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 Alien Nature & Brückner - The Dark Path 3rd review

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:16 pm    Alien Nature & Brückner - The Dark Path 3rd review Reply with quoteBack to top

A new collaboration by Alien Nature (Wolfgang Barkowski) and myself has recently been released on Neu Harmony; it is available via synthmusicdirect.com.

The album is based on various sessions that Wolfgang and me have recorded between March 2014 and December 2015; those recordings were enhanced, completed, (re-) mixed and mastered by Wolfgang later on.

Stylistically, it's Berlin School / sequencer driven electronica, sometimes with a slightly dark twist...

http://synthmusicdirect.com/shop/cdr/alien-nature-michael-bruckner-the-dark-path/


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:45 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Well. As of today, there's a trailer for this thing on YouTube...

Interested...? This way, please:

https://youtu.be/OaYA8RXNkP0

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:02 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Since a few listeners asked us about that, I'd like to announce that the album by now is also available as a digital download (mp3 or FLAC) via the MusicZeit platform...

http://www.musiczeit.com/album.php?album=3550&Alien+Nature+%26+Michael+Bruckner+The+Dark+Path

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"The Dark Path" has recently been reviewed by Siggy Zielinski for the German prog rock review page "Babyblaue Seiten" - and a favourable review it is; a rather amusing read as well, especially when Siggy draws comparisons between zebras and Berlin School albums... Very Happy


His conclusion is:

"Anyone who likes to enter the dream-worlds of bubbling synths, atmospheric melodic lines, pulsating sequencer patterns, mellotron choruses, mysterious sound clouds and hypnotic-mechanical rhythms again and again - and always needs new releases - should consider to purchase "The Dark Path" too.
Because this disc is definitely well done!
The album is at least well suited for a short trip to the moons of Saturn and back, after all..."



Read the full review (in German) here:

http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_16506.html#oben

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 2:11 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Got my copy this weekend, well done Michael, enjoying very much.
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« Starwalker » wrote:
Got my copy this weekend, well done Michael, enjoying very much.


Oh! Very Happy Thanks a lot, Starwalker! I'm very happy to read this! Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 2:33 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

A few days ago, the album was reviewed very favourably by Uwe Sasse for his EM review page "Sequenzerwelten".

Here's my (rough) translation:


"Alien Nature & Michael Brückner - The Dark Path

The "The Dark Path" was created during several sessions in the years 2013/14 and then "shelved" for some time, as Wolfgang Barkowski remarked on Facebook recently.
In other words, the -The Dark Path- apparently was not given too much attention, which probably accounts for the long time it took for the album to appear. It would have been a pity though if this music had never been released...

The style is a mix of ambient and Berlin School and is not entirely as gloomy as the title suggests. Wolfgang and Michael unleash the synths, sequencers and probably also the Mellotron here, the music has time to unfold and the result is remarkable.

The absolute hit on this CD is the nearly 28-minute track "Auf Silbernen Pfaden", which comes in retro style with Mellotron, incredibly good!

The time rushes by like in flight, and with almost 80 minutes the album is filled to the rim, offering really great entertainment - what more could you ask for...?

I'm pretty sure the -The Dark Path- will be received well in the EM scene, because here we have two absolute professionals at work, whose experience is obvious to hear. I would even issue a "harmlessness certificate" for this at any time Wink

Highly recommended!"



You can read the original review (in German) here:

http://www.sequenzerwelten.de/aliennature_main.html

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A new review of the album emerged, this time by Australian reviewer Michael Hodgson, for progarchives.com. He says:

"Frequent Syn-Gate label-mates Alien Nature (Wolfgang Barkowski) and Michael Brückner (...) team up here for a pure Seventies-modelled Berlin School instrumental stunner, `The Dark Path', which lies somewhere between vintage-era tribute and a deeply atmospheric exploration all its own."

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"Many repeated plays prove `The Dark Path' to be extremely rewarding and holding a quality that will likely reveal it to retain a timeless quality, and this is pure Berlin School music done right with a couple of other musical diversions also thrown in as well from two intelligent modern progressive-electronic composers."



For the full in-depth review, please see here:

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1727018

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