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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: Alphaxone
Album title: Absence Of Motion
Release date: 25 August 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Alphaxone reaches into a whole new dimension with Absence Of Motion. Within seconds of listening it is apparent that he is stepping outside his comfort zone this time around. This album is significantly more cinematic than his previous releases. I would even go so far as to say it reminds me at times of Sabled Sun. This is a cinematic experience much like that of Sabled Sun, in that we seem to be following a protagonist through the album from first encounter with a new life form to the final ascent into deep space. Every second of this album is full of life: organic, synthetic, or a war between the two. Absence Of Motion is a thrilling ride. Absence Of Motion may be portraying an alien abduction or the use of futuristic machinery we can only begin to phathom, the full interpretation is up to the individual. This is an easy listen compared to some other releases in the genre, with the intensity and bass levels only soaring at moments giving the listener time to relax and reflect upon all the otherworldly wonders this Absence Of Motion has to offer. A masterpiece by Alphaxone that is sure to resonate for some time!

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