SUBHARMONIC DENSITY STRUCTURES
ALBUM AQUATICA RELEASE: SUMMER, 2000 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 4, 2000
This Portuguese duo makes a surprisingly personal form of ambient techno.
Their pseudoscientific song titles may recall Front Line Assembly in their
most routine-driven moments. But the music on this, Ras.Al.Ghul's third album, is a
pleasant mixture of Tangerine Dream-ish synth sweeps, careful rhythm
programming and a fair amount of ethnical
influences. Relying more on melodies than most fellow ambient artists,
Ras.Al.Ghul make "Subharmonic Density Structures" a well-invested hour of
listening, but I still can't escape the usual feeling that this genre in
most cases stopped evolving after the "intelligent techno" boom of the early
90's, and that pulls the impression down a bit.