Way Of The Gods

by Shinkiro

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~Athanor is proud to present the second album by Japanese artist Manabu Hiramoto as Shinkiro. While the first album was urban and influenced by the deep dark atmospheres of the futuristic city of Osaka, Shinkiro’s new album focuss on a more personal path influenced by Shinto, Buddhism and Manabu’s relocation by the country side. The sound of the new album is made of deep dark soundscapes mixed with percussions, soundsources of rain, winds, sea, trees, waves and birds. Though the album is dark ambiant and ritualistic in essence, it also has a meditative and contemplative touch which may please fans of Steve Roach, Robert Rich or Alio Die.
Under the alias ‘Kotodama’, Manabu also released a first CD for Vital and has a new collaboration CD with Contagious Orgasm on SSSM. Shinkiro will play live in Hong-Kong on the 21st of December as opening act for Jack or Jive, a well known Japanese band with whom Manabu has already collaborated on three tracks in the past. The CD is presented as a crystal box with clear tray. Artwork by Niko Skorpion that could remind works of J. Wozencroft for Touch. ~

~The Japanese artist Manabu Hiramoto presents us his second album titled “Way Of The Gods” and under such title you shall find 7 compositions or gates to meet your own inner gods. The music here is more than fantastic, is sublime in the very core of the word, due the highest impact it causes when firstly you hear it. The music here is calm deep ambient sondscapes which seems to emerge from deep within earth. At moments the music floats into an atmosphere highly inspired by Buddhism or Shinto, in the way as the atmospheres are created here. Perfect in its own essence, such ritualistic emanations sometimes are channels to our own perceptions of nature & the universe. Rain, waves, birds; trees soundsources are complemented through each one of the tracks, creating another reality transcending senses. For example tracks 2 & 3, have such amazing percussive sound which mutates all the time, creating just more than music here. It’s like absorption of sounds of magickal nature.
Deep, meditative, comtemplative scenarios becoming an inner reality through each one of the tracks included in “Way Of The Gods”. Without a doubt Mt Hiramoto has a creative inspiration which is reflected in each one of the albums he has released. An amazing released with so much interesting elements worth to check out now.~
(PAN.O.RA.MA audial/visual/Magickal Journal)


released March 4, 2013

EsotericAudioDigital EAD002

Previously released 2008 as a CD format on Athanor – ATNR 036
Written By Manabu Hiramoto
Mastered by Manabu Hiramoto @ Sudio L.V.I. 2006-2008.
Design – Moopica
Photography By – Moopica, Stéphane Duval



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Shinkiro / 蜃気楼 Japan

Japanese dark ambient project by Manabu Hiramoto, started in 2003 to express the inner landscapes of humanity. The music can be described as "soundtrack to imaginary film with dark ambience". Recently, his musical exploration has expanded not only into the meditative and deep but also into his personal terrain of Shinto and Buddhism. ... more

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