Argyre Planitia is Stefan Voss, living in Germany and making dark ambient since 2013. With 'The Atomic Age', Voss delivers a cold and murky set of drones and soundscapes. With that he seems to walk in the footsteps of acts like Kammarheit, Raison D’être, Atrium Carceri and Lustmord. Yet, the biography also mentioned some other interesting names, names that made me curious about the whole thing. Klaus Schülze, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Einstürzende Neubauten, Dead Can Dance,... this was an impressive list, so I got quite curious about how all these influences have inspired the sound of Argyre Planitia.
In short, apparently they haven't. What I'm hearing on this album is pure dark ambient, no sequencers, no post punk elements, no industrial banging on metal objects. That sounds rather disappointing, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't have to. Although all these elements remain hidden behind the drones, soundscapes and noises, this is a tremendous dark ambient album, highlighting in 'Green Mist' and several other tracks. Opener 'Terra, et qua in ipsa sunt operi, exurentur' lures you in. 'Green Mist' drags you along scenes from The Matrix or Blade Runner.
'The Atomic Age' contains nine tracks. 'Aurora' is one of my favorites but I'm sure that every fan of dark ambient will appreciate this effort. Often balancing on the thin edge between ambient and noise, these tracks are solid. 'Shadows' could have been in the Event Horizon soundtrack and 'Sea Of Lead' leads you across bleak, abandoned and dying landscapes. So yeah, I think that's about all I have to say here. Fans of dark ambient should definitely give this one a shot. You won't be disappointed, I promise.