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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
Sun Of The Sleepless - To The Elements
05. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. End Of Green
- Void Estate
Anathema - The Optimist
09. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
10. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder


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THE KAHLESS CLONE - Release Play-Through Video For The Track From Upcoming EP

Chicago (USA) instrumental dark music band The Kahless Clone have released a guitar play-through video for "If Only We Had More Time Together...", a track from forthcoming EP Our Never-Ending Loneliness.


KORE ROZZIK - New Video Released

Queens,NY (USA) based theatrical rocker Kore Rozzik is back with a cinematically schocking new music video for his single "Mistress", off of the upcoming, full length album, Vengeance Overdrive.


INFERNAL BLAST - Announces Debut EP, First Track Available For Streaming

War Arts Productions sets 17th November as the international release date for Infernal Blast's debut EP, Wolves Elitism Speech, on cassette tape.


TRAGUL - New Lyric Video Released

International female fronted operatic/progressive metal band Tragul, featuring members of Diabulus In Musica, Pergana, Flotsam & Jetsam,..., have released a new lyric video.


WICCID - Debut Album Out Soon, Announce North American Tour Dates With Lords Of Acid, Combichrist, En Esch, Christian Death

A newly formed USA based electro/industrial/dark/synth/pop band Wiccid will be joining Lords Of Acid, Combichrist, Christian Death and En Esch (of KMFDM) on North American in support of their upcoming, debut album, By Design.


COBURG - Debut Album Out In October, Track Available For Streaming

UK's female fronted symphonic/gothic rockers Coburg are about to release their debut album entitled The Enchantress on 24th October through Evolve Or Die Records.


SERENADE - Announces New Album After Five Years Of Silence

After five years of silence, the Italian female fronted symphonic/gothic metal band Serenade has come back with a new explosive album coming out in autumn 2017 via Revalve Records.


RAVENTALE - New Album Out Soon, More Details Revealed

Ukraine based atmospheric black metallers Raventale will elease their already ninth album entitled Planetarium on 5th October via Ashen Dominion. Raventale composed, recorded and mixed...


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In the spotlight


One of the most important musical projects inside the neoclassical/folk noir scene must be the German or rather European music ensemble Sagittarius. The project was born back in 1998, formed by Cornelius Waldner who felt the urge and need to work more intensively with classical music and soundscapes and to musically interpret traditional pieces of literature dear to him. Until now, Sagittarius released three full-lenght albums through labels like Cold Spriing Records (UK) and Renovatio Verlag (Germany), plus several limited edition releases. The first two releases of Sagittarius were two demo cassettes, Im Zeichen der Sonne (1999) and Fragmente (2002), soon after that Sagittarius released the debut album titled Die Grosse Marina in 2003 through Renovatio Verlag. The album is a conceptual composition based on Ernst Jünger's novel 'On The Marble Cliffs', but should not be understood as an attempt to put the entire book into music, instead, selected scenes and passages were picked out and inspired Sagittarius during the process of creation. Apart from six own compositions, the album also included musical pieces by Ion Manzatu, Simion Lefter and Ludwig van Beethoven.


Album of the month - August 2017

Band: Lacrimosa
Album title: Testimonium
Release date: 25 August 2017
Label: Hall Of Sermon

Lacrimosa is a powerhouse of everything releated to dark, gothic, classical, theatrical and symphonic in rock or metal music, there's no doubt about it. Lacrimosa reached the cult status long time ago and is of course a name that with every single release brings shivers into hearts of dark music lovers, every single new album is highly anticipated and until now the two, Tilo and Anne, never dissapointed. Testimonium is yet another example of Lacrimosa grandiosity. Testimonium in its four acts offers such a very dynamic sound and varied song structuctures, with each song brings diversities that you wouldn't imagine. Tilo is an artist of gothic symphonic music par exelence, one of the best composers of our time and being active with Lacrimosa for 27 years he made a real history of dark music of its own kind. At one point we are drowned into a powerful crushing gothic symphonic metal, then there's a bit doom, some dark folk segments, and right after that the listener can enjoy in balladic piece with masterfully implemented classical orchestrations in it. Testimonium is one of the strongest albums in Lacrimosa discography and some of the songs featured in here might become timeless classics on their already large repertoire of evergreen dark music hits.

Read a review: Here

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Band: Monocube
Album title: The Rituals
Release date: 30 December 2016
Label: Malignant Records

Hazy noise and pummelling orchestral drones hit you with a sense of dread and has you anxious as to what comes next, and the longer you listen to this album the more sinister it gets. Slowly it pulls you through the first few tracks of a somewhat calming nature and and a track called "Downwards" which features Robert from Apocryphos readying you for the unnvering journey ahead. Noisy ambience hidden behind the gritty drone twists your mind and plays with your sense of reality. You feel as if this gnawing sense of solipsism will never cease, leaving you dissociated and unable to retain your human consciousness. This album is a big step up from the first Blue Dusk/Red Dawn which was more of a calming droning experience. This effort, The Rituals, is living, breathing entity and does not let you go. It tears at your very being and sense of sanity making you unable to resist but think of your most unsettling fears and questioning reality.

Read a full review HERE