A Bleeding Star most recent album, titled LXXXVII – Forget About this Mess’d Realm for A Second & Enjoy this Nyxchill’d Smokin’ Session, is a dark ambient and ambient industrial musical work that produces a very characteristic sound, with the solid distinction of creating heavy atmospheres – like cloud layers – with the plain opacity of an extremely soft sound. This means that Alex Goth can lead you through the surface of the moon in one track, and make you descend to the unknown depths of a dark abyss into the next one. Although he produces the feeling of a serene tranquility with his songs, there is an obscure element, hidden in the trembling fear emerging from a sinister expectation, that he masterly creates with his dark and pervasive ambivalence, that makes your mind wander lost in the vastness of an infinite forest.
But don’t get me wrong: it is not a desperate or acrimonious, but a very peaceful and calm descent to an alarming abyssal plain, as you get lost into the realm of his select – and somewhat derelict – ghostly atmospheres, that seems to be created in the reluctant path of a black winter, surrounded by the inconspicuous solitude of a melancholic landscape, immersed in a lethargic state of a sincere, but unlawful nothingness.
I think no other artist in music today could have the word “atmosphere” more correctly applied into their music, than A Bleeding Star. Interior planets, extra solar winds, dark deserts and lonely ruins in abandoned castles will easily come up to your mind, with songs able to create entire stories with very simple notes and themes, that can be intricate, at times, as you get lost into a world devoid of an easy escape. Nonetheless, there is an obscure element of a nervous breakdown in some of his tracks, a little dissimulated in the eventful density created by the influential mood that the music brings to your hears.
Some of the songs, like Should’ve of Escaped ‘Vhen Ye Still Had the Chance… Now ‘tis too Late… Let It Commence can be as exhilarating as melancholic at the same time, as they usually really on a very simple, but profound and poetic symphony, that can easily make your mind wander deeply into another worlds, another times and another places, as little artists have the ability to do, especially regarding the same track.
The titles of the songs curiously tell intriguing stories, and they work as great introductions to the tracks themselves. The first track – which is also the name of the album –, LXXXVII – Forget About this Mess’d Realm for A Second & Enjoy this Nyxchill’d Smokin’ Session is a very calm, but sinister ambient track, nervously combined with that disturbing dark anxiety that comes directly from the heart, inserting you high into the middle of a lonely desert, and distorting your senses into something imperatively different, making you feel lost in the dark, and arbitrarily surrounded by the strange and inconspicuous nothingness that the track creates, captivating your senses to the most infamous and extreme expectations that a perfect ambient song can lead you, so far.
The second track, There’s A Specter Starin’ At Me from My Bedsheet’s Cover… I Don’t Care… I’m Higher than A Clocktower is a great example of a very powerful and infinite anthropomorphic sound, that draws in your mind such a sensitive darkness, that you can almost feel and touch the sardonic devices beautifully delineated by the heavy and antagonistic atmosphere that this overwhelming track leaves into your soul, as a sudden and rather violent anguish that never abandons you, but stick into your mind as a relevant configuration of emptiness, fear and isolation, never seen in music before! And this is what it is so exciting about Alex Goth’s music: it sticks into your flesh, into your soul, into your senses, alienating your mind, and obliterating your notions of existence from whenever your perceptions could be – past, present or future –, making you literally feel the music deep into your bones, as no other dark ambient artist made you feel before.
All in all, the album LXXXVII – Forget About this Mess’d Realm for A Second & Enjoy this Nyxchill’d Smokin’ Session, by Dark Ambient artist A Bleeding Star is a very intriguing, mesmerizing, and astoundingly peculiar work of art, that can be serene and heavy at the same time! True to the ambient genre as a whole, he somewhat leaves his mark into the genre, with remarkable peculiarities, being as dark as anyone can be, and yet, peaceful, calm and transcendental at the same time. As strange as this can be, it is a very imposing, beautiful and poetic darkness. If you can compare him to a scenario, A Bleeding Star would be a black and white dawn surrounded by a magnificent phosphorescent non-linear atmosphere, lost in a perpetual winter, filled with an imperial loneliness hard to deny to your soul. It’s epic, it’s marvelous, it’s astounding! You have to listen this wonderful work all by yourself, alone, in complete darkness, to be able to immerse your mind completely into the vast world of a silent forest lost in the middle of nowhere! But be prepared: A Bleeding Star will stick into your soul, and will never leave you.