Amon - _El Khela_
(Eibon Records, 1997)
by: Andrew Lewandowski (8 out of 10)
First of all, this Amon is not the Swedish black metal band, rather an Italian dark ambient band. Amon's version of ambient is not "dark", which implies the existence of a substance capable of producing darkness, as much as desolate. The only palpable sounds are an occasional susurration, carnal growl, obscure bang, or prolonged drown -- a description which, if nothing else, proves that the ambient genre eschews verbal delineation. While not the most revolutionary of ambient works, the barren, subterranean soundscapes invoked by Amon are consistently beguiling, and the infrequency of sound only imbues the more active moments with a monolithic, horrifying quality.

(article published 1/1/1998)


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