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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Aural Hypnox [AH10]
Release Year: 2008
Note: great new album of Finnish ritual music based solely on ethnic instruments; 7 interrelated tracks; ed. of 1000 copies in nice cardboard fold out cover
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"As the apex of Spring heralds awakenings, Halo Manash emerges from Winter and hibernation ~ Treefaced. Horns spiral skyward and antlers ascend. A tripartite trunk arises Ц a pillar that splits all worlds.
Am Kha Astrie, a work of heliotropic, elemental ambient, is an opening, an awakening, a summoning, a crossing of thresholds. After their previous oneiric and minimal album, Am Kha Astrie sees Halo Manash re-integrate a more diverse instrumentation and a multiplicity of soundsources to create their work, which consists of seven interrelated tracks. Am Kha Astrie is a complete work in itself, but can also be viewed as the second facet of a tripartite series of works that are part of one holistic creation.
Archaic elemental drums, bones and spiraling animal horns merge with various metal percussions, chimes, wind-instruments, voices and a multitude of other instruments to create a deep, earthly and yet celestially-bound opus. Am Kha Astrie is a massive and sometimes ominous work, a primal experience of coming-into-being, with all the terror, ecstasy and divine awe that it implies.
Comes in a hand finished cardboard booklet, in an edition of 1000 copies." [label info]


"This is the 2nd album from Halo Manash in 2008 and the 2nd part from a trilogy that has started with the "Language Of Red Goats"-cd. "Am Kha Astrie" is according to me their darkest and most disturbing piece to date. This Finish project is genius in the composition of extremely dark ambient stuff. The use of self-made instruments made by bones and spiraling animal horns merged with metal percussions, chimes, wind-instruments and voices create an apocalyptic vision. This band once again reminds me to the style and concept in instruments of Zero Kama while a pioneer in ambient like Lustmord can be quoted as well. Halo Manash is all about life and death and dreams, but the impression we get listening to this album comes closer to a kind of imaginary call from the afterlife! This is the kind of release you had better avoid listening to alone at home during a cold winter night. It brings a total vision of terror, but this ambient mood is definitely the only good one when speaking about dark ambient. "Am Kha Astrie" sounds definitely colder and obscurer than the coldest winter night from Finland. A sensation of cold sweat and anger will guide you through the seven songs reaching the threshold of the evil forces. You here can perceive some humming voices emerging from the depths of time haunting the perverted corridors of your mind. Being exposed to tracks like 'Spring Solar Semen', 'A Spiral Spine Ever Emanating', 'The Treefaced Trunk Arises'l, 'A Pillar Through All Worlds' and 'All Herald Its Shape And Shadow' can course some serious damage while it's pure lust for the finest ambient lovers! This is definitely a great piece of dark, tormenting ambient music released in a hand finished cardboard booklet!" [Side-Line]