With eleven tracks, being them LV-223, Discovery, Dream, Designed, Temple, Ampules, Swarm, Engineers, Pathogen, Life and Paradise, The Engineers is a magnificent album, that really transmits an undeniable sense of anarchy, lost cosmogony, galactic fear, and an unbreakable and dangerous dark sense of an impending doom. If you let your imagination drive you to be transported as a character on a fatidic and dense ambitious journey throughout a dark realm of ambivalence, fear, death and demise, you will certainly understand perfectly the motivations, the feelings and the horror behind The Engineers. An album that really captures all the excitement, the darkness, the agony and the tension that an awesome dark ambient album should transmit to its listeners, Alex Alexander really outstood himself on this remarkable journey of the sinister and the macabre.
With very obscure, dense and fearful transient devices, The Engineers is a journey throughout fear, impotence, inferior knowledge, numerical disadvantage, a battle against superior and unknowable forces, and a desperate quest for survival. If you let yourself submerge on these peculiar universe of conspicuous anguish and abstract desolation, you will really find yourself able to feel and capture in your soul the profound and astoundingly real elements solidly built on these tracks, designed to transport you to a doomed world of a definite obliteration and imperial demise. Aphotic Apathy really captures perfectly – and replicates whimsically –the horrible and dense atmosphere of its main proposition: to transfer the listener into the despicable, dark and unpredictable ambient of the story that is being told – as to know – the survival of human explorers against their sordid, but conspicuously intelligent, technologically improved, and proficiently developed creators: The Engineers.
An excellent dark ambient album, with beautiful harmonies, very lucid arrangements and an impeccable work on the technical devices, this is a very outstanding, perfect and genuinely wonderful exemplar of the genre. With a solid atmosphere of fear and apprehension, with a great and coherent sci-fi background story, Aphotic Apathy has really done an excellent work on this record, with all the main elements perfectly aligned to stand in together. If dark, tense and fearful space ambient is your thing, you have to check it out this album. You will feel everything the movie franchises upon which Aphotic Apathy built his work on in a much larger scale, with the benefit of having the images not on the screen, but unrolling without limits on your imagination. With an astoundingly awesome result, The Engineers turned out to be a remarkable album, achieving a very satisfactory result. With a cohesive set of sonorous patterns obeying an agonizing proposal of serious anxiety, the main goal of The Engineers is perfectly arranged to score all the objectives upon which our fears revolves, being a record for the genre to be proud of. So relax, close your eyes, let your soul wander free throughout the vastness of an imperial, but hostile, desolate and dreadful cosmos, on a journey that completely disregards and disintegrates any consideration for human beings, arranging a funereal and morbid fate for all the human explorers that went on a probable no return search for The Engineers, eager to set their creation on a definite, irreversible and inconspicuously aggressive deplorable demise.