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Worship is a five track album, by Coven, a dark ambient experimental musical project of Spanish musician Vadym Sycantrhope. With very sinister punctuation devices, Coven’s music is primarily characterized by a nervous tension, and an implicit agony that summarizes the breakdown of a soul’s disillusion. With songs that rely on an afflictive insinuation of a dark expectancy, Worship, by Coven, is a very sinister and tense dark ambient album, effective in the way it rapidly and precisely evokes feelings of fear and demise, at the core of the agonizing and disguised ferocity hidden below the surface of its lurid and opaque rhythms.

Consolidating a somewhat macabre atmosphere, that apparently reverberates the frivolous capacities of everything that seems unknown, paradoxically, the very calm harmonies that underlies the entirely hideous melodies responsible for the creation of a universe of divided tension and apprehensive fate rests silently at the heart of a serenity that screams below the surface of a world doomed to fade and disappear forever. But that will, somehow, give birth to a sinister layer of unsatisfying grace, and eventually, be stuck in your head.

With an intriguing ability to create and sustain a hideous and sonorous world of mist and dust, nobody has the ability that Sycantrhope has, of creating tension and anxiety, as well as disseminating fear and affliction, departing from such calm, vague and mesmerizing harmonies. A master of ambient devices, he certainly can be regarded today as one of greatest ambient sound artists in the underground scene.

With a disparaging reliance on ambient techniques, diffused over the atmosphere of an incisively agonizing nothingness, built under the auspices of a lenient and intrusive musical scenario, these five tracks present in Worship can be considered a vicious voyage into the heart of a desolate realm, filled with inconspicuous dark forests, arid and inhospitable landscapes and intriguing lost palaces, all built by the daydream commoner disillusion of a world lost at the bottom of a ruin.

So, to be clear, on Worship, the most recent album by Coven, Vadym Sycantrhope gives to its listeners a sordid journey throughout the most abhorrent places conceived in his mind. Creating unexpected worlds of grief and sorrow through sound, Coven invites you to go on a journey of sound sensations and vitreous melancholy, where everything is bound by the unknown. Nevertheless, this is such an appreciative trip that, for all ambient music lovers out there, is it unconceivable not to step on it.

Wagner (http://www.merchantsofair.com/reviews/coven-worship)

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End of Suffering is a three tracks EP by Coven, an ambient music project by Spanish musician Vadym Sycantrhope, a marvelously unique artist, responsible for several other independent music projects as well, like Enearth, and the eponymous Sycantrhope. With three songs, being them Follow Insanity, Resting Area and Sepulcro, what we have here is an exciting, afflictive and deadly agonizing confluence of a beautiful scenario of mortifying malice and descending demise, directly installed into the heart of a nervous, but divinely poetic spiral of gloriously undivided journey, towards a sincere realm of sorrow, destined to perish with a sentimental unconvinced emptiness below.

The first track, the long and monumental Follow Insanity, is a song literally built in an extraordinary ambience of tense and severe antagonism, literally held and torn beyond any description. With a beautiful poem serving as the basis for a lyricism that displays suffering, sorrow and contempt, the nervous atmosphere enticed by the song seems to drag you to a personal swirl of undisposed doom, where everything is lost and empty, and will ever stay like this, for the purpose of a morbid existence.

Being an incontestable master of exceedingly tense ambient music, the sonorous devices marvelously built over the sand of predisposed diluted melodies seems to rely exclusively on the forgotten realm of a well-crafted tune, where the perfect rhythm converges precisely with the set of the right atmosphere. Creating worlds of gloom and denial where everything is severely destitute of possible ambivalences, the sonorous atmosphere developed here – particularly in the first track – seems to announce the morbidity of a valueless existence, whose dreams try to survive in the deepest harmonies hidden in the layout layers of an opaque sphere, where everything seems ready to testify the risk of an eternal death.

With a remarkable ability to create declining harmonies, with an intriguing and outstanding delicacy that fulfills a rewarding serenity to the mindful set of the general emotional sonorous overview, at the same time seemingly eager to predict the end of a world to come, Vadym Sycantrhope is unique in introducing beauty to dark ambient musical tonalities, crafting poetic elements of a higher sensibility into an exhilarating melodic tension, that superbly overdue all atmospheres of sensational constraints, enabling his music to acquire a very personal form and a unique style, deliberately generating a genre capable of establishing a shape and a content of its own, without a predecessor to be named.

As one of the most important ambient artists in the underground scene of his home country – Spain – Vadym Sycantrhope, along with Coven, as well as his many other artistic projects, is a very outstanding and groundbreaking creative force in the current music scenario nowadays. A musical power that aggregates new forms of creation, he is an unquestionable talent on the rise. And End of Suffering, this marvelous EP with three tracks, is here to prove that he is an astoundingly creative, imperiously fundamental, and outwardly necessary force, on the verge of his genuine and sagacious originality.

Wagner (http://www.merchantsofair.com/reviews/coven-end-of-suffering)