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AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13 Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow - Untitled(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Aquarellist, Aquarellist AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13, aquarel 23-13b Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow - Untitled(CD, Album + CDr, Mini + Ltd, Num) Aquarellist, Aquarellist, Aquarellist AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13, aquarel 23-13b Russia 2013 Sell This Version

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mlekas

mlekas

May 19, 2014
referencing Untitled, CD, Album + CDr, Mini + Ltd, Num, AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13, aquarel 23-13b
Nice combination of sweeping melodic Ambient drone with field recordings and minimalist, almost tribal instrumentation. I am not sure how much of the material is new or reused, since the second half of Volchimya Rifts is taken directly from Mathias Grassow's prior release Deeper Purity (the deep synth washes and piano are from Deeper Purity Part 4). In any case this is a nice release with enough depth to keep deep drone/ambient fans interest.
Sergelenkov

Sergelenkov

February 8, 2014
referencing Untitled, CD, Album, Ltd, Num, AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13
One of the best releases from Mathias Grassow in the last years. Drones by Mathias, sounds of water, Tibetan singing bowls by Closing the Eternity are mixed and the music is creating 3 D images of travel in mysteroius world. The first two tracks are in relaxing mood, music brings nearly healing effect, the third track is more dark and meditative.
In general - CD with high replay value. If you like drone ambient you would return to this music not once.
richardgurtler

richardgurtler

May 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Untitled, CD, Album + CDr, Mini + Ltd, Num, AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13, aquarel 23-13b

Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow "No Title" CD+3"CDr

Wow, no title, no track list (except mini CDr), according to some vague net infos recorded back in 2010, but released some weeks ago, during March 2013 on Russian Aquarellist label. Wrapped by enormous mystery since the very first day. But if these are some low points, then be prepared for a truly spectacular sonic and visual odyssey. Yes, the CD is packaged in beautiful 6-panel digipak featuring stunning pictures of subterranean domain, forest pond and flora. Note that limited edition of 50 copies comes with additional mini CDr, while the album is a glass mastered CD. The normal edition is limited to 150 copies. The visual part is imposing, so let's experience its synergy with music. Closing The Eternity is a Russian drone solo project of Anton Shafarostov, who acts as 121 and who is also a member of dark ambient, industrial project Velehentor. To be honest, I don't know too much about Closing The Eternity's soundworlds (shame on me!!!), while the German drone virtuoso Mathias Grassow needs no introduction here. Soft tinkles announce the first track, as mentioned above, the track list is missing, but Aquarellist's website refers to this as "Shegultan", a city in Ural, Russia. But soon we enter into magnificent cavernous realms, where smooth background drones of Mathias Grassow hover in tranquil coexistence with crystalline authentic watery field recordings and other primordial organics crafted by 121. Add a superb sonic quality to this deeply meditative trance, which reveals all the magics of this grandiose underground lake and interacts precisely with the images. The next composition unfolds with variety of organic rumbles and tinkles, merged with spiraling dronescapes and tranquilizing natural sounds. Cascading through beautifully immersing passages ranging from more primeval through mysterious to slightly more soothing. The drone wizardry steps towards the fore in the second half and levels with primitive embellishments and location recordings. Deeply sublime and contemplative reverie, explore the remarkable "Volchimya Rifts"!!! Softly tinkling chimes open the closing piece of the CD, which is entitled on the website as "Blue Night Over Telpos-Iz", a 29-minutes long journey. Telpos-Iz is the highest mount in the Northern Ural. Sparse, but lushly swirling around the ears, then profoundly meditative singing bowls passage takes the lead until colossal, monochromatic drones steal these fascinatingly permeating moments of nocturnal stillness. Powerfully intense and immense, spiced by occasional bone-trembling beats with roughly orotund and eerie sonic explosions. An ultimate wildlife adventure with stunningly culminating sceneries to discover unimaginable sounds and creatures of the harsh night in taiga. Totally awesome!!!

Bonus 3"CDr features 14 and half minutes long composition, "Midnight Over Paitur Fens". And it unfolds massively with rather smooth drone with sacred chants-like sounds on the distant background. But the drone gradually builds, expands and envelops, expertly enriched by soft percussive ornaments. Continuous mind-bending intensity, holding the unique signature of Mathias Grassow, is reached after 4 minutes, the gates of drone inferno are again unlocked, welcome!!! But 121's organic alchemy adds enthralling emerald colors to this once-in-a-lifetime drone experience!!! Pure sonic ecstasy guaranteed!!!

Closing The Eternity & Mathias Grassow have sculpted one of the most mysterious albums I have heard lately and certainly one of the best too!!! Highly recommended journey beyond the borders of the most breathtaking territories, even as a "normal" limited edition without 3"CDr, but if you can, hunt for it too!!! A true masterpiece by two drone lords!!!

Richard Gürtler (May 04, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)
sorgnatt

sorgnatt

March 14, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Untitled, CD, Album + CDr, Mini + Ltd, Num, AQUAREL 23-13, aquarel 23-13, aquarel 23-13b

This is the day-out journey through the distant backwood thickets of Ural: crystal drops of daybreak and light-golden glimmers of dawn at the shallows of Shegultan river, white looming heat over rapids and rifts of Volchimya, twilight of forevening over summit of Telpos-Iz - the eyrie of northern winds, and the dead of night over boundless and desolate Paitur fens. Deep and dreamy drones of Mathias Grassow are decorated with diverse acoustic traceries of Closing The Eternity and cohere into organic ambient soundscapes.