Immundus :: Insomnia (Self-Released)

Navigating on darkened sounding textures, nightmare-ish and sometimes smoothly melodic ambiences which bring to light a corpus of brooding synthesized lines and moodily sentimental piano touches.

Immundus is a cinematic and synth-inflected goth-ambient project formed by Bruno Duarte in Norway. In retrospect Bruno Duarte is an extreme metal based musician who turned to ethereal and instrumental ambient music (this trajectory reminds me the one followed by Håvard Ellefsen from Moortis or Burzum). Two major albums have been published on Quartier23 and Hypnotic Dirge Records, then a multitude of EPs and digital releases, between 2009 until now.

Nicely produced and unconditionally turned to Lovecraftian’s horror-fantastic folklore, to the paranormal, to the universe of odd legends, bad dreams, occult ideograms or unconscious phantasms extracted from a great number evil-ish novels and B-grade movies, every album pretends to be a thrilling voyage through expanded synthscapery sequences in an ethereal orchestral like shape.

This latest release is no exception to the rule, navigating on darkened sounding textures, nightmare-ish and sometimes smoothly melodic ambiences which bring to light a corpus of brooding synthesized lines and moodily sentimental piano touches. Most interesting tracks of the album in terms or originality and sonic density are the atmospheric-abstract ones when the predictable cinematic-melodious themes are almost absent, I’m notably thinking about the blurry, subterranean and malevolent “They Harvest In Nights Of Autumn” (my favorite track of the album with “Chilling In The Deep” and “A Distant Call.”) This album will no doubt ravish fans of sci-fi horror movies scores and surely a fraction of dark ambient listeners, mainly those who are familiar with the “easy listening” and synthesized evocative soundtracky ambiences designed by Melankolia or Ah Cama Sotz (at their most goth-atmospheric moments)

Insomnia is available on Bandcamp.

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