Genre: Death/Ambient
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Century Media Records
Year: 2022

Well this is a weird moment isn’t it? After releasing two highly acclaimed albums in which the second one Hidden History of the Human Race (2019)had great impact to underground circles that created a strong fan base of loyal fans for the band Blood Incantation release their third crucial LP and things are getting rather peculiar.

No old school Death metal here. No ripping riffs and pummeling drums. No psychedelic parts or progressive elements. Neither guttural vocals or growls blended with brutal guitars.

Space direction along with ambient lengthy compositions with trippy approaching seems a brave along with stupid choice. “Timewave Zero”, is a boldly record but this cosmic atmosphere, experimental but softy as a result album can stand next to their previous works.

This space voyage should Jane been different. For my taste. For my discotheque. Two songs that last approximately 40 minutes of instrumental music (plus a 27 minutes long bonus track making the final length more than 68 minutes) need more than generic ambient melancholy and cinematic or dark soundscapes. Repetitive, sometimes naive and minimalistic yet tiring overuse of synthesizers, hammond organ, gongs and cymbals and overlong tracks of the album couldn’t win me.

I respect their choice but I can’t say that I was satisfied or that I endorse such moves. I’m no conservative as a person or a listener but the result speaks louder than intentions and despite the fact that I wasn’t expected any Hidden History of the Human Race sequel still “Timewave Zero” was a big disappointment.

And for the finale a small text I discovered on internet about Timewave Zero and Terence McKenna, the man that built the software called Timewave Zero:

Terence McKenna (who died April 2000) was a professional mushroom researcher, among other things, and in the course of his long first-hand study he experienced a visionary inspiration for a fascinating piece of software called Timewave Zero. I first read of it in his book The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFO’s, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History. Quite a mouthful, that: but when you’ve done as many mushrooms as Terence…Anyway, the official introduction to the original program from Dolphin Software describes it best:

This software illustrates Terence McKenna’s theory of time, history and the end of history as first described in the book The Invisible Landscape by him and his brother Dennis, and more recently in his The Archaic Revival (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992). The theory of Timewave Zero was revealed to Terence by an alien intelligence following a bizarre, quasi-psychedelic experiment conducted in the Amazon jungle in Colombia in 1971. Inspired by this influence Terence was instructed in certain transformation of numbers derived from the King Wen sequence of I Ching hexagrams. This led eventually to a rigorous mathematical description of what Terence calls the timewave, which correlates time and history with the ebb and flow of novelty, which is intrinsic to the structure of time and hence of the temporal universe. A peculiarity of this correlation is that at a certain point a singularity is reached which is the end of history-or at least is a transition to a suprahistorical order in which our ordinary conceptions of our world will be radically transformed. The best current estimate for the date of this point is December 21, 2012, the winter solstice of that year and also the end of the current era in the Mayan calendar.

The primary function of the software is to display any portion of the timewave (up to seven billion years) as a graph of the timewave related to the Western calendar (either Gregorian or Julian). You can display the wave for the entire 4.5-billion-year history of the Earth, note the peculiarities of the wave at such points as the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs (65 million years ago) and inspect parts of the wave as small as 92 minutes. The software provides several ways of manipulating the wave display, including the ability to zoom in on a target date or to step back to get the larger picture.

A remarkable quality of the timewave is that it is a fractal. Once a part of the wave is displayed the software allows you to expand any smaller part (down to 92 minutes). This usually reveals a complexity of structure which persists however much the wave is magnified, a property typical of fractals. The idea that time has a fractal structure (in contrast to the Newtonian conception of time as pure, unstructured duration) is a major departure from the common view of the nature of time and physical reality. That time is a fractal may be the reason why fractals occur in Nature.

Originally posted here: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/201/300/alternative/2000/00-12/spirit/timewave.htm

The “Timewave Zero” software has been revised and re-issued under a new name: “Fractal Time.” The “Fractal Time” web site is at http://www.magnet.ch/serendipity/twz/