Sunday, 16 March 2014

Echthros - Iyov


Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Drone, Dark Ambient
For Fans Of: Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch

In "Iyov", the Polish band Echthros incorporates elements of drone, dark ambient, and even some aspects of orthodox choir music to create an interesting musical journey through ascendent peaks of calming ambient and deep valleys of extremely thick waves of drone in the style of Sunn O))) and Earth. Through its runtime of about an hour, Iyov works itself into many musical movements which slowly (very, very slowly) transition into one another with at times extremely minimalistic strings repeating a simple riff over and over again just audibly, and then turning into strangely crafted chants comparable only to "Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself in Clouds?" by Sunn. If you're looking for something a bit conceptual and atmospheric then you should give Echthros a chance at their bandcamp below.

1. Underneath
2. Iyov
3. The Opponent
4. Procession
5. A Prayer
6. Waiting

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