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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vhf Records
  • ASIN: B0014I7AQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Betimes Black Cloudmasses is the highly-anticipated second album from Vincent De Roguin (Shora), Stephen O'Malley (SUNN0))), KTL) and Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo). Betimes is an atmospheric, constantly changing piece that encompasses a mind-boggling array of different performance and processing techniques. The deeply psychedelic and moving results present a soundstage that is continually evolving. Betimes includes significant contributions from free percussionists Nicolas Field and Alex Babel, who sprinkle the sound field with an almost FMP-style rush of splattering drum sound, raising the intensity of the music (without resorting to bashing). The album also features a brief but affecting vocal from Ulver mastermind Kristoffer Rygg.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bkhage01 on February 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Another mysterious release from avant-metal group Aethenor, with more cryptic artwork and untitled track names. And I dig it. Their first album, "Deep in the Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light" was an excellent debut, and was something completely different from any "music" I have ever heard. If you are unfamiliar with this genre, it is very ambient, with no discernible rhythm or song structure. It's not something you listen to and tap your foot along or jam out to. It's something you put on and get lost in. Eerie, haunting soundscapes swell up around your speakers [listen to this stuff loud, like you would Earth or Sunn-o)))]. It's always so interesting to me how musicians manage to create this type of art. Even more interesting to me is the fact that it's GOOD, and that people actually enjoy it, myself included. While certainly not for everyone (I would classify it as one step further into the unknown/beyond than the above-mentioned drone metal bands), it's really something that most people should hear at least once.

That being said, I am reviewing this album after hearing their latest effort, "Faking Gold and Murder," so I can compare all 3. This is, by far, the best of them. Deep in the Ocean would be second best, and Faking Gold would bring up the rear, in my opinion. Where the 1st and 3rd releases are lacking, the second grabs hold of the reigns and steers clear of all of the potholes those albums fall into. Deep in the Ocean (which I would give 3 stars) was good, to say the least, but the occasional high-pitched squeals and ringing sounds remind me of a dog whistle, and I actually have to skip over one of the tracks for this reason. While ambient or avant-metal music is often challenging to listen to, it certainly should not hurt your ears either.
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