener entranced.

With this style of music, often the sounds and tracks just mesh and flow together without boundaries. Thus it is with many of the pieces here, however a few do stand out as favorites from the others, mainly because they break from the norm on the album and shine above the rest. "Cehui" really introduces us to the unique vocals style after the nice ambient intro piece "Yoallicuicatl". However, as the album drifts along, the convincing piece for me is "Xopancuicatl". This piece brings out something angelic and absolutely mesmerizing. It still features the unique vocal styles of the other pieces, but it's buoyed up by a solid mix of ambient synth soundscapes and subtle angelic vocals in the background, all moved along with subtle percussion. This is a stunningly beautiful piece unlike anything I've ever heard before.

Overall it's a nice and very unique album that ambient fans should really enjoy. With the inclusion of "Xopancuicatl", it becomes a solid collector's item and reaches across genre lines in a way that many people should really enjoy.

Rating: 3.5/5



Website: www.soriah.net
Label: Projekt Records

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