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01. Au Champ Des Morts - Dans La Joie
02. Peter Bjärgö - Animus Retinentia
03. Phallus Dei - Black Dawn
04. Saille - Gnosis
05. Black Anvil - As Was
06. Heretoir - The Circle
07. Last Leaf Down - Bright Wide Colder
08. Bitterfeldt - Götzen.Dämmerung
09. Elegi - Bånsull
10. Isenordal - Shores Of Mourning
The legendary Greek epic/doom metallers Reflection have inked a record deal with Pitch Black records and will release their fourth album entitled Bleed Babylon Bleed on 7th April. Reflection, the driving force of Hellenic epic/doom metal, will be celebrating their 25th anniversary next year and they are now back. It's been eight years since the band's last offering, making this an eagerly awaited release; and with a new vocalist in their ranks this becomes an even more anticipated release!
As this is quite a special release, label founder, Phivos Papadopoulos, felt the need to briefly comment: "Our 50th release just had to be special. And this is as special as it could get, for a number of reasons! I remember discovering Reflection in the early 90s and receiving their demo tape after writing to them and how I was blown away by their music. Even more importantly though, since the day we first made contact, a truly unique bond has been formed between myself and the band's founder and guitarist, Stathis Pavlantis. A bond that has certainly stood the test of time and has grown more and more throughout the years; we are not just friends, we are family now and the emotions associated with releasing this on my own record label, twenty-something years after we first "met", cannot easily be put into words. I agreed to sign Reflection without even listening to their new album (which I haven't regretted one tiny bit of course)! Here's another fine example of that something that makes metal so magical and special I guess!"
With nine tracks of pure solid epic doom heavy metal, Bleed Babylon Bleed has all the elements that have defined Reflection's superb musicianship throughout the years. The band has matured since a long time ago, yet their sound is even more refined now and full-bodied, still incorporating their signature fast to mid and low tempo song ranges. Bleed Babylon Bleed is just oozing with atmosphere, epic melodies and powerful emotions as it deals mainly with the Pontic Genocide (as well as genocides in general). The final track marks the album's culmination as it features a Pontian lyra (masterfully played by Pavlantis) that takes a lead role, beautifully mixed with the rest of the instruments, for an utterly bone-chilling effect. Special mention should be made to the guest appearance of Mats Leven of Candlemass. Besides his input on this album, this is also of particular importance since Candlemass have always been a primary influence for Reflection. Other noteable guest appearances include Albert Bell (Forsaken) and Kostas Tokas (Reload). One of the tracks named "Glorious Victory", is already available for streaming and you can hear it in the player below. Bleed Babylon Bleed is available for pre-orders at this location. Link