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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
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Cold Fell - Irwell (2017) - Review

Band: Cold Fell
Album title: Irwell
Release date: 03 March 2017
Label: Argento Records

Tracklist:
1. Skull Crushed Against Salford Cobblestones
2. Bone Ceiling
3. Folly (Health And Glory)
4. Spleen i (In Vino Veritas)
5. Spleen ii (Bruised Like Fruit)
6. The whip (Armed To The Teeth)
7. Dream Of Seppuku

Cold Fell is a black metal band from Manchester, England, formed in 2012, the line-up consist of mastermind Laurence Taylor (vocals/lyrics) and four more members. They released their first demo in 2013 with two tracks. Now, four years after the demo is released, Cold Fell returns with an album that shows us their dedication in keeping the roots of black metal. In his own words, Taylor says that they create black metal which is straightforward and aggressive but original without veering into self-indulgent avant garde territory. Cold Fell approache in the songs a different theme from other bands from the north that explore Norse mythology or related subjects. The band focuses its musical theme in the present day, in the harsh existence and struggles the residents from decaying Northern towns faces every day.

Irwell was released on 3rd March, 2017 by Argento Records, was mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant (Dragged Into Sunlight, Corrupt Moral Altar) and the fascinating cover artwork was done by Mark McCoy. This album consists of seven tracks where we find “tears” of light in the dark veil of black metal negativity. The opener "Skull Crushed Against Salford Cobblestones" is a 8 minute long track which begins with guitar dissonances and marching drums and smoothly undergoes to a melodic transition with clean guitars. The songs are heavily influenced by acts such as Gorgoroth, Watain and Darkthrone. At least in four of the seven tracks, the similarity is striking. “Bone Ceiling”, “The Whip (Armed To The Teeth)”, and “Dream Of Seppuku” are the most powerful songs in the entire album and as well my favorite ones. The second track, “Bone Ceiling", is aggressive and frosty. “Dream Of Seppuku" while having the typical black metal guitar riffs, blends together melodic moments and straight to the end an intriguing duet between guitar and classic piano.

I can say that Irwell is a very good and interesting album, beside the intention of the band to maintain the original black metal, we get something that is still more polished and quite modern. Even so, those who remain true to the roots of the genre will be satisfied. Since those "modern elements" introduced don't destroy the image of the traditional black metal strand.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Near Earth Orbit
Album title: Trans Neptunian Objects
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Solar Lodge

We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now Artaud Seth (Garden Of Delight, Merciful Nuns, Lutherion) and Ashley Dayour (Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Coma Divine,...) are deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this. It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects. Musically the new effort by Artaud and Ashley differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects is a strong and dark album from every possible point of view, it's a solid and extraordinary release, perfectly capturing the feeling and experience of being in the vastness of space, yet it's very well produced piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.

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