Amber Asylum is one of the most influential and respected acts in the neo-classical / dark ambient genre. Group leader, multi-instrumentalistn and producer Kris Force boasts a repertoire that includes collaborations with Neurosis and Swans as well as credits for penning soundtrack music for video games, television, and feature films. Her band is known for their distinct brand of chilling romantic mire and brooding darkness constructed with layers of violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass, percussion, and Force's alluring voice. Bitter River is the darkest and most devastating Amber Asylum album ever conceived. The perfect follow-up to the plunging Still Point, this introspective journey into lost love and lost innocence paints powerful sonic portraits of vast, lonely landscapes, dark chambers, rolling fog, and monumental twilight. For the recording, Force employed some of the most accomplished musicians in the underground: long-time Amber Asylum conspirator Jackie-Perez Gratz (Giant Squid, Grayceon) on cello; Leila Abdul-Rauf (Saros) on guitar, piano, and vocals; bass player Eric Wood (Bastard Noise); and drummer Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush), along with guest appearances by Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune) on flute and Jarboe providing narration. Bitter River features artwork by David D'Andrea. "Amber Asylum pisses all over Sunn 0)))." --Terrorizer Magazine
***One of the most respected, legendary, and influential acts that have emerged from the neoclassical/gothic/ambient/and post-rock alternative scene, AMBER ASYLUM have once again delicately peered through the cascading light with their long-awaited full-length, the band’s first observation since 2000. Band leader KRIS FORCE was an integral part of NEUROSIS, appearing on the majority of their releases, and has played and collaborated with such legendary acts as SWANS and JARBOE. Features members that have been involved with such Bay Area luminaries as WEAKLING, ASUNDER, THE GAULT, HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE, and LUDICRA. STREET DATE - 5/29/2007
Frozen In Amber
***A reissue of the debut full-length album from San Francisco eclectic favorites and noted Neurosis associates AMBER ASYLUM. An eleven-track cinematic fusion of dark and beautiful, classical, electronic and post-rock sounds designed to trigger the most remote reaches of the imagination. Originally released as a nine track album by Elfenblut in 1996, the record has been remastered with three bonus tracks. Includes a guest appearance by MARTIN SCHMIDT of MATMOS on the song "Western Trance."