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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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SUMATRAN BLACK - Presents Track From Upcoming Album

Istanbul (Turkey) based black/dark ambient act Sumatran Black released a promotional preview video for the brand new track "Incremental Dosage Increase".


MORK - Third Album Coming In October, New Video Released

Norwegian black metallers Mork will release their third album entitled Eremittens Dal on 13th October via Peaceville Records. The album features guest appearances by members of Dimmu Borgir and 1349.


NACHTBLUT - Unveils First Track Out Off Upcoming Album, Reveals Album Details, Announces Tour Dates

German dark metallers Nachtblut just released the first track out off their upcoming album entitled Apostasie. The album will hit the stores on 13th October via Napalm Records.


SAMAEL - Presents Another Track Out Off Upcoming Album

Swiss black/industrial metal pioneers Samael presents another track from their highly anticipated new album, Hegemony, which will be released on 13th October via Napalm Records.


EXIT EDEN - Unveils Video For The Cover Of Lady Gaga's Hit "Paparazzi"

All-female symphonic metal four piece all-star group, Exit Eden, just premiered online another video for the track taken from the debut album entitled Rhapsodies In Black...


JARBOE & FATHER MURPHY - Announce European Tour In Support Of Upcoming EP

American artist and performer Jarboe (Swans) and Italian occult duo Father Murphy will be touring together Europe this autumn, promoting a collaborative EP...


CRADLE OF HAZE - New Single Released

German gothic rock act Cradle Of Haze just released a new single named "Alphatier". As a taste for the eleventh studio album called Sirenen, which will be released on 15 September.


SORROWS PATH - Reveal Details About Their Third Album

Greek epic doom metallers Sorrows Path will release a new, their third, album entitled Touching Infinity on 22nd September via Iron Shield Records.


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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 - July 2017

Band: Sun Of The Sleepless
Album title: To The Elements
Release date: 21 July 2017
Label: Prophecy Productions

Sun Of The Sleepless is an one-man band by a very well known artist inside the German dark metal scene, Schwadorf (aka Markus Stock), the mastermind behind two of Prophecy Productions' most popular acts, Empyrium and The Vision Bleak. The music of Sun Of The Sleepless is customary second wave black metal which is graciously implemented with icy cold yet melancholic atmospheres, haunting soundscapes, often very melodic lines, overall consistent sound and amazing vocals that range from typical black metal shrieks to spoken words, chants and deep clean ones on certain parts, with lyrics inspired by great romantic writers of the ages. Sun Of The Sleepless with To The Elements created one of the best black metal albums and even though it owes a lot to the legacy of Nordic black metal bands it still sounds modern, thanks also to great productional value, it's somehow fresh and with some quite unique add ons. It feels like these 40 minutes of playing time are gone in an instant, there's always something going on and before you'll be consciously aware you'll be taken into the darkened icy cold world of shadows with this addictive majestic piece of blackened music.

Read a review: Here

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Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Hearts Of Black Science
Album title: Signal
Release date: 20 November 2015
Label: Progress Productions

Reverberate bass lines, strong impactful beats, cosmic samples, rigorous gloomy keys, melancholic melodies, smooth guitars, irresistible loops, so very emotional, yet versatile vocals all over, with many breathtaking male/female duets and backing ethereal female voices, dramatic background speeches, are all reasons that this is one of those albums that gets easily under your skin, even if you're not really a fan of this musical genre. Hearts Of Black Science so inexorably keep everything perfectly balanced between sweet melodic pop and alternative dark music, never crossing the line too much on one or into another side, the only present constant is the melancholic vibe.

Read a full review HERE