The Serpent's Lair
by Ted Cox, NAPRA Review
Following his AFIM award-winning LIGHT FANTASTIC, Steve Roach returns to the studio with shamanic and trace drummer Byron Metcalf to create one of the best ambient electronic albums of the year. The first CD of this two part, two disc opus is filled with tribal drums, droning didgeridoos, djembes, and lots of shakers and rattles. The second disc creates a different ambience, mostly without the drumming and shakers, and includes three supernatural settings by Roach. "Offerings in Waves" is reminicent of the high energy of Roach's BODY ELECTRIC. "Impending Sense of Calm" exudes the peace and minimalism od deep space, as synth waves are punctuated by netherworld echoes. Other tracks feature the shamanic chants amd droning overtone voices akin to Tuva throat singers. THE SERPENT'S LAIR is a masterpiece of surreal and futuristic electronic creations juxtaposed with ancient drums and vocal textures.