"Beyond the Veil" is the new album by Aestrata, a project based on the title of our most successful album - "Aestrata" by Tomas Weiss & Mathias Grassow. As we received a lot of responses for the old album (now repressed for the 2nd time), we decided to move the "Aestrata" title into a whole new project name. This project retains the same strong depths and feelings found on the 2009 album, specializing in vast atmospheres and complex harmonic layers.
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"Aestrata is the new name of project driven by German drone purveyor Tomas Weiss and Mathias Grassow, at least according to the information I have, because more detailed credits are wrapped by the majestic thick foggy blankets of the stunning cover image by Jesse Harrison. Firstly used as an album title in 2010 in his notable collaboration with another German drone master, Mathias Grassow. Released at November 2012 as limited edition on el culto's Musical Philosophy label. Sculpted of four compositions, continually entitled "Beyond I" to "Beyond IV", all clocking between 7 and half and 18-plus minutes. "Beyond I", the shortest piece, unfolds straightly with tranquilly expanding dronescapes. Yes, still quite serene and monotonous, although the dronewall is getting more massive with every minute. Tides of slightly noisier dissonances on the background can be examined as well, but otherwise a truly flatlined drone leads this mind journey. The next composition, the longest one, "Beyond II" is invaded by gracious aerial drifts, slowly expanding into colossal dimensions, which are distinctive characteristic of these Germans. Quite celestial at times with above hovering choir-like washes, but always interacting with evolving drone monstrosity with ever-changing intensity and thickness. Occasionally backed by distant tinkles and swirls. Soundscaping can't be more immersing and transporting like "Beyo nd II", a truly mind-blowing sonic ecstasy awaits each journeyer!!! "Beyond III" reveals more relieving drifts with slightly mysterious chamber-like feel. But again enriched by few tinkles and futuristic sound injections and breaths. A perfect soundtrack for a free fall dive into giant sinkhole!!! "Beyond IV" strikes immediately with massive shadowy drone, harmoniously and mesmerizingly circling with monochromatic layers. A deeply relaxing finale for my ears!!! "Beyond The Veil" is another absolutely thrilling and rewarding sonic odyssey by one of the most respected drone wizards!!! Not to forget, yesterday Tomas Weiss has just announced the 2nd volume of "Submental" series entitled "Wintersilence", so stay tuned for, this time more tranquil reflections. Also in the pipeline is Emotone project, a collaboration between Tomas Weiss and Tania Giannouli, composer and pianist from Athens, Greece. Join el culto!!! (Richard Gürtler, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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"My first album by Tomas Weiss and Mathias Grassow, "Aestrata" (produced in 2010) significantly altered my musical preferences. The perfectly harmonious collaboration of these two ingenious experimentalists could indeed have been a stand-alone project but, instead, a sequel has been released. This new album was born with the name "Beyond the Veil" and it was released under the project title "Aestrata".
Since Tomas made an announcement on his website about his desire to create a new album in the tradition of its predecessor, I must admit this was an event for me that I awaited with great anticipation. As soon as I received it, it was with great emotion that I finally discovered the beauty of this album. From the outset, one feels the expansiveness of "Beyond the Veil". This creation easily leads us to where the subconscious wishes to take oneself, saying "Journey as you wish!". There is no limit to the equations of sound and thought.
"Beyond the Veil" inspires calm and serenity. This composition softly brings us to ask the most relevant questions lying dormant in ourselves. But ultimately, the best way to describe this album is easy! Close your eyes, listen and... let the magic unleash your imagination!" (Jean Canonne, Belgium)