Alone In The Hollow Garden is a solo project from Romania while Nam-khar hails from Germany. Both have had their share of experience before and both are excellent acts, but what they came up with on this collaboration, is nothing but majestic. With deep drones, eerie soundscapes and hypnotic tribal percussion, they take the listener on an unforgettable journey, a mind-altering voyage through primordial sounds, distant melodies and chants.
I'm not going into a song-by-song review with this one because you just have to press play and immerse yourself into the music. I can compare it with some Cold Meat Industry or Cold Spring acts if you like. Perhaps a blend of Deutsch Nepal, Z'ev, Herbst9, Job Karma, O Yuki Conjugate, Zoviet France & Raison D'Etre might be a decent reference. Puissance comes to mind, but this collaboration doesn't focus on apocalyptic themes so much. Instead, this is deeply spiritual music.
For something emerging from the deepest underground of the musical universe, this collaboration produced a high quality album. Perhaps that's just me, since I absolutely love the conjunction between soundscapes, drones and repetitive percussion. Yet, even then, I've heard a lot of dark ambient albums in my life and this one tops many of them. I really hope these guys take this show on the road. I'm sure this performance would be an otherworldly experience for everyone involved...