Ignis Divine is a Greek one-man project that delivers cold and desolate dark ambient with a dose of industrial and a hint of noise. He released a very limited CD-R in 2009 entitled "A Shadow Forgotten in Sorrow," which is now followed by a new pro-CD with a pressing of two- or three hundred copies. The basic version comes in a slim DVD-case, and the special version of 13 copies houses the record in an envelope inside a very stylish DIY-crafted box containing (at least) victorian coins, seven card-prints, a poster and a syringe. It's always nice to see a label putting effort into making their releases something special, and this one even sells the special editions at a very reasonable price.
The project's original intention was to create dark and dissonant industrial soundcapes as manifestations of the artist's feelings of anxiety and distress. To me, the album doesn't really sound like a distressed one, but moreso cold and desolate - as already implied by the gray, cold and frankly rather dull visual side. The songs comprise of lifeless synth-notes creating the calmly waving basis layer of sound that sets the atmosphere right. This "fog" is given its structure and details by some (often looped) more concrete industrial-like synths that create shapes into the flowing ambience. Some organic samples such as church bells and a sound akin to hitting a piece of wood against something harder are also employed, along with some sharper synth-sounds popping up from the basis. The heavy echoing makes it all melt into a one unified mass; the added sounds still hold their character, but get transformed more hollow to suit the even eerie scapes.
The songs progress with minimal variation and a slow pace, but they carry enough different moods and structures to keep the album interesting for its length. Although the ambience is rather basic, the cold atmospheres are appealing and overall of good quality - in other words, why fix it if it ain't broken. Ignis Divine gets some additional personality and strength through employing some heavily echoed choral vocals in couple of the songs, and they give the songs a bit of a religious vibe as well. I think they were an excellent pick as they boost the otherwise desolate soundscapes, and do so without standing out as too "vivid" or "living."
Images of desolate landscapes filled with fog and an aura of mysticism were going through my mind when listening to this album, which means that the album made an appeal on me (and that the track titles did their part in forming the whole experience). The album is good fix for one's dark ambient-hunger, and basically has just one flaw; it would've benefited from a stronger flow of current that would keep the listener in its grip for the full 51 minutes, along with some stronger punches arising from the cold and delicate mass of sound. Same pro & con-list applies to the visual side as well: it does its part, but I would've expected more daring, more personality, and more detail.
"Creatures of the Abyssal Depths" is good for what it is: cold industrial ambient.