by Shrine

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Jacques vd Himst
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Jacques vd Himst What a beauty of a records, seagulls, voices of angels, and heavy atmospheric thunder, all in a slow, threatening pace, but fitting perfectly together. Quite overwhelming.
Panagiotis Krokidas
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Panagiotis Krokidas Shrine artist is back on top form. This is less dark and more etherial, closer to the sound of Celestial Fire. I think he pulled it off here, and toped his best works. This is a masterpiece of alien, otherworldly sound with notes of ritualistic sounds.

It is one of the best ambient-based albums I heard this year.

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darkcasey Quintessence then, is an album full of energetic and rapturous tracks, each reveling in the element it is themed around and each “different from the next but similar” in just the right ways. Each track mixes chaos with order, manifestation with destruction, and does it with a deft touch and a pleasing balance to the ears. The beats carry things along nicely while the swirling maelstrom of tones and field-recordings create something majestic to listen to. Favorite track: Quintessence.
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James Gardner This is a great record. It doesn’t give up for a second. Real wall of sound, multi sensory stuff. Nice one.
Radical Dreamer
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Radical Dreamer Headphones required; awe guaranteed. Shrine delivers an absolute masterwork.
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shaun_brierley This deserves to be played LOUD! Favorite track: Quintessence.
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Shrine debuts on Cryo Chamber with the wall of sound heavy album Quintessence

In a world like this where the fundamentals of creation and the origin of life still remain beyond the scope of rational comprehension, this album will take you on a metaphysical journey into the primordial chaos of the building blocks of the Universe. It is based on the concept of the Four Elements - Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, plus the Fifth Element, Quintessence, which here represents the abiogenesis, and organic life itself.

Each track is here named after a specific Element and the titles are in Old Greek with Latin transcription. A rich texture of field recordings play carefully against strange instruments and haunting voices against a massive wall of drone.

Recommended for fans of textural walls of sound.


released October 1, 2019

Written, Produced, Performed, Mastered by Shrine
Artwork by Shrine & Simon Heath


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