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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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Endezzma - The Arcane Abyss (2017) - Review

Band: Endezzma
Album title: The Arcane Abyss
Release date: 31 March 2017
Label: Pulverised Records

Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Malferno
03. The Arcane Abyss
04. Gates Of Mephisto
05. Morbus Divina
06. Sick Kulta Lucifer
07. Serpent Earth
08. Esoterisk Mystagon
09. A Grave So Deep

“There come the hunters of the night, surrender yourself to indoctrination or be escorted to hills of despair.”: Felin Frost

Endezzma came from Hell to this disgusting world by Trondr Nefas of Urgehal (R.I.P) along with Morten Shax. There have been many changes in the line-up since these guys begin their journey, but the band never suffered a kind of "lost" in their originality. These stellar black metallers released on 31st March another masterpiece called The Arcane Abyss. Their second full-lenght album after Erotikk Nekrosis, released in 2012, the same year that marked the death of Trondr Nefas, and burning all the road along with the recent EP Morbus Divina.

Already when I was listening to this album for the first time it hit me deep and I thought, wow! How powerful and venomous these guys are. So I was getting ready to face the day and I decided to choose one of the songs randomly and went out into the streets. The intro is a glimpse of the geniality yet to come, short and without annoying elements, it perfectly serves its function that brings us "Malferno". This very song made me blindly fall in love with the album. Those grunts plus the distinctive guitar riffs and fast tempo are insane! Hail thyself! So "Malferno" pierced my soul. Morten Shax with his eternal and insane lust engages us in ecstasy. The Arcane Abyss is a powerful album, the time that the band took to release it is diluted in the magnificence of the tracks, perfect structure, symbiotic synchronicity between Morten’s vocals and the instruments.

Endezzma has always had an unmistakable and attractive Norwegian style, but if I can compare these guys with a good Whiskey... I can surely say, only the years can bring us a unique and refined flavor. These guys remain true to their primordial style, yet they ventured further into the inclusion of distinctive elements like a clarinet in "Serpent Earth", making the music even more interesting, dynamic and absolutely awesome. I cannot identify a single song where Malphas (lead guitar) and Nihil (rhythm guitar) have low performances. They are spotless along with Aske and his brutal bass and Skriu on the unstoppable drums. In “Sick Kulta Lucifer” we have Sorath Northgrov (ex-Beastcraft) as a guest vocalist.

My favorite tracks are "Malferno", "The Arcane Abyss", "Gates Of Mephisto", "Morbus Divina", "Serpent Earth" and "Grave So Deep". Whoever appreciates Watain, Enthroned, Urgehal or similar,... this is for true black metal lovers, Endezzma is here and is one of your masters. Long life to these Lucifer's sons! One of my top 10 albums of 2017 for sure.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Erdh
Album: Sideremesis EP
Release date: 19 October 2015
Label: Apathia Records

When Erdh, a French two-piece outfit, released their debut Resilient, they've been tagged as a heavier version of Depeche Mode and their sound has been compared to a variety of well-known musical acts, from Nine Inch Nails and Ulver to Type O Negative and Paradise Lost. With Sideremesis - a four track EP, which in a way serves as a bridge between Resilient and the full length in the making, - the first thing that popped inside my mind was: this is an obscure version of Hurts. The riffing, which presented itself on Resilient is gone, the pace has slowed down and the ambiances spread out through the soundscapes deeper and further. And yet again, the conclusion is the same – this is not and obscure version of Hurts. It's so much more. It's Erdh. Nicolas Pingnelain and Emmanuel Lévy, who have been a steady duet for three years now, have decided to expand their horizons and again gave us a confirmation, they know no boundaries when it comes to music. When you slide through the tunes on the EP, you get the feeling the sound created on it came so natural to them and as it was composed effortlessly. Even though it does take quite a drastic turn away from Resilient, I'm more than sure anyone who was struck by the brilliancy of it will find the comfort in Sideremesis. More to it – even if this is your first encounter with their music, you can start from here and get entranced by the wondrous world of Erdh.

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