Javi Cánovas / Subterranea
‘Iron Storm’ opens with powerful tron effects and atmos’, and a rhythm starts to develop out of chaos and electronic stabs. It is all stirring like a tremendous magnetic storm, and a high-hat rhythm balances opposite a very deep one. The rhythm then organically morphs into a rapid paced sequencer frenzy! Atmospheric symphonics and effects come and go building louder and I am well into body moving sequencer heaven. There are so many peaks and dips in the music with one frenzy after another that I am in ecstacy! There is also some great keyboard playing amongst all this, all done with fire in the belly from Javi, exuding just pure primal emotion, then it all disappears into atmospheric ending. Wow!
‘Grieta’ starts symphonic and powerful, reminding me of Vangelis. I imagine being in a hall of giant statues of the gods. Just awesome! A slow rhythmic beat plays along with effects and electronic doodlings that build the piece rhythmically. A huge slow deep rhythm grows alongside a great stereo-effect of higher pitch grooves that bounce along wonderfully and the rhythm increases in speed slightly, with effects. Strangely ‘TD – Logos’ comes to mind while I am mesmerised, it’s so hypnotic! The massive sounding rhythm grows with louder bursts while new and rhythmic effects come and go with swirls and swooshes. Don’t let the slow beat described fool you as this track is more awesome as it goes on, and there is some great keyboard soloing, and so much going on that Mark Shreeve would be proud if he played this himself! Heavy atmos’ returns as the rhythm disappears to end this awesome track!
‘Nucleus’ starts with more atmos’ and a slow but powerful beat that gradually builds and speeds up, becoming rather rhythmic, and effects play along and increase with intensity. The awesome deep rhythm grows in power and volume as if it is expanding and then contracting back again. Effects come and go and I am loving just soaking it up. Layers of music gradually slip away as this track ends with symphonic atmospherics. This album exudes power and energy that few can equal.
An essential purchase that you will want repeated listenings!
Review by Geoff Mason