The Shaman's Heart
by Jim Brenholts, Hypnos Forum
February 9, 2005
THE SHAMAN'S HEART is, as the title certainly implies, a very deep spiritual journey choreographed by Byron Metcalf with assistance from Steve Roach.
The best thing about any CD involving these two ambient icons is that it is easy to like. This set opens with some very subtle Shamanic percussion and evolves into full-fledged soundworlds. Steve's soundworlds blend fluidly with Byron's to create their soundworld. The disc is a 73-minute soundscape divided into seven movements. Each movement has its own integrity -- sonic and spiritual -- and each interacts with the others. Deep listeners will find themselves chanting and swaying as the healing atmospheres and rhythms surround and devour the neuropathways of their bio-sonic feedback devices.
That is the real appeal of this disc! Byron and Steve are passionate sound healers and sonic Shamans. The intensity comes from their hearts and goes to the listeners' hearts. The music is both psychoactive and bioactive. It is possible to listen at low volumes for background and ambient effect. It is best to listen at high volumes for the fullness of the interactive experience!