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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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GlerAkur - Can't You Wait [EP] (2016) - Review

Band: GlerAkur
Album title: Can't You Wait [EP]
Release date: 15 July 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

Tracklist:
01. Can't You Wait
02. Polycide
03. Willocide

There's no secret that guys at Prophecy Productions are masters when it comes to finding new interesting, professional and inovative bands. And they found this act from Iceland, GlerAkur, a band formed by composer and sound designer Elvar Geir Sævarsson. Elvar works in National Theatre of Iceland and when he had some time off from his work he recorded bits of music just for himself, which his friend found so appealing that she sneaked it in for a once-off broadcast on the Icelandic radio. GlerAkur's richly layered walls of sound fortunately found their way onto the desk of Prophecy Productions, who did not hesitate to offer the artist a contract,... on the strength of this one track. The name GlerAkur is comprised by two Icelandic words, gler (glass) and akur (field), so in English this could mean something like field of glass...

The EP Can't You Wait is just an impression of what we can expect on GlerAkur's debut full-lenght, and judging by these three tracks with 23 minutes of running time we are in front of something immense. GlerAkur blends many different styles into one sonic mass of vibrant atmospheric and hypnotizing sound. You'll find elements of post-rock, drone, ambient, post-black, psychelic rock, doom, prog, shoegaze, krautrock and yet much more, everything put into one coherent soundscape with almost epic proportions. The music of GlerAkur is mostly instrumental, vocals come into the picture only once in the title track, but also there more or less just as an additional instrument which repetitively sings a hypnotic cradlesong. Believe me that you won't miss them, because once you are touched by magical vibes of those truly cinematic tracks you are thrown into some other dimension, out of this space and time, into a dream world, you can imagine this experience like something similar if their country mates Sigur Rós would be mixed up with Lost In Kiew, Sunn O))) and Atrium Carceri.

The first track "Can't You Wait", yeah the only one with vocals, is the closest one to post-rock, but yet it's much more turbulent and hypnotic than typical representatives of the genre. There are many layers of different electronic samples, distorted drone sounds, yet GlerAkur manages to be all the time quite melodic. Punding drum beats, reverberate strong bass lines, distorted guitar lines and myriads of different sounds are constantly deepening the atmosphere, it's just like watching how clouds are gathering before the storm. "Polycide" is half an acoustic track with captivating guitar chords, a bit similar to some stuff of Anathema, it has strong cinematic ambiental background, while the second half is purely cinematic where dark psychedelic synths and ambiental electronic samples do the magic. The absolutely stunning more than ten minutes long "Willocide" is very close to dark ambient, but rich layers of saturated drones and hypnotic samples make it somehow unique. The track is slowly intensifying until reaching the climax three minutes before the end when it explodes in the most unique way when the rest of instruments joins in and create undefeatable wall of sound.

GlerAkur offers on this EP three adventurous and cinematic tracks that can with ease take you on a meditative journey into your most inner self or contrary into the vast universe. Each one of the tracks is an unique sonic experience, often very intense with some moments of serenity. In its essence this is pretty dark and deep music, but what really makes it worth your time are all those huge multilayered atmospheric soundscapes. I'm impressed by this debut release of GlerAkur, it's an unique sonic experience that withdraws from any recent "post-anything-ambiental" releases and I can't wait for the forthcoming full-lenght album.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8,5/10

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Amorphis
Album title: Under The Red Cloud
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

The new studio effort from the band brings us ten tracks, where we can find all of the most important elements that characterized Amorphis's music; there are tons of catchy melodic riffs, melancholic passages, folk insertions, aggressive and brutal parts, perfect guitar leads, progressive elements and yet much more. The sound is dense, in a way similar to the one on the previous album, but there's to be found kind of a dynamics that we were used to hear on their legendary album Elegy from 1996, and still there's that catchy melodic factor that was perfectly used before on almost each of their albums, but perfected for example on Skyforger (2009). Under The Red Cloud is maybe the most dynamic album the band released since 1996 and the ultimate proof for that comes already with the somehow typical new era Amorphis track - album titled opener, but nevertheless it shows that the band has enough courage to take everything one level higher. It has it all we should expect from the band of a such caliber, they sound more devoted into what they are doing than ever and the result is highly captivating, melodic, dense, versatile and surprisingly dark sound, which in my opinion has the power to bring also some new fans to their devoted fan base.

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