November 3rd, 2000


       Canadian label Interdimensional Industries have staked their claim almost exclusively amongst the EBM scene with acts like Voice Industrie headlining their roster. Seeming a rather abrupt and unexpected left turn, they have removed themselves from this stiff categorization temporarily to release the excellent ambient disc 'Twilight' by U.S. types Draemgate.

       Unless you have sat down and tried to create a compelling aural space, it is difficult to gauge the subtlety and dexterity it requires. On 'Twilight' Draemgate have managed to conjure up an atmosphere both compelling and disconcerting at the same time. The brittle, digital flavor of the sonics remind me of the cold fingers of sodium pentathol dragging me into unconsciousness last time I went under the surgeon's knife. It's just plain creepy and like any pretentious fuck worth their snooty airs, it chills my ills just how I like it.

       The disc clocks in at 62:30 minutes with 7 named tracks plus an 8th untitled. You could easily be forgiven if you missed the track markers though as 'Twilight' is not beat driven music with easily discernable boundaries. It is not that the music is one homogenized mass - there is most definitely development and progression but it simply is on a different scale than more traditional compositions. There are no vocals present and instrumentation pretty much exclusively consists of slickly manipulated reverb and taut digital artifacts. The overall sheen is a metallic one though, like being trapped inside the rusty hull of a massive tanker while some unseen force slams itself into the outer wall. Threatening reverberations resound non-stop throughout the dark space of 'twilight' with the swells being punctuated with muted sound masses, not totally dissimilar to those created by contemporary composer Dolden (though used on an infinitely smaller scale). Feedback also plays a key role with the depth parameter threatening to reach digital clipping levels, never quite reaching into chaos but creating tension none the less.

       Comparisons are rarely fair but in this case Draemgate has toiled their way into distinguished company. 'Twilight' could be the soundtrack to a hi-tech remake of 'Forbidden Planet' with total and complete respect being paid to the classic original score. Although nowhere near as brutal, the fore mentioned Dolden (especially his disc 'The Threshold of Deafening Silence') would be a perfect match for a playlist of crushing density. I would not be surprised if chunks of this disc showed up as 'intro' pieces on less talented and reputable industrial acts' releases as it captures that intangible feeling of insignificance and isolation that connects with aural intensity.

       Succinctly, highly recommended. A disc that justifies loop mode on your CD player.

 

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