Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Artrock | Heft: eclipsed Nr. 160 / 5-2014, Jahrgang 2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Coop | Autor: WK

"Axiom" is probably Archive's most ambitious album to date. The CD you've made a movie about basically consists of a single seven-part track. Large parts of the album are covered with a continuously echoed keyboard carpet, vocals are used just as sparsely as common song formats. The whole CD is based on a distinctly sacred mood, one inevitably feels transported to the icy morning mass of a winter monastery. The ringing of church bells takes place in an abstract choir, which in turn merges into a pulse reminiscent of Tangerine Dream via large chains of ambient motifs. Much takes place in open structures, only rarely does it come to a solid groove as in the "Baptism", which strongly reminds of Pink Floyd. All of this is also based on something deeply threatening. Even brighter and more organic parts are still influenced by this icy cold. "Axiom" is more than a soundtrack, it is an independent sound film that unfolds its own very suggestive images. An unusual, extremely complex sound sculpture that throws a completely new light on the once so fluffy archivists.

Top track: Baptism

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