The Azoic - "Where Broken Angels Lie"
By Mike Ventarola
Although this article pointed
out a valid point such as "the provision of sufficiently creepy dark music," I
have to contend about the "vocalists don't really stand out from the hosts of
As a consumer who has in fact purchased this music, I find
the utilization of sampling to be quite subliminal in regards that it is the
first thing that stands out after the first listen. These little snippets often
replay in the mind so that you have to return for another listen to grasp what
is taking place within the context of the song.
As for the vocals, the compressed sinister ambience is what
makes this disc stand out from a lot of others. Although the female vocals are
not something that would be deemed as technically impressive, again the charm
and strength lies in the fact of her delivery of the spoken lyric as it stands
against the backdrop of the somber tones and dark weaving.
Other groups of the genre who are labeled as darkwave
usually have a consistent formula which is to put the listener to sleep from my
experience thus far. The Azoic doesn't do this. They make one sit up and really
listen. There are fleeting sounds that actually creep up your spine to provide
a delightful fright that some other groups have not achieved.
Of all the darkwave I have purchased and sampled, I could
truly imagine The Azoic being carefully placed in a horror movie soundtrack
providing the audience with just the right timbre of chills.
Also, Halloween would not be complete without this music
playing in the background.
Records, Attn: The Azoic, 401 E. Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH, 43202
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