Xtempora by Nemesis



22 tracks

Running time: 2:22:48
Released: 06/2005

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  01   Xtempora Part 1 - 7:59

  02   Xtempora Part 2 - 6:52

  03   Xtempora Part 3 - 7:19
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  04   The Silence Speaks - 8:20

  05   Dream Transmission - 4:41

  06   Bubastis - 5:22
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  07   Largo - 3:47

  08   Huygens - 6:55

  09   Beryllium - 8:47

  10   Im Anfang war - 3:06

  11   Prometeus - 6:30

  12   Sub Vesperum - 2:52

  13   Glacialis - 20:26
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  14   Flowolf - 6:53

  15   Pittura Metafisica - 5:53

  16   Behemoth Part 1 - 5:35

  17   Behemoth Part 2 - 6:07
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  18   Behemoth Part 3 - 5:17

  19   Behemoth Part 4 - 2:31

  20   Behemoth Part 5 - 4:40

  21   Behemoth Part 6 - 3:19

  22   Behemoth Part 7 - 9:37

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Double Album
Disc 1: Tracks 1-12
Disc 2: Tracks 13-22

Shimmering tones, some being fairly melodic, mix together to form a tranquil beginning to Part One of the three-part title track. Little sequences start to bounce along on the back of some excellent body moving rhythms. Melodies can be heard lower in the mix but they form more of a supportive role to the syncopations rather than being a prominent feature. The Second Part is still rhythmic but calms things down a little before morphing into quite a groove with some absolutely gorgeous little space guitar licks. We surge into the final part. Initially the guitar departs as more wonderful but delicate lead lines come and go but it then returns being even more effective than before. What a superb way to start an album!

'The Silence Speaks' begins with what sounds likes heavy breathing rising up from the bottom of some dank, water-dripping shaft. Cold metallic pads replace the previous sounds but the feel is just as bleak as before. A sequence starts to solidify, mutating all the time as other percussive loops join it in an ever-shifting sea of pulsations. A steady pattern is eventually maintained and lovely little melodic touches are placed over the top. These melodies become stronger and more uplifting as we progress. It's another fantastic track where it is best to close your eyes and let the music take your mind where it will. The amazingly high quality already set continues with 'Dream Transmission', a track based round some exquisite melodies using a superb mutated tubular bell type sound. 'Bubastis' starts with a short repeated melodramatic melodic motif. A rapid sequence surges forward, a killer drum pattern following quickly on its heels. Delicate melodies bounce over the top acting as a foil to the power underneath. Gentle rain heralds the atmospheric 'Largo', and all rather peaceful it is too, acting as something of an interlude before 'Huygens'. The rhythms are cranked up again, though not to silly levels. Growling guitar effects give a slightly ominous edge but then a lovely bubbly bouncing sequence enters lightening the mood once more. More sinister sounds keep returning however keeping us on our toes, never quite knowing in which direction we are going to be taken. In the third minute yet another brilliant lead takes centre stage before being replaced by an apocalyptic organ sound.

'Beryllium' takes us to a futuristic swampland full of unsavoury beasties. It's as if we are on the edge of a feverish dream with half heard echoing vocal effects. A very faint percussive loop starts up with a slow melodic sequence soon joining it. A lovely delicate lead line arrives just before the fifth minute completing the mutation from nightmare to soothing, relaxing sleep. 'Im Anfang war…' tricks you into thinking it is a laid back, though a rather ghostly number. Suddenly there is a surge of sound introducing some spoken text in German then in English 'Welcome to Hell no pity here' then 'Welcome to here no Pity in Hell'. All rather menacing stuff! 'Prometeus' returns us to more conventional EM. An excellent no nonsense sequence strikes up along with lovely mellotron backing. Another sequence comes into play, quite melodic this one, taking the lead line role. Things then start to unwind for a peaceful finish. 'Sub Vesperum' is a completely different kettle of fish concluding this first CD with a short harpsichord / mellotron duet. Simply beautiful.

The second CD is subtitled 'Glacialis'. In my opinion this CD is (until the last part of the final track) in complete contrast to the first. So much so in fact that I wonder why it was packaged with the first CD in that it seems to have very little musically in common with it. This isn't to say that it is inferior in any way to the first, just exploring the more atmospheric and 'ambient' side to Nemesis. We start with the twenty-minute title track. With such a name I rather expected it to have an icy cold feel but instead it starts with what to me sounded like warm soothing shimmering pads. Gradually some sonic spacey effects are also introduced drawing the mind out of what was becoming quite a hypnotic state. More sounds and drones are gradually introduced but without ever overcrowding the soundstage or intruding on the blissed out atmosphere.

'FlowoIF' gets a bit stranger with a couple of ticking loops providing a rhythm, of sorts, to which are added various windy effects then another two note loop and very faint sequence. It has to be said that it is all a little experimental but fascinating dark moody stuff nevertheless. 'Pittura Metafisica' takes us on a train ride (complete with chugging steam) through a hot foreign land. To start off with all is relaxed and tranquil but by the second minute the train has departed and we seem to have been left in a very ominous dark setting full of gurgling effects and other spooky sounds. The seven-part 'Behemoth' is an incredible thirty-seven minute epic. The First Part starts with water droplet notes, some echoing gorgeously into the distance. Weird sounds start to intrude on the serenity and things take a slightly ominous twist. The Second Part surges forward with a multi layered cacophony of drones and effects. It's all rather intense stuff. Part Three calms things down a little especially when a lovely mournful flute makes an entrance. The melancholy continues with some heartfelt tron playing. It all has a rather early seventies sound to it.

Part Four provides a peaceful couple of minutes of spacey drift until footsteps intrude just before we move into Part Five. Rumbles can be heard sounding almost like some extra deep bass kettledrum or Satanic heartbeat. As with all the tracks so far it's extremely atmospheric- in a disturbing sort of way. The mood does lighten nearer the end however and this continues through to Part Six. Lovely little guitar licks mix with more lush mellotron sounding just like something off an album by RMI - absolutely wonderful. The last part is liked some refugee from the first disc. A stunning sequence rumbles forward. More note runs are added as well as, of course, the return of the mellotron. The pace slowly increases as do the layers of sound and pulsation- plus we get more wonderful guitar. Again the most obvious comparison is RMI but this time at their most turbo charged. Mere words can't do this nine minutes of brilliance justice- probably the best section over the two CD set. What a way to finish!

So, except for those last few minutes, two very different albums in one package. Some will like the first album, some will like the second. The more I hear them, the more I appreciate both. (DL)