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01. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
02. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
03. Soror Dolorosa
- Apollo
04. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
05. Myrkur
- Mareridt
06. Sun Of The Sleepless
- To The Elements
07. Moonspell
- 1755
08. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
09. Andras
- Reminiszenzen...
10. Svartsinn
- Mørkets Variabler

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Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn (2013) - Review

Band: Thy Light
Album title: No Morrow Shall Dawn
Release date: 20 July 2013
Label: Pest Productions

Tracklisting:
01. Suici.De.spair
02. Wanderer Of Solitude
03. No Morrow Shall Dawn (Feat. Tim Yatras)
04. Corredor Seco
05. The Bridge

Brazilian duo Thy Light brought us one of the biggest surprises this year so far and what's even more surprising they did it with their debut album. The band is labeled as a suicidal depressive black metal, but if you ask me there's pretty much more in their music. No Morrow Shall Dawn can be considered as a genre expanding release and easily beats numerous European releases which gave influence and inspiration to them. As saying that it breaks the borders of SDBM I mean that Thy Light can be counted also as an atmospheric metal band or even dark ambient formation, as their musical output is formed by huge atmospheric epic soundscapes and melancholic ambiances, everything based on melodic, yet very depressive black metal foundation with a huge dose of emotions.

Melancholic piano passages, breathtaking orchestrations, gloomy ambiances, acoustic guitars, mind breaking vocals and hellish shrieks, always converging in a well controled melodic black metal devastation, where great guitar leads and dark atmospheres created by amazing use of keyboards and soaring, yet somehow peaceful acoustic guitar lines, makes this release one really enjoyable listen if you are willing to be taken away by "exquisite" depressive momentum. Thy Light have proven themselves not only with great atmospheric music, but also with amazing musicianship, contrary to loads of other bands and projects in the same sector, here it seems that the band with ease takes the listener from one sonic foundation into another, how great is the drum work or mesmerizing are the guitar riffs, not to forget guest vocalist Tim Yatras (Germ ,ex Austere, ex Woods Of desolation, etc) and his clean vocal insertion versus the end of "No Morrow Shall Dawn" that is finalized with violin and piano touches. Also the rest of the tracks follow the same path and I must say that it's really difficult to point out at one track, as all form one entirety. Still, "Wanderer Of Solitude", before mentioned title track and "The Bridge", which is a tribute for the documentary The Bridge (2006) by Eric Steel, are the main points up here, the remaining two tracks are instrumental ambient-atmospheric intro and interlude.

While some devoted black metallers could find this release too much keyboard oriented, I must say that Thy Light found the right balance between those and harsher metal lines, so it could appeal to larger segment of "suiciders". The pace in "real" tracks is often mid tempo, sometimes even slow, but almost never too fast or furious, most of "Wanderer Of Solitude" and the beginning of "The Bridge" are almost at the boarderline of doom metal. Lyrics are dealing with lots of nostalgia, sadness and disappoitnment in life. Production seems just right for this kind of music. Yes, this is an album to be consumed over and over again. Beautiful suicidal musical art!

Away from hope, without life,
like a cosmonaut of gloom
Depraved at heart, with no grit,
dishonored rider of doom

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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