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Rome - Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro (2019) - Review

Band: Rome
Album title: Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro
Release date: 18 January 2019
Label: Trisol Music Group

Tracklist:
01. Sacra entrata
02. A New Unfolding
03. Who Only Europe Know
04. The West Knows Best
05. Feindberührung
06. Fliegen wie Vögel
07. One Lion's Roar
08. Black Crane
09. La fin d'un monde
10. The Legion Of Rome
11. Uropia O Morte
12. Desinvolture

Luxembourg's Rome have delivered their thirteenth album, Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro ('The Ashes of Heliodoro'). Rome main man Jerome Reuter has unleashed a collection of songs on Europe's struggles in the 20th century and the anxieties of modern times and days to come.

After the passionate speech of the intro track "Sacra Entrata", we're thrown into the beautiful and equally passionate "The New Unfolding". Thus setting the stage for a collection of worldly stories and reliable songwriting.

Songs on Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro are overflowing with meaning and purposeful lyrics. The motivational "One Lion's Roar" and the raw "Uropia O Morte" contain some of the most dense and rich verbal arrangements; not just on this record or in Rome's catalogue, but in music today. "The West Knows Best" in particular is chalk full of vivid, spine chilling visuals. You can play any of these tracks and find moving, easily quotable versus of struggle and redemption.

Songs don't relay solely on visual story telling either. More than once I found myself humming along to delightful, tuneful melodies. Especially tracks "Fliegen wie vögel" and "Black Crane". The third track, and one of the most powerful (which says so much), "Only Europe Knows" could easily fit on a Pink Floyd album somewhere between their Wish You Were Here and The Division Bell releases.

It's difficult to review an album this good. With how much music is being made and how much of it I consume on a daily basis, it's rare for me to find something I want to listen to over and over. Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro is one that I'm still excited to revisit no matter how many plays it's already had.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Enmarta
Album title: Sea Of Black
Release date: 30 June 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Sea Of Black is the debut album for Enmarta and is a result of Siegfrid's four years long work, it's an exceptional dark ambient release and not only, once those elongated melacholic soundscapes start to penetrate your mind the whole new imagery of cinematic music opens up. Sea Of Black is a multifaceted album, it is composed with many layers of different elements that are well combined together into a flowing mass of sound based on dark ambient foundation, and Siegfrid's training and service in classical music leaves a deep mark on Enmarta's sound with. The fluent soundsapes are cohesively painting pictures of isolated castles and dark towers, but still the whole album is in contrast to some of the latest post-apocalyptic dark ambient releases as it offers a bit more gothic and sentimental toned sound. The melancholic and in a way depressive feeling of isolation is present all over, yet in this starkly cinematic atmosphere there are many parts where some soft and almost tender passages bring a bit of brightness and serve with gentle caresses. Enmarta's Sea Of Black enthuses with its diversity, bold insertions, well composed soundscapes, interesting ideas and most of all with its fluent deeply melancholic cinematic vibe. It offers a well flowing sonic journey that every fan of dark ambient should perceive.

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