AEOGA - COAV - CD - 8 tracks - Aural Hypnox - 2004

The second release on the promising Finish label Aural Hypnox, 'COAV' is the first album of Aeoga, a two man project from northern Finland.
This sixty-five minute-long cd, features eight tracks ranging from haunting and organic dark ambient soundscapes to more atmospheric passages... with a considerable ritual/tribal touch overclouding the general atmosphere.
Built upon layers of drones, other elements such as drums, cymbals, eerie guitar feedback, layers of sample, distant choirs... also take part in the richness and intensity of this record. Though Aeoga's masterminds want to keep a part of mystery surrounding their activities, the following inner note should enlighten the listeners: 'To exhaust mind and body in order to obtain a condition of non-consciousness and thus receive, realize and create material based on both primal and absent vision'...
An excellent debut album that reveals a new very promising dark ambient Finish duo and that makes Aural Hypnox a label to definitely keep an ear on.
The same compliments apply to the artwork, the record coming slipped into an original octagon shaped cardboard cover, including a 6 panel textured cardboard sleeve. As for the maniac collectors, they would have certainly rushed for the beautiful limited deluxe box that is already sold out...

Nathalie F.
Summer 2004

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