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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
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
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Reflection Nebula - I (2017) - Review

Artist: Reflection Nebula
Album Title: I
Release Date: 17 February 2017
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Phenibut
02. Ethanol
03. Phenazepam
04. Sulpiride
05. Risperidone
06. Methadone

Reflection Nebula (2010-present) is quite an unknown force in the ambient realm that deserves more attention. Starting off in the IDM scene with quite accessible, beat driven music while keeping the emotional vibe Reflection Nebula is known for. When I first heard his most known album from 2013 Ekhar I was totally blown away by the exquisite space ambient music this young man can birth. Able to lift you up and take you to the darkest reaches of the universe or possibly a journey from within.
 
This recent album, I, is that of a vast endeavour wherein a heavily medicated astronaut is lost within his own universe he has created. One of decay and searching for a way out of his madness, drifting past glorious vistas of stars, the pillars of creation not far in the distance, trying to reach a meaning behind all this.

Peaceful guitar-based drones creep up on you and die down into a calm slow melody before eventually building into a heavy sludge/doom riff on the last part of the third track “Phenazepam” surprising you from this quiet descent into the ether. Colorful and subtle melodies leave you with a vivid imagination running wild about the mysteries of beyond.

The balance between light and dark in this album is perfect, when it becomes more intense there is still a sense of calm, maybe because of the medication you are on, making you are able to go seamlessly from different sets of emotions.
 
There is a lot of room in this album to reflect but also enough going on to keep you curious as to where this all will go. Seldom does this album let up near the end introducing heavy guitar riffing that deconstructs all sense of being at peace, sonically serving you the massive expanse that is space. This young man is surely to go far in his career if he keeps this up and I hope to hear more from Reflection Nebula in the future.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Cradle Of Filth
Album title: Hammer Of The Witches
Release date: 10 July 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Cradle Of Filth promised to go back to their roots with this opus and they were not kidding, ok, not entirely, but that scarry gothy feeling throughout the songs is back again. In a way that's the crucial point in Hammer Of The Witches which still mantains the technical factor heard on the previous album, The Manticore & Other Horrors, on a high level, but like it or not the song structures are much more flowing and ambiance is gloomier than on a couple of previous albums. The pace of the album is for most of the time very fast and explosive, with numerous thrash metal elements, combined with typical heavy metal tradition, blasphemous blackened lines, symphonic insertions and a couple of gothic metal structures, all well balanced together into one hellish dark entity. The sound of Hammer Of The Witches is energetic, rich, dense, very dynamic, groovy and most of all it's intense. The band continues with its tradition of infusing each album with conceptual elements that embolden the songs' dramatic execution, the album's title gleefully flips the historical script, turning the tables on the gruesome witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Europe and exacting some hard-earned vengeance on behalf of all of those who suffered persecution at the hands of religious zealots during that turbulent period in history. The hammer is coming down, hard, and revenge will be sweet indeed.

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