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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
02. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
03. Soror Dolorosa
- Apollo
04. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
05. Myrkur
- Mareridt
06. Sun Of The Sleepless
- To The Elements
07. Moonspell
- 1755
08. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
09. Andras
- Reminiszenzen...
10. Svartsinn
- Mørkets Variabler


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SKULLTHRONE - New Demo Released, Available For Streaming

London-based black metallers Skullthrone have released their latest devilship, Demo III, on Bandcamp and CD format. Playing an aggressive and fast form of black metal, with an organic, raw sound...


GHOSTBOUND - Announces Release Of Debut Album

Ghostbound, a Brooklyn (USA) based band creating some sort of cinematic rock/metal with nods toward black metal, post-punk, 80s “big music” in the vein of Crowded House, The Waterboys, Big Country,...


MOURNFUL CONGREGATION - New Album Out In March, First Track Available For Streaming

Australia's stone pillar of funereal dirge, Mournful Congregation, will release on 23rd March a new double album entitled The Incubus Of Karma via Osmose Productions.


A LIGHT WITHIN - Unveils Track From Forthcoming Album

USA based post-metal band A Light Within have revealed their new song, "Page #9 (Shells)". The song is taken from their forthcoming album titled Epilogue which will be released on 2nd February.


N.K.R.T. - Releases First Official Video

French ritual dark ambient project N.K.R.T. released a video for the track "Indigna Soror". This is the first video for this act which is masterminded by Frater Stéphane...


ATRIUM CARCERI, HERBST9 - Teams Up On A New Mysterious Collaborative Album

Dark ambient veterans Atrium Carceri and Herbst9 have teamed up for a new collaborative album titled Ur Djupan Dal. This album full of mystery will be released on 23rd January via Cryo Chamber.


SCHWARZER ENGEL - Presents New Lyric Video

German dark/gothic metal act Schwarzer Engel just posted the lyric video for "Unheil", the new single off the upcoming album entitled Kult der Krähe.


DISTOXIA - New Album Out In February, Releases Lyric Video

Chilean one-man band Distoxia is about to release a new full-length work called Visiones De Medianoche, that will be available in physical and digital format on 16th February via Russian label Insane Records.


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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 - November 2017

Band: Moonspell
Album title: 1755
Release date: 3 November 2017
Label: Napalm Records

This is Moonspell in their most extreme, intense and most earthshaking form until now. Fans of their albums like Memorial or Alpha Noir will for sure be delighted, maybe they'll miss the black metal touch a bit, but those who liked Moonspell's romantic, more gothic side of Extinct, Omega White, Antidote or Irreligius, to name a few, will miss the "Moonspell" like we know it, but no matter how you take it, Moonspell did a great job once again. Musically speaking, 1755, is one hell of an intense album, also the most technical and also brutal. If compared to for example Alpha Noir, the songs are much more complex, atmospheric, with lots of symphonic elements and female choirs, it's a pretty lush thing, but in the background we can notice some gothic elements that enrich many of the tracks. The tension and drama escalates with every single track, the rhythmic line is constantly very strong and crushing and dark sound together with intriguing symphonic elements, some gloomy gothy synths and female choirs, really brings us pictures of devastation and terror into our mind. 1755 is absolutely not a typical Moonspell album, and while listening to it you must forget about their past records and concentrate on what everything 1755 has to offer.

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Band: Atrium Carceri
Album title: Metropolis
Release date: 9 June 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Metropolis is above all a very dark meditative journey, locked out from the illusion and takes place entirely in our former home within darkened sky and gargantuan citadels where the man once ruled as gods. Metropolis is in strong connection with the previous proper album The Untold which was released in 2013 and with which Simon took us to the origins, to the primordial metropolis and into the void where the creator abandoned us. The new epic output follows the expedition to uncover the truth about the factions in control, what happened to the long lost architect and how to open a portal back into the colorful illusion the ignorant call home. Metropolis is one of those climaxes of everything taged dark ambient. This time Simon went quite out of the genre borders and created such a stunning work of art that will leave a deep mark within the scene. With such compositions where the attention for details is essential, where subtle layers offer an otherworldy experience, yet everything is well produced and comes with a very nice artwork and just calls for many repetitions. Metropolis is a prime example how to make dark ambient music flowing and melodic, strenuous and adventurous, strong, lush and emotional, almost solemn in its very essence.

Read a full review HERE