“…dark, dense guitar-based drones and clashing, unapologetic noise paired up with aggressive tribal rhythms and longform drifts carved from shadow. These disks seethe with a sense of the ritualistic, an irresistible calling to a sensually dark and potentially dangerous place inside of ourselves. Mesmerizing, challenging and, in the end, compelling stuff that makes for one of the best offerings of the year.” - Hypnagogue.net
Dolmen is a collaborative effort between Jason Sloan and Steven K. Smith of Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2002 they have constructed an engaging and powerful new palette of evolving atmospheres and sonic textures. Sloan and Smith enlist a heavily processed and manipulated arsenal of guitars, drums, bass and samplers. While using many traditional instruments, at times it is impossible to tell what type of instruments are being played. This in turn gives the sound a timeless, transitory and almost apocalyptic feel.
Incantations Verse 1 & 2 were composed and intended to be listened to back to back. However, each CD stands on its own merit as a unique release. Incantations push the boundaries of dark ambient music while encompassing the dense textures of the shoegaze, the power of post-rock and the rhythmic procession of authentic tribal music. This unique blend reaches its culmination with the Incantations CDs.
Sloan and Smith spent the last three years working on individual projects while recording and mixing Incantations Verse: 1 & 2. They decided that this will be the final release for the Dolmen project. They feel they have reached the aesthetic objectives with Dolmen and want to end with what they feel is their strongest work. Incantations is a testament to the possibility of experimental music to not only be engaging but also emotionally passionate and powerful.