AMN Reviews: Flames of Genesis – Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge to Further Realms (2017; Minotauro Records)

Deep space music was pioneered by artists such as Lustmord, Robert Rich, and Steve Roach. Based to some extent on the Berlin School of electronic music, these individuals sought to capture emotions of the void. Rather than being simply bleak and empty, their recordings were majestic and powerful.

Flames of Genesis is a U.K.-based project that does not attempt to hide its influences or goals. With an album cover depicting nebulae and a black hole, the concept behind the music is apparent. And if space is your thing, there is a lot to like on Interstellar Transmigration Part I: layers of bassy synth washes provide a slow-moving bed of drones with occasional percussive elements. Ponderous and dark, the album could easily be a soundtrack (in fact the group uses the word “cinematic” to describe its music).

In light of the aforementioned influences, it is not hard to trace the lineage of Flames of Genesis back through the 1990’s, 1980’s, and 1970’s. Accordingly, the music on Interstellar Transmigration Part I is not radically new, but instead is an example of just how compelling this sub-genre can be.  A thumbs up for fans of dark ambiance and slow drones. But even if those styles are not your cup of tea, take a step outside the airlock and give Flames of Genesis a try.

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