Cristian Voicu is back with another excellent dark ambient industrial album and a worthy follow up to last years “Within Ruins” with Inner Stasis.
Carefully planned noise soundscapes both cold and warm combines to create a sense of depth in this highly detailed and dynamic voyage. Cryobiosis is known for his wet, damp and claustrophobic sound and does not disappoint with this fantastic release.
“Cryobiosis is the project of Romanian artist Christian Voicu, under which he has released two previous albums, “From The Depths” in 2012 and “Within Ruins” in 2013, also on Cryo Chamber. His new offering, “Inner Stasis” continues in the tradition of “Within Ruins”, with the tracks being small presentations of a claustrophobic, perhaps even post-apocalyptic milieu. Heavily based on the non-music premise that ambient operates on, the album makes its presentation with the use of a large variety of organic sounds, surgically placed melodies and industrial influences. Footsteps, disintegrating materials, water dripping from rusty pipes, metallic clangs echoing through dark, empty spaces. Atmospheric synths reminding us that outside of these fragile walls there is only the deep, cold vacuum of space.
The artist is not afraid to experiment, even to dispose of any trace of musical structure, which is the case in most of the tracks – except for the ones with fragments of melodies fading away in the background. The result is a recording that is basically a film soundtrack, for which you are free to imagine the film while being given ample suggestion. Each track can stand independently but is also a link to a chain; a chain that keeps us prisoners in this complex of underground tunnels that is damp, scary and might crumble on our heads any minute.”