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THOLEN - Neuropol

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cyclic Law 28th Cycle
Release Year: 2010
Note: second album of dark ambient-newcomer; "bleak scenarios of a post-apocalyptic world"..
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"After his acclaimed first album Sternklang, THOLEN now offers us his new album Neuropol. Neuropol is the name of a fictional city bleak scenarios of a post-apocalyptic world are painted. A society divided in two distinct classes populates this contaminated place, a lethargic mass of working slaves on the surface trapped in vast industrial landscapes and the elite underground, who direct their doings while gaining power from rituals for the church of Miro. This is a time of imminent change and possible revolution, since the slaves gathered spiritual power for resistance. This album reveals the darkest corners of these subterranean temples, deadly industrial complexes and hostile slums, where those enslaved are in search of spiritual salvation from mass control and misery . A roadmap of the winding paths of the oppression of flesh and spirit. Come to learn about the beauty of impending decay. Come to Neuropol.
Limited Edition of 1000 copies in 6 panel Digipack
8 Tracks. Running Time 70:00" [label info]


"Tholen is a part of The Netherlands but probably not the inspiration to call a band after. 'Neuropol' is the follow-up to debut 'Sternklang' and is something of a concept album about a city called 'Neuropol'. On one side we have the slaves and the elite underground. The text on the cover can not be easily read, I must admit. Here too we deal with something that is dark and atmospheric, yet of a different, more unsettling kind. A beautiful unsettling kind that is. Sometimes melodic, sometimes quite out there in drone land, but always with audible, menacing treat lurking around the corner. The secret police or gigantic beast? Something along those lines. Utter dark ambient music - there is no differentiation between slaves and underground elite it seems. The music doesn't transport a story as such, but rather a more open idea of what live in 'Neuropol' is, and that is hardly a beautiful one. The music is very evocative and beautiful, don't get me wrong, but to live in a city of no-light? I don't think. Scary music that fits a great horror movie." [FdW/Vital Weekly]