Elemental - Demdike Stare
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    They're in an increasingly crowded field but hover well above all of their contemporaries.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Heavyweight and sodden like the starry mills of Satan. [May 2012, p. 103]
  3. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    There really is very little out there like this, and Demdike is a very acquired taste. If you've got the stomach for it then Elemental is their banquet - 18 nightmares you'll want to revisit.
  4. Mar 7, 2012
    90
    On Elemental, Demdike Stare give us glimmers of melody - looped chimes or listless piano figures - shivering out from the cloud of reverb, but for the most part what we get are dub shadows of songs, low on contrast and grainy with dust particles, uncanny echoes and malevolent drones.
  5. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    While Elemental isn't quite on par with their earlier material (more than a few tracks here are simply nothing more than feedback loops, as if the group were deliberately trying to sound scary instead of just simply being scary), as a whole package it's still a genuinely disturbing yet fascinating experience from two men truly caught up in a dialogue that only they seem to be able to hear.
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    While Demdike fans will have heard a lot of this stuff by now, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker are still better than just about anybody else in the way that they thread found sound, field recordings, library music and generated sounds and beats... one hell of a package.
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  1. Apr 3, 2012
    7
    The British duo Demdike Stare on their album "Elemental" combines elements of electronic with darker ambient style, which makes songs like "Mephisto's Lament" or "Kommunion" creates a specific atmosphere while listening, in spite of its compositional simplicity . Fourty-minute LP works primarily on the imagination of the listener and can often tangle in the composition the note of macabre . Full Review »