The End of Days

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Darshan is the project of gifted ambient composer Michael Allison, and he craftily demonstrates his ability to create great music with The End of Days. Darshan's The End of Days is quite reminiscent of Richard Bone's work, specifically Etherdome and Spectral Ships. The thing that has always been striking about Bone was the fact that he was ambient but he wasn't as sparse as, say, M. Griffin or Vidna Obmana; he has a bit more of a Steve Roach approach to his work. There's more melody and harmony, and soft dynamic. This is what Darshan's music is like, but it's truly his own style. With Darshan's The End of Days, the timbres are well-chosen, which is important, because too often in our time of MIDI people go with whatever sound the module they are using pumps out, and most artists usually call it good. This is the thing that divides the mediocre artists and the great artists. Darshan's The End of Days is a fantastically tranquil offering to the growing ambient genre.

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