|The Asylum review by a closer listen|
Instant Pyrolysis is a new entry in the growing field of black metal musicians making ambient or drone, and although one could expect such things to sound like Burzum interludes, it is actually a field full of potential for more avant-garde explorations. The Asylum is, in this sense, closer to Ajilvsga than Drudkh, and although the theme might seem almost commonplace at this point (a madman, an asylum, an operation, an escape), the treatment it is given remains more interesting than anything a traditional black metal band could probably do with it. The procedure is clinical, much like its subject matter, and there is no space to breathe within the walls of these electronic manipulations.
There is a very fine use of drones here, every layer building up into disturbing tensions that have no release; the asylum is within, and we take it everywhere. As our vision gets distorted, one layer at a time, we fall into a grave sea of distorted electronics. The terrible sensation that follows is that of knowing everyone can hear us scream, and yet no one turns, no one makes that human gesture of empathy that assures us there is some kind of understanding. The album riffs on this kind of stress, an imminent anxiety that rises and shines like so many a Tim Hecker drone only to fall once again into indefinite clusters of sounds.
The best part of the album, at least for this listener, is Cotard Delusion followed by Lobotomy, which together sum up the complexity of the feelings that are being evoked. The earlier presents a drone that is at times nearly bright, like an almost-white shade of grey that is nevertheless always shadowed by a pitch-black tone. In its flow there is a sense of release, like finally letting all that tension go, but not completely, and when Lobotomy comes in, the illusion of relief is finally shattered. It is more straightforwardly dark and sinister, and while on its own it wouldnt stand out that much from the rest of the tracks, following after Cotard it functions like a powerful blow to whatever hope we had of being outside.
In the end, the album is a strong first step into the drone area, and if tracks like Cotard Delusion are any indication, the only thing left is to keep going forward. (David Murrieta)
Source : a closer listen
|The Asylum review by PAN.O.RA.MA|
[Valenten] is a French artist which offer us his most present conceptual album "The Asylum" from INSTANT PYROLYSIS,and a very interesting album is what we got here,floating in the fields of dense and in deep dark ambient.Mental illness,cold asylum corridors,and irrational realities expressed though each one of the 11 compositions compiled here.Tracks such as "Early Symptom","Commital","The Voices Inside",giving us enough elements to fall in the arms of hypnotic dark ambient with such great work of eerie sounds and floating atmospheres,always going around repetitive drones creating interesting collage of sounds."paranoid Schizophrenia",keep on the path into such dense atmospheres and hybrid soundscapes. The inclusion of Marionita Paige and Marc Hoyland on tracks such as "Commital" and "Escape",are interesting elements worth to check too!! [Valenten] has done a perfect work here,tracks such as "Intermetamorphosis","Cotard Delusion" and "Lobotomy",are worth to be listened here!! a very interesting album,for Dark ambient freaks ,ready to to do a psychedelic voyage to the "Asylum" in which resides our most hidden mental visions,ready to be awaken by INSTANT PYROLYSIS.The album is limited to 50 copies only,and comes in a 4 panel digipack.
Source : PAN.O.RA.MA
|The Asylum review by if is Dead|
Instant Pyrolysis est un projet dIndustrial Dark Ambient français. Le groupe est pour le moment composé dune seule personne, son fondateur Valenten, qui compose et joue tout lalbum, exception faite des deux featurings. Le tout premier album du projet est donc sorti au début du mois de mars et sappelle The Asylum. Un titre qui ne vous étonnera pas si vous aviez vu le clip que je vous avais présenté il y a quelques mois.
LIndustrial Dark Ambient nest surement pas un genre facile daccès, et ce nest pas Instant Pyrolysis qui me fera mentir. Pour un auditeur néophyte, les 11 pistes de lalbum durant chacune entre 3 et 8 minutes, ne sembleront quêtre du bruit. Pourtant, il nen est rien. Comme pour Cities Last Broadcast que vous avais présenté illman, on est là dans le domaine de lambiance et ce nest pas un album quon peut écouter comme ça, à larrache.
La majorité des morceaux, soyons honnêtes, cest du Drone, un style de musique à base de bourdonnements, qui peuvent rebuter. Mais quand on prend le temps, on se rend compte des ambiances à la fois lourdes, désolées et diablement inquiétantes que génèrent les pistes. On est immédiatement happé par cet univers froid, à la limite de la désolation, et surtout très très pessimiste. La lumière, vous nen trouverez quasiment pas dans ce CD. Les drones sont agrémentés de murmures inquiétants sur The Voices Inside.
Malgré les ajouts type murmures, bruits de chute et autres, la plupart des pistes se ressemblent fortement, et il est difficile de réellement les distinguer les unes des autres, ce qui est dommage, surtout sur un CD aussi long. Lalbum est en quelque sorte un album concept autour du thème des asiles et des méthodes « anciennes » de traitement des pathologies. Cest un sujet, vous le savez peut-être, qui me fascine, et je raffole dhistoires dasiles et de ce genre dambiance, bien quévidemment on pourrait dire que cest assez cliché.
Lalbum suit la progression dun patient, des premiers problèmes avec Early Symptoms, la première piste, au traitements de plus en plus agressifs, An Icy Bath, Electro Convulsive Therapy et enfin Lobotomy. En réalité, à moins de lire les titres et le site web, je naurais pas deviné moi-même quil sagissait dun concept sur les asiles. En effet, il manque pour moi la folie inhérente à ce type dendroit. Cela mévoque plus une terre désolée, ou un asile, mais un asile abandonné.
Je regrette cependant que la piste, à mon avis la plus forte et la plus angoissante, soit placée en deuxième position. Il sagit de Commital qui mêle les compositions froides et dépouillées de Valenten à la voix lyrique et puissante de Marionita Paige. Le mélange est juste parfait, la voix lyrique se faisant inquiétante, lointaine et angoissante. Lordre des pistes sexplique par le concept, mais du coup, lalbum en lui même y perd. Le deuxième featuring de lalbum se retrouve sur la dernière piste, Escape, où Marc Hoyland, que je ne connais point, joue des claviers. Là encore, le mélange marche du tonnerre, et les claviers très mélodiques contribuent à inquiéter lauditeur.
En somme, The Asylum nest pas un mauvais album, certaines pistes sont même tout bonnement géniales, Commital en tête. Cependant, entre Commital et The Escape, les pistes mont semblées moins intéressantes, et manquant un peu de corps. Lambiance est là, et cet album vous plongera à souhait dans un univers désolé et sombre.
Le Drone nest pas facile daccès mais si vous aimez le genre, je ne peux que vous conseiller de jeter un il à ce projet français ! Lalbum est disponible pour 9 sur leur site officiel . On regrettera simplement de ne pas pouvoir lécouter sur un service de streaming, permettant une découverte plus aisée.
Source : if is Dead
|The Asylum review by [surreal_immersion]|
Instant Pyrolysis is the French project of Valenten. He was also the man behind the Remember Chernobyl compilation. Prior to this release he has released the single Commital, which is also included in The Asylum.
The album starts of with 'Early Symptom', which takes us through creepy drones and sets up the mood of things to come. The early state of disintegration. Then we get to 'Commital' which also makes excellent use of the voice of (in a kind of operatic style) Marionita Paige. Because of her interesting contribution, this track has a more special feel to it. 'An Icy Bath' takes use deeper into the asylum and into our twisted mental state. 'The Voices Inside (pt. 1)' is effectively scary, due to some use of creepy whispering vocals. The track also has a sad and helpless undercurrent, as one has not chosen to be this way. With 'Paranoid Schizophrenia' the mood gets darker, as if we see no more light in our eyes anymore. 'Electroconvulsive Therapy' uses some nice sound design to convey feelings of having to go through electroconvulsive therapy. 'Intermetamorphosis' presents a permanent change from within the mind. The person who was is no more. 'The Voice Inside (pt. 2)' continues with whispering voices from within the mind. 'Cotard Delusion' (which is a mental disorder in which one believes he is dead) comes next. The track has a very desolate feel, as if we are walking among the dead. With a track called 'Lobotomy', I expected a more industrial outburst of things, but the track is actually quite nice understated ambient. The track definitely has a dark undercurrent, but also has a very saddening feel to it. The album ends with 'Escape', which features Hoyland with his melodic sound passages. This is a very beautiful and magnificent song. Because of the melodic structure, it is a very different song then the rest of the album, though the dark drones and ambient sounds still are present in the background. The song could present a kind of inner hope, a last glint of consciousness. Towards the end of the song, the melodies fade away slowly, to give room to the drones again, and to be completely faded away in reality. The bitter end.
The debut full-length of Instant Pyrolysis is very well-made. The album breathes the air of walking through dark corridors and becoming mentally unstable. However, there is already quite an amount (which is an understatement) of dark-ambient and industrial available dealing with the same subjects and going for the same kind of sound. In that regard it is hard to stand out of the crowd. The use of the operatic vocals of Marionita Paige and melodic keys of Hoyland, does make this release break out of the more generic path, and widen the sound and make it more personal and emotional. Especially the ethereal ambient melodies from Hoyland on 'Escape' work wonders. The album as a whole, if you are looking for the new ground-breaking dark-ambient/dark-industrial release, this is perhaps not it. But what The Asylum lacks in originality, it does make up in the sound department. Valenten does have a talent to create stark moods and having a good ear to make a nice mix. The album is perhaps not the most original there is, but if Valenten set out to make this album just as it is now presented, there's no point in arguing about originality. The fact is that The Asylum is well-made and 'Commital' just is a very interesting song, and 'Escape' closes the album off in a very beautiful and fitting way.
The Asylum is released in a very limited edition of 50 copies, which also include a poster. You also get a password which you can use for online content, like bonus songs and an e-book. Also you can let you album signed by the artist. There will maybe be 50 more copies be released, but without the extra's. My advice for people into dark-ambient and dark-industrial is to get your copy as soon as possible!
Source : [surreal_immersion]
|Committal review by Qoronis (Quartier23)|
The french project IP enjoys us these days with a single from the upcoming debut album, which is named with the very plain but descriptive title AN OLD LUNATIC ASYLUM.
The single contains three versions of "committal", the first version was taken from the above-mentioned album. This selection appears very wise, not only because of the naming, but also because this dark ambient work makes us curious for the complete work. As a successful entry, the single could reach lots of people, if..., yes if it would not be a fee-based download. On Sense and Nonsense of fee-based (or free) downloads in the Dark Ambient field may not be discussed at this point ...
While the original album version of "committal" is already really convincing (due to its minimalistic design), there are two more versions, remixed by guests. Nors'Klh (responsible for "The Third Cryo Room Version") adds several elements to the minimalist approach, which upgrades the track but still keeps the generated atmosphere. Synoiz '"Dystopian Mix" added some disturbing elements to the original version that can enhance the mood even more. And this is one recommendation we are very cautious with, but: listen to this track absolutely loud !
Source : Qoronis (Quartier23)
|Committal review by Free Noise|
Committal, the latest CD single from Instant Pyrolysis, precedes their full length CD An Old Lunatic Asylum. The single can easily be discribed as top-shelf Dark Ambient. From the first seconds on it takes you on a tour into the hallways of an old mental hospital. With a little imagination you can hear the despair and fear that still wonders between these walls. Combine this with the eerie vocals of Marionita and you get a beautiful yet disturbing image.
The problem with this release, even with great remixes by Nors'Klh and Synoiz, is the length. It's simply too short. This kind of quality may easily last for eight minutes or so in my opinion. But maybe that only adds to the intensity of the music. As usual with Dark Ambient this single comes with beautiful photography by Rob Walker.
The price for this piece of jewelery is only 2,00, and since the remixes are not included in the full length, Committal is definately something for fans of Raison D'Être, Inade and more of those high quality Dark Ambient projects. I'm looking forward to the full length already.
Source : Free Noise
|Committal review by Les Autres Mondes|
Committal in extracted from the upcoming album, "An Old Lunatic Asylum". It is composed of a single song and two remixes.
At the first listen, the single, composed by Valenten, establishes a horror movie ambience ; yes, the music genre's name is totally true, it's "dark ambient", rather close to noise music. Indeed, it is a strong feeling of obscurity without any hope to get a glimpse of the light that we feel, no exit at the end of the tunnel. Marionita Paige's operatic voice is added to this very dark and ambient music. She illuminates the song by her presence, even if her vocal techniques are only here to reinforce the ill-at-ease feeling, like a voice you could hear in the night, without knowing where it comes from. However, Marionita keeps using various ways of singing (operatic and whispered voices), and she demonstrates the range of her talent. No doubt she's got a great potential.
The second song is a remix cold "The Third Cryo Room", and was made by Nors'Klh. The ambience of this track is not even happier, yet it litterally is a "remix". Marionita's voice is pretty well modified, so that you can barely recognize it (but it's her, I swear!). Nors'Klh used Marionita's spoken parts initially planned to be included in the previous track so that they sound as if they weren't in English. Many sounds have been added, so much that one could sometimes think it's a different song. A successful venture !
Then, there is the second remix, by Synoiz. Once again, it's pretty different from the original. Marionita's voice is less modified, and once again you can hear some spoken words. The unhealthy and gloomy ambience is pervasive, since it's related to the upcoming album's theme.
I would lie if I said that this single album is easy to understand, yet listening to it is really interesting, if ever you like grim ambiences, and in particular Marionita's pretty voice.
Source : Les Autres Mondes