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a dark hour for history
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Kolab is a collaboration between Canadian synthesist Steve Brenner and the erstwhile Peter Gulch of the Nightcrawlers. No deference to that band's singular talents, or to Chuck van Zyl's excellent instrumental voyages, or to any of the other Synkronos artists, but this is the best twenty eight minutes of electronic music yet released from the Synkronos stable. If Brenner and Gulch had just stretched out these two exquisite and meaty compositions longer than their equal fourteen minute length... oh well. The title track is just an incredible mix of light and dark, shadow and substance, metaphor and allegory. Deep, rumbling pastures of synth slowly but surely merge into staggeringly sharp, condensed drum pattern that ominously swells and opens up into even deeper and darker pits of electronics. Captivating, intense and, quite frankly not your typical slice of space music, not what one familiar with the genre would expect at all. There is almost a grungy, gritty feel to the proceedings that have real power, real bite, qualities which are nearly absent from some of the more commercial instrumental poseurs producing so - called 'cosmic' masquerades. On the flip, there's the patently '70s Tangerine Dream - minded "Time Traveller," alot more prosaic than anything the Dream ever did, however, wonderfully energetic and otherworldly. Kolab aren't only treading down paths unbeknowest to most synthesists, they are creating them fervently as they go. Superb.

Darren Bergstein -- I/E   Winter 1992

a dark hour for history
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A Dark Hour for History is the new cassette by Kolab, a collaboration between Pete Gulch (Nightcrawlers) and the Canadian synthesist Steve Brenner. This mixture of talents is magical and should appeal to any fan of teutonic space music. A Dark Hour for History is two 14 minute cosmic journeys into the nether reaches of your mind, "Time Traveler" and "A Dark Hour for History." Sequenced electronics, piano, and found sounds make for a highly enjoyable half hour of music. I wish there were more music on this tape! A Dark Hour for History is easily the best release I've heard on the Synkronos label. Check it out for yourself.

The Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

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