The Serpent's Lair
by Bryan Reesman, amazon.com

Ambient explorer Roach and percussionist Metcalf originally began this as an experiment into the effects of breathwork and the use of sound on a person "as a shamanic strategy for healing, personal growth, and transformation." The successful effects their music had in group settings were extended into these compositions. While billed as a collaboration between the two men, THE SERPENT'S LAIR also features contributions by (deep breath) violinist Vicki Richards, overtone vocalist Jim Cole, pre-Hispanic sound sorcerer Jorge Reyes, singer Lena Stevens, synthesist Vidna Obmana, "groove alchemist" Vir Unis, and djembe players Jeffrey Fayman and Momodu "Mohammad" Kah. The two discs in this package act as yin and yang the eight parts of the first disc, "The Serpent's Lair," highlight intoxicatingly hypnotic drum rhythms slicing through churning ambient spaces, while the seven cuts that make up the second disc, "Offerings from the Underworld," travel down darker, spacier streams with subtle rhythms, reverberant vocals, and exotic aerophones caressing and riding the ethereal aural waves. This invigorating combination of musicians invents a dynamic new perspective on Roach's trademark deep-listening forays. It would be wonderful to hear more collaborations like this.


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The Serpent's Lair
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf
2000 Projekt PRO107 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, AmbientVisions, Interface, Muze, NAPRA Review, Sonic Curiosity, The Raging Consciousness Desk

Beginning as a collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, the music on THE SERPENT'S LAIR evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. This release has it all: Steve's ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production, combined with Byron's acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns. Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, the music is rooted in the organic... the earth... the ancestors... It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.
 
Disc 1: The Serpent's Lair
1. The LairMP312:14 
2. Rite of PassageMP314:09 
3. Shedding the SkinMP35:39 
4. Big MedicineMP312:53 
5. Future TribeMP38:30 
6. BirthrightMP35:59 
7. OsmosisMP34:04 
8. Egg Chamber DreamingMP38:53 
Disc 2: Offerings From the Underworld
1. Offering in WavesMP310:55 
2. Impending Sense of CalmMP39:03 
3. Cave DwellersMP323:08 
4. Primal PassageMP34:47 
5. Serpent ClanMP35:02 
6. Beating Heart of the Dragon MotherMP36:50 
7. OchuaMP39:26 



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