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CD REVIEW: Amateur God – Near Life Experience
By Ben Ohmart - 02/02/2003 - 03:32 PM EST

Artist: Band: Amateur God
Album: Near Life Experience
CD Review: Citing influences of Mylene Farmer, All About Eve, Celtic Frost, Tiamat, Type O Negative, Sisters of Mercy, Atrocity, The Gathering, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Front 242, Rammstein, Art of Noise and Voivod, it’s obvious that Amateur God pushes the night and electronics, though in a sparse way that is neither techno nor tranquil enough for a new age moniker.

As Blaz Erzetic, the God himself says, ‘The kind of music I make is a little hard to define, as it’s a mixture of styles. I guess you could call it dark-quasi-gothic-semi-vocal-ambient. Although the music ventures into extremes sometimes, I wanted to keep its feet on the ground with some pop grips.’

That’s a perfect statement. Ambient, with a touch of robotic female vocals sprinkled around give this is a heavy gothic sound. The sound isn’t as dramatic as I would’ve liked (being the type who listens to Halloween and Day of the Dead soundtracks for fun), but it is far from the maddening crowd. You might call it an aloof score, just off in the distance, scaring but not quite stalking.

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