Review: No-xygen and Mike Radice – From Darkness to Renaissance

Label: Eg0cide Productions
Catalog No: Eg0_052

The latest collaborative effort in the Dark Ambient cosmos has emerged from the atmospheric masters No-xygen and multi-instrumentalist Mike Radice. They have presented us with a soundtrack for the ultimate journey of humankind. Their concept surrounds our struggle to relinquish the darkness and dessication within us and be reborn in an enlightened existence.

These subterranean compositions feature catatonic orchestral progressions that flow in between avant-garde bursts of Industrial despair. With various tones from all over the globe, these movements fuse our anguishes together and give us all a common goal to reach for. Genres clash into each other as Drone intertwines with ethnic beats. The end result is a sui genereis affair that covers the entire atmosphere. From the deepest cave to the exosphere, waves of Ambient murmurs drape over everything, covering our souls with a comforting despondency.

The collaboration consists of four songs from each artist. They each take one end of the spectrum: No-xygen forges the difficult and sorrowful uphill climb out of dark times while Radice shows us the ethereal beauty that awaits us at the top of the mountain. Each song exhibits the yin and yang of their concept. They each contain sentient beauty alongside daunting torment. From this we learn that even though we are in dark times there is still beauty everywhere. We must also not forget that when we are reborn there will be still be desolate gloom to combat. As eternal beings we cannot live without one or the other. In order to evolve we must find the delicate balance between darkness and renaissance.

Rating: 4 stars
Standout track: Renaissance

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