3 veteran producers in the genre, Apocryphos, Kammarheit & Atrium Carceri, collaborate on this behemoth of an album. Each utilizing each others strengths to bring forth a dark and emotional ride through distant memories.
Onyx is a soundscape journey related to the reflection of dispirited memories and obscure sorrows felt by mankind. With the multitude of techniques used by each artist, it also reflects the rich history of the dark ambient genre and how it has progressed through the decades.
The signature analogue darkness of gargantuan caves of Kammarheit is combined with the sacral and emotional layering of Apocryphos and the rhytmical bass throbbing and isolated pianos of Atrium Carceri.
This album was created by cross linking 3 studios in Oregon (US), Pennsylvania (US) and Umeå(Sweden). It took over 3800 lines of studio notes to finalize the album.
“This track for sure appears to be the ultimate level of fright featured on “Onyx”, but the rest of the work holds on to the chilling production. It sometimes moves a bit more into a kind of ghost-music (cf. “A Pale Sign Revealed”) experience, which is once more accentuating the visual strength of the work, but it also becomes less tormenting.
From a pure musical point of view you don’t really feel like this album was made by three different artists. “Onyx” reflects an impressive knowledge and maturity giving you the impression they simply have been involved in the same band for years and years.
Conclusion: “Onyx” is a successful opus, which I hope will incite those artists to consider a new voyage throughout the darkest realms of dark-ambient music.”