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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017



01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
- End Of Chapter

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Cold Body Radiation – The Orphean Lyre (2017) - Review

Band: Cold Body Radiation
Album title: The Orphean Lyre
Release date: 1 January 2017
Label: Dusktone

Tracklist:
01. The Ghost Of My Things
02. Sinking Of A Wish
03. All The Little Things You Forget Are Stored In Heaven
04. At Sea
05. Orphean Lyre
06. Spiral Clouds
07. You Where Missing
08. The Forever Sun

Unfortunately Cold Body Radiation has been freezing its music irreversibly. This Dutch one man band was formed in 2009 and so far has released four albums and one EP and this is all that is known about this musical project. It is frustrating when I need to write a review about a band that is not interested in publicizing their work. The founder, who is? What has stimulated the accomplishment of his project? ...and so many other issues involved, that were simply ignored as if the fans, if they exist, did not deserve the minimum of consideration.

Making a quick and concise summary of the discography, I can say that it all started with a shoegaze style with touches of black metal, shortly after moving on to just shoegaze and this last album, it's an indie rock stuff. The band's first album was reasonable; The Great White Emptiness was an interesting album so to speak. But, followed by Deer Twilight with unnoticeable changes. A Clear Path was frustrating and The Orphean Lyre just buried the last remnants of black metal that could exist in this project. This is the kind of music for those who like the indie genre; sometimes you’ll find a touch of depression. You could listen to this album, coming home, after a stressful day. And when you arrive home, you'd feel bored. The album as a whole is not heavy in any part of it, it also is not all bad, but is just another one that will be there in the middle of too many similar. Not by far I would say that the musical style is post black metal. I need musical related elements. I could not find emotion, I could not find sense, I could not find surprise! I found extremely mechanical, I got sad, not because the tracks were sad, but because they are mechanical, the tracks keep going like they are all the same, the instruments don’t change, don’t transmit emotions through the vocals, unfortunately.

I think that the critic who compared this band with Alcest, Thranenkind, Heretoir and Amesoeurs, just to name some, was very misguiding. NO! Those bands still have the dreamy melancholy hallucinating in their songs; we can feel the tormented aesthetics of black metal. We feel emotions!

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 2/10

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Peter Bjärgö 
Album title: Animus Retinentia
Release date: 1 March 2017
Label: Cyclic Law

Peter Bjärgö, the founder of Swedish neo-classical darkwave group Arcana (1994-present) and industrial project Sophia (1998-present) started his solo endeavour doing a split with Gustaf Hildebrand called Out Of The Darkening Light, Into The Bright Shadow in 2005. On this album ritualistic drum beats and an acoustic guitar with melodies that are enough to leave you in tears enter your surrounding, whilst Peter's deep vocals could lull you into a place from your past that you miss or things you wish that would heal. Peter Bjärgö has created his finest solo effort to date. This album will take you on a ride through grey heavens and some victory over the sadness towards the end.

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