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AH CAMA-SOTZ - Ghost in the Shadow

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Spectre Records S18
Release Year: 2005
Note: digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00

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"Drug addiction, alcoholism, sadism, beastiality, mutilation, murder, vampirism, necrophilia, cannibalism, not to mention a gamut of sexual goodies. Shall I go on?" Starting out with this not-too-friendly quote from John Hough's excellent occult horror movie "The Legend of Hell House" (1973), the feeling of darkness is immediately settled on this latest album by Belgian composer Herman Klapholz (a.k.a. Ah Cama-Sotz) titled "Ghost in the shadow". Recorded live during the "Seats 'n Beats" session at CC Luchtbal Antwerp in 2003, "Ghost in the shadow" is a great compilation of the darkest ambient soundscapes by Ah Cama-Sotz. A 50-minute journey into the world of gloomy darkness. As was the case with his previous album, the joint-venture album with Canadian artist Iszoloscope titled "Camanecroszcope : echoes ov who lieth dead but ever dreameth", this latest Ah-Cama-Sotz album fully concentrates on ambient expression. Despite the frequent use of noise the expression remains subtle with more focus on deep ambient and less on the death-industrial-side of Ah-Cama-Sotz. The musical style on the album sounds like a blend between the "out of space"-industrial ambient of Lustmord's classic "The place where the black stars hang", the sinister dark ambient of Inade's "Aldebaran" and the early expression of the German post-krautrock/ambient-style of Edgar Froese and Robert Schroeder. The balance between cinematic darkness and musical atmospheres created by the floating orchestral soundscapes is quite remarkable. Already established in the early 90's Ah-Cama-Sotz has throughout his more than one decade of existence had the capability of continually finding new directions in his explorations into the dark lands of demonic hell and angelic beauty. "Ghost in the shadow" is the latest document on this capability but I certainly hope it won't be the last!Ф [NMP / Vital Weekly]