Chronos – When Mars Meets Venus (Part 2: Venus)

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Chronos When Mars Meets Venus (Part 2: Venus)
    ALTAR RECORDS
    Chronos
    When Mars Meets Venus (Part 2: Venus)
    2012

      1. Leaving Gaia
      2. Vector Of Friendship
      3. Star Swimmer
      4. Red Planet
      5. Dark Flame Landing
      6. Soaring In Abyss
      7. Venus Eyes
      8. Eclipse Of Inner World
      9. Galactic Winter

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A beautiful, powerful and at the same time gentle goddess – Venus, an equivalent of Greek Aphrodite. Before permanently inscribed in the Roman tradition as a reflection of the spiritual and physical love, she was a very popular, old Italic nymph, which held the charge of the vegetable gardens and gardeners. Certainly this friend of lovers was an extremely important figure in Roman history – she gave birth to a Trojan hero, Aeneas (the ancestor of Romulus and Remus), and thus became the primordial mother of Rome. In time, her dignified countenance took on the pejorative nature – she was increasingly associated only with the pleasures of the body, dissipation, and what is more she was named a patron of courtesans. On the other hand, probably not without a reason the brightest planet of the Solar System was named after the Roman goddess, as if the beauty of the ancient figure added the light to the planet.

This brief introduction of my review of Venus seemed to be necessary due to the fact that in 2012 Chronos (Nikita Klimenko) in addition to the first part of the story about the relationship between Mars and Venus, he has released also the second one – WHEN MARS MEETS VENUS PART 2: VENUS. The second part is for me more ambient than its predecessor. Some dreamy, ballad, sometimes slightly pompous tracks are pieces of a quiet story about the beautiful and gentle Venus, the representative of the female world however so much different from the world of male (Mars). As the author of the album points out: ‘The “Venus” journey can be described as follows:
For billions of years, Earth has been on a perilous journey through space. As our planet whirls around the sun, the whole solar system undertakes a far grander voyage, circling our island universe every 200 million years. Weaving our way through the disc of the Milky Way, we have drifted through brilliant spiral arms, braved the Stygian darkness of dense nebulae, and witnessed the spectacular death of giant stars.’

Some really pleasant, calm tracks of Chronos persist at a rate of 61 to 100 bpm, and for me they are a gentle journey through the cosmic spaces, the planetary system during a warm summer night. When we buy the album WHEN MARS MEETS VENUS PART 1: MARS using a download via the network, we get the second part entitled VENUS for free. What is more, with this form of purchasing, as a gift we get a bonus last track, GAGARIN. As some interesting things about this album we can mention among others that in the bonus track there was used a real recording of a statement of Gagarin, and to get a sound that would make a fictional cosmic bird there was used a voice produced by a simple, toy duck. And in the track VENUS EYES a real sound of electromagnetic waves of planets was used; an idea for the track ECLIPSE OF INNER WORLD came about five years ago, and in the track SOARING IN ABYSS the theme of breath of an astronaut from Space Odyssey (2001) by Stanley Kubrika was used.

I recommend you the album WHEN MARS MEETS VENUS PART 2: VENUS even only for a comparison with the first part (MARS) and for expressing your opinion whether releasing two albums in such a short time, is there a likelihood that the two would be equal. According to me, Klimenko succeeded in it, but unfortunately with an exception that the two albums are very far from the perfection. Despite my fondness for the ancient culture, unfortunately after listening to this album, the big insufficiency remained.
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6.5 / 10
Kasia