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- Testimonium
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- Dans La Joie
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Golden Apes - M Λ L V S (2016) - Review

Band: Golden Apes
Album title: M Λ L V S
Release date: 25 November 2016
Label: AF-music

Tracklist:
01. Cedars Of Salt
02. Ignorance
03. Halving Moons
04. Verity
05. Drown
06. Grinding Mills
07. Missing
08. Occam’s Razor
09. Correlation
10. Shadowplay
11. Malady
12. Sermon In The Vale
13. M Λ L V S

M Λ L V S is the eighth studio album of this Berlin based band. 4 years after the release of Riot, Golden Apes returns with their most mature work to date. What I like the most of Golden Apes, even when some clear influences can be heard through their songs, is that they are not really trying to emulate the characteristic sound of bands such are The Cure or The Sister Of Mercy. They have their own style, setting up a new reference point for dark music fans.
 
When you start listening to this album, you realize that you are in front of something special, its intense atmosphere builds a way of escape for your mind. On its 13 tracks, the band sounds more melancholic and personal than never before, largely due to the wonderful and sad voice of Peer Lebrecht, one of the best vocalist in the current underground scene. The album is characterized by the amazing combination of Peer's voice with a perfect blend of versatile drums programming, crystal guitars, sharp guitar solos, deep bass and atmospheric keyboards.

If I had to select the best song out of M Λ L V S, "Drown" will be my choice, absolutely perfect with captivating lyrics and beautiful guitar lines. "Halving Moons", "Missing" or "Shadowplay" also catch the attention of the listener, merging voice and music like you won't hear by no other band.

As a big fan of now defunct German gothic rock giants Love Like Blood, M Λ L V S makes me feel as I was listening to the legendary album Odysee, possibly the most classy album ever recorded, so if you are into gothic rock/darkwave/wave scene, please don’t miss this masterpiece, you won’t regret it.

Review written by: Rubén
Rating: 9/10

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: Cradle Of Filth
Album title: Hammer Of The Witches
Release date: 10 July 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Cradle Of Filth promised to go back to their roots with this opus and they were not kidding, ok, not entirely, but that scarry gothy feeling throughout the songs is back again. In a way that's the crucial point in Hammer Of The Witches which still mantains the technical factor heard on the previous album, The Manticore & Other Horrors, on a high level, but like it or not the song structures are much more flowing and ambiance is gloomier than on a couple of previous albums. The pace of the album is for most of the time very fast and explosive, with numerous thrash metal elements, combined with typical heavy metal tradition, blasphemous blackened lines, symphonic insertions and a couple of gothic metal structures, all well balanced together into one hellish dark entity. The sound of Hammer Of The Witches is energetic, rich, dense, very dynamic, groovy and most of all it's intense. The band continues with its tradition of infusing each album with conceptual elements that embolden the songs' dramatic execution, the album's title gleefully flips the historical script, turning the tables on the gruesome witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Europe and exacting some hard-earned vengeance on behalf of all of those who suffered persecution at the hands of religious zealots during that turbulent period in history. The hammer is coming down, hard, and revenge will be sweet indeed.

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