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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
02. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
03. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
04. Saille
- Gnosis
05. Black Anvil
- As Was
06. Heretoir
- The Circle
07. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder
08. Bitterfeldt
- Götzen.Dämmerung
09. Elegi
- Bånsull
10. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning


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PERISHED - ATMF To Re-Release Cult Album Kark

Italian label ATMF will re-release on 26th June one of the hidden gems of Viking inspired black metal, this is Perished’s album named Kark.


TYRANNOSORCERESS - Debut Album Out In June, First Trailer Is Online

Dallas, Texas (USA) based black metal horde, Tyrannosorceress, presents their tormented debut full-length Shattering Light’s Creation, confirmed now for release through Tofu Carnage Records on 23rd June.


MY FAVOURITE THINGS - Announces New Album, First Single Available For Streaming

Brooklyn-based quartet My Favourite Things have announced the new album entitled Fly I Will, Because I Can, which is slated for release on 14th July but are already teasing the first single.


XERXES THE DARK - New Album Out Now, Available For Full Streaming

Tehran (Iran) based one-man act Xerxes The Dark just released a brand new album entitled [Ab]Solution via D.M.T. Records. [Ab]Solution is already the seventh album...


TETHRA - To Stream Full Show On Facebook To Support Genre And Highlight Issue Of Venues Closing

Italian doom/death/gothic metal act Tethra are passionate about emerging artists and they are on a mission to increase the numbers of people that attend smaller, club sized venues...


EL CAMINO - New Album Out In July, Two Tracks Streaming

The malicious Swedish black metallers El Camino will release their new album entitled Cursed Congregation on 2nd July via To The Death/Night Tripper Records.


END OF GREEN - Reveals Cover Artwork, Tracklist And First Teaser Of Upcoming Album

One of the Germanys strongest dark rock/metal acts End Of Green announced that they will release the highly anticipated new album entitled Void Estate on 18th August via Napalm Records.


DEAD SEASON - New Video Clip Released

French dark progressive metallers Dead Season, who released on 5th May via Dissonances Records their new album entitled Prophecies, presents today the first video clip...


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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 - April 2017

Band: Ulver
Album title: The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
Release date: 7 April 2017
Label: House of Mythology

Some bands or artists are simply meant to push the borders forward. The evershifting and experimental band Ulver has showed us this so many times, and while waiting for every their new album fans are in kind of a sweet distress and anticipation of what they'll get. Introducing more and more electronics, industrial and ambient elements, the band became one of the most respected and articulated when it comes either to find new sonorities or processing the well established styles. The Assassination Of Julius Caesar is in the words by band an album that they were longing to do for many years, to delve into the music of their childhood. On the first glance it seems that this is just another retro wave or something album, but in reality it's far from there, it's an highly aesthetic album of clearly defined sound that simply sweeps away with almost every single retro wave or 80s revivalist pop album released lately. Ulver while looking back they created something stunningly immersive and coherent, something so very eclectic, spellbinding and evocative. The Assassination Of Julius Caesar, Ulver's thirteenth album, is a majestical, lets say dark pop album, which reinvents the term "pop" and adds some completely new terms to it. Each track offers a different journey which in the end reunites in a contemplative world of utter romance and cultural self-cleansing sonic unity. There are no bordes, there are no rules, it's simply the sound of a creative machine named Ulver.

Read a review: Here

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Band: Dauden
Album title: My Soul Will Be Damned Forever
Release date: 2 October 2015
Label: Self-released

The band plays a very good old school black metal with slight impact of older bands such as Urgehal, Beastcraft and old Mayhem. But a perfect studio sound adds into the picture kind of depth and somehow a mysterious feeling. On the other hand this is music that does not make any compromises with the exception of total misanthropic fever, historical atrocities, pure hell and death. Dauden is definitely one of the best bands that are currently devoted to the pure unlight of true Black Metal underground of extreme evilness.

Read a full review HERE