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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
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Laboratory 5 - Awake In The Dark (2014) - Review

Band: Laboratory 5
Album title: Awake In The Dark
Release date: 14 July 2014
Label: Sub Culture Records

Tracklisting:
01. Awake In The Dark
02. Sektor 7
03. Automatic (feat. Ion Plasma Incineration)
04. Sub Level 07
05. Existence
06. Toxic Asylum
07. Gravity Eraser
08. Into The Uknown
09. Ion Plasma Incineration – Survivor (Instrumental Lab5 RMX)
10. Awake In The Dark (Zone Tripper RMX)
11. Existence (grapeFruitBat RMX)
12. Automatic (feat. Ion Plasma Incineration) (Technomancer Extended Club RMX)

Can you imagine Ridley Scott taking upon Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? in our time at setting it at somewhere in the mid 3040's, incorporating huge, but very elegant CGI effects to it? Well let me tell you, if the movie adaptation of one of the most quintessential cyberpunk films would be taking place today, then Mr. Scott should definitely hire Laboratory 5 to do the original soundtrack.

UK based Max|Static and Norwegian electronic artist Technomancer teamed up already in 2010 under the name Laboratory 5 and released their debut Rise Of The Machines, with which they instantly set their signature drumstep meets sci-fi soundtrack sound.  Now they’re back with full speed ahead and their second full length release, Awake In The Dark. With the radioactive green splash all over black background on the cover artwork they have already visually announced that what we’ll be riding through on this album is sick and incredibly toxic.

Imagine a wild crossover between dubstep, trance and industrial set in a dystopian futuristic landscape. Yes, that’s right – this is what I have been talking about at the beginning, the cyberpunk. Now if you are one of those people who gets a headache just reading the word dubstep, please, let me ease your mind – it’s not all that bad. I mean sure, KoRn’s attempt to go wild in The Path Of Totality was very nauseating, but when you know how to blend dubstep’s signature drum and bass beats with very well layered electronic melodies, adding slightly retro 80s vibe and some darker elements every now and then to create dynamic and atmospheric sound with it, it is actually a very well welcomed feature. And that is the absolute strength in Awake In The Dark. All these different elements create such wild journey: each and every song is so dense, yet the dynamics seems so effortless. The passages inside each and every track are so incredibly smoothly executed and held in perfect balance. "Existence" and "Sektor 7" are perfect examples of how highly intoxicating and up-beat melodies, which will give you a feeling you’re captured in future, fighting for your life (at least, if not for the existence of the planet as we know it), can at the same time create a profound and entrancing ambient. "Toxic Asylum" presents some nice darker features, which make it even a bit horror-esque. All in all, when giving this record a spin, you can vividly imagine how the slow-motion captions break with full speed ahead into some megalomaniac, massive crashes. A young and talented electro music artist and producer that goes by the name Ion Plasma Incineration also joined the Lab5 team and together they created a highly addictive, futuristic odyssey under the name "Automatic", which could be either a very wicked soundtrack song or a dance anthem at the dark electro club. "Sub Level 7" is also one of those danceable jewels, which will send a strange sensation through your nerves, signalling you to move your body.

"Replicants are like any other machine. They're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem." (Rick Deckard)

This album is definitely not a hazard. The additional remixes don’t bring any additional value to it, but I’m sure they are a nice feature for the fans. Let me tell you, I enjoy experimenting in discovering new sounds and this is the furthest I have ever gone with electronic music, as I mainly enjoy my electronic beats as an addition to guitars and drums. But this release is so intelligent, vigorous and captivating that I - a sci-fi fan – was engulfed to the album’s atmosphere in a blink of an eye.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Arcturus
Album title: Arcturian
Release date: 8th May 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

With the underlying black metal roots, Arcturian delivers such a grand surprise by simply overblowing all the inserted stylistic elements to a point, when you may feel all will explode. But it does not. Not only rich orchestrations, use of various string instruments and piano melodies found their way to fit perfectly into the picture, Arcturus went modern old school, and even added a fair amount of dubstep. The peculiar inclusion of electronica is not in any way abusive of the sound, but it rather gives it a hypnotizing and mysterious note and deepens the profound atmosphere of it. With razor-sharp guitar arrangements, blasting drumming and ICS Vortex's dramatic vocal work, Arcturian is just what we love about this band: bizarre, deranged and schizophrenic, even diabolical and wildly obscure at moments. With so many various elements being intensified to its maximum point, Arcturian is all in all a straight-forward, extremely cohesive and swirling work of art. Its core may be askew, but its atmosphere stretches from ghastly to romantic, from stygian to lucent and is from the first to the last note deeply vigorous.


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