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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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Corpus Diavolis - Atra Lumen (2017) - Review

Band: Corpus Diavolis
Album title: Atra Lumen
Release date: 6 April 2017
Label: ATMF

Tracklist:
01. Revelations Before Dawn
02. The Ardent Jewel Of His Presence
03. L’Oeil Unique    
04. Signs Of End Times
05. Wine Of The Beast
06. Flesh To Flesh   
07. Thy Glorification 
08. Sick Waters

The devilish French black metal band Corpus Diavolis is back with their third full-lenght album named Atra Lumen (Gloomy light), after their quite acclaimed Entheogenesis from 2013 and the black metal compilation album Blasphemies Of The Elder Gods, released in 2014, on which Corpus Diavolis were present with one track. Atra Lumen was recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler in Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, UK last year.

Atra Lumen is very dark, dense with many raw and ritualistic moments, while the lyrics are mostly based on occult ceremonial magick and philosophical thoughts from the left hand path. These eight tracks are meant to summon you to the path of enlightenment. The powerful Daemonicreator's voice caused shivers on me. His voice is catalyzed by the lyrics and he knows how to penetrate deep in our mind. The compositions are mostly based on slower movements or mid-paced ones, with many harmonic guitars lines and everything is made heavier with crushing drum beats. When the musics speeds a little more it's then that we are served with a bit more raw black metal with traditional tremolo pickings and blast beats.

The tracks like "Sick Waters", "Wine Of The Beast" and "Revelations Before Dawn" are the longest ones. As the album progresses death metal influence becomes quite evident. Sometimes the sound is almost becoming closer to the doom metal style than black metal. The band nicely includes angelic voices, choirs, howls and we can also find well placed piano touches that bring quite avantgardish ambiental disarray at the end of the album. Still, the whole album has throughout this hellish and hopeless aura.

These satanic preachers have performed quite effectively on this album and we can feel the dedication of each of them in order to reach the fans of black arts with excellence. I enjoyed these songs and my favorite tracks are the speeding traditional black/death tune "Thy Glorification" and very atmospheric avantgarde black ritual named "Sick Waters". I can recommend this album to everyone who likes occult black metal inspired by ritualistic black magick.

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

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Band: Arcturus
Album title: Arcturian
Release date: 8th May 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

With the underlying black metal roots, Arcturian delivers such a grand surprise by simply overblowing all the inserted stylistic elements to a point, when you may feel all will explode. But it does not. Not only rich orchestrations, use of various string instruments and piano melodies found their way to fit perfectly into the picture, Arcturus went modern old school, and even added a fair amount of dubstep. The peculiar inclusion of electronica is not in any way abusive of the sound, but it rather gives it a hypnotizing and mysterious note and deepens the profound atmosphere of it. With razor-sharp guitar arrangements, blasting drumming and ICS Vortex's dramatic vocal work, Arcturian is just what we love about this band: bizarre, deranged and schizophrenic, even diabolical and wildly obscure at moments. With so many various elements being intensified to its maximum point, Arcturian is all in all a straight-forward, extremely cohesive and swirling work of art. Its core may be askew, but its atmosphere stretches from ghastly to romantic, from stygian to lucent and is from the first to the last note deeply vigorous.


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