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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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The Last Dance - Ruins (2015) - Review

Band: The Last Dance
Album title: Ruins
Release date: 17 April 2015
Label: Mystine Records/Strobelight Records

Tracklist:
01. Mesmerize
02. Missing
03. KatSong
04. Cages
05. Still
06. Edge Of The World
07. Thoughtless
08. Scars
09. Everything That You Wanted
10. Medicine
11. Rose
12. Still Waters
13. Desperately Still (Klonavenus Remix) [Bonus]

There is a band emerged in Southern California whose name was burnt into the memories of those who were initiated in the worship of gothic rock over two decades ago. I refer, of course, to The Last Dance, to whom we owe some of the most far-reaching melodies that have broken onto the dark realm during the 1990s. Evergreens such as "Do You Believe In Angels?" or "Fairytales", among many others, are good evidence of this. Almost nine years after their last full-length release, The Last Dance are back with their sixth album, entitled "Ruins", which preserves and even enhances what has made them influential in the past. Furthermore, they have not hesitated to venture along new experimental directions during the songwriting process, resulting in a slightly revamped sound which nevertheless stays true to their trade mark.

"Watch me now / watch me, closely as I whisper / and take you deeper and / deeper into your dream / into your dreams...". Thus the journey begins, with the male/female duet singing these lines in an hypnotically cadenced manner. Together with the metallic bass tones, ominous synths and chiming guitars, it all creates a gorgeous, oriental-tinged feeling of transcendence that fully lives up the title of the album opener: "Mesmerize". "... / All of this is real / ...". This verse marks the transition to the second stage of the song, still dreamy but more explosive, driven by an ardent, melodic burst of from the guitars and keyboards, being the whole thing topped with memorable refrains. And it's only just beginning. All the songs included in this record can be counted as winners, in my opinion, each of them within its own style frame. Thus, you can find anthems of high dusty content such as "Thoughtless", whose soaring, sinuous riffs and passionate, clean/growly vocal interplay, will take you into an emotionally intense ride; certified gothic rock hymns like "Katsong", featuring hooky drums that rocket the pace with tribal dexterity, in partnership with rumbling pinches on bass, guitars churning out wistful chords both eerie and saw-like, and Jeff crooning his sorrow when the track shifts down a gear; hybrids of slamming electronics and yearning, massive string solos, as it's the case of "Missing" and "Cages"; refined Darkwave crafts like "Edge Of The World", supported by steady, dance-inflected sequences, fairly guitar driven though, and fused with soulful female vocals and fiddles setting an alluring contrast; widescreen, muddy mid-tempos to fly down the highway such as "Medicine", floating in some The Cult’s suspension spirituality, propelled by rolling, echo-drenched bass thrums and unfussy, yet propulsive drums, with the gritty roars and squeals of guitar providing a serious lift off... and so on until to the last song numbered in "Ruins".

Thirteen well-told stories of pleasure and pain that give chills even a long while after the sound is off, written by a band that continues thriving truly in their primal selves.

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

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Band: Hidden By Ivy
Album title: Acedia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Alchera Visions

The musical output of Hidden By Ivy is hard to put in brackets, but what those two artists do is certainly giving some shivers down the spine with their incredible sense to compose refined and highly emotive music. There are found many different elements, from post-rock basis, to incredible subtle layers of dark wave, art pop, gothic elements, shoegaze, even cold wave, ambient, some jazz, a bit of folk and yet much more, everything put together into such an exquisite melancholic flow of refreshing meditative sounds. Acedia is a blistering attack for your senses. It has so much emotion, meditative soundscapes, melancholic catchy melodies and heartrending vocal arrangements that is hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Those constant variations in sound and intriguing art pop/rock compositional elements used all over are certainly making this album one of a kind. There's that vintage influence present, but the album sounds still very modern and fresh, also because of a genious production and final mix. Every single song, like as well the album as a whole has that hard to obtain pathos which captivates the listener from the start till the end and makes the one wanting to return for more.

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