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3.9 out of 5 stars
Novaya Zemlya
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on October 6, 2014
No need to be tight-fisted about giving this five stars. Its amazing on a multitude of levels. Its an instant and long-term favorits.
This could easily be Koner's best to date and get mt highest recommendation!
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on May 19, 2013
I absolutely love quality dark, isolationist, arctic ambient. The moment I heard the first seconds of the first track, the vision of being frozen in ice just floating in space came to me. It's like that throughout all three pieces.

If that description sounds appealing to you, this record will not disappoint.
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on August 11, 2012
To listen to Thomas Köner one must be equipped with a great pair of headphones or a system with a powerful bass. Novaya Zemlya means "New Land" in Russian, and the opening thunderous drops suggest at explorations of unknown territories where sound stands still, as if in a vacuum, barely escaping outside of its humid atmosphere. Yet Novaya Zemlya is not a synthetic or imaginary place - it does indeed exist. Just outside of north Russia, between the Barents and Kara seas, lies an archipelago of mountainous territories covered in snow. The sounds on the album paint an aural portrait of this abandoned land, full of frozen waters, glaciers and ice. The incredibly low rumbling drops among the signature Köner drones suggest an atmosphere of void, broken only by the collision of the colossal icebergs, at a slow relentless rate. On Novaya Zemlya Köner flexes his muscles once more, composing an environmental landscape "towards a metaphysical geography" with slight hints of dystopia and self-destruction: in 1961, during the Cold War years, Soviet Union has detonated Tsar Bomba on on Novaya Zemlya - the largest and most powerful nuclear weapon to date. Fans of minimalism, isolationism and indeed existentialism will be delighted with this next installment in Köner's catalog, who has been creating dark ambient soundscapes since the early 90s. In fact, in 2010 John Wells' Type Records has republished Köner's earlier works in a three disk boxset: Nunatak * Teimo * Permafrost, which I proudly own, and suggest you pick up as well. Köner is known for his massive sound installations, combining visual and auditory experiences focused on physical listening, with a few live recordings on Mille Plateaux: Kaamos (1998), Daikan (2002), and Zyklop (2003). A spooky reminiscence of human demise and an enormous undertaking that could be only backed by Touch.
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on January 14, 2014
This may be Thomas Koner's most polished work to date... His attentiveness to micro-sonic detail and subtlety shines through brilliantly on Novaya Zemlya with every new sound that emerges. It is amazing to hear non-melodic ambient such as these that are so captivating. Each of three tracks clock in easily over 10 minutes, but they are well worth every second of your listening ears while still managing to remain some of the most minimal, sparsest isolationist ambient music I've heard in a while. Very ominous and unsettling, but calm and tranquil all at the same time. Koner, you genius!
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on August 24, 2012
45 minutes of undeceipherable noise.boy,was i duped!!! threw cd in the your hard earned money and don't purchase this disc !!!!
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