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Fabled Machines of Old

by Dead Melodies

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logwil A gentle expression of untold horrors, presented in a way that leaves you longing for a time you never knew. Some of the finest guitar work in the ambient scene. Favorite track: Exoskeletal.
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Tampertronics This may even surpass Miles to Midnight as my favourite Cryo Chamber release. Perhaps the closest thing to post-rock in the whole catalogue.The song Age of Rest sounds like early GY!BE doing an acoustic set. It strikes the perfect balance between disquieting and comforting. Haunting soundscapes layered with lazily plucked folk guitar emerse you in a world of HG Wells' tripods crossed with post-1900 dystopian fiction. I had to get the CD because it's a world I want to spend more time in. Favorite track: Strawmills Burning feat. Atrium Carceri.
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fyeahmetal This record is perhaps prophetic, in that it posits a post-apocalyptic world in which humankind has moved backwards, not forwards, technologically. So, not AIs and space exploration, but guns, shelter, food, and water. We may not even be able to listen to recorded music like this. So the acoustic guitar emerges as an appropriate, if unlikely lead instrument. And the record is surprisingly warm and soothing - I keep returning to it. Favorite track: The Sacred Scroll.
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Nighthunters 06:34
Exoskeletal 06:01
Kingsmeadow 06:34
Catacombs 05:06


The old bard sat muttering by the hearth in the creaky wooden tavern. His table a scatter of maps, aged leather-bound books and unravelled scrolls lit only by the flicker of candlelight and occasional fizz of embers when drawing on his pipe.

Once a chronicler to the kings of old and trusted advisor in the great war, his grey, ragged demeanour concealed a regal past of breaking fast at the finest tables across the land.

The second age of the machines had taken its toll, fracturing once great empires to but a tribal fight for dominion and a race to find the firestone, for the prophecy was said to say that he who yieldeth the stone, ruleth the land and to him the machines shall answer.

Mages of fire led armies of towering machines across the land in search of the stone, burning anything and everything in their path. Cities crumbled, settlements were burnt and displaced citizens all now looked to the rising sun for the next age to begin.

And the legends, the truths and answers all now sat with the bard, for he had discovered a secret code hidden within the ancient texts and stories of old that would lead to the firestone. A nod to the barkeep furnished him with another tankard of the finest mead as he continued to decipher the code.


released June 15, 2021

Written, recorded and produced - Tom Moore
Mastering & Artwork - Simon Heath

- Strawmills Burning feat. Atrium Carceri
- Voyage to the End of Time feat. Atrium Carceri
- On Crimson Waters feat. Jim Field/Northumbria


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