On This Planet
by Mark Burbey, Alternative Press
January 1998


Returning from the mesmerizing nothingness of THE MAGNIFICENT VOID, dark-ambient master Steve Roach draws from a primordial earth and the ever-evolving nature of his own live show. Nothing prepares you for the primal power of Roach in concert, particularly when you're expecting something resembling his recorded work and he surprises you by blowing out all the circuits. Not a live album but a "studio recording inspired by on-the-edge concert explorations," ON THIS PLANET is a suite of birthing meditations and tribal gatherings, one bleeding seamlessly into the next. "Journey of One" descends from lightning-charged sulphur clouds and hits the ground running, driven by fevered percussion and melting into "The Nexus Place," where the rhythms become more deliberate as the first human crawls ashore. "Trilobite" evokes fresh memories of familiar fossils. The distant pulse of "Cloud Watching With the Toolmaker" sends one afloat down an ancient river on the back of a dreaming lizard. The standout track is easily "Remember It Now," a spellbinding swirl of signature synth and hypnotic rhythms, with Roach and his wife, Linda Kohanov, whispering conundrums about remembering and the inability to forget. A leviathan in a sea of sonic ephemera, ON THIS PLANET is unforgettable.


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On This Planet
Steve Roach
1997 Hearts of Space 11082 (CD)
Reviewed by Alternate Music Press, Alternative Press, AmbiEntrance, Daily Digital Opinion

Anyone who has seen Steve Roach perform live knows that his music and sound worlds have a unique power to inspire and engage the listener. ON THIS PLANET was carved from the live experience, recorded in the studio over 1997 just before and after performing numerous concerts worldwide. The intensity of the moment is captured, along with remarkable quality of sound which is vital to the impact of the music. It all comes together here. Ethno-Tribal, Electronic-Space, Tribal-Ambient -- or however one wants to try and classify a style of music and sound unique to Steve Roach. This dynamic concert for your home is presented just as the concerts of '97 were, in a constant flow of sonic magma, constantly unfolding and then melting into itself to create the nexus place. This release was voted best Electronic-Ambient CD of the year in 1998 by AIFM, the equivalent of a Grammy for indie labels.
 
1. Heart of the TempestMP34:26 
2. Journey of OneRealAudioMP33:38 
3. The Nexus PlaceMP37:05 
4. TrilobiteMP33:33 
5. Void Memory 4RealAudioMP35:36 
6. Cloudwatching with the Toolmaker 5:41 
7. The Ecstasy of TravelMP34:59 
8. Remember It NowRealAudioMP310:36 
9. A Darker StarRealAudioMP313:19 
10. On this PlanetMP314:06 



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