In August 2011, Kalpamantra released the free EP version of "The Unreality of Time", the four way split between ambient acts Cogwheel, Psychomanteum, Rasalhague, and Taphephobia.
Released in 2012, Kalpamantra teamed with Exxospheric Emissions to release the full length version, which features 12 tracks, in hard copy format.
A FEW WORDS...
The final copy of the album was sold on March 2nd, 2015 and from this point on is being sold digitally, at a reduced price. If you weren't able to get your hands on the physical copy, I hope you enjoy it in this format.
The first track is an industrial ambient piece in the vein of Atrium Carceri or Tholen: chthonic, deep drones and distant machine sounds flow heavily through darkened sub-terrain. The second track is a calm yet transcendent melodic, droning piece. The songs themselves exploring interesting and fittingly obscure territory.
Psychomanteum's tracks are colossal, epic, melodic, droning and do justice to titles like "At The End Of Infinity". "Time is Only Myth" was my favorite track from the EP and is a great meditative piece in the vein of the newer Raison d'être. Good, spacious production on these gives a sense of being enveloped by space, the void, the endless light, or whatever your absolute emptiness of choice may be.
"Collapsed Symmetry Forgotten" feels like being marooned on a cold, dead alien planet with little to do but contemplate and wonder. "The Point of Intersection of the Timeless" conjures the same epic transcendent feeling that runs through the rest of the split. "Persistent Illusion On Perpetual Minds" utilizes pulsating drones that provide a hypnotic rhythm which, combined with the layered melodic droning synths, create a suitable framework for meditative practice.
Taphephobia's tracks carry an extremely organic tone, and if you allow yourself to be sucked in, they will transport you to frozen, grey shores or the cold, endless forests of the north. "Burning the Concept of Time" combines a moving, deep earthen drone with disquieting crunching sounds and intermittent static. Kind of reminds me of Megaptera. "Fri Deg Selv..." transports you to the frozen woodlands and icy shores near the arctic circle with its foggy, evolving drone and buried, ancient choir.
A fantastic idea, and one that works as well in practice as it does in theory. I only wish that more labels did this sort of release. "The Unreality of Time" works as a fitting sampler of each band showcased, but it's more than just that: it is a strong and cohesive album as a whole. Fans of droning dark ambient will want to get this one for sure.