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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2016



01. The Human Voice - Silent Heart
02. Trees Of Eternity
- Hour Of The Nightingale
03. Darkher
- Realms
04. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
05. The Foreshadowing
- Seven Heads Ten Horns
06. NU:N
- Naked Until Noema
07. Cryo Chamber Collaboration
- Nyarlathotep
08. In The Woods...
- Pure
09. Klimt 1918
- Sentimentale Jugend
10. Terra Tenebrosa
- The Reverses

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AMORPHIS - New Live Video Released

Finnish metal masters Amorphis released a new live video for the track "Bad Blood". The track is taken from their latest album, Under The Red Cloud, which was released in September 2015.

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THE UNKNOWN - New Single In Collaboration With Amy Lee Released

Atmospheric dark/doom metallers from Iran, The Unknown, released a new single, a cover of Evanescence's track "Lithium". The track is actually a collaboration between The Unknown and Evanescence's singer Amy Lee.

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ARCKANUM - Reveals First Details About New Album

Swedish legendary black metal one-man band Arckanum is currently recording its new album. It was planned as an EP but has turned out to be a full-length album.

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GOLDEN APES - New Video Released

German darkwave/gothic rockers Golden Apes released a brand new video for the track "Occam’s Razor". The track is taken from bands latest full-lenght album.

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LONGHOUSE - First Single Out Of Upcoming Album Available For Streaming

Canadian doomsters Longhouse have released the first single from their upcoming sophomore album entitled II: Vanishing, which will be released on 14th April via Sunmask Records.

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SELVANS - To Release Live Album, Details Revealed

With their debut full-length album Lupercalia now in its third repress, and with work progressing on their next studio album, the Italian atmospheric black metallers Selvans will celebrate...

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KYNESIS - Unveils Front Cover Artwork And First Single Of Upcoming Album

Italian post metallers Kynesis unveiled the front cover artwork and first single from their forthcoming new album. The album entitled Pandora will be released on 5th May via Argonauta Records.

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NETHERBIRD - To Release Compilation Album Of Rarities And Covers

Swedish melodic black/death metallers Netherbird will release on 7th April a compilation album entitled Hymns From Realms Yonder, which features rarities and covers from their 13 year long journey.

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In the spotlight

SOULGRINDER

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.

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Album of the month - February 2017

Band: Elegi
Album Title: Bånsull
Release date: 10 February 2017
Label: Dronarivm

Elegi is no stranger to the dark ambient scene. Since the debut, Sistereis in 2007 on Miasmah Records, Elegi has been one of the front runners in the dark ambient scene. Yet, much like Dahlia's Tear, Elegi, for whatever reason, continues to fall beneath the radar of the greater dark ambient community. Lauded among fellow musicians, yet generally lost over the years to listeners. Elegi has an amazingly unique take on dark ambient, which could be part of why their music has been overlooked. Hard to pin down, it could really be considered more of an experimental album than most others in the genre. Elegi works in the fashion of more recent artists like Flowers For Bodysnatchers or EnmartaElegi incorporates a multitude of instruments and sound sculpting to produce a work which is at once bold and engaging, yet simultaneously subtle and relaxing. Bånsull is true to the form of Elegi. There hasn't been a lot of change, stylistically. There is never a moment on Bånsull in which Elegi won't keep the listener fully entertained and engaged. Yet, the overall sound is so subtle that it can be used equally well as a background soundscape, for those times when deep thought or conversation would be interrupted by most music. It is an absolute pleasure to finally hear another album by this amazingly talented musician.

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M. W. Wild - The Third Decade

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Band: Sweet Ermengarde
Album title: Ex Oblivione
Release date: 11 March 2016
Label: Équinoxe Records

Everything you ever searched in gothic rock and even more is right here. Ex Oblivione offers thirteen tracks full of dense atmosphere, melancholy, darkness, strange quite modern compositional twists, hellish power and sublime melodies. Sweet Ermengarde made their songs very dynamic, in some of them, for example in the opener "Ex Oblivione" or in epic mourning etherealism of the cinematic "For Your Bodies Are The Temples Of The Holy Ghost", there are significant dark ambient elements, just to give kind of a creepy feeling. Everything well connected with the overall goth rock sound which expands relentlessy in "Into Oblivion" or in powerful groover "From Beyond (Sleep Is Better Than Prayer)". Lovecraftian lyrics, melancholic but yet rich atmospheric sound are just some of the things that make this release an outstanding one.

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