'Redemption' is the latest effort of Ashtoreth, in cooperation with No-One, released on the prolific Consouling Sounds label. For fans of decent drone-ambient and gloomy experimentalism, those reasons should be more than enough to get their hands on a copy. 'Redemption' is one track, lasting over sixty minutes. It is not a mere song, but an enigmatic narrative of strange worlds, eerie rituals and deep meditation. The track was born from an improvisation by Ashtoreth. No-One de- and re-constructed the soundscapes, rearranged the shamanic chants and added his own murky magic.
The result is a perfect horror movie for the blind. This thing is loaded with atmosphere and it's easy to imagine your own tale while listening to the music. In my personal imagination, the story begins with a biker, driving off into an overgrown forest and entering ancient, mystifying lands. Drones, soundscapes and noises create ever changing tales, overwhelming and fascinating the biker/listener. Of course, the story can be different for any listener and also vary with every listening session. Like any decent adventure story, there is suspense, there is angst and there is beauty. All of that is present in this lengthy composition.
In a way, this album is a modern version of classical compositions like 'Ma Vlast' by Bedřich Smetana. Here, music is not used to rock-out, to dance or to bang your head. Here, a vast array of sounds are being used to create alternate realities, and that is the beauty of 'Redemption'. Two talented and skilled sound-puppeteers guiding the magic of music. So undoubtedly I will recommend this album to anyone out there. It's one of the most enigmatic collaborations in today's ambient scene and a unique experience.