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This thing is a masterpiece. I almost don’t know what to say exactly. First of all it’s beautiful. I’ll just start there. Transparent vellum, screen printing and die cutting make this understated cassette look utterly amazing. I think once you get one of these in your hands you will understand that. I have always loved Simple Box Construction’s work and this is no exception. Musically it is just beautiful. read more.


Here we see three tracks, each familiar to those who have tasted the bitterness of a death cinematic’s droning melancholy that still manage to enter new territory. Similarly, this album’s packaging, like most other a death cinematic releases, demonstrates the sole member’s skill as a visual artist and craftsman. read more.


It’s no big secret that I have long been a champion for the creations of A Death Cinematic, and it seems to have become a biannual occurrence that I would find myself sitting down to my desk to write on yet another exquisite release from his own imprint, Simple Box Construction. While for many artists, at this point I would be struggling to find anything new to say and perhaps trying to push off new releases to other writers in a frustrated effort to welcome a new perception, every arrival of a new creation from this specific project immediately inspires me and welcomes into my imagination a different territory of a familiar world — one whose ultimately definitive characteristics have remained partially distorted to me. Despite that slightly blurred psychic vision, it’s hard not to be inspired. After all, this is an artist that consistently puts forth an effort that is unheard of in our underground where so many simply resort to a facile “DIY” procedure such as a handstamped / one-color screen-printed cover and spray-painted CD-R, and I shouldn’t need to go into detail as to why these releases are different from A Death Cinematic’s after our extensive coverage of his releases. Every new work is a representation of something that has quickly become lost in our modern era: the tradition of craftsmanship. These are creations in every sense of the word, and made by hands that are all too familiar with the necessity for pinpoint accuracy. read more.

The body of work A Death Cinematic has released thus far has (despite my initial bad review) been quite good and consistent. As always, the packaging of this new cassette is fantastically put together, with "dusty" photos acting as an accompaniment to the music, it proves to be K.'s crowning achievement thus far. Essentially picking up from where his 2012 album, The New World, left off musically, this new EP continues perfecting his unique brand of droning post-rock. I guess where that album fell short for me was its replay ability, which, despite my praise for it, I never quite managed to be able to get into it when I put it on except for a few occasions. This new tape takes the basic set of ideas from that record and transmutes them (not exaggerating) into a set of psychedelic trances that I had yet to attain from this project. I viewed The New World as the perfect sunset album at the time of it's release, but this one actually tops it (maybe it's the fact that it's spring and the sunsets feel all the more "intense" so to say). The dusty guitar tone perfectly sets the mood for the sun going down. Even with the mechanical clangs that occasionally occur in a few of these tracks, the quieter approach that, at least to me, these songs were apparently performed in has really payed off with some psychedelic pieces of ambiance. But wait, that's only half the story. As the tape progresses (actually if you flip the tape over) you'll get the much more destructive side of the release. A piece of feedback drenched ambient drone (that is a mouthful). It's the harsher and more noisy side of the project that works best as a night piece. Personally, the reason I'm not delving as much into this side is because I wasn't as taken with it as the first half, but for what it is, it goes above and beyond what most other projects accomplish. I know I'm Not doing highlights in this article, but to me the two clear standouts on this tape were The Chill of The Dawning Greets Us With Hopes of Death and On These, The Raptures of Our Harrowed, Mournful Days, both tracks which perfectly showcase what K. does so well within this project. read more.

a death cinematic has always had an audience with the drone metal community despite lack of any direct "heavy metal" sections in the songs, but the very first moments of "Corrosions of Traveled Daydreams" consist of a nearly galloping riff that lasts just long enough to disintegrate into cleaner, gentler territory than I've usually heard from this artist. The contrast between two new extremes presented here had already gained my interest, but even without context of a death cinematic's other releases, this album impresses me. Clean guitars seamlessly integrate with the hum of gently rolling drones, and melancholic notes stretch slowly across percussive static. read more.


En ineens wist ik het. Ik worstelde al een wijle met deez hier The New World-rievjoe maar ineens wist ik het. A Death Cinematic maakt mojemeisjesmuziek. Muziek voor engiszins duistere & niet presies normale maar niettemin heel erg moje meisjes. read more.

Almost as a direct continuation of Epochs, The New World starts with crackling and frantic guitar that fades in and out of the listener’s awareness, resembling some sort of transmission being broadcast into space. While there’s still a degree of droning ambiance here, the guitars are strummed and create distinctive notes rather than textures and moods. It’s somewhat akin to Earth’s more recent output, with a shimmering beauty that cuts through the overall darkness of the music’s direction. read more.

I could discuss all day about the quality of this release. I am more than amazed how A Death Cinematic is doing all of this, all alone, without any help and still, his releases are looking much better than any release assembled in factories. Also, his sounds can be described same as the packaging…beautiful, creative, inspiring and professionally done. read more.

Musically, it’s feedback-heavy electric guitar drone. The lengthy, poetic song titles might suggest certain post-rock bands, but the songs don’t progress and crescendo the way those bands tend to do. Instead, they explore a certain mood, and experiment with layering feedback noise or melodic guitar riffs. read more.

Anticipation (for me) is often a double edged sword that may do any combination of building up expectations and or excitement, and this anticipation manifests itself in strange ways, all of which further feed my obsessions and addictions; The New World from A Death Cinematic showed up in my mailbox a while ago and seriously just shook my resolve to the core regardless of what was built up in my mind, and the idea that the sheer amount of creativity that went into this release is rather astounding in terms of the physical packaging (since I saw this first before actually hearing anything on the disc). read more.


What kind of spirits live inside tiny sounds? What kind of clouds float above silence? Honestly, I don’t have the answers, but when I listen to A DEATH CINEMATIC, for some reason I feel like I have the answers. This one man noise guitar doom wizard knows how to craft otherworldly sounds with the music he creates. Most of the time his compositions are wordless, but at the same time speak all of these wonderful emotions. A DEATH CINEMATIC’s newest record is entitled The New World, out now on his own Simple Box Construction imprint. His music is all about the invisible, because it’s full of unseen forces that capture your imagination. read more.

Ambient/Drone, ecco cosa recensirò oggi. Un lavoro firmato A Death Cinematic e intitolato “The New World”. La one-man band statunitense si dedica alle improvvisazioni e all’arte: a partire dal pagkage fino al booklet è una vera e propria opera d’arte; 150 copie numerate a mano per un package in legno e cartonato, un booklet rilegato a mano con dentro delle splendide fotografie di un paesaggio urbano e un artwork d’effetto (che se non vado errato fa parte del set delle fotografie scattate da lui): insomma solo per il package meriterebbe il massimo dei voti. Ma siamo qui a parlare di musica quindi passiamo all’album “The New World” composto da 6 brani Ambient/Drone. read more.

Well, it’s finally here, perhaps one of the most anticipated DIY independent releases of the past few years for fans of his unique vision, A Death Cinematic’s “The New World”. It seems that the project hasn’t caught on with the general audience of guitar drone and experimental Post-rock yet, which isn’t a big surprise given today’s download culture. A Death Cinematic’s releases stand as a pillar to the importance of the physical product, with the actual manifested release literally needing to be held and seen to put the music that has been created into context. As with the imagery that A Death Cinematic has been known to use and create, much of his music is influenced by the literature of Cormac McCarthy (The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men), and as such it is a bleak and often strange or abstract journey that, without the finished release, you’re only getting a partial view of. read more.

A Death Cinematic is solo noise, drone project located in the USA. Artist is active since 2008 and has released 5 albums on labels such as Small Doses, Dead Accents and his own imprint Simple Box Construction. By using guitar, it’s amplifiers, musical effects and computer he explores and develops his own musical identity. read more.

The New World begins with a clarion squall: a guitar that sounds like a trumpet, signaling the end of the old. The sound brings to mind the walls of Jericho and the angel of Revelation. After the clarion repeats and subsides, a deathly calm settles in, a lighter electric strumming that may be coming from the world’s last amplifier, connected to a generator on a flatbed in the center of a post-apocalyptic desert. Apocalyptic themes and titles are nothing new to A Death Cinematic; he’s been driving this lonesome road for years... read more.

Last year I covered one of the releases from the prolific A Death Cinematic, and I covered it rather unfavorably. At the time I found that that album, Your Fate, Epic In Its Crushing Moments, in question was rather dull and boring and I didn't really get what all the hype surrounding the project was about. It wasn't until I had heard the splits that were released last year with Ekca Liena and Great Falls that I finally understood the project. I won't claim that I understand the intentions of every release, but I have begun to grasp it and enjoy it more than that first encounter. read more.

A Death Cinematic's latest in-house project, The New World, is presented as being two releases in one, specifically one that includes the CD component—fifty minutes of slow-burning guitar meditations—and the photo booklet, Prelude to the New World—twenty-two photographs of outdoors industrial and natural scenes. In truth, the project (available in a limited edition of 150 hand-numbered copies) is three releases in one, as the packaging—a hand-made, balsa wood box and a cover consisting of paper, Western red cedar veneer, and balsa wood, to be precise—makes a significant impact, too. read more.

A mere few months after his split release with Demian Johnston's Great Falls, the mysterious entity known as A Death Cinematic has built The New World, his first full-length since 2009's A Parable on the Aporia..., brick by brick. Once again we see an incredible amount of work and love put into this new Simple Box Construction release, the disc itself housed in a handsome, stamped cardboard sleeve, accompanied with a handmade artbook companion, both fit comfortably in a gorgeous balsa wood box. To be completely honest, even if I didn't like the music presented here, I would still urge you all to buy one of these for the artwork and packaging alone. This is a labor of love, with countless hours going into the perfection of the final product. read more.

The quality of ADC's music remains consistent, but the one-man band's packaging grows more elaborate and amazing with each new release. Devotees will already know what to expect -- a mix of languid melody and startling guitar noise -- and that's exactly what you get with the opening spiel of "when the sun settles into the horizon we remember our rivers," where a gentle and evocative melody is accented by the whirling knives of squealing guitar feedback, sort of like an Ennio Morricone soundtrack being overdubbed by, say, Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan. read more. (scroll down a little)

So this would have gotten a 5 pretty much based on the packaging alone. If the cd had just been a collection of someone tuning their guitar for an hour I would still demand that you buy one. Luckily the music is spectacular. Intricate guitar work that is pretty much fearless in it's use of loops and soloing melodies. Fans of Barn Owl and Earth will find something to love here but A Death Cinematic does not sound really like either. read more.

Aside from the amazing soundscapes, my favorite aspect of a death cinematic is the astounding quality of work that goes into your packaging. I can never do with just downloading your albums because the packaging itself is so integral to the experience. I feel like I'm lacking the vocabulary to really communicate the numerous and specific things I loved about it so forgive any rambling or lack of coherency on my part.
I know whenever I receive one of your CDs that I'm about to have an experience that is really singular to a death cinematic. The gorgeous handmade packaging (I really loved the wooden gatefold this time around) is absolutely unique - it's just very easy to see the level of work you put into making these things amazing and it's that dedication to quality that I really appreciate. And like I said, in that way the physical product - CD or art book - is entwined to the listening experience and creates something that no other bands I listen to (no matter how much I love them) can offer.
I looked through the art book while listening to the first couple tracks. I know that you really employ a post-apocalyptic motif when recording and the art for this album certainly keeps with the theme. There's a really desolate feeling the pictures invoke. A lot of signs of humanity, but it's all completely devoid of humans. Powerlines, decrepit houses, lots of empty landscapes. The only real signs of human activity are the picture of the donut shop (with electricity) and the plane. Coupled with the music, it evokes a very eerie, very coherent and complete impression of "the new world."
I adored the stamped image as well. I flipped through the book before glancing at the back cover so I had no idea just what was taking shape on the lower margin until the horse was fairly clear. Once again, another marker of just how much work you put into these things - it's the finer details that really make the big picture stand out.
I'm really grateful for the amount of effort you put into your albums.

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So apparently this split has been in the works since at least 2007, back when Great Falls went under the name Hemingway. I can only imagine the frustration of sitting on a release idea for four years, but, as they say, good things come to those who wait...and this is good. read more.

Split releases incite a cross to bear on behalf of artist and listener permeability. Will sequencing of tracks breach trust with more than a single producer? Does this then form minute technical bugging, like a virus that turned Trojan before it was cleaned? What should we think of motivations mustered for pairing what we’re about to hear? And does any of this analytical touchstone, capable in all of us matter to the process of hearing, liking, disliking or, at worst, removing? read more.

Now we have this split with Great Falls, a release from Seattle, Washington’s Dead Accents label and while it’s certainly a little disappointing to see that this split was released in a simple gate-fold sleeve, given the fact that the album artwork is composed of A Death Cinematic’s own fantastic distorted sunset photography and unique illustrations from Great Falls guitarist Demian Johnston, its certainly more than adequate. read more.

Like manna from drone / noise heaven, this three-track split release (featuring two tracks by A Death Cinematic and one by Great Falls) arrives bearing mysterious offerings to the agents of the random. read more.


You know the feeling where you get a split based on your love for one band? Well, my excitement towards Preternatural was fully rooted in my near-addiction to Michigan one-man act A Death Cinematic's post-apocalyptic, post-rock inspired drone. I'd heard some stuff about splitmate Ekca Liena, but not really enough to make me go out of the way to learn anything more. read more.

Don’t you just absolutely love when split releases reveal some new band or musician that completely changes how you listen to certain types of music or even just end up being what you need to listen to at the moment that you sit down and listen to it? Luckily for me (and you if you have already heard this split), Preternatural is exactly the above scenario and much more.

Small Doses has been pushing out a heap of stimulating new releases this year, and certainly not least on that list is this new split from Ekca Liena and A Death Cinematic. These are two newcomers to the world of drone and dark ambient and despite their currently short-lived involvement in the genre, they show a great deal of imagination and inspiration. read more.

How music can be so dark and so luminous at the same time? Not sinister or doom-laden but enlighteningly and beautifully dark. Dark with shades of vivid colours, dark as a way of showing bare emotions stripped of unnecessary affect. Is it really darkness we’re talking about then, or the sudden realisation that the looking glass won’t lie to us anymore? Or to put it differently, is there any darkness involved when the collapse of our former self and all its related masks dramatically alter the way we experience our emotions. read more.

you have to read this review on their site. the words are embedded in an image. read more.

A split cdr from Small Doses, featuring the work of Ekca Liena, and A Death Cinematic; two solo guitar droners… There’s one long track, divided into three, from the former, and four from the latter; about an hour’s music, all told. The packaging is essentially simple, but with very fitting images; I say “essentially”, because the outer card wallet is wonderfully cut with little circular holes - windows on the card inserts within. read more.

Preternatural brings together two increasingly prominent names within the UK drone/ambient scene for an hour-long split. read more.


Vi ricordate di A Death Cinematic e del suo drone/ambient? Che la risposta sia affermativa o meno oggi sono qui per recensire un suo ep datato 2011 e che porta come titolo “Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments”. Chi ha già avuto modo di sentire la sua proposta musicale può ben capire che ci troviamo di fronte a un capolavoro artistico, sia dal punto di vista uditivo che visivo: tutto parte dall’artwork fino ad arrivare ad inserire il disco nel lettore ed assaporarne l’essenza, farsi immergere nella sua atmosfera oscura e depressiva. read more.

A Death Cinematic is a one man project originating from the midwestern United States that features multiple layers of looped guitar and improvisations done with minimal post recording manipulation. The EP begins menacingly and sets the tone for a journey through madness including washes of anger and detuned wonder. read more.


Your Fate Twisting In Its Crushing Moments seems to be an exercise in achieving new aural spaces in some ways (some other artists use EPs for these types of experimentation with their “sound” sounds and in this respect, I understand why this is considered an EP), which turns out rather well for A Death Cinematic here. The hard panning noise of “-“ which is a nice change of pace (and one that I hope is explored further by A Death Cinematic even if it is in short bursts like this is) sandwiched between the two other tracks here (the sprawling “Your Fate Twisting In Its Crushing Moments” sounds similar to previous work from A Death Cinematic with the soaring melodic and morose guitars laid in a bed of subtle noise and drones including some added nuances that color its trajectory (such as a bit more or more pronounced droning going on in parts) while “In The Tumbling Dawn Light, Their Eyes Fall Frozen Through The Mists And Rain” incorporates a bit more noise at times than other parts of the artist’s oeuvre). read more.

Your Fate Twisting, Epic in its Crushing Moments. This one line of eight words has a great deal of poetry locked within it, doesn’t it? Eight words that can, and do, contain the ability to allow one’s mind to wander off and imagine the utter defeat and crippling failures spanning the entirety of a lifetime. From unwanted birth, to unexpected and meaningless death, this one line can capture every miserable heartbreak, loss, mistake, error, neglect, oversight, fault, underestimation, inaccuracy and misjudgement that would go on to lead to any number of critical failures that would result in the deteriorating wreckage of one’s life. Needless to say, the title alone for this recording set us up for a depressive 33 minutes over 3 tracks. read more.

It is a shame that so many labels forego special packaging to save money. I mean, I understand why they must, but at the same time there is something unique and almost magical about getting a new album and noticing that the artist and label really "pulled out all the stops" (note: that's an organist's term - how about that?) to make the listener's experience transcend the mere sound escaping their speakers. When I get an album and it's in a jewel case or a digipack it's still great, I still get to hear the music, but when the artist puts together the packaging themselves and offers a little something extra, not only do I have the sounds the artist created, but also a personal piece of art, a labor of love. read more.

Over the years, LURKER has had the privilege of speaking with many artists we’ve come to admire. Cult legends and complete upstarts have both contributed at length to these musty columns, giving personal insights into the deepest inner workings of their art. But among them, one project remains an enigma. Despite an interview one year ago with A Death Cinematic, the latest EP release – Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments – only renews all the questions left in the wake of that discourse. Who is behind all this? What possesses them to make this music? How can one person run an entire multimedia outlet by themselves while, presumably, holding down a nine-to-five? read more.

‘Your Fate Twisting, Epic in its Crushing Moments’, the latest release from mysterious one-man-band A Death Cinematic comes in some of the most impressive packaging we’ve seen in some time. Completely hand-made by the man himself through his own Simple Box Construction company, the care that has gone into the packaging is charming and interesting – extras include some water slide decal skulls and a unique piece of Japanese kozo paper with a poem to accompany one of the tracks. Limited to 50 copies one can’t fault the effort but it’s a shame that not quite as much attention was given to the music on the CD. read more.

A Death Cinematic is a project that I've been meaning to check out for several months now, but haven't really gotten around to it. Luckily enough, I got an email with this new EP from the man himself which gave me the opportunity to finally check it out. Being composed of mainly guitar, I'm interested in what types of sounds are created through this, as well as various other works. This three song EP brings something I didn't really expect to the table. What I expected to hear were sounds more akin to that of post-rock and ambient music, but what's on here is not only much darker, but much more droney. read more.

The one-man band with some of the best titles in the world returns with three more enigmatic slices of avant sound and epic drone clocking in at a little over thirty minutes, kicking things off in unsettling fashion with the title track, where shuddering loops of noise form a dark curtain of sound over which a lone twang-laden guitar plays a melancholy tune. read more.

A DEATH CINEMATIC are a perfect example of why I enjoy CVLT Nation. This 1 man band creates mind-shifting music with only a guitar, limited amounts of effects & loads of killer imagination. His release Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments, out now via Simple Box Construction, is a bag filled with a bunch of sonic art supplies that paints different portraits every second it is played. I love music that speaks to my soul, hidden emotions & thoughts that I have not heard from in a while. read more.


A good split record now and then is a great concept by two collaborating outfits, and even though people might be more familiar with one of the artists or groups more so than the other, such records could (and often does) introduce people to new artists and sounds that hitherto had gone unnoticed; in the case of this split album, my knowledge of the two artists is strictly limited to A Death Cinematic (whose Simple Box Construction label is responsible for releasing this nifty little package). On several occasions in the last year, such split records have introduced me to several excellent outfits which I now look out for releases by to devour along with the other groups and musicians to which my attention is given; but it is not often that the vision of both artists seem to come from a similar place nor produce a similar affectation listeners. Such a singular vision from two disparate groups lends a huge weight to how impressive a split record can be perceived (at least it does for me); thinking about the want or desire to collaborate, making a split record is easy as two musicians or groups take some songs and put them together. read more.

3 tracks. 54 minutes of music. Uncertainty as to both who are the musicians and what are their names. It quite genuinely doesn't get any more oblique than this. Closer inspection reveals that the album is in fact a split release, with Sons Of Alpha Centauri's underscored minimalism providing the first half of the album and improvised guitar effects epics from solo performer A Death Cinematic making up the second half. read more.

This split release features some of the finest ambient atmospherics I’ve experienced in quite some time. Fans of Stars of The Lid, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and classic krautrockers, Tangerine Dream will be pleasantly surprised by the depth of sonic textures on display within. read more.

This is a split release by two different bands. A Death Cinematic is one man with his guitar, an amp, and some effects. Sons of Alpha Centauri is an experimental British band. read more.

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Sons Of Alpha Centauri is, as far as I understood, a side project of Ambient Visions, or rather the alter ego ‘representing their experimental synthesized work’. Its a four piece band with synthesizers, textures, bass, samples, keyboards, atmospherics, percussion and noise. They share a release here with A Death Cinematic, ‘one man with a single guitar, an amp and some effects’. read more (scroll down the page).

The UK band Sons of Alpha Centauri are a quartet whose cosmic Krautrock-influenced sound is every bit as spacy as their name would suggest; over the course of approximately 25 minutes, they use synths, samples, keyboards, and percussion to create an epic soundtrack to an imaginary sci-fi flick in four fluid movements. The other two tracks on the cd are both by A Death Cinematic, a one-man shop using just a single guitar, an ampflifier, and some efx boxes to create layered sounds via computer editing. read more (scroll down the page).

- SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI - really nice soundscapes. sometime pulsing and flowing, then taking more of a form with percussional elements and once again crawling. i really got sucked into this while listening to it with headphones in a completely dark room. The story is also very fitting to this. Some of the sounds are a bit too synthetic-sounding, a bit too much plastic to my tastes, maybe a bit different mixing and/or mastering could've done the trick. (i suddenly feel this haunting need to act like a person who calls himself "a music journalist" and give stars: ***/ *****)
- A DEATH CINEMATIC - seems like story continues from here... softer scapes meeting more electronic sharper sounds, then morphing into nice bass tones and on, morphing to harder guitar-like sounds, truly hypnotic. some electronic tapping sounds appear, giving some uneasiness to the sound as a whole, suddenly silence appers. i realize that I've reached the point where "these nights have brought us something worse.", tapping sounds increase, forming an eerie beat to haunting passages going on in the background. The scape seems to be forming to a more chaotic direction (i was suspecting something like this...), some mellowness, then suddenly back to uneasy tapping and haunting guitars and synth, whiching to mellowness and chaos and back and so on to the bitter end... really a magnificent piece. really fitting mixing and/or mastering. (and again, i suddenly feel the need to act like a person who calls himself "a music journalist" and give stars: ****/ *****)
- THE PACKAGE - absolutely fantastic. i've been keeping an eye on DIY labels out there and this is absolutely the CREAM. the inserts, fantasic, the cardboard sleeve, by itself, a piece of art. awesome also have copy 80/80 hehe... (*****/ ***** for the package).


Incredible! This guy is unstoppable! I follow his work on his facebook profile and he impresses me more and more each day. It seems that long album and track titles are perfect forumula for awesome release. The living proof is ”A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness” by brillant A Death Cinematic. Loyal followers of Deadtones webzine had a chance to read a review I wrote for ”The New World” and fans of A Death Cinematic know how much time, money and effort this guy puts into his releases under his manufacturing plant called ”Simple Box Construction”. Every single album have a different package made of wood, cardbord, tons of incredible illustrations and photos made by him in the spirit of ”do it yourself” ideology. read more.

Every once in a long while there comes a release which takes several listens to sink in to one’s thick skull (particularly my hard head can take time), but once that record sinks in, the record not only makes complete sense, but it seems to become a favorite release. Upon first listening to the latest release from A Death Cinematic, A Parable on the Aporia of Vengeance and the Beauty of Impenetrable Sadness, there was an overwhelming feeling with the immensity of this release; comprising two CDs housed in hand assembled packaging, the record is full of instrumental musical pieces with monstrously long titles (which rival the length of some of the song titles of Red Sparowes) that take time and attention in order to appreciate this release from A Death Cinematic. read more.

It took me a long time and a great deal of contemplation to finally organize my thoughts on A Death Cinematic’s A Parable on the Aporia of Vengeance and the Beauty of Impenetrable Sadness. Sure, the interview I conducted with the man behind A Death Cinematic had given me some much needed insight, as had the time spent poring over the sprawling double album itself. But things didn’t completely click until recently, as I was reading The Gunslinger, book one of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. As I read the story of Roland, the last Gunslinger walking across the arid, endless desert in search of The Man in Black, it occurred to me that A Parable… would make the perfect soundtrack. In many ways, the music of A Death Cinematic is Roland the Last Gunslinger re-cast as the Last Guitarist, a lone musician wandering across a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of redemption. Armed with only a guitar, an amp and some effects, A Death Cinematic creates the sonic equivalent not of ultimate catastrophe itself, but of the equally dark and terrifying repercussions. A Parable… is a sonic rumination on the days following the end of the world, filled with sorrow, yearning, anger and perhaps just the faintest glimmer of hope, no larger than a pin prick. From a purely musical standpoint, A Death Cinematic recalls to an extent the spaghetti-western doom of Earth’s Hex… album, as well as the droning ambience of SunnO))) at their most subdued. But these are merely points of reference, because A Death Cinematic is ultimately its own unique entity. Although the guitar/amp/effects setup may sound deceptively simple, A Parable… is anything but an easy listen. Layers of guitar envelop and entrance the ears of the listener, from washes of modulating static and noise to thick doom riffs to eerie, jangling arpeggios. While the tempo of the album is almost uniformly glacial throughout its duration, it never becomes boring or inert thanks to A Death Cinematic’s mastery of dynamics and variation within this leaden pace. The grim sonic alchemy created through the deft arrangement and interplay of sounds transcends such conventions as tempo and structure, creating an utterly engaging listening experience. The production perfectly suits the album, warm yet sparse and minimal. This allows the various nuances created by the layers of sound to come through, yet leaves just a little dirt caked around the edges. Special mention must also be made of the incredible artwork and packaging, painstakingly hand-assembled by the artist. Holding the this piece of functional art in your hands while listening to the album only adds to the feeling that you’ve stumbled across the last will and testament of the Last Guitarist, left behind as he set off to wander the wastelands on some unknown quest. Overall, A Parable on the Aporia of Vengeance and the Beauty of Impenetrable Sadness is an exploration of pure, unadulterated sound at it’s most bleak and harrowing, the last strains of music to escape from a dying world that has long since moved on. Are you ready to experience the end of days?

All I could say after both discs were through playing was “wow”. That about summed up the panoply of images and daydreams it evoked and is a lot easier than trying to elaborate and describe said targets of metaphor. I’m talking here about the new release from self-described native of “Nowhere, USA”. And beyond that - talk about anonymity! read more.

"I've taken my time to write my impressions on your album, because I prefer to listen carefully to something before expressing an opinion. I listen to it a lot while in the office and It works wonderfully as soundcape, but the real pleasure came when I've begun to spin it without distraction... every time it reveals new facets! I think this work is really "cinematic", it conveys perfectly the idea of a post-nuclear barren land... It's sad, at time menacing but often peaceful in an unsettling way. The fact that it is fully improvised is fantastic, the post production work really emphasizes the sounds, giving the impression of full written compositions. One of the things that makes your work stand out from other drone-ambient projects for me is the use of a heavily influenced blues guitar. I really dig it because I think it has a very haunting quality that reminds me of pre-war folk and artists influenced by it (like Loren Connors). To cut a long story short I'm really happy to have bought your CD, it has been on repeated listening for a while!"

Volete immergervi nuovamente nell’Ambient/Drone di A Death Cinematic? Che la risposta sia affermativa o negativa poco mi frega perchè oggi vi recensirò un suo album datato 2009, ovvero “A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness”. Se non vi siete trovati quando, in una vecchia recensione, ho scritto chi è A Death Cinematic sappiate che è un progetto solista incentrato totalmente nell’arte, visiva ed uditiva, un qualcosa che parte dall’artwork che passa per il booklet fino ad arrivare alle nostre orecchie. read more.

I was recommended by a friend to check this band out. Got the album from the man behind this band and I gave it several listens in past week. All I can say what an intense listening experience I ever had in awhile. read more.

What a package! This 2-CD recording comes in a neatly folded cardboard box which encloses a book-like casing for two CD’s and which includes song credits, and which, needless to say when it comes to post rockers, provides enough space for long ass song titles. read more.

This one monster 2 CD set from one man,a guitar and a incredible amount of musical vision."A Death Cinematic " is presented here with some beautiful packaging and artwork,the 2 CD's come in a double-sided plywood housing and the whole package is printed with a stark sepia photography.A lot of time and effort has gone into making this one of the most unique looking CD releases this year. read more.

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A DEATH CINEMATIC is a one man project. All the songs are improvised using only a guitar, amp & some pedal effects. The music is a bit creepy & spacey feeling through out most of the release. read more.

The end of the world!! Well, not quite. But if the apocalypse was on its way, Today's New Band, A Death Cinematic, would soundtrack it, with their frankly harrowing guitar-​wail-​feedback-​hellride.​ Super. Listen and weep! read more.

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While A Death Cinematic’s music is centered around heavily layered guitar feedback and effect heavy notes, the way in which the material on A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness plays out and climaxes feels entirely different from everything else out there. read more.

Wow, where to even begin with this one. I really enjoyed listening to this cd. The guitar work is amazing, and the music itself is indiscribable. It has an ambieant undertone with a slight buzz. read more.

In sharp contrast and more animated in delivery are both ’when I leave I wish to kill the sun’ and ‘vengeance runs forth deep‘ - again the underlying mood is one of loss, despair and regretful reflection, perhaps the key note tracks where the A Death Cinematic universe collides head on with Godspeed, the craftsmanship of the former is one of increasing intensity and foreboding, the landscapes barren, bleached and arid, the maddening echoes of the fracturing chime squalls of distortion imparting a doomed and gloomed Cathedral-esque resonance rarely heard outside the confines of a Grails record while the latter is dimpled in lighter textures though nevertheless still crippled by an affecting apocalyptic post rock-ist demeanour that once emerging through the hazy halos of storm passing feedback ruptures soon settles to lasso your heart strings and yank on them heavily. read more.

The eleven pieces are sunburned meditations whose corroded sounds suggest incinerated landscapes and whose titles—“A Short Story on the Theme of a Broken Dream” a representative example—can't help but invite comparison to Godspeed You! Black Emperor. One might expect that generating all sounds from the single instrument would prove limiting but not so: the guitar's sonic potential gets a thorough workout and, though the mood is uniformly gloomy by design, the album sustains interest via subtle shifts in style and execution from one stabbing and oozing piece to the next. read more.

If it's structured pop songs your looking for though then look elsewhere. This is, as the name suggests, experimental cinematic sound sculpture. "A soundtrack in search of a film" is what the hacks normally call it. It's evocative stuff and I like it. read more.

This album here is a double disc and looks amazing. It is self released by his label/project Simple Box Construction... in which he took much time and effort to make the packaging represent the music the vision very much. It 2 discs come inside a wooded gatefold that is housed by a cardboard box that has images and stamps on it such as picture of building with a red X with the quote 'You Have Been Marked For The Apocalypse'. read more.

You have been marked by the apocalypse when you open this package of pure melancholic destruction. "A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness" is an album kinda hard to digest, because there is not usual music, there is not superclass production, there are only feelings transformed into sounds. All the arrangements of sounds blast everything away because of the artist's spectacular job of layering everything out. The tunes are not effects done with the help of a professional studio or anything like that. Everything is created with the effects & elements of the world that surrounds us!

As I’ve stated here before I rarely accept promos. I just dislike the obligation it implies. But regardless, once again I said yes, but have been carrying this release around for a few weeks almost dreading listening to it. I figured anything that looked this cool had to suck. read more.

If there is anyone who could be in the same category as A Death Cinematic, it seems like some of the more recent experimental black metal groups are them. British 'black metalist' Caïna, in particular, has created a similar sound, but even he can't nail down the same marriage of black metal, post-rock, and ambient that makes A Death Cinematic such a unique project, and this record so unlike anything else I've ever heard. There is an almost shoegazey fuzz to many of the guitar layers that characterise this album; the high reverb and '60s-esque gain create a morose, mournful tone much of the time, but these echoed strains also carry a menace that is only reinforced by the more modern distortion loops or minor-key background melodies. I don't know what A Death Cinematic does to sound so evil, but it works. read more.

If you are a fan of Earths newer work, Boris' Flood style tones or the beautiful landscapes of Yellow6, then you will love this swirling droning piece of droning ambience. The name of the album is "A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness". A long title indeed, but when you read the song titles which are just as long, you see that the song titles actually in a way tell a story. When you hear the progression of the songs featured on the album, you can hear the meaning behind the titles. read more.

It’s always good to see artists put a bit of effort into their work and this new self-released double album by A Death Cinematic certainly isn’t lacking in the blood, sweat and tears department. When head honcho (‘Mr Edwards sir’) said this release had some rather well considered packaging I got a little excited. It comes in a chipboard slip case stamped with a large red cross declaring you ear marked for the apocalypse. read more.

There's ambitious, there's grandiose, and then there's the latest release from A Death Cinematic -- two cds of dark, apocalyptic noise-drone housed in a highly elaborate package, limited to 250 copies. You have to actually see one of the band's handmade, meticulously crafted cd cases to truly appreciate the effort that goes into the design and production of the packaging; it's fitting for a guy who went to art school that his musical project should be equally focused on the physical package. read more.

You have been marked for the apocalypse. Gloomily. Improvised. Robbing your senses and hand-made. The title of the current double disc full lengh by A Death Cinematic is truely a colossus. read more.

So I have a desk full of records for review from some heavily established acts, some of which have been lying around for several weeks. As soon as A Death Cinematic (ADC) dropped on the system though, this reviewer has been listening to very little else and was compelled to write a review as soon as. Being a sucker for the Godspeed school of post-apocalyptic post rock, ADC’s sombre and charred soundscapes that glisten with a glimmering ray of hope totally captivated from the first listen. Self-taught and hell-bent on utilising a fully DIY approach, the tracks on ‘A Parable….’ are improvised pieces that are constructed simply through the use of a guitar, amp and some effect pedals with computers only being utilised in post-production as a mixing and clean-up tool. A quick gaze upon the timeless and emotive urban landscape imagery and short-videos adorning ADC’s website reveals a fascination with the uneasy meeting of decayed industrialisation and the boundless and epic beauty of nature, a phenmonena that is sonically documented on this release. Sprawled across two discs and packaged in a beautifully crafted DIY box, the 11 movements on ‘A Parable….’ shift slowly and strategically between lushly textured post-rock compositions, that are steeped in an apocalyptic atmosphere, and discordant drone symphonics whilst all-the-time wringing out that ultra emotive ray of hope. The fusion of these post-rock melodics and fuzzy drones are composed with aplomb and are designed to squeeze out every last drop of emotive audio-melancholy possible. Occasionally, on tracks such as ‘When I leave….’ and ‘Knives At My Brain…’, ADC breaks into bouts of perpetuating fuzz-laden skree which is reminiscent of the hypnotic bob and sway of Skullflower, Vibracathedral Orchestra or Ashtray Navigations. Most of the time however this skuzz sound is integrated amongst cleaner and more focused melodies that form into epic soundscapes which crystallise the very fabric of emotion that is portrayed by pre-apocalyptic fear and post-apocalyptic mourning. After the lushly textured, hazy driftcore of ‘The Grasses Will Grow…..’, ‘The Sun Glints Through…’ stomps authoritatively with a psychedelic metallic doom aesthetic. The charging momentum provided by the perpetually chunky riffage seeps right into your cerebral making your head automatically twitch and nod whilst the lilting Eastern-esque feedback melodics disorientate and captivate wholeheartedly. With its twin layers of solitary guitar and atmospheric feedback ebbing and flowing, ‘The Heart Races…’ is a genuine masterclass in emotionally isolated expansiveness and proves to be the perfect follow-up to the dark energy of the previous track. On the second disc, the opener once again pits deliciously engaging liquid-guitar melodies against a charging wall of moody fuzz to visceral effect . After the desolate and paranoia-inducing sci-fi decay of ‘Knives at My Brain…’ mellowism ensues on the follow-up track allowing one to take heed of those glory-times now destroyed. ‘…And All The Leaves….’ goes on to reverberate with emotive majesty, the glistening liquid guitars locking into idealistic melodic motifs whilst an effervescent burble plays out in the distance. At the end of this epic sprawl of an album comes ‘Brilliance of the First Morning Snow’, a perfect closing piece which fuses a pessimistic low-end turbulence with an optimistic guitar haze, the strings quivering with a sense of expectation amongst the sea of hopelessness. Beautiful. Scoring what sounds like that golden but brief period of time when the sky is black and society is under no illusion as to its devastating fate, ADC composes sweeping cinematic sound for the lost soul. Some may complain about the lack of explosiveness and how tracks peter out instead of ‘rising to the fore’ but they would be missing the concept. With ‘A Parable….’ ADC has travelled to the very core of the concept of post-rock and has carved out a unique, dark and luscious territory that stands up there with the genre’s forbearers. To immerse oneself in the work of ADC would be a thoroughly recommended experience as the audio and visual go hand-in-hand and are designed to stimulate your emotions by showcasing a tangible peek into the world of post-apocalyptic melancholic romanticism. (KS) For fans of; Godspeed, Esmerine, Vic Chesnutt, Hotel Hotel, Skullflower, Vibracathedral Orchestra

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With a name that easily pigeonholes itself as overtly pompous, this colossal album does very little to live up to the pontifical nature of this droning, dull piece of work. Bearing a likeness in style to artists such as MGR and House of Low Culture (both Isis side projects. A total coincidence, I swear), A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness attempts to create a sort of stark beauty with a post-apocalyptic, the-Earth-will-be-better-off-without-those-meddling-humans vibe. read more.

Eu levei certo tempo para digerir esse trabalho do A Death Cinematic, desde que esse material chegou em minha a casa há algumas semanas... read more.

PARABLE ON THE APORIA OF VENGEANCE AND THE BEAUTY OF IMPENETRABLE SADNESS is one more fantastic work of this project, a perfect atmosphere, and the material in that the CD in fact it is spectacular, I already have mine in my hands!!!!! Congratulations for the great work! Perfect!

I hate writing short reviews. This normally means I hate the album in hand, and I hate to hate music. But I can find nothing here, not even with my love of the weird, to be enthralled or even mildly interested in. read more.

What an incredible package. This is the limited (to 250 copies) version of A Death Cinematic's "A PARABLE ON THE APORIA OF VENGEANCE AND THE BEAUTY OF IMPENETRABLE SADNESS". What you get is two incredible discs (both have very nice looking glossy faces, no paint, no inkjet!) with 11 track between them. 11 glorious tracks recorded with only a guitar. read more.

Not only is the album's artwork well organized, but it is aesthetically cohesive and works wonders with the music. In my personal opinion, the music itself is the best yet; soundscaped and moving are two words that come to mind, of course the music is much more then that.

like something out of a horror film hence... a death cinematic it can get pretty scary. if you close your eyes and let your mind wander.... if you've seen enough horror movies, your imagination can do some pretty messed up things... let it affect you thanks a death cinematic!

got my cd last night. first off, the packaging is fucking gorgeous....i LOVE this cd. i enjoyed it so much!! i threw it on my i-pod and rocked it a few times at work and the visuals i had running through my head were so intense!! i can't wait to put this on when im passing out and meditate to this stuff, its just damn good. it reminds me alot of God Speed... without the other instruments.
the whole time i was listening to it i was envisioning this poetic story of an ordinary man witnessing the apocalypse from a hilltop outside a major city and his consequent journey away from the destruction and eventual return back to his home city to some un-foreseen end. he witnesses the mass beautiful and ominous mass ascension of "gods children" to the heavens above and the swift downfall of the damned to a fiery end, meanwhile realizing he is one of the forsaken who is damned to wander this doomed planet in search of his place in heaven or hell. He sees towns reduced to ruins as he breathes in the ashes that surely contain human remains. he experiences first hand the horrors man will do in an attempt to survive. he kills for his very existence...and possible pleasure...delving into insanity to deal with this world around him as he returns to the west coast. he sees what once was an ocean is now but a deep vast desert wasteland. the sky is a blood red and the clouds are blackened. his cities buildings have burned and been turned to molten masses of death consumed by a black twisted vegetation. in the end he witnesses the Horsemen of the Apocalypse first hand, the pavement turns to ash at their feet, as he faces his final destiny. The visuals this music creates in my imagination are so disturbingly deep and moving i was almost in tears a couple shit.
thanks for this experience man, truly...the visual ride i went on was so effing awesome. i dig this album hella. as a musician myself im so pleased to see others willing to experiment and shatter the boundaries of conventional music and recording explore the beautiful and terrifying things that happen in an instant of an un-rehearsed musical free-for-all. i know it sounds like im gushing but this was truly a rad creation and im super glad i bought it. i look forward to the next one. i only wish you performed live, haha!!
my lid truly flipped.

ADC is amazing!... The second track on this album is so heavy and claustrophobic; it really is quite unlike anything else around - plus all the handmade wooden packaging - rough and perfectly presented. If he is not sold out already, people should be onto this soon as they can.

That's a great album again. It seemed to me more "focused" than the previous ones. I mean that the melodic lines and riffs are clearer, it is a bit less chaotic than before. But still there are your trademark roaring drones in the background that give the impression that the storm is still here, always ready to explode... The most important is that I enjoyed the music a lot, it's very moving and powerful, undoubtly reflecting a very strong musical personality.

I was finally able to listen to both CDs. I loved what I heard. Drone music works best when the music is constantly shifting from one form to another without being to obvious. Your music totally worked on that level. Your music also worked because there are multiple levels of guitar/effects/whatever to listen to. Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I found that the songs were easy to listen to without being at all simplistic. Awesome packing of the CDs, by the way. The photo book was cool, too. It reminded me of the old farmhouses I used to explore around here. Most have now been demolished as new subdivisions have been laid, though one far enough out in the country was recently restored. For me, the photos and the music represented the true beauty of impenetrable sadness.

Well first of all the packaging... geez man, you are fast becoming the master of packaging brilliance, such wonderful artistic craftmanship!! I'm in absolute AWE!!!... So, now the sounds... you have travelled into deeper and more diverse terrain with this release... each track is a journey in its self, yet together they create an vast and highly emotive landscape. Your mix of influences is well executed... moments of obscure black metal terrain, experimental guitar wanderings ala Loren Conners, ambient expanses reminding of Double Leopards/Sunroof and harsher moments of noise elements shifting the scapes with a controlled presence, outlining the unspoken parabale and casting the listener adrift in the sonic fields to plot their own path!!! The A Death Cinematic sound is now, more than ever, a true realisation of your creative self, a testament both visually and sonically of a being evolving!!!! An excellent album sir... Thank You!!!

your new release is my release of the year - i'm runnin' out of words to describe my feelings when listening to it.... this is so full of emotions, so cold, so caressing, so embracing, i think i can feel that this is done deeply from the heart.... this is music to die for aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the book(s).... i love them both, the 'nowhere usa' item is unbelievable

so after 3 full listens of each disc, i can honestly say, that this release is fucking phenomenal. to start off, the packaging was just incredible. it completely sets the mood. your photography, careful attention to packaging detail, and overall statement produces this overall feeling of disparity and dismal thoughts that i find enthralling. i'm not quite sure if this was planned, but the second disc i actually find to be slightly more melodic? or maybe i just pick up on the softer points like the end of Onward (As The Vultures Take The Sky) We Slip Into The Apocalypse, and ...Brilliance Of The First Morning Snow. overall, the release is great. every listen i find something new that i like.


This fabulous (and, at 20 copies, ultra-limited) DVDR release on Winepress Records, in a package designed by Simple Box Construction, is a collaboration in which A Death Cinematic provides sixteen minutes of eerie, disembodied ambient drone soundscapes that are matched by an equally eerie form of animation from Obscuritan Design. read more.

The complimentary paring of A Death Cinematic's music and the visuals of Obscuritan Design has produced an impressive auditory and visual treat. The collaborative effort melds dirge-like hymns with appropriately haunting imagery in a DVD-R tour-de-force. By themselves the visuals on "veins like trenches... dug deepest with dried blood" could easily be left alone as a projection on some gallery wall (the stills at 3:46 and 10:53 are some of my favorites) but combined with the chaotic improvisations of dissonant guitars and heart-rending melodies it leaves the listener touched on a level only a true art can. The DVD is a slow moving surrealist masterpiece, drawing the viewer (and listener) into a desolate landscape of primitive emotional response. For those of you familiar with A Death Cinematic's work the connection between the auditory and the visual aesthetic has never been more evident. Images of landscapes weave back and forth, fading in and out of each other like pulsating hallucinations, blurring the lines between the real and the unreal. Horizons seamlessly meld together, beckoning forth visual apparitions in a classic 'blink and you'll miss them' scenario. The music perpetuates the entire journey as guitar lines intertwine, building in chaotic fury and then dissipating into a nearly imperceptible resonance. There's something almost spiritual in the final product, a small glimpse into a dimension hidden in the otherwise stoic façade of nature. Both Obscuritan Design and A Death Cinematic have captured the essence of something I couldn't even begin to identify.

Man, kudos on the dvdr!!! Superb work both in disc content and packaging!!! You and Nate have made a fine piece of audio visual art!!!

it is a fuckin' hell of a release!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think, this is the greatest piece of music you've done 'til now - i absolutely love it, i worship your guitar and your exquisite using of delays and other fx. you're definitely a 'mood-creator' with your sound, it's all so homogenic and smooth - absolutely to the point!! it's not very often, that i feel caressed by music - but this one does it!!! together with the very well done animation this dvd is a treasure, which will stay in my heart for a very long time.

The music seemed to me more "monolithic" than on your 1st releases, and it fits the video. The whole is some kind of minimalist/experimental version of "Dead Man". Abstract and highly moving in the same time.

The dvd is really ace! The packaging is superb and the track is one of my favourites for sure! The animation really compliments it!

This is great stuff, man! Surreal, hypnotic, trippy... love at around the 3:40 mark when the song shifts gears, and what I think is a bat-looking creature is formed from the trees/whatever in the center, goes cool together... I also love at around the 10:00 mark when a face is formed from the tree branches, crazy shit... All in all, the visuals definitely enhance the track, which is pretty damn awesome by itself... this definitely asks for repeat viewings, good stuff!

i LOVED the piece. very emotive, very visual, it completely blew away everything else on the show, imo. now for the details . . . great moody opening, the raspy tremolo/delay effect is a nice touch—gives it a rhythm without percussion (which is always a plus in my book). i love the higher-pitched picking in the left ear; a nice counterpoint to the lower, distorted, guttural sounds in the right. as i close my eyes, the melodies begin their intertwining, morphing, degrading, and i'm feeling as if i'm being tossed about in waves of feedback and dissonance, only to be spit out into an arid desert of isolation. alone. the pain/pleasure of emptiness, the hideousness/beauty of decay, the comfort/panic of despair. and the last, dry, grating bow strokes are a perfect ending to a great piece. . . and great job for getting it put out on winepress!


This ingenious and highly original packaging was designed by Simple Box Construction, and is one of the most eye-catching cases I've ever seen. Limited to 60 copies, this split features three tracks each by A Death Cinematic and Beyond the Black Ocean, all epic soundtracks of drone, ambience, found sound, and noise. read more (scroll down a little).

Ok, so I just took a long walk with my headphones strapped on listening to the split. Wow. If there's one thing that I realized is that you're sound is so individual and unique that there's something about it that is inherently 'your own'. The distinct style alone should be your sonic trademark. The music is the usual epically tragic A Death Cinematic. The song titles paint amazingly picturesque scenes which the tracks themselves then do a great job of interpreting. My personal favorite track is "A Thousand Grey Winters...". It has this slow build in the beginning that hints at something more profound to come and then descends into a cacophonous torrent of distort guitars and off-pitch melodies. Walking through the darkness and listening to these tracks left me with a feeling of being overwhelmed yet utterly inspired, like witnessing the Apocalypse. Beyond the Black Ocean's work is also amazing. I like the fact that you both compliment each other (and the record) so well yet remain uniquely individual. An excellent record to say the least. I think I've already mentioned the fact that I really like the packaging. As usual great job and continue to do what it is you do. It has been a great pleasure listening to your music.

Ok... firstly this release lends new meaning to the idea of audio visual... the packaging is lavish, and beautifully constructed. Just holding the disc and looking at it, you know it's going to be special. As opening strains of 'Slowly Cave...' sweep in, reality blurs and ebbs out... and the coming sonic journey flows in!!! Your sound world is earnest, sincerely emotive and truly inspired!! It contains an extremely well crafted sense of poetry, yet it is unspoken, and left for the listener to seek and feel... A most brilliant voyage sir!!!At the same time, it is extremely well complimented by Beyond the Black Ocean's awesome cosmic drift and masterful ambience. As a split the two halves sit perfectly together like the two halves of the packaging that contain them!!! A truly great release... THANK YOU!!!" and "Beyond The Black Ocean again deliver a masterful and truly cosmic drift... right from the beginning of 'Looking Over..' to the final quietening ebbs of 'Oberon Lost' there was an overwhelming sense of being cut adrift from earth's sphere and the chains of gravity to drift in the colossal void of space!! There is also an underlying sense of sorrow... perhaps due to the seeming 'journey of no return'!!! A wonderous sonic work!! And paired with the mighty nomadic, emotive, and lonely strains of A Death Cinematic, this release simply emits brilliance...

The case and artwork is so amazing, i've never seen anything like it. the music is intense and beautiful. such a great release, i love it" and "i must say your music definitely takes me away some where. as though i'm stuck in a ghost town, very lost and isolated. yet still theres something so beautiful in the ruins falling around me. i picture abandoned churches and shopping centers for some reason.

Great stuff, raw and subtle, fragile and intense in the same time, always amazing and captivating... Thanks for the trip

the beyond the black ocean split looks incredible, sounds incredible and even feels incredible. Very nice work. I am so glad i got one.

The packaging is absolutely amazing. It is better designed and crafted than any release I have received... Well, well worth the money.

Stupe​ndous​ relea​se to all conce​rned!​​ Sonic​ Dream​scape​s to leave​ you spell​bound​.

I am amazed - it is incredible - from the packaging through to the most important aspect - - / / the music / / - - Word fails me.

the split is excellent, top notch soundscapes and I LOVE the packaging. great job!


The name is certainly appropriate -- the melancholy tracks on this 13-track release frequently sound like the audio soundtrack to an epic experimental film, with an
approach that draws from the same aesthetic as the first Godspeed You Black Emperor! album and a guitar sound descended from the first wave of shoegazer music (especially My Bloody Valentine's penchant for bent guitar sounds, although this is practically the only MBV-influenced album I've ever heard that manages to largely avoid poaching from LOVELESS in a really obvious way). read more.

A Death Cinematic’s music is completely improvised with layers upon layers of guitar. Aside from one voice in the third song “The Ashes Roar in Fires,” which simply came through a radio signal during the improvisation, nothing else utters a sound. read more.

Thus it Begins........This is the first track off the demo from a band keenly titled A Death Cinematic. Thus this musical journey really did begin, for me at least. After only hearing a few tracks of this Myspace band, I asked for a copy of the demo. read more.

Completely mesmerizing. The layers of effects build up to create a kind of soundtrack to something very haunting, and at times, to something very beautiful. 'Epochs Shifting Out Of Time' is a voyage into a distorted yet pleasing world.

i was finally able to sit down and have a nice in-depth listen to your cd. i must say it was absolutely amazing in every sense. the melodies and atmosphere created were especially noteworthy. an absolutely amazing release. we will be glad for any more trades in the future, you make amazing art!

THANK YOU for sending me your fine album!! I have had about three full listens now, and i'm genuinely enjoying every moment!! I find myself getting lost within the riffs and atmospheres, either doing some house work, or cooking with a beer in hand. I have also played it when we had guests for dinner, and your tunes received a very positive response all round!! Houdini certainly doesn't get that type of positive feedback over dinner, especially from my friends lol. I also loved the cd cover, it was unique and very cool..There will be plenty more listens in the future!

your cd is amazing. i wish i had bigger speakers. it's hard to believe that it's just a demo. it flows beautifully like waking dream. fucking brilliant.

This is my honest opinion sir: this CD is extremely well put together. I was actually expecting the quality of the songs, mixing wise, to be worse, but it's very good for a self-produced CD. It's very ethereal, reminiscent of Red Sparowes, Godspeed, Explosions in the Sky, etc. I actually would have to say I like the longer songs better, because it gives you a better feel as a whole. The shorter one's, however good, seem as if they could be longer, because it seems as if you have a lot to say, metaphorically speaking anyway. It'd be very interesting to see an incorporation of down-tempo drums and various other percussions, but that's just my opinion. Like on the song, "...and all the leaves tremble (with dawn sirens)," it seems like it would boost it's unforgettable sound. Also, I hear tid bits of quasi-shoegaze sounds. This is very good, just remember that there's a difference between music and noise. I think you already have grasped that very well, but I just wanted to state it to reinforce it. I'm very excited to see what the future holds for you.

I am on track 10 right now, and I am at a loss for words. Honestly, this is some of the most compelling and enveloping music I have heard in a long time. The depth achieved by such simple means is incredible.

I can't thank you enough for making such amazingly beautiful music as you do. I will probably find myself going back to your album time after time for years to come. Your music has definitly touched me more than most.

I listened through the album and it's been on rotation ever since. I don't even know where to start. Your music is fleeting and haunting, deep like a chasm and purely inspired. If you check my list of influences in my profile 'a death cinematic' is now one of them. Thank you, thank you. Please keep in contact. Now more than ever I need to absorb as much of this stuff as possible." and "i have been listening to your CD non-stop. I love the organic sound of the recording, the improvisational nature of the pieces and the whole tone of the work. I can tell that you are very much inspired by the landscape and nature as it comes out in both your photography and work. The production is also exceptional.

We like your music, really like it. It's reminds me athmosphere of David Lynch film!

Well... 'Epochs Shifting...' is extremely mesmerising... a stunning soundworld that reveals its own ecosystem, giving the listener much to explore! An excellent nomadic journey through sonic terrain!" and "A most beautiful journey your disc is... and so wonderfully open ended, that I know I will track many more nomadic paths in it's exquisite soundworld...." and "..... your "Epoch's...." disc is never far from my cd player, coz it's usually in it.... or my car.... great music for long journeys!!!!! Makes me look at the surrounding landscape in a whole new way..... so, thank you for that!!!! it actually makes me want to go for long picturesque journeys at times....

We listened to it on our back porch while a thunderstorm was forming. Really subtle and diverse, it goes through a wide array of styles without losing its cohesive feel.

I have been listening to it and really like what you have done. I also like the fact that it is just you recording, which deserves a certain amount of respect. One critique I would like to mention is that while the sound is good, I felt like the movement was lacking. What I mean is that you have a dynamic range (soft-hard), which adds to an ebb/flow of the song structure but I felt like it didn't progress into anything. I am not sure if this was the point or not. If it was, I am sorry. This could also be my particular tastes interfering with my ears. Nonetheless, I think that the "feeling" is there, it just needs to develop and progress (I am referring to the song structure and the movement).

im listening to from beneath moiuntains. its ace. you're a harrowing motherfucker.

all i can say is amazing CD!! i love it. awesome quality and it has so much depth. its real art perfect for just mellowing out, on the way back from conneticut i got to listen to the whole thing twice , and it was just perfect. you have a pretty good balance of ambience too tough to explain but i guess its like hypnotizing, you better keep more tunes like this coming!

i just got your album, i LOVE it! it's kinda like a mixture between Earth and MGR, but with your own definite spin on it! sparse and full at the same time, soothing yet foreboding, peaceful yet ominous. keep up the good work! i'll be putting your discs in the mail tomorrow. also, major props on the handmade covers, they kick a lotta ass.

I keep feeling and then thinking Atmosphere, Atmosphere, Atmosphere. And then no others words seem to be able to contain what it is i want to convey... I have listened to your work a couple of times now once through speakers and once thru the headphones. I must say there is a much more trance-like state with headphones... i listened to your musical creation, it swept me away... So i don't have any words for you my friend except perhaps 'precious.' thank you. I guess for me when i see your pictures and i hear your music something fits just there, just right and again your descriptive sentences hit it every time you are the articulate one on so many artistic levels and yea' a death cinematic (lower case) says it all.