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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
Sun Of The Sleepless - To The Elements
05. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. End Of Green
- Void Estate
Anathema - The Optimist
09. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
10. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder


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HAEMA - Release Promo Video For The Debut EP, Announces Release Party Show

Industrial metallers Haema released a promo preview video for Insurrection, their debut EP which will be released on 31st October by Sliptrick Records.


EXIT EDEN - Share Video Clip For The Cover Song Of Depeche Mode

The all-female four piece band Exit Eden released a new video clip, this time for the cover version of Depeche Mode's “A Question Of Time”.


THEN COMES SILENCE - Blood Out Today, New Video Released

Swedish post-punk/darkwave/indie rock masters Then Comes Silence have released their brand new album titled Blood today via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration of the release, the band presents the official animated music video...


ALMYRKVI - Debut Album Out In November, Tracklist And Cover Artwork Unveiled

Icelandic black metal act Almyrkvi will release their debut album entitled Umbra on 24th November via Ván Records. Almyrkvi’s debut full-length Umbra is a triumph of unearthly black metal.


NEAR EARTH ORBIT - New Video Released

Near Earth Orbit, a collaboration project of Artaud Seth and Ashley Dayour, just released a new video for the title track from their fourth album titled A.T.O.M..


MARIE DAVIDSON, INVISIBLE CHURCH - Release A Collaborative EP, Available For Streaming

Canadian producer and singer Marie Davidson and Berlin-based sound designer Invisible Church just released a collaborative EP titled Whatever Makes You Feel Safe through Yerevan Tapes.


HANGING GARDEN - New Video Clip Premiered Online

Finnish melancholic post-doom masters Hanging Garden released a brand new video for the track and new single "Heartfire". The track features strong guest performance by Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis/Hallatar.


ASYLUM 8 - Debut Album Out In November

Finland based industrial/death/power metal newcommers Asylum 8 will release their debut album entitled Repressed on 10th November via Inverse 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 - September 2017

Band: Soror Dolorosa
Album title: Apollo
Release date: 15 September 2017
Label: Prophecy Productions

Four years in the making, Apollo, is a delicacy, a true masterpiece made up of elements that range from gothic rock, cold wave, death rock, post-punk, ambient, shoeegaze and yet much more. Apollo is Soror Dolorosa's crowning achievement, it's more than just a decent successor to No More Heroes, it's maybe even better album from some aspects, as it offers much more multidimensional and atmospheric sound than anything they did before. It's an album that brings forth mixed feelings of coldness and warmth in its 14 songs and 70 minutes of playing time. Soror Dolorosa throughout the album mantain highly vibrant atmospheric sound and certain tension. This almost transcedental sound in many of songs smoothly builds up in atmosphere, making everything quite dramatic and to a certain degree also suspensful. Constantly bringing forth very emotional and rich sound compositions. Soror Dolorosa on this album sound like a long lost child raised up by Joy Division and Alcest, who had an aunt called The Cure and uncle Bauhaus. Soror Dolorosa with their stunning beauty and haunting sadness certainly bring new standards in a post-punk/new wave/gothic rock revival. From the almost epic and groovy album title track on, the listener is engulfed in a world full of stunning beauty and haunting sadness.

Read a review: Here

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The Cascades - Wenn der Regen kommt

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Band: Swallow The Sun
Album title: Songs From The North I, II & III
Release date: 13 November 2015
Label: Century Media Records

Swallow The Sun keep the dynamics on a high level throughout the whole album, almost all of the songs have that intensifying evolving character as the music progresses, and yes, it's all about a very picturesque gloom, beauty and despair. Swallow The Sun with this triple album, which offers more than 150 minutes of intense emotions, will most certainly appeal not only to those who are already following this band, but most likely to a large spectrum of listeners, so be it to fans of doom metal, death metal, atmospheric metal, and as well to those who like gothic metal, acoustic music, folk and post metal. Yes, Songs From The North I, II & III offers a wide array of soundscapes and is by all means their most complete work to date, a perfect soundtrack for winter days.

Read a full review HERE