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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2016

01. Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
02. Heavenwood
- The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1
03. Wormfood
- L'Envers
04. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
05. The Human Voice
- Silent Heart
06. Merciful Nuns
- Thelema VIII
07. Sojourner
- Empires Of Ash
08. Apocryphos
- Stone Speak
09. Sweet Ermengarde
- Ex Oblivione
10. Neurotech
- In Remission


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Latest news

BORN FOR BLISS - Announces New EP

Dutch masters of psychedelic wave rock Born For Bliss, who released their latest album entitled Falling Back To Never in October 2015 via Echozone, have some exciting news for their fans.


NEAR EARTH ORBIT - Reveals Details About The Last Part Of Trilogy

German/Austrian post-apocalyptic prophets Near Earth Orbit will release their third and final opus of the trilogy, Mission E.D.E.N., on 21st October via Solar Lodge.


ÉOHUM - New Video Clip Premiered Online

Montreal (Canada) based blackened doomsters Éohum premiered online their new video for the track "Eurocide". Video was directed by Chris Kells of The Agonist and his film company FTB Visuals.


NIGHTWISH - Fan Documentary Released

The fans of symphonic metal masters Nightwish have had a busy year. Since October 2015, over 60 fans from 50 countries have been filming a crowdsourced Nightwish fan documentary.


CRADLE OF FILTH - Working On A New Album

Cradle Of Filth, the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit are very pleased to announce that they are currently writing new material. The band have been locked away for the past week in a studio...


NEPHROLITH - Inked A Deal With Cursed Records, New Album Out In November, Track Available For Streaming

Slovenian black metallers Nephrolith have just signed with Cursed Records for the release of their upcoming sophomore album. The new opus will be called Paleness Of The Bled World.


HARRI KAUPPINEN - Debut Solo Album Out In September, New Video Released

Harri Kauppinen, a front man of the dark metal band Beyond The Dream (2005-2014), is releasing his debut solo album entitled Helvetin Laulut on 30th September via Concorde Music Company.


DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Announces New Album, Tracklist And Cover Artwork Unveiled

Spanish female fronted symphonic/gothic metal masters Diabulus In Musica will release a new album entitled Dirge For The Archons on 18th November via Napalm Records.


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In the spotlight


Recently we are facing a proper post-punk revival, there are many new bands on the scene and as well some long forgotten cult acts were reformed and are now on their second mission. In this mass of bands many are just bland copies and revivalist of 80s sound, but some of them certainly bring fresh air to this rather narrow genre, one of them are UK based newcomers Klammer, a band who by blending together post-punk, punk rock, goth rock and add to all that some dark pop accessibility, certainly deserves your attention as they are one of those acts who with their professional approach towards what they are doing expands the borders of the genre.Klammer come from Leeds and came to life in 2013, from the members' shared love for all things angular, dark, loud and melodic. They've shared stages with the likes of The Membranes, Penetration, Art Brut, Department S, 999 and Richie Ramone (who they are going to be touring the UK and Ireland with again this November and December).


Album of the month - July 2016

Band: Heavenwood
Album title: The Tarot Of The Bohemians – Part 1
Release date: 22 July 2016
Label: Massacre Records

Dense instrumentations intertwined with many layers of huge orchestrations and varied vocals. The sound is very rich, it's difficult to talk about gothic metal here as Heavenwood brings forward many extreme elements, sometimes on the very edge of black metal and melodeath, but also doom, symphonic, progressive and above all dark, while keeping it very melodic and highly atmospheric throughout the whole playing time which clocks in almost 70 minutes. Quite an impressive conscription of musicians participated in the creation of this extremely evocative and strong album. There are many progressive parts inside those compositions, as well the listener will find typical dark/goth rock elements, especially in the groover "The Lovers". The galloping "The Chariot" is as well an example of one hell of a lush dark extreme metal in its best form. How amazing is the synth work with all those broad symphonic orchestrations can be best heard in the epic "Frithiof's Saga". The Tarot Of The Bohemians – Part 1 is very dramatic, an adventurous one, there are so many mood changes, pace variations, from fast speeding to mournful doom one. The sound is often rich and highly atmospheric, and above all also very original what is rare this days. The Tarot Of The Bohemians – Part 1 shines as well because of great production which adds a lot of depth and aggression.

Read a review: Here

Video of the week

The Mission - Met-Amor-Phosis

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Merciful Nuns
Album title: Thelema VIII
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: Solar Lodge

Merciful Nuns were always masters in creating huge vibrant atmospheres, as well we were used to hear that in many of Garden Of Delight albums, especially in the second era of the band, classics like Apocryphal I: The Fallen and Apocryphal II: The Faithful, come in mind at first place. But in Thelema VIII there's kind of a dark ambient vibe implemented in the background, and at this place the pioneers of the genre Lustmord come in mind. The new offering of Merciful Nuns is nothing but a masterpiece. Not so many times an album with its unrelenting pathos has the power to make even your heart and even the bones tremble. Thelema VIII is a sonic journey through radiant dimensions of mind, into all things occult, it's some kind of a cinematic dark goth/ambient/rock adventure with a constant dreary presence that awakens the inner dark thoughts of the listener, yet is full of emotion and it holds a seductive character needed to fully embrace darkness and light of higher truth behind this concept.

Read a full review HERE