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01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
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Sun Of The Sleepless - To The Elements
05. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. End Of Green
- Void Estate
08.
Anathema - The Optimist
09. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
10. Last Leaf Down
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Lambs - Betrayed From Birth [EP] (2015) - Review

Band: Lambs
Album title: Betrayed From Birth [EP]
Release date: 1 September 2015
Label: Drown Within Records

Tracklist:
01. Fear Is Your Key
02. You Will Follow Me Down
03. And Your Time Will Be Collapsed

Betrayed From Birth, already the title of this release says a lot, and points out with what kind of a band we are dealing with. These guys from Cesena (Italy) are straight to the point in what they want to express. There is no prevalent genre here, but a very peculiar mix that doesn't sound just as a rough puzzle, every single influence is implemented in a good way and pops out very well. Range of influences is wide and it comes from very distant worlds, like is the new wave of black metal (partially they remind me to French blackened hardcore act Celeste a bit, who are by the way such an awesome band), to post-hardcore and sludge. Music wise there is a good articulation and complexity, it's distressing and all of the tracks bear kind of an evil sound. These guys express very well the lyrical content through their music and the general mood. Lyrics are very deep and powerfull, they did a great job here and the way music and lyrics works is very concrete. The production on this demo/EP is unique, despite the black metal philosophy, there is a good choice in sound and way of playing, but still they are keeping all the grimness alive as much as possible, as every crust/black metal band should do.

The picture on the front cover artwork at first sight feels just like a conventional goat, but with a proper thorough view, in relation with the lyrics, the artwork is a sort of map, very cool and thoughtful, I enjoyed it a lot. Three songs demo/EP's with this kind of consistency are very rare, these guys are very good in what they are doing, and it's not a surprise that Drown Within Records inked a deal with them very quickly after Lambs released this tracks as a demo and soon re-released it under their roof available as an EP.

Review written by: Tank
Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

 

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Band: Randal Collier-Ford
Album title: Piano Movements
Release date: 17 November 2016
Label: Kalpamantra

From the very beginning of his musical career, Randal Collier-Ford has pushed the very limits of the dark ambient genre. Coming from all directions, each of his albums seems to adhere to a totally different set of criteria. With Piano Movements, Randal Collier-Ford has completely broken the mold of his former self, reaching into realms of beautiful sounds which seem destined to find their way onto a film score in the near future. Piano Movements is absolutely beautiful in its execution. There is a sense of dreamy wonder and hope which resonates through each of these tracks. Yet, this beauty isn't necessarily pretty. The album is totally encompassed in a sense of melancholy and loneliness. As any loner knows, loneliness and melancholy can perfectly mingle with beauty. Like the crying virgin, weeping over her crucified son, there can always be beauty and wonder within the darkest of tales.

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