by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
I loved Byron Metcalf's earlier collaboration with Steve Roach called THE SERPENT'S LAIR, an excellent blending piece of ambient tribal world music. This time Byron teams up with Steve again, as well as Mark Seelig on flutes, overtone singing and chants. There is an almost religious feel about the music, likely intentional given Metcalf's influences. The title track seems to reverberate into infinity with Mark's vocals; Metcalf's frame drums and "hybrid tabla groove" further help to set the mood.
"Gone... Beyond" starts very faint, coolly floating by. Metcalf's beats enter now and again, slow and mellow. "Deep Time Dreaming" starts quietly, but revs up the drumming intensity in welcome fashion. Though faster, it is still relatively soft, never dominating the other musical elements. "Last Remnants of Reality" moves more slowly and deliberately, perfect for deeper trance-like primitive states of mind. The tribal motion continues in "Dance of the Heart Voyagers". More surreal and spiritual is "Across the Waters", featuring Metcalf with a sacred chant. Normally I object to vocals in my ambient and electronic music, and even though this isn't my favorite track the vocals do fit the mood quite well, whispered in a primitive tongue.
Fans of ambient tribal and overtone singing should find this well to their liking.