Genre: Ambient, Perfection
Label: Loki Foundation
After the cataclysmic disaster that was Control’s Deadly Sins, I’m almost too scared to review any more ambient releases. I mean, I fell HARD for this genre and I don’t want anymore shake-ups. My fragile Piscean emotions don’t like to be toyed with…wait. Michael JV Hensley of Yen-fucking-Pox is the sole musician at the wheel of Blood Box? Folks, I think I’ve overcome my fears!
Oh good lord! Funeral In An Empty Room is every bit as compelling, thought provoking and emotionally impactful as I wished it would be. Light, almost nonexistent “noises” greet you at the beginning of every track. It’s something that really used to get on my nerves as a budding fan of the ambient genre. But when Mikey H. does something, he does it right! Those little bits of sound heighten the anticipation for the good stuff to get going. So much so that in the following tracks, you’re going to sit there in the seconds between tracks and foam at the mouth waiting for them to start welling up from the void!
Every song is covered with layers upon layers of everything from cosmic scores played by a billion piece symphony of tachyons to harsh frozen swells that morph into whirlpools of flame to hypnotic tides that splash on the base of the rocky cliffs of madness! Yeah, it’s all in there. Every track is an adventure to the edge of reality and back.
Overall: Funeral In An Empty Room is easily one of the top five best releases that I’ve heard this year! I honestly can’t believe that an airy, ethereal release in a genre like this can be so complex and dense. There is so much going on in EVERY track that your head may very well explode!