m o i t l t d e d c d - r 2
"The Edge of the Wilderness" begins with insect noises and the sound of what could be muffled gunfire. What was a slow melodic loop gradually gets faster. High hat percussion is added to it. It's when the guitar is allowed to let rip that things really hot up however. It's fairly in ye face- I found it rather exciting but if you don't like a good dose of electric guitar with your EM it probably will not be for you. "Magnetic Feedback" is a short self explanatory bridging number which takes us to the twenty seven minute "Outer Limits", beginning with deep floating pads and cosmic effects. Just when you are completely relaxed a pulse starts which speeds up as our journey continues, by the fifth minute gaining something of a rhythmic quality. The pads swell and become more ethereal. A sequence and high hat rhythm are added. Then another lovely chunky sequence comes in just before some great floating space guitar (think Gottsching). This is fantastic stuff. We motor along at quite a pace and things become more Ashra like as we go. We stay in this mode for a wonderful five minutes before returning to more cosmic realms with a 'ticking' rhythm giving some structure around which other percussive effects form. A looped melody rings from the speakers becoming rather hypnotic as it slowly mutates then winds down and is replaced by another sequence and high hat rhythm. More space guitar slowly builds underneath gently caressing the senses as we enter another very Ashra like section.
"Wild Talents" follows smoothly on. Another melodic loop forms with some very gentle guitar colour in the background. Fantastic Tron sounds hit the spot perfectly. We breeze into 'Interlock' on the back of wind sounds and blown church bells. A deep bass plucked string melody is added as is another lovely flutey tron lead line. This is really moody atmospheric stuff. A big beefy sequence joins in as does a subtle rhythm. The feel is of pent up power which finally explodes as rampant guitar strikes up and everything is let rip in almost Hawkwindish fashion. Its a great way to finish an album which has that ideal combination of great atmospherics and power. The almost half our "Outer Limits" is a particular must for fans of 'New Age of Earth', 'Blackouts' Ashra. (DL)
Dave Law -- Synth Music Direct September 2001
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