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Isabliss

June 17, 2008 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Label: AM.mu Records
  • Copyright: 2011 AM.mu Records
  • Total Length: 53:31
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B005DP6BBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,366 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ambient Guru on July 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though still very much Amethystium sounding, Oystein Ramfjord has taken this album and developed his sound somewhat. The results are in many cases breathtaking with most of the album having more depth, rhythm and beat then his past offerings. He still uses voices on Isabliss largely as an additional instrument with limited lyrics, much like earlier Delerium albums did. However, many of these songs are the strongest on the album with the vocals adding a sense of air and beauty to the rich beats.

Highlights for me include Treasure, Anthemoessa, Strangely Beautiful, Frosty Morning Bliss and my personal favorite track Silken Twine.

If your a fan of Oystein Ramfjord previous albums and/or early Delerium (Semantic Spaces, Karma era) then you will surely enjoy Isabliss!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on August 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nearly four years passed between Amethystium's last album "Evermind" and the release of Ramsfjord's latest release "Isabliss". Though it was certainly a while between including the release of a retrospective "Emblem", "Isabliss" is a marvelous evolution of sound from the past while maintaining much of the spirit of the old. "Isabliss" is comparison has a much more of a monochromic feel, like having a much grayer, more wintry atmosphere. Even some of the songs have a different melodic structure. The album cover artwork perfectly portrays the mood of the album in my opinion: Dark, gray, yet also entrancing and mesmerizing.

Some of the songs like "Treasure", "Anthemossa", and "Silken Twine" are ideal tributes to the atmospherics of their debut album "Odonata". Other songs like "A Small Adventure", "La Pluie", and the Arctic "Frosty Morning Bliss" have a far chillier atmosphere. Even more tracks have distinctly creepy undertones such as "Silken Twine" with it's unique change in melody towards the end.

Overall, "Isabliss" is a welcome and not overdue return for Amethystium. THough some may think "what took you so long?" after the long break after "Evermind", I enjoyed their first three albums and was totally content with Amethystium taking it's time and the end result is yet another fantastic addition to their musical catalog and a new chapter in their history. Highly recommended! :D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chinedu P. Opara on December 29, 2008
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Ok so I thought this album would take me back to the Odonata and Aphelion styles. I was somewhat disappointed, as this album sounds more like Evermind, which I didn't find very terribly exciting. At least this album Isabliss had the hit track "Treasure". I also liked "Silken Twine". The rest were just OK, and while I found myself a little let down overall, this is still a decent album. Or is that just loyalty and faith speaking? :) Maybe after a few listens, I will start enjoying Isabliss a lot more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Groff on August 8, 2008
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Very nice instrumental, increased use of melodic vocals, not as good as previous relesaes. Worth the cost. Hope the next is better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Dugan on July 21, 2008
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This must be what music sounds like in heaven!

With rich melodic lines and angelic voices, the Norwegian has created another CD that never fails to lift my spirits and of which I never grow tired.

And yes...it IS just as good (or better) than his previous offerings.

And although it was worth waiting for, I sincerely hope that he doesn't make his fans wait so long for the next one!

BUY THIS! You won't regret it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have two of Amethystium's previous releases, Aphelion and Evermind, both of which I enjoy immensely, and have come to expect good material from them. Like their others, this album is quite good. The synths wash over you and the pleasant sounding vocals take you away to a faroff place where your problems can't follow. You get the distinct sense that something mystical is going on, what exactly is open to interpretation. Oystein Ramfjord (the composer, producer, and performer of Amethystium) knows how to make a song interesting and rich without making it cluttered with ideas that miss the mark. This is mellow music that is very calming and easy to listen to, but it is by no means boring. It stimulates the emotions and can be downright uplifting at times. Consider it a tranquil tonic for today's busy stressful world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara E. Field on October 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the 3rd CD by Amethysium,that I have purchased. Although it was pleasant enough, I found something missing in the music. It was not as intense and soul stopping as the previous CDs. But that's OK. It sounds like the artists are maybe taking their music in a slightly different direction and style. Still is good stuff!!
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By J. Jury on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
STYLE
Dreamy fairy tale soundscapes delivered with lush melodic electronica and ethereal female vocals. Amethystium has deepened and developed his sound with this latest offering - the arrangements are confident and sweeping, the instrumental work lucid and bright, the vision clearer than ever. Now the vocals are mostly specially recorded performances from such singers as Lee Nisbet, Stine Mari Langstrand and Irina Mikhailova. The gorgeous downtempo beats are still multifaceted and evolving - those low key muted interlude grooves punctuating the shadows. The synth work is multi-layered; repeating phrases and arpeggios rolling over expansive pads and strings, chimes and little metalic notes twinkling in the background - warm melodies and strong themes demanding the attention, then dropping away into gentleness and quiet corners. On Isabliss the synthetics are accompanied by some deftly interwoven electric guitars and keening violins.

ARTWORK
This is a fantastic piece of packaging, capturing excellently what Amethystium is all about. A three-panel digipack almost monochrome, full of delightful imagery courtesy of Grey Decay and Brian Son. The front cover features a striking twisted tree with dense clouds for foliage, wheeling birds circling the branches. On the reverse is a close-up of the gnarled trunk, track titles alongside. Within two stark black birds adorn a knotted bough that has a bright lantern hanging at its tip. Another panel opens out to reveal the second half of the rear cover tree trunk - here too are credits and some thanks. A final turn of the page reveals the rest of the inner picture - a flying bird trails dark leaves apparently fluttering out from a shuttered window.
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