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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
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08. Primordial
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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

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Band: Descendants Of Cain
Album title: Conversations With Mirrors
Release date: 21 April 2017
Label: Echozone

The British band centered around the mastermind and main songwriter DM Kruger, Descendants Of Cain, are after four years of silence since their previous album, Hell Bar Blues, returning to the scene maybe stronger than ever. Conversations With Mirrors is an album that explores so very different angles of dark atmospheric rock music that is almost impossible to properly describe it. This album, not only that is original, it also transcends the genre borders while keeping the primal atmosphere still very gothy and melancholic. Conversations With Mirrors consists of 11 very emotional songs with a lot of character. Kruger's deep, strong and highly emotive raspy voice gets under your skin pretty soon. As well the instrumental side of the album is exceptional, yes, there are still evident gothic rock elements, but in this versatile output there are found also alternative rock, trip hop, neo-classical, electronic, ambient, even prog-rock, blues and old school new wave variations that certainly add a lot of charm and uniqueness to this music.

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