Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Raphael Weinroth-Browne - Worlds Within

This is an interesting one and far from the normal metal sphere that defines this blog - Raphael Weinroth-Browne has released a stunning cello offering, Worlds Within, a forty minute composition broken up into ten individual movements. It's a record that relies solely on the cello, using all sorts of amps, pedals and effects to craft something multicolored and beautiful. What's the connection to metal you might ask? Well, Weinroth-Browne happens to be the cellist in the critically vaunted Musk Ox, meaning this more than grabbed my attention.

This record is mesmerizing and masterful, 40 minutes of pure sonic poetry exploring the limits of the human psyche. This is a sorrowful listen and one decorated with all sorts of soundscapey colors. In many ways this feels more like a movie soundtrack than anything else. Their are deep emotions evoked here and the multilayered cello compositions are fascinating, the sort of things that you are going to sink your teeth into and find yourself enamored with for years to come. Worlds Within is a masterful offering that routinely shows just how talent Raphael Weinroth-Browne is and ups the ante for albums of its kind.

It's hard for any fan of dark music not to be completely enamored with what Worlds Within represents. After all it's sort of the perfect reflection upon what this type of music can embody. It's a record that doesn't overstay its welcome and which has clear forward motion. For me at least this is certainly going to become a favorite to accompany late night reading. I get the impression though that this could be the start of so much more, a poetic hint at worlds of sound to be unveiled the deeper we delve.

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