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Black Hill :: Sentireascoltare Review

Human Greed’s profile continues to grow in Italy. Another nice review by Sara Bracco has been published by Sentireascoltare. Once again, those of us unfortunate enough not to be able to speak Italian are warmed by the effect of automated web translation tools: “…the pitch is short and soul humoral paradoxically opposed. The change is evident and is not dictated by the individual episodes, but from almost every element you grant to the next plasma, influencing or denying.”

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Black Hill :: Sentireascoltare Review

Human Greed’s profile continues to grow in Italy. Another nice review by Sara Bracco has been published by Sentireascoltare. Once again, those of us unfortunate enough not to be able to speak Italian are warmed by the effect of automated web translation tools: “…the pitch is short and soul humoral paradoxically opposed. The change is evident and is not dictated by the individual episodes, but from almost every element you grant to the next plasma, influencing or denying.”

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Musique Machine Review

“From the albums outset to it’s last notes the pair completely & utterly enchant the listener … Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star is a gripping, swirling and multi layered masterpiece of uneasy, madness, with odd moments of great grace and beauty.”

Another highly positive review, this time from Roger Batty at Musique Machine – albeit with some questionable name checks and inventive approaches to grammar!

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Black Hill: New Italian Reviews

Two Black Hill reviews, in Italian, have been published by Ondarock – click here and Drexkode – click here

Again, there’s fun to be had for English readers requiring the assistance of Google Translator: “Human Greed shows that it has thoroughly investigated this maze of despair, approaching the idea of a dark-ambient that, despite its bleak austerity, never stops to let presage scenarios chilling ambiguity. As if the Day of Recompense was around the corner, as if the angels exterminators did not have time to waste … ” Do they mean me?

I have been aware in the last month or so that interest in HG has been growing in Italy, and I hope that this translates itself at some point in the near future into an invitation to perform there.

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"unquestionably beautiful and haunting"

Thanks to Kate MacDonald for the kind review that appears in the first issue of Paraphilia Magazine

I have to admit to a sense of pleasure at observing the difficulty people seemingly have – even when it results in uncomfortable or erroneous comparisons- in describing what it is that is going on in the recordings (those, that is, who at least make an effort to consider it – many reviewers don’t) To me it is tantamount to justification of the methods employed and one of the underlying reasons for making the recordings that make it so hard to find effective, accurate linguistic terms to represent the sound. The sound, after all, exists explicitly to sit beyond standard temporal word narratives.

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The hard, hard work of sitting still to listen

John Kealy’s review of Black Hill in Brainwashed, satisfyingly observed that it “forces the listener to commit to the album as a whole” thereby setting the recording at odds with a culture prone to swift, single track download “fixes”. How apt then that this review should appear in The Silent Ballet in which the main criticism would appear to be that “it” doesn’t easily blend with your “daily routine”. This little reviewer also posts the blinding insight: “sitting and staring at the ceiling for almost an hour and a half counts as waste of time”

Really? Depends, I suppose, on what is occupying your mind while you’re lying there.

The recording won, Diana. You lost.

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Black Hill :: Brainwashed Review

A lovely review of Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star, written by John Kealy, has been published on Brainwashed

“Kittens, skeletons and catastrophic ruin provide a warning to all who listen to the album; this is not music to chill out to after a night on the tiles”

Full Review: http://brainwashed.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7315&Itemid=1

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Opowiadanie

As preparations continue apace for next week’s performances in Poland, and the first flabby reviews for Black Hill begin to trickle in with their tiresome limpid references to “ambient” and “dark” and “dread” and “chilling atmospherics” etcetera, it is gratifying to observe that the promoters of the show in Gdansk are prepared to spare a few lines to suggest what lies under the ripples of sound…

http://www.laznia.pl/english/?id=57&mod=news&idart=448