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G.E.N.E. - Flying-Fish (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Abstract Circuitry (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Galactic Anthems (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Semper Fidelity (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - The Other Side (cd-r)

 
GANDALF - Colors of a New Dawn (cd)

 
GANDALF - Erdenklang & Sternentanz (Earthsong & Stardance) (cd)

 
GANDALF - Gallery Of Dreams • plus live! (CD/Digital Download)

 
GANDALF - Journey to an Imaginary Land (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - More than just a Seagull (cd)

 
GANDALF - Sanctuary (cd)

 
GANDALF - Tale from a long forgotten Kingdom (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - To Another Horizon (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions 2001 (CD)

 
GANDALF & FRIENDS - Live in Vienna (cd & dvd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Colors In Motion (cd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Maybe Forgotten Forever (cd-r)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Through The Looking Glass (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL GARRISON - Point of Impact (cd)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Landslag Norður Íslands (The Landscape of North Ic (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Near North (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Oceans are moving from the Arctic to the south ref (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Sibir (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GAYLENE - Journey to the Surface (cd-r)

 
GEIGERTEK - Endless Night (Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - Soundtrack for City Living (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - The Timeless Mind (cd-r)

 
MICHEL GENEST - Crystal Fantasy (Lp/CD)

 
GEODESIUM - A Gentle Rain of Starlight (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Arcturian Archives (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Music from SpacePark 360 (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEODESIUM - Stella Novus (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Dream Chamber (Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Realm of Knowing (cd-r)

 
AD VAN GERVEN - Hatching (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Being to Being (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Scorpius Rising (cd/digital download)

 
TIM GERWING - The Butterfly Effect (cd)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Even Higher Green (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Higher Green Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - EMP3 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Lattice (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Sound of the Cloud (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Being of Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Life Flows Water (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & MADHAVI DEVI - Source Of Compassion (CD/Digital Download)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ad Lucem (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Baktun (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Chronicle 1986-93 (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Symphonic Arts (cd)

 
GLENN MAIN - Ripples (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLIESE 614 - Serenity (cd-r)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Grey Mirrors (cd)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Tomorrow’s Tuesday (cd/digital download)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - 76:14 (cd)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - Pentamerous Metamorphosis (LP/CD)

 
GOGOOO - Long, lointain (cd)

 
GOLDMUND - Corduroy Road (LP/CD)

 
GOLDMUND - The Malady of Elegance (CD/Lp)

 
STEVE GRACE - Cobalt Blue (Digital Download)

 
STEVE GRACE - Flow (Digital Download)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & CARSTEN AGTHE - Beyond the Silence (Live at Gut Saunstorf) (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & JIří MAZáNEK - Inner Path (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & TOMAS WEISS - Farewell -In Hommage To Klaus Wiese- (cd)

 
GRASSOW / GLEISBERG / BAGHIRI - Arcanum (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Bloodmoon (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Divinations (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Dämmerung (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Sonnenwende (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Tamanoshima (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Darklight Quest (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Lanzarote Concert (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Nightquest Sessions (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Uttarakuru (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Wisdom of Fate (cd)

 
THE GREAT SCHIZM - For the Ancient Ones (Digital Download)

 
GREEN ISAC - Groundrush (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Passengers (cd/digital download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Epiphenomenon (cd/Digital Download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Source of the Hardware (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Virga (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Weather from another Planet (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Wide View (cd)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - Dark Matter (cd-r)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - State of Decay (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIKE GRIFFIN & DAVID FULTON - The Most Distant Point Known (cd)

 
M. GRIFFIN - Sudden Dark (cd)

 
GRINDLESTONE - Tone (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Midsummer (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Visions (cd/Digital Download)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist (Lp/CD)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist 2010 (cd)

 
PERTTI GRöNHOLM - Winterplanet (cd)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - 9 Memories-Tracks (Digital Download)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Cassiopeia (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Prologue (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Sphere (cd-r)


THE GREY ENCOUNTER
State of Decay
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2015
Since 2013, The Grey Encounter (aka UK synthesists Xan Alexander and Phil Booth) starting building a nice collection of gloomy, spacious and dark sound collages, only suitable for the experienced ambient listener.

The 75-minute "State of Decay" is dominated by strings of post-apocalyptic, dense, desolate and spooky atmospheres, morphing slowly through a darkening netherworld where any glimpse of hope and relief seem absent most of the time.

Organic and liquefied elements are constantly present, as are many ghostly effects and minimal structures. More than once, immersing in the eight intense soundscapes feels like a close encounter with strange phenomena and unidentified objects while the state of alarm rises occasionally.
A way out is finally presented on the beautifully rendered "Chrononaut", the 13-minute album closer and the strongest effort of the release.

"State of Decay" is a chilling recording, ripping the listener out his comfort zone without much remorse but rewarding if you decide to stay and take the adventurous dip.

Website: www.greyencounter.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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