'The Burned Temple' by French dark ambient project Moloch Conspiracy somehow reminds me of that question. It tells the stories of ancient hidden rites to the Gods of Persia through different eras. The temple is burnt down, many disciples have been murdered but the survivors and their descendants still perform these rituals, far away from the blind eyes of most humans. Just like musical genres, spirituality never fades away.
Musically, this album is a very nice gem. Inspired by those ancient rites and assumedly to acts like Raison D'Etre, Atrium Carceri and Inade, Moloch Conspiracy delivers six lingering dark ambient tracks. For a debut, this is very well done. These gloomy soundscapes and minimal versions of percussion or melody can easily satisfy every dark ambient aficionado's appetite. Opener 'The Gaols' immediately sets the tone. Nog long after, 'Baal Sacrifice' becomes my personal favorite.
Not an easy choice to make, by the way. I am pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of this album. It's very comparable to some of your favorite Cold Meat or Cold Spring releases. 'Voices From The Adytum (Feat. Earthborn Visions)' is another brilliant piece, balancing on the edge between dark ambient and noise, and quite often blatantly crossing it. I guess it's safe to say that 'The Burned Temple' is an excellent dark ambient, one I can only recommend.