Atrium Carceri - _Ptahil_
(Cold Meat Industry, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Atrium Carceri's previous CD, _Kapnobatai_, received a rarely awarded 10 out of 10, and consequently I awaited the arrival of their latest opus in my post-box with bated breath. Eagerly I put it on the CD player, awaiting another foray into the mind of the deranged. The haunting female vocals on the opener suggested that this was to be the case. But it was not to be; gone was the claustrophobic asylum atmosphere of _Kapnobatai_ in favour of something that seemed just a bit too much like the rest of the ambient material out there.

Once my disappointment faded and I gave it a chance, I realised it is more than merely ordinary, and that mastermind Simon Heath has not lost his touch. _Ptahil_ is, in its own minimallistically bleak way, every bit as dark and oppressive as his previous opus. Although the atmosphere is still decidedly bleak and oppressive, it is not as despairingly claustrophobic as before. If _Kapnobatai_ was the soundtrack to the external constraint of an institution, this is the soundtrack to the internal constraints of a broken mind.

My review may seem overwhelmingly negative for an album with such a comparatively high rating, but the stakes are automatically raised whenever an artist deliverers an album that is worth a rare 10. Would I have bought it? I can say that yes, I would still have bought it, even having heard it. It is pretty good, but it's not going to threaten my 2007 top 10.

Contact: http://www.coldmeat.se

(article published 25/4/2007)


ALBUMS
12/22/2005 Q Kalis 10 Atrium Carceri - Kapnobatai
10/27/2003 X Hoose 8.5 Atrium Carceri - Cellblock
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