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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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Northumbria - Markland (2017) - Review

Band: Northumbria
Album title: Markland
Release date: 21 March 2017
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Torngat
02. Sunstone
03. The Night Wolves/Black Moon
04. Ostara's Return
05. Still Clearing
06. Low Sun I
07. The Shores Of The Suffering Wind
08. Low Sun II
09. Wonderstrands
10. The Stars As My Guide

Markland (meaning “Forest Land”) the second album from ice cold soundscapers Jim field and Dorian Williamson as a duo by the name Northumbria is their second effort on Cryo Chamber, the first being Helluland (“Land of the Flat Stones”) which is a real place north of Markland; the new full length at hand. These places were discovered by a man called Leif Eriksson around 1000 CE. The two albums they have released are named after two of three lands on North America’s Atlantic shore, the final land being Vinland which I suspect will be the next album.

This album starts off with images recalled of old ships sailing the Atlantic Ocean searching for new land, stricken with sickness and unstable mental states due to losing sleep. You can imagine Leif Eriksson using the stars as his guide, the mooring lines swaying up above and the sails flailing in the Atlantic winds.

The wall of thick and foggy sounds lull you in and out of consciousness taking you on a ride not knowing where you may end up, what curiosities lay ahead in your travels. Visions of when times were truly tough and many things were left undiscovered you are left with a true sense of wonder amongst all the fear that may strike you. Upon the horizon, the sun is rising filtering through the fog emitting beams of light onto your weather-beaten vessel, covering your eyes with your hand you try to make out what it is you are seeing. Land at last, the voyage has come to an end and you can gather much needed resources.

You hear the crunch of stones and the shallow splashes of water as you depart your vessel and prepare yourself for land that is now being touched by man for the first time. Trees swaying in the distance and the swirling cold air screeching around you as if to try to convince you to leave this unknown place, you decide to trudge onward. What lies ahead in this barren landscape? You ask yourself blowing onto your icy hands. Are you safe? What may dwell here? Questions may be left unanswered but alas, curiosity takes the wheel and into Markland you go.

A sense of adventure is ever present in this wonderful album, a backdrop of sound to allow you to close your eyes and imagine Leif’s travels, Markland: “The Forest Land” has finally been discovered.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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