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It's not exactly easy finding out who Gustaf Hildebrand is. Searching Wikipedia gives us a guy who lived from 1761 until 1828, but that is not reall helping us all that much. And we don't suppose the historian with that name who was born in 1911 will be producing bitterly black dark ambient in his mid-90s. Hildebrand, the musician's personal homepage, meanwhile, is updated every few months only and carries no biographical information. On the other hand: Why cram your brain with all this useless personal information anyway? This man has just released a new album and the first listen is impressive.

Which is not a total surprise, really. Hildebrand has slowly but surely built a reputation for himself in the field of industrial and dark aural landscapes and progressed remarkably over the course of three albums. The first, still under the name of Lithivm, was released on the renowned and highly succesful Swedish "Cold Meat Industry" label. As always wonderfully packaged, "Threshold to Disharmony" was a  nostalgic trip, reverting to the idea of a "City of Machines". His second effort, now under his own name and entitled "Starscape" immediately hit the scene like a bomb. All light had gone from his compositions and the machines were slowing to a grinding halt. Instead, Hildebrand's lonely capsule drifted through the endless ocean of space, without will or direction. Just 40 minutes long, "Starscape" was an almost unbearable, but at the same time incredibly intense journey to the outer limits of what was still thought to be music. It also marked the beginning of his co-operation with the excellent and groundbreaking cyclic law label, whose sound he helped to define as one of its first acts. By now, the album has completely sold out and it is therefore a blessing that Gustaf hasn't sat by idly. His new work "Primordial Resonance" is out now and features six pieces and three-quarters of an hour of haunting and bleak visions. Rising from a darkly brooding beginning, the sound becomes more and more lifeless and void, incorporating merely strategically placed metallic noises and distant voices. The label puts it like this: "The album conjurs up images of abandoned and forgotten places, clouded skies and dead cities where time has been standing still. A captured moment from a strange no man's land lit by a perpetual gloom, Primordial Resonance is a voyage only limited by the imagination of the listener."

As always, some audio samples are available form the cyclic law homepage, revealing this to be a safe bet for all fans of the genre. And with the first 1000 copies coming in an oversized fold out cover, the presentation is once again a sheer delight. Is there more we need to tell you? Not really. Forget about that biographical information - all you need to know is right here in the music.

Homepage: Gustaf Hildebrand
Homepage: Cyclic Law

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