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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
- Northern Chaos Gods

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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

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Merciful Nuns
Album title: Thelema VIII
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: Solar Lodge

Merciful Nuns were always masters in creating huge vibrant atmospheres, as well we were used to hear that in many of Garden Of Delight albums, especially in the second era of the band, classics like Apocryphal I: The Fallen and Apocryphal II: The Faithful, come in mind at first place. But in Thelema VIII there's kind of a dark ambient vibe implemented in the background, and at this place the pioneers of the genre Lustmord come in mind. The new offering of Merciful Nuns is nothing but a masterpiece. Not so many times an album with its unrelenting pathos has the power to make even your heart and even the bones tremble. Thelema VIII is a sonic journey through radiant dimensions of mind, into all things occult, it's some kind of a cinematic dark goth/ambient/rock adventure with a constant dreary presence that awakens the inner dark thoughts of the listener, yet is full of emotion and it holds a seductive character needed to fully embrace darkness and light of higher truth behind this concept.

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