We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now N.E.O. are back in deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this.
2034: The Year We Make Contact. A strange device has been discovered from deep beneath the surface of our planet. Its origins: unknown. Its age: older than life, and its purpose: to change mankind.
It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects, while the third opus of the trilogy is expected to be released next year. Now I must invite you to hear the first album, just to get into the whole story, or kind of a a dreadful message, a digital radio podcast broadcasted from the future.
Musically the new effort by N.E.O. differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects serving with realistic visual/sonic experience like maybe never heard before, especially in the tracks like it's amazing "Earth Research" or in the second half of the opener "Jupiter Ignition", to name a few. But what enthuses most is the deep dark atmosphere created with use of devastating bass lines, soul shaking beats, amazing keys and other electronic samples, obscure gliding guitar lines, and mind penetrating powerful rather hoarse, yet deep and dark Artaud Seth's vocals. The message behind lyrics delivered by Artaud gets its proper delivery into listeners ears, yet the one must use some of his intelect to get it the right way. The one who'll take this adventure will experience soothing, yet in a way psychedelic atmosphere on short "Kepler 186F", to almost militaristic turmoil of the vibrant album title track, with plenty of industrialized sequences, forming a rhythmic line that could appeal to those who want to hear it on the dancefloor, but I believe that's far from the Near Earth Orbit's point. You must be taken in the pitch black universe by the amazing "Ignition Started", where typical streched yet melodic gothic rock guitars, bone crushing drum beats and throbing bass lines create such a dense mind blowing ambiance that none of dark music lovers should pass by. The listener is constantly bombarded with powerful earsplitting soundscape and luminous spatial noises, with almost no space for any emotional variations, for example on the devastating punishment of "Planet X". The whole atmosphere eases down a bit on bass steerable "Pitch Black" and gets its expressive culmination on the closing one, "Jupiter Moon", where soft distant piano touches and vast dark ambiental atmosphere, together with significant vocal approach leads its way into total darkness which will appeal also to the most demanding lovers of dark ambient in the last three minutes of the album.
In a strange way, even though that the last word is "death", it leaves kind of a open space for the third final chapter of Near Earth Orbit saga. A piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.