by Janne, www.Metal-Only.com
The album SPIRIT DOME is the latest in the line of co-operations between two great artists, Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana. The last album, INNERZONE, was released in 2002 and was like a gateway to what we get to hear on SPIRIT DOME. The album was recorded during one night in Philadelphia, the 24th of May 2002 in room 314 and no postproduction has been done, so what we can hear on the album is the original recordings that night.
Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana show once again that they are masters when it comes to creating atmospheric music. SPIRIT DOME is in fact one long song, but on the album it's divided into eight parts. These parts go however so much into each other so it's almost impossible to hear when one part ends and when another begins. SPIRIT DOME becomes in other words a 73:31 minute long song and a truly great music experience for all dark ambient fans. The sound is quite minimalistic, but has a creepy atmosphere over it. The music would therefore be perfect for background music in a horror movie and it captures the listener in a really good way and lets your own fantasy and imagination flow free. One moment you are in a dark gothic cathedral and a moment later you find yourself in a warm and damp cave somewhere in tropical wastelands.
The album is completely instrumental, with fujara, guitar and loads of electronic devices. The drumming that is included on the album is simple, almost chanting in a way, and that greatly increases the feeling of mysticism in the music. As a listener you are left all alone with your thoughts when the last tone dies out, and it's not until then that you start realizing how much influence the music has had on your mind.
Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana have once again succeeded in creating a musical masterpiece with their album SPIRIT DOME, and I just can't stop being amazed by these two artists. This album is simply a must have for all who can fully appreciate dark ambient and atmospheric music in general.