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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2016



01. The Human Voice - Silent Heart
02. Trees Of Eternity
- Hour Of The Nightingale
03. Darkher
- Realms
04. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
05. The Foreshadowing
- Seven Heads Ten Horns
06. NU:N
- Naked Until Noema
07. Cryo Chamber Collaboration
- Nyarlathotep
08. In The Woods...
- Pure
09. Klimt 1918
- Sentimentale Jugend
10. Terra Tenebrosa
- The Reverses

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Darkher - The Kingdom Field [EP] (2014) - Review

Band: Darkher
Album title: The Kingdom Field [EP]
Release date: 14 November 2014
Label: Prophecy Productions

Tracklist:
01. Ghost Tears
02. Hung
03. Foregone
04. The Kingdom Field

Enchanting, dark and beautiful must be the first words that come in mind while listening to Darkher first proper release, the EP named The Kingdom Field. And indeed this four songs bring the right sonic waves for this autumnal/winter days just to let it go into the misty, shady, but yet warm and confortable places buried deep there in the imagination. It's nothing strange that one of the most prominent record labels out there, Prophecy Productions, noticed Jayn H. Wissenberg, the British flame-haired vocalist/guitarist/composer aka Darkher and welcomed her into their roster. Jayn's fragile figure does not only show elegance, but behind that is hiden a charismatic British siren, the creator of a powerfully emotive work. Jayn is known from before by being a member of epic dark folk band The Steals, but with her solo outputs she brings forth even more enigmatic sounds.

The Kingdom Field stands above all the recent releases in the field of atmospheric dark folk music, each one of four tracks brings kind of an unique ambiance and feeling that plays with listeners hiden emotions. Jayn's idyllic and fragile, but overall sensual, yet ethereal and somehow psychotic voice gets under the skin already with the first verses on the opener "Ghost Tears" and mesmerizes by its evocative beauty. Slow and creepy strong bass lines and carefully treated hypnotic drum beats make an astounding dark veiled line, but the gloomy moaning cello and rasping guitar in the background replenishes the atmosphere in such an intriguing manner that you're soaked in an instant. You won't even notice when Jayn captivates with hypnotic words, "Come to my / Stormy Waters / I'll lead you by / Stormy Waters", and leads into the soothing acoustic chilling loneliness of "Hung". Underneath its folkish character depicting waste isolated plains, making it simply breathtaking, lies a dark soul with kind of a avantgardish compositional sense. But all this just prepares the listener into the menacing storm explosion in magically building scales of atmosphere in "Foregone". This one leans more towards post-rockish, yet a bit psychedelic waters but not going that far away from the initial direction. Being strong, almost claustrophobic, but still full of contrast and dark power, with it's sinister doomy riff and estranged breathy voice gets you goose bumps. "It's foregone / all foregone / the River's rising", are the last words you'll hear before the last one, album titled instrumental softens the heated up ambiance and sentiments.

Darkher,... The Kingdom Field is a soul-rending musical journey bringing forth in a way kind of esoteric splendor and deep spiritual confidence. The only bad point is that it finishes too soon, but still it leaves almost transcedental haunting aftertaste that lasts long after the final notes end. Can't wait for the full-lenght album, but for now I must be honest with you and tell you that this is an absolutely unique experience and a must for each and every darkened soul out there.

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

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Band: Mütterlein
Album title: Orphans Of The Black Sun
Release date: 22 April 2016
Label: Sundust Records

Truly insane, wicked, haunting and absolutely unique is the debut album of French act Mütterlein. The band is conducted by vocalist, songwriter, composer and performer Marion Leclercq, joined by multi-instrumentalist Christophe Chavanon, and the two describe their musical output as witch wave. Mütterlein on their debut album presents six tracks clocking in around 35 minutes, but what minutes those are, there's not a single moment where the intensity is lacked, nor there's a part without emotional outpours, even if at moments it might sound a bit minimalistic, there's no single moment without being thrown into some kind of a bewitching magical world. Orphans Of The Black Sun is not an easy album, at least after a first couple of listens it might be even disturbing, but the whole thing might drastically change if you immerse yourself a bit more into this musical creation. With Mütterlein's sound we are like being trapped in some sort of underground world or dungeon. This is an opus that conveys sadness and anguish of being, as beautiful as the biting cold of winter, yet as gloomy as a funeral of a loved one. It's all in one - sadistic, dreadful and mesmerizing!

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