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Artist.....: Chronos & C.J. Catalizer

Album......: Quid Est Veritas?

Genre......: Ambient

Style......: Melodic Downtempo, Chill out, Ethnic

Label......: Ajana Records

CatalogNr..: AJACD011

Url........: http://www.ajana-records.com/

Rel.date...: 19.06.2009

Str.date...: 12.06.2009






01. Chronos - The Call 02:53

02. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - 4 A.M. 08:02

03. Chronos - Ice Hearts Age 05:25

04. Chronos - Unknown Civilizations 06:19

05. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - Spiral Clouds (Kumharas edit) 10:11

06. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - Voice Of Infinity 06:34

07. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - Crystalic Sea 08:49

08. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - Sounds Of The World 06:08

09. C.J. Catalizer & Chronos - Across The Univers (Album edit 2009) 09:16

10. Chronos - Sky Path (Zero Cult rmx) 07:38

11. Chronos - Quid Est Veritas? 02:41


Total Time: 73:56




When Chronos met C.J. Catlizer they asked themselves 'What is Truthfulness?'


In 2007 and 2008 Nick Klimenko and Dimitriy Neschadim formed a duo and

composed an album with ambient, ethnic influences and chillout trance

vibrations. 'Quid est Veritas?' is the musical outcome of an intensive

cooperation, 11 tracks build upon etnic rythyms and influences of ancient



Their inspiration is coming from traveling, meditation and sacral and

esoterical ideas.Music and people are combined in one source of vision and

slogan - 'Music for the awakening consciousness'


Chronos is usually portrayed through an old, wise man with a long, gray

beard, such as 'Father Time.'


'Quid est Veritas?' is a musical journey through eternal time with strong




Morpheus review:



Melodic downtempo trance and chillout instrumentals with global enhancements.

Quid Est Veritas is a deliciously smooth album of ethno-electronica - the rich

sonic palette maintaining a liquid-silky polish from start to finish. The

synth work here is especially fine; delicate melodic phrases rise out of

bubbling sequencer cycles and airy pads often with striking beauty and with an

almost constant sense of bliss. The largely programmed beats fuse naturally in

places with international grooves and hand drumming; arpeggiated basses, chime

patterns and burbling synths rippling in rhythmic accord. The most evident

world sounds across the album are vocal: meditative Indian utterances and

lively drum talk; female wails and soaring operatics; brooding monk chants,

spoken voices and transmission fragments. The other primary organic sound

being the flute - a variety of lush breathy phrases and brief touches from

different continents and cultures bringing a heady mystique or wistful colour.

Field recordings are also utilised in places to powerful effect - passing

footfalls, environmental sounds and locational cues.



The unhurried ambient build ups on many tracks give Quid Est Veritas a lush

textural feel, where the colours are deep and saturated, the atmospheres dense

and sweeping. There is frequently a gorgeous airiness about the album - a

feeling of gliding high in the stratosphere, a weightless sense of effortless

movement - this uplifting effect creates an ongoing sense of well being and

introspection. The lightness of some of the beats cooperates with the delicacy

of the music at times to form some very relaxing passages. There is a strong

dramatic content here too though - darker drones and mysterious effects

building at times into hypnotic gloom. This sense of esoteric wonder recurrs

often, the opening track establishing a brooding, nocturnal, tribal mood

before a drifting voice-over rolls in presenting thoughts on the Chronos

identity. The final title composition is an excellent conclusion - a plaintive

piano rises from an urban soundscape - deft fingering painting a melancholy

full stop.



Quid Est Veritas arrives as a rather luxurious jewelcase package. The

generous artwork is visually stunning and tastefully laid out. The front cover

image is first and foremost a sky portrait - beautiful metallic blues with

scudding clouds gradually heat up into molten reds and oranges as the scene

meets the horizon - foreground detail blackened into silhouette. Broad

horizontal borders letterbox the image and hold the titles. The rear cover

provides a tracklist against a misty starscape - each piece is listed with

conception and musical credits. Inside is a twelve page booklet arranged so

that each page represents a different track - stirring photographic visuals

and a line or two of inspirational text on every page. Behind the disc itself

is a section for thanks and website/contact information.



This is the second full Chronos album among a plethora of compilation

appearances; follow-up to the 2007 release Step To Great Knowledge. It is also

the second from C J Catalizer coming after the SHUM records release Across The

Universe from 2006. Nick Klimenko in collaboration with Dimitry Neschadim here

shows why these guys are among their country's most respected donwtempo trance

artists. Klimenko, otherwise known as DJ Shankar, Hologram & Secret Trick is

the prime owner of the Chronos project with C J Catalizer joining just for the

current album before going their separate ways once more. The album is

released via the increasingly well-respected Ajana label and contains eleven

pieces with no sign of 'filler' material anywhere.



This is an album for lovers of quality downtempo that appreciate well thought

out global elements woven into the mix. If you enjoy Asura, Aes Dana or

European trance at a low bpm then this is definitely an album to explore this

year. The Ajana Records website provides samples of all tracks as well as a

free download if you'd like to explore further.


Mastering by Huby Sea @ Ultimae Studios





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I didn't care for this at all. The C.J. Catalizer album was 10x better and the Chronos album was 100x better.


Something tells me the OP is here to promote it for reasons other than it being genuinely good music. ;) Note also that all the people who rated it 5/5 on discogs so far are uses I've never heard of before.

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I have to respectfully disagree with the above reviewer's opinion. This was very deep! Rich layers and melancholy pads...felt like I was listening to some Ultimae. It's mostly what I would call Ambient Trance. Very beautiful.


This one snuck under the radar and deserves some more attention.



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