Greece's Dark Awake have returned with a new ep that continues the dark esoteric, ritual neo-classical, folk music sounds of previous recordings and this is a review of his 2016 ep "Imago Typhonis" which was released by Frozen Light Records and consists of one original track and 2 cover songs.
A cover of Emperor's "I AM The Black Wizards" starts off the ep and while it sounds like the original in a lot of ways it has more of a dungeon synth feeling that also reminds me of pre-industrial era Mortiis and Burzum's ambient albums and after awhile spoken words are added into the song.
The only original track on the ep starts out with classical guitars that use a great amount of finger picking and after a few minutes tribal beats and ritualistic soundscapes are added into the music along with some atmospheric synths a few seconds later and the song is over 17 minutes in length.
After while the song also brings in neo-classical instruments at times along with some traditional acoustic guitar full chords and the song also stands out a bit more with human bones being used as a musical instrument that also brings in a more shamanistic feeling to the recording and the spoken word parts add more to the ritualistic atmosphere of the song.
Closing the ep is a cover of Northland Tradition's "Herr Manelig" which starts out with a very dark ambient synth that also uses a variety of many different keys that also gives the music an atmospheric and epic feeling along with some programmed beats in the background and the song is all instrumental and after awhile acoustic guitars and folk instruments make their presence known in the track.
Dark Awake creates a recording that brings in an original tack that remains true to vis musical vision while the 2 cover tracks pay homage to the groups that have had a huge influence on his musical style, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover Typhonian Witchcraft, Sumerian Magick and a long forgotten Heathen past.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dark Awake and if you are a fan of ritualistic, occult, dark ambient, neo-classical music, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Imago Typhonis". 8 out of 10.