To say this is something a “little different” is somewhat of an understatement, but WAY different to what you’d expect to see reviewed on a website called “Midlands Metalheads”…. When I was a teenager living at home, I used to spend many a night lying on the floor of my bedroom, headphones on, listening to the soundscapes of Klaus Schulze. With my eyes closed I would be “away with the fairies” !!! Having been into Progressive Rock from around 14 years of age, I have always had a love of electronics, synths and keyboards so I suppose it was inevitable I drifted toward the spacey side of things – my first gig was Hawkwind in 1972 !!!
The debut album from Flames Of Genesis is defined as Cold Cinematic Dark Ambient Music and is very much the work of one person (as far as I can tell) called “The Voyager”. There is a sense of mystery surrounding the artist and album, with very little in the way of sleeve notes to give anything away, so here are my thoughts….
If you’ve ever come across the work of Steve Roach or Michael Stearns you’ll know what to expect here. This is the soundtrack to a nightmare, a dream, a journey into Space, best listened to in a dark room with headphones on and maybe the addition of certain substances to further enhance the experience !!! Although split into several tracks or sections (all with magnificent titles like “Aligned With The Expansion Of The Universe”), it is essentially ONE TRACK of flowing synths from start to finish where one track segues into the next and at over 60 minutes, be prepared to switch off and be taken on a journey. Not music in the conventional sense, more an electronic soundscape that wouldn’t be out of place in a sci-fi movie – the soundtrack to an alien planet !!
If you’re looking for something a bit different and you lean toward the instrumental synth side of Prog – Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze etc, you will DEFINITELY get off on this release. A nice break from the conventional, but must be honest, not a release I could listen to repeatedly – there’s a time and a place for everything and if I ever feel the need to switch off and escape the mundane of modern life, this would be just the place to go, an EPIC instrumental electronic undertaking.