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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017



01. Ulver -
The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
02. Au Champ Des Morts -
Dans La Joie
03. Isenordal -
Shores Of Mourning
04. Heretoir -
The Circle
05. Peter Bjärgö -
Animus Retinentia
06. Au-Dessus -
End Of Chapter
07. Northumbria -
Markland
08. Shibalba -
Psychostasis-Death Of Khat
09. Cult Of Erinyes -
Tiberivs
10. Saille -
Gnosis

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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 - May 2017

Band: Sólstafir
Album title: Berdreyminn
Release date: 26 May 2017
Label: Season Of Mist

Sólstafir with their highly recognizable and unique sound are absolutely hard to categorize, many have tried and almost everybody comes up with a different description, but yet it's pretty sure that if Pink Floyd, Bjork or Sigur Rós would be making metal or hard rock music than something similar to this would come up. Berdreyminn is a masterpiece by all means, just like it was Ótta (2014) or Svartir Sandar (2011), there's not much to add. The band sticks to the approved formula, yet on every their album we can find kind of new levels of atmospheric soundscapes, masterfully inducted surprises, in a word a whole new world to discover which is still familiar to those who were listening to any of Sólstafir's albums before. Sólstafir offer some of the best elements taken from each of their previous albums, yet spicing it up with some new things, they simply pushed it on the next level. Sólstafir's Berdreyminn is eclectic by a conscious choice to make feelings audible and transform taste as well as texture to sound. Berdreyminn is an adventure, still pretty dark album and beside extravagant instrumentations, only intense feelings of longing, joy, pain, nostalgia and melancholy take over the senses here and leads the listener into uncharted territories.

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Terra Relicta Dark Music Awards 2013 - Results!!!

Terra Relicta Dark Music Awards - The Final Round!

The results are on!!!

First of all A big Thank You to all who casted your votes and made this competition so popular! Also a big thank you to all bands who promoted the Awards in many possible ways! As you know we started everything with the Preliminary Round. There were 10 groups with 7 albums in each, plus the "write in vote" group. From each group two albums with biggest amount of votes made it into the big finals and the result is:

The title of Dark Album Of The Year 2013 goes to: THE MARCH VIOLETS - Made Glorious
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 

Congratulations also to NEW MODEL ARMY and their album Between Dog And Wolf  for second place and ECNEPHIAS for their album Necrogod for third position !!!This battle for 2nd and 3rd place was decided in the last few minutes of the competition. And as well congratulations to all other bands who made it into the finals and fought really well. The results are listed below.

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Awards 2013 - The Finals

DARK ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Results!

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The March Violets - Made Glorious
244
24
New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf
215
10
Ecnephias - Necrogod
214
5
Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
150
9
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs
120
8
The Eternal - When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade
106
7
Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes
103
11
Enshine - Origin
94
11
New Zero God - MMXIII
89
2
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
87
14
Kaak - Pro-Love
86
2
Fen - Dustwalker
85
2
The Mission - The Brightest Light
82
5
Vulture Industries - The Tower
80
1
Black Sabbath - 13
70
1
Tristania - Darkest White
55
0
The Eden House - Half Life
54
2
October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light
54
2
Taphephobia - Escape From The Mundane Self
34
1
The Devil & The Universe - Imprint Daath
31
4
Joy/Disaster - Broken Promises
23
1
Mourning Beloveth - Formless
20
The vote is already over! It ended on Friday, 28.February 2014 (00:00).

jVoteSystem developed and designed by www.joomess.de.

Results by number of votes:

01. The March Violets - Made Glorious            
votes: 364
02. New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf
votes: 327
03. Ecnephias - Necrogod
votes: 326

04. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn                                    
votes: 226
05. Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs                                     
votes: 170
06. The Eternal - When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade
votes: 152
07. Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes
votes: 147
08. Enshine - Origin
votes: 136
09. New Zero God - MMXIII
votes: 131
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
votes: 127
11. Kaak - Pro-Love
votes: 126
12. Fen - Dustwalker
votes: 125
13. The Mission - The Brightest Light
votes: 122
14. Vulture Industries - The Tower
votes: 120
15. Black Sabbath - 13
votes: 106
16. Tristania - Darkest White
votes: 67
17. The Eden House - Half Life
votes: 66
17. October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light
votes: 66
19. Taphephobia - Escape From The Mundane Self
votes: 42
20. The Devil & The Universe - Imprint Daath
votes: 37
21. Joy/Disaster - Broken Promises
votes: 27
22. Mourning Beloveth - Formless
votes: 24

Check out also the results in Preliminary Groups: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 8, Group 9, Group 10, "Write In Vote" Group

Black Sabbath - 13: Black Sabbath's 19th studio album has reached top of the charts in 2013. The original line-up of this legendary heavy metal band has proved, that after all these years they still know how to compose a vintage heavy metal album. Intense and edgy guitar riffs alongside Osbourne's recognizable vocals created a record, that is a must have for any metal fan. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Ecnephias - Necrogod: Ecnephias were able to capture the true heavy metal spirit, gothic atmospheres, extreme metal parts, folk elements and make one hell of dark metal album. Nine tracks and intro deal with thematics taken from pre-Christian cults of the southern hemisphere of the Earth and the listener can be easily overtaken by kind of mediteranean scent and some folkish insertions. Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Enshine - Origin: An album that was in the making for almost two years, can make you go out this space and time with its splendid ambiances, great melodic soundscapes, strong and heavy song structures, meditative moments and solemn, yet bombastic escapades. There are moments where guitars reminds to Katatonia and there are parts where the things are similar to early Amorphis or even Paradise Lost. Enshine did a mind provoking album. Read a review HERE. Links: Facebook

 

Fen - Dustwalker: Fen returns with Dustwalker, an epic voyage through windswept and desolate landscape of England's Fen region, from where the band gets most of the inspiration. Dustwalker is a passionate, yet very melancholic and intriguing black metal album that must be consumed by everybody who is not afraid of a little bit more exacting listening  experience. Read a review HERE. Links: Facebook

 

KaaK - Pro-Love: The new studio album of this extreme industrial metal band shows a band in a rather more mainstream industrial orientation like fans of the band were used to hear from them. OK, don't expect any compromises but a turbulent kick in the face. Pro-Love is modern, extreme, yet very obscure and technically perfective album that holds such a lot of energy. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs: The most ambitious album that Italian group recorded until now. Charismatic singer Elena Alice Fossi and her company did a perfect fusion of fragile tension, melancholy gloom, magnificent pop moments, cinematic soundscapes and powerful electronics… an album that draws you in and captivate you from the start. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Joy/Disaster - Broken Promises: One hell of a mesmerizing combination of punk rock, post-punk and gothic metal! Fifth album from French outfit is heavy, groovy, melodic, yet melancholic and all those melodic driving parts will remain in your head for a long time. Broken Promises is nothing but an exceptional musical enjoyment. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Mourning Beloveth - Formless: The fifth album from this Irish death/doom metal band shows the most mature and powerful songs till now. One of the darkest and richest in sound doom metal albums ever. Such an obscure, yet very passionate musical experience. Links: Website, Facebook

 

New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf: Shamanic rock to the delight of rebels. On this new album, New Model Army creates a more atmospheric and cinematic style, which they achieve by the heavy use of multi-ethnic sounds and tribal percussions. So the band's unmistakable post-punk substance appears dissolved into multiple artistic forms. Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

New Zero God - MMXIII: A band which consists of experienced ex members from Greek cult underground bands such as The Flowers Of Romance and Nexus are back with their second full-lenght album. This time with more typical gothic rock based on post-punk tradition , great guitar work, emotionaly charged melodies and mature, yet very dark song structures. MMXIII is an album to be proud of! Links: Website, Facebook

 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away: Gently peeking through the borders of their comfort zone, Nick Cave & co. have released another unique, thoughtful and obscure album. Themes of love and death with (sometimes vivid) sexual imagery with mesmerizing atmosphere, embodied in minimalistic sound. Links: Website, Facebook

 

October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light: Melodic death/doom metal in the vein of early Katatonia, but still with an unique touch. Tunnel Of No Light is an absolute must for the lovers of the genre as it draws you with ease into the dark tunnel with no light on the horizon. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes: No More Heroes is certainly one of those albums that must be counted as "cult" albums and in my opinion is one of the best releases in last few years. Great compositions gain even more from impeccable production that sometimes smells a bit vintage and together with unusual cover artwork brings the passion of 80s. Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn: Absolute masterpiece! If you've searched for a gem within epic, atmospheric, and  black metal music then search no more, Summoning did it! An instant classic, it can offer an amazing experience, either you are listening to it in the solitude of your room, while playing one of the Elder Scrolls instalations, walking in the nature or driving the car through some mesmerizing scenery. Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Taphephobia - Escape From The Mundane Self: Pure relaxating darkness! The sixth album from Norway based drone/dark ambient one-man act Taphephobia is another adventurous and horrifying sonic extravaganza. Escape From The Mundane Self is like each album from Taphephobia, a sountrack for your deepest nightmares. Read a review HERE. Links: Facebook

 

The Devil & The Universe - Imprint Daath: Once you settle your mind and turn on Imprint Daath you get swallowed by huge diabolic and gloomy atmosperes, many times intertwined with strong percussions, sometimes tribal beats and rhytms, ghastly keyboards and other strange sounds that penetrate the mind and draw spectacular images. It's a diabolical meditative journey that could appeal to your darkest desires that art as it's music can produce. Read a review HERE. Links: Facebook

 

The Eden House - Half Life: Just think that their core line-up consists of Stephen Carey (This Burning Effigy, Adoration), Tony Pettitt (Fields Of The Nephilim, NFD), Simon Rippin (Sensorium, Nefilim, Nephilim AD, NFD) and Andy Jackson (sound engineer with Pink Floyd,and producer of Elizium by FOTN). Then add as guests members of The Mission, Faith And The Muse, All About Eve, New Model Army, Mephisto Walz, The Last Dance, Red Sun Revival,... What can go wrong here? Half Life is an enchanting, adorable, sometimes psychedelic gothic album. Links: Website, Facebook

The Eternal - When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade: Fifth studio album from Aussie dark rockers shows the most complex but at the same time the most emotional and elegant side of the band ever. It's like a perfect mixture of Anathema, Steven Wilson and Paradise Lost with a hint from 70's prog rock and oriental music. Technically perfect, melancholic and eternal. This is The Eternal! Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

The March Violets - Made Glorious: This English pioneers of post-punk/goth rock were formed back in 1980 and only now, at their second rebirth, have a proper album out, actually with 16 featured songs is a double one. Made Glorious is a school lesson how to make original post punk with a drum machine. Tender, mysterious, sometimes complex, but in any way it's extravagant! Links: Website, Facebook

 

The Mission - The Brightest Light: Following The Missions story is like following the story of gothic rock and The Brightest Light shows how to keep the old fans interested in the band and yet sounding modern. Bands 11th studio album is rocking hard. Not really The Mission like they were in 80's, but still glorious. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Tristania - Darkest White: Darkest White shows at the very beginning, with the opening track “Number”, that was time to get a bit bolder, more extreme and raw. What we witness is something a bit heavier than on previous three albums. A lot of emphasis is on growls. An album that got probably the most varied response from critics in 2013. Read a review HERE. Links: Website, Facebook

 

Vulture Industries - The Tower: One of the most extraordinary bands in the avant-garde department has served us another dynamic, a bit theatrical and coherent album. The Tower sounds just as eccentric and deranged as it should, yet has its fair share of smoothness. This is how avant-garde should be done. Links: Website, Facebook

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Band: Hidden By Ivy
Album title: Acedia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Alchera Visions

The musical output of Hidden By Ivy is hard to put in brackets, but what those two artists do is certainly giving some shivers down the spine with their incredible sense to compose refined and highly emotive music. There are found many different elements, from post-rock basis, to incredible subtle layers of dark wave, art pop, gothic elements, shoegaze, even cold wave, ambient, some jazz, a bit of folk and yet much more, everything put together into such an exquisite melancholic flow of refreshing meditative sounds. Acedia is a blistering attack for your senses. It has so much emotion, meditative soundscapes, melancholic catchy melodies and heartrending vocal arrangements that is hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Those constant variations in sound and intriguing art pop/rock compositional elements used all over are certainly making this album one of a kind. There's that vintage influence present, but the album sounds still very modern and fresh, also because of a genious production and final mix. Every single song, like as well the album as a whole has that hard to obtain pathos which captivates the listener from the start till the end and makes the one wanting to return for more.

Read a full review HERE