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Darkspace: I (2003) , 7/10
Darkspace: II (2005) , 6.5/10
Darkspace: III (2008), 6.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Steineiche (1998), 5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Die Festung (1999), 6.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Schattengang (1999), 6.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Paysage D'Hiver (2000), 6.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Kerker (2000) , 5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Kristall & Isa (2001), 5.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Winterkate (2001), 6/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Nacht (2004), 5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Einsamkeit (2007), 5.5/10
Paysage D'Hiver: Das Tor (2013), 5/10

Swiss guitar trio (no drums) Darkspace were master purveyors of "ambient black metal". I (Avantgarde, 2003) juxtaposed the noise of manic guitars and drum-machines (the blastbeats being inconsequential for the tempo and merely contributing to the mayhem) with ambient ecstasy to paint an alien soundscape. The three juggernauts of II (Haunter Of The Dark, 2005) alternated between extremes, from a thick droning fog to sudden downpours of guitar distortions and chaotic blastbeats. III (Avantgarde, 2008) reached for distant galaxies thanks to a horde of brutish synthesizers that heralded the birth of "cosmic" black metal.

One of the two guitarists, Tobias Moeckl, had pursued his one-man project Paysage D'Hiver since the demo Steineiche (1998 - Kunsthall, 2010), targeting dark ambient music. Die Festung (1999), devoted to keyboard-based instrumental gothic music, was even reminiscent of Popol Vuh's spiritual ambience. The massive super-heavy glacial hypnotic drone of the 21-minute Die Zeit des Torremond, off Schattengang (1999), constituted a schizophrenic journey amid field recordings and industrial rhythms, ending in the core of a hurricane. The three lengthy pieces of Paysage D'Hiver (2000), devastated by blastbeats and hysterical guitars, basically rediscovered black metal. One of them added violin to the keyboards (Welt Aus Eis, possibly his artistic zenith). Kerker (2000) and Kristall & Isa (2001) were very lo-fi and did not sound as carefully designed as their predecessors. Paysage D'Hiver released a total of nine demos, including Winterkate (2001), Nacht (2004) and Einsamkeit (2007), containing three sprawling and cinematic suites. He resurrected the project for Das Tor (2013), whose Offenbarung is as glacial and haunting as anything that came before.

Sun Of The Blind, the solo project of Zhaaral, devoted to much more regular pop songs on Skullreader (Avantgarde, 2010).

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