Ashtoreth & Stratosphere – Between Worlds


Release data: Ashtoreth & Stratosphere – Between Worlds CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Winter-Light, 2020 “Between Worlds” is a full-length collaboration of Belgian musicians Ashtoreth (aka Peter Verwimp) and Stratosphere (aka Ronald Mariën). Together they deliver a 7-track ambient soundscape with some ritualist dark as well as some occult undercurrents at work that remains accessible all the way. Elevating the listener to higher, but at the same time…

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Stratosphere – Rise


Release data: Stratosphere – Rise CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Reecords, 2016 I must confess I was rather reluctant to check out this album as I knew Ronald Mariën was very into heavy, harsher sounding distorted guitar drone music and abstract sound design since a couple of years. Fortunately, “Rise” features seven thick layered textural pieces addressing ethereal, melancholic, shadowy and dreamlike moods, all created with one…

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Stratosphere with Dirk Serries – In A Place Of Mutual Understanding


Release data: Stratosphere with Dirk Serries – In A Place Of Mutual Understanding CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2013 “In A Place Of Mutual Understanding” is a collaborative ambient project by two Belgium composers who’ve know each for over two decades. Personally I think it was a question of time and opportunity as Ronald Mariën (aka Stratosphere) is Serries’ long-time sound technician. Both share a kindred…

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