This line on the press release for Derelicts of Distant Hope, the debut from Polish dark ambient artist Abandoned Asylum, caught my eye: “With dark ambient, it’s not so much about reinventing the wheel (which isn’t so easy to do given the genre’s defining characteristics) as much as it is about setting the mood.” Well, I’m glad someone other than me said it, because it’s largely true across the board, and pretty much true for this release. The tone is grim and the sounds are dense. Big, swelling drones heavy on the bass end clash with industrial clamor. Nothing here really moves the needle from where it usually points, and the disc will likely only appeal to core dark ambient fans.
Available from Malignant Records.