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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
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Chilean post-black metal one-man band Lascar will release a sophomore album entitled Saudade on 15th September via the label A Sad Sadnes Song.


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Canadian black/folk metallers Hexenklad released a new track named "Returned". The track is taken from bands debut album, Spirit Of The Stone, which will be released on 28th July.


DEEP IMAGINATION - Releases New Video Clip

German act Deep Imagination, a project formed by German electronic musician Thorsten Sudler-Mainz, released a brand new video for the song "Awake From A Dream".


WORM - Announces Debut Full-Lenght, Title Track Available For Streaming

Florida (USA) based black metal act Worm will release on 29th September the debut album entitled Evocation Of The Black Marsh via Iron Bonehead Productions.


URS WILD - Releases His First Full-Lenght Album, Available For Streaming In Its Entirety

Urs Wild, a musician and sound designer from Switzerland, just released his debut album titled Hidden Universe. The album was released through Eighth Tower Records.


SLAUGHTBBATH - Announces A Compilation Album And North American Tour Dates

In anticipation of their upcoming first North American tour this September, Chilean black/death metal trio Slaughtbbath will release on 8th September a special compilation CD...


A VILLAGE IN DESPAIR - Debut EP Out Now And Available For Streaming In Full

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KARAMAZOV - Debut EP Out In August, Two Tracks Available For Streaming

Out of Minneapolis (USA) comes Karamazov, a solo project infused with collaborations from a wide range of artists, coalescing into an expansive hybrid of cinematic, electronic and noise rock-based soundscapes.


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In the spotlight


One of the most surprising returns in the goth rock scene this year is the one by Swedish cult band Soulgrinder. The band recently released a stunning new EP named Ressurection after almost 18 years of absence, which sounds even darker than anything this band did before, the ambiance on all of the four songs is so very obscure, with "old school" sound and almost suffocating atmosphere. There's no doubt that Soulgrinder has made a mark in the gothic music genre with its unique sound, which is not your typical gothic rock, but it blends elements from various dark music styles like industrial, doom, dark electro and so called dungeon synth, by often using kind of an avantgarde approach. Growing up in a small town in Sweden, the brothers Daniel and Niclas were fascinated with music from an early age. Moving from contemporary rock bands like Sweet and Kiss into heavier acts, they found true inspiration in more avant-garde and original music like Celtic Frost’s epic album Into The Pandemonium and the Italian-Slovenian experimental rock band Devil Doll. The influences from all of these were used as a base for the brothers’ own musical journey. Guitar and piano lessons helped them kick off their song writing, which was used in various band constellations to come.


Album of the month - June 2017

Artist: God Body Disconnect
Album title: Sleeper's Fate
Release date: 27 June 2017
Label: Cryo Chamber

Is this the world you know? Or is it only in your head, are you merely dreaming awake? These are the types of questions that come to mind when listening to the new album from God Body Disconnect; Sleeper's Fate. Ethereal guitar, carefully mixed field recordings and subtle undertones really put you into a story worth experiencing. Tracks like "Reservoir Dreamer" bring forth a very introspective atmosphere with a warm atmosphere as if being underwater, which the field recordings help paint a picture. Where the void between life and death occurs, the keeper of keys unlocks the gates to what you hold inside, your future self and your past self. An orchestral melody begins to play out your fate, day beckons to night, left in the dream realm reliving your past and wishing you did more with your life, wishing there was something you could of done to stop what you believe to be your coming death. Distant sounds of voices pierce the now foggy soundscape, sounds of your past self from your childhood, when things were so much easier. Post-rock influences, large cinematic atmospheres, surreal field recordings and bass driven melodies that slowly build, make this album truly special and quite the journey.

Read a review: Here

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Cradle Of Filth - Heartbreak And Seance

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Band: Peter Bjärgö 
Album title: Animus Retinentia
Release date: 1 March 2017
Label: Cyclic Law

Peter Bjärgö, the founder of Swedish neo-classical darkwave group Arcana (1994-present) and industrial project Sophia (1998-present) started his solo endeavour doing a split with Gustaf Hildebrand called Out Of The Darkening Light, Into The Bright Shadow in 2005. On this album ritualistic drum beats and an acoustic guitar with melodies that are enough to leave you in tears enter your surrounding, whilst Peter's deep vocals could lull you into a place from your past that you miss or things you wish that would heal. Peter Bjärgö has created his finest solo effort to date. This album will take you on a ride through grey heavens and some victory over the sadness towards the end.

Read a full review HERE