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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2016



01. Apocryphos - Stone Speak
02. Terra Tenebrosa
- The Reverses
03. Wormfood
- L'Envers
04. Sojourner
- Empires Of Ash
05. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
06. Syberia
- Resiliency
07. Merciful Nuns
- Thelema VIII
08. The Human Voice
- Silent Heart
09. Sweet Ermengarde
- ExOblivione
10. The Vision Bleak
- The Unknown

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WINTER DUST - Share New Album For Free

A few months after its limited-release, new full-length album entitled Thresholds by Italian melancholic emo/post-rockers Winter Dust is up again for an extended CD/LP/Digital release through Voice Of The Unheard Records.

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TROLLER - New Video Released

Texas (USA) based dark wave act Troller, who released their new album titled Graphic on 3rd June via Crucial Blast Records, now premiered online a video clip for the track "Sundowner".

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FRANK THE BAPTIST - New Video Premiered Online

Frank The Baptist, the German/USA gothic/post-punk/dark rock band just released their first ever official video. It took them 19 years of existence to do this...

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BULLET HEIGHT - Releases New Single Featuring Remix By DJ Hyper

Berlin based electronic-rock duo Bullet Height, featuring Sammi Doll of IAMX and Jon Courtney of Pure Reason Revolution, have released an electronica remix by DJ Hyper for their new single...

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ARGUS MEGERE - Inked A Deal With Loud Rage Music, Working On A New Album

Romanian long running misanthropic black metallers Argus Megere have signed a record deal with Loud Rage Music and are back on track and announcing the work in progress...

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NEAR EARTH ORBIT - Launches Video Trailer For Next Album

One of the greatest dark music projects, the German/Austrian post-apocalyptic prophets Near Earth Orbit, just released a video trailer for what should be the last part of their album trilogy.

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OPETH - Reveals Details About Their Twelfth Studio Album

One of the most unique, revered and fearless heavy/rock bands of the last three decades, Opeth, will release their twelfth studio album entitled Sorceress on 30th September via Nuclear Blast Records.

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VIBRISSAE - Announces Release Date Of Debut Album, First Single Available For Streaming

Portland (USA) based electronic shoegaze trio Vibrissae announced a release of their debut album entitled Somewhere Away. Album is set to be released via Italian label Vipchoyo Sound Factory on 19th August.

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In the spotlight

TAPHEPHOBIA



Read the full article to hear an exclusive Taphephobia track "Half The Man", from the upcoming compilation, Terra Relicta Presents: Vol. I Dark Ambient!
Ketil Søraker
has been a key player in the dark ambient genre for the last 15 years. A prolific dark ambient artist, he is one of the most highly revered Nordic ambient musicians in the genre.

Ketil Søraker has a particularly bleak outlook on the world, when it comes to his musical output it can be considered some of the most melancholic and lonely dark ambient in the genre. He has developed a signature sound with his use of guitars and vocals in his take on dark ambient, which gives it an extremely personal touch.

Ketil Søraker was one of the original members of Northaunt, the highly revered polar dark ambient act. In Northaunt, Ketil Søraker and Hærleif Langås constructed soundscapes which embodied the blistering cold and desperate isolation of the far north. Using spoken word, whispered singing, field recordings and any other instruments at their disposal, Northaunt developed a subtle and lonely sound which has resonated through the dark ambient community since its first release The Ominous Silence back in 2001. Yet, after the second Northaunt album, Barren Land, Ketil Søraker parted ways with Northaunt.

A few years of soul searching later, Ketil Søraker returned to the music scene, reinvigorated and prepared to once again leave his mark. Taphephobia was born of this need for a solo dark ambient project. The first album was House Of Memories in 2007, and it was the only effort by Taphephobia which didn't use guitars as the main source of instrumentation. The following albums Anomie and Black City Skyline on Reverse Alignment would solidify the signature sound of Taphephobia, with their heavy use of guitar drone as a basis. Also Ketil Søraker continued to incorporate vocals into the project, similar to the first two Northaunt albums.

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Album of the month - June 2016

Band: Apocryphos
Album title: Stone Speak
Release date: 28 June 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

Apocryphos latest album Stone Speak shows the constant evolution and honing of Kozletsky's techniques coming to its full realization. Stone Speak is Robert C. Kozletsky's most ambitious album to date, with seemingly everything he has learned through all his varied projects coming together to make one magnum opus. Stone Speak brings together the technical precision of Apocryphos' production techniques with the haunted and extremely organic field recordings collected throughout ghost towns in his local Pennsylvania region. Bold use of guitar drone and vocal manipulation bring this album together as something equally familiar and exotic. All this is given the Cryo Chamber treatment, featuring the usual Simon Heath mastering and one of Cryo Chamber's most reflective album covers to date. Kozletsky proves once again that his mark on the dark ambient genre will not be soon forgotten, and he has added an instant classic to an already impressive portfolio. The details are filled out with whispered vocals, guitar drones, field recordings of human movement, groans of some unholy spirits, all come together in a glorious blend of darkness. Listening to this at a high volume, with the mind thoroughly relaxed, all sorts of emotions come forth. No gimmicks or theatrics are used here, giving this album an extremely high replay value. Stone Speak is a must have for any dark ambient fan!

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Video of the week

The Holy Circle - Early Morning

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Sunn O)))
Album title: Kannon
Release date: 4 December 2015
Label: Southern Lord Records

Kannon reflects the will of the duo to evolve their sound from the "nightmare" to something more easy but intense, due the recent collaboration with Ulver, the sound is more rich of ambient parts and vocals are much more chilling. As usual music, concept and everything about the album goes around the massive and costant guitar riffing, as always, but in this case is more intellegible, more "metal", slightly more definable as a guitar sound, unusually clean and recognizable, mixed with eletronic synth and bass. Concept that unusually is more figurative and specific,around the multiple form of Buddah and his plurality, One, no-One, everything, nothing, incarnation of a goddes and so on.

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