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01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
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L'Âme Immortelle - Momente (2012) - Review



Band: L'Âme Immortelle
Album: Momente
Release date: 27 January 2012
Label: Trisol Music Group

Tracklisting:
01. L’Étang Mâlo
02. No Goodbye
03. Absolution
04. Wie Tränen im Regen
05. Empty
06. Demon Be Gone
07. The Heart
08. Banish
09. Why Can't I Make You Feel
10. Dort draussen
11. Hold Me

   I think that there is no need to make any introduction who they are and what they are, because I believe that everybody who ever listened to goth, darkwave, etc. music knows this Austrian duo very well. We have been waiting for their ninth studio album for four years and finally here it is. Sonja Kraushofer and Thomas Rainer have made "the best of album", but not with old songs, actually with the best musical moments they ever offered in their 16 years of activity. O.K. somebody could think that this album is only a copy of their previous albums, but it's not like that as they enriched in a great way all that what we ever loved about them. This is an intimate work, full of emotions and even some harder moments which complete this sonic journey. I can say that it's also the most commercial work and easy listening, but I have no problem with that, because once you get driven away by those songs it really doesn't matter. Sonja with her distinguishable fragile and at the same time strong vocals got a major vocal part this time. Rainer it's also a good surprise (I wasn't such a big fan of his singing in the past).
    Momente opens with a dark intro named "L'Etang Malo" which is a 19th century French poem by Théodore de Banville responsible also for the bands name back when they started. Nice homage! Sonja shows his talents in a melancholic ballad "No Goodbye" accompanied with some fragile strings, then again in most atmospheric track up here, another ballad "Wie Tranen Im Regen" where a nice piano is giving a lot of depth  to it. "Empty" also sung by her is an amazing piece with a nice calm start and a gothic metal continuation, with great heavy guitars blended with piano. This track has a lot to do with hers side band Coma Divine. In "The Heart" we could sense also some Madonna ("Frozen", "Rain",..) kind of vocal interpretation. Electronic danceable pop moments are also present here. Haunting "Absolution" sangt by Thomas will appeal to fans of VNV Nation or Unheilig. Then "Demon Be Gone" and "Banish" will bring a smile on a face to those who liked their 90's era duets combining "beauty and the beast" vocal style with hard atmospheric electronics beats, dancefloor hits. Thomas with his black metal kind of vocals here shows that he still remember his metal past and that the demons of that times are still alive. Heavy guitars mixed with synths and harsh electronics show it's power in "Dort Draussen". Album closes nicely with fragile and calm, another ballad "Hold Me". There is no bad moment on this album. Lyrics are not a highlight, mostly dark romantic verses, anyway go well together with music.
    L'Ame Immortelle showed the most mature, most emotional and deep side in their career. Although we had  some better tracks done by them here and there in the past, Momente offers an unit of great tunes in one album. The production is great, so you can fully enjoy this masterpiece over and over again. A must for all those who like good dark melancholic gothic music, but also like to move their bodies in some dark clubs.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Near Earth Orbit
Album title: Trans Neptunian Objects
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Solar Lodge

We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now Artaud Seth (Garden Of Delight, Merciful Nuns, Lutherion) and Ashley Dayour (Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Coma Divine,...) are deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this. It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects. Musically the new effort by Artaud and Ashley differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects is a strong and dark album from every possible point of view, it's a solid and extraordinary release, perfectly capturing the feeling and experience of being in the vastness of space, yet it's very well produced piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.

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