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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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Phonothek - Red Moon (2017) - Review

Band: Phonothek
Album title: Red Moon
Release Date: 4 April 2017
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Yellow Forest (feat. Keosz)
02. Last Melody (feat. Cities Last Broadcast)
03. Come In The Whisper
04. Cry From The Abyss
05. Margo
06. In The Smell Of The Wolves
07. Mudra
08. Red Moon

In a maddening daze, you are lost in a forest, the blood red moon comes into your vision every so often through the clearing of dense bush in front of you. The crackling of the forest floor trampled beneath your feet sends echoes as everything gets louder. Ambient duo Phonothek’s newest album suitably titled Red Moon is the soundtrack to this experience.

Bubbling, disjointed jazz infused ambience scrapes and transforms into undecipherable talking, looped whispers, with the combination of the instruments and organic feel make this the freshest and most original album I’ve heard this year. Instruments and field recordings have been manipulated in such a way that they sound no longer organic. They have been adjusted in a way you would hear them if you were in a psychosis, this type of atmosphere happens shortly after the start of the album in songs like “Last Melody” featuring Par of Cities Last Broadcast and Kammarheit.

Marching rhythms and high quality field recordings remind you that Phonothek is a force to be reckoned. The unique quality of all this makes it almost impossible to give the music a proper description when it fires in every direction toying with your emotions. In the distance, you can hear a ritual dance and you get closer only to be surprised by a group of people in a sort of psychosis. With the white of their eyes showing, one of them forces drugs into your mouth and you are sent in a spiral of anxiety. Trumpets are playing all around you as you are half awake while “Cry From The Abyss” plays, chaos now becoming imminent.
 
You become accustom to these unusual indigenous people, all the while still stricken with paranoia, but it’s almost like this is where you belonged all along. The days fade into night seamlessly as you travel as a vagabond, staying up all night on long treks finding a place to stay. Ancient practices and psilocybin’s come together to expand your consciousness and bring a meaning to all the past unanswered questions about reality.

The second album from this up and coming duo, morphs from a calm and melancholic landscape, into a more chaotic one. It oozes with originality and interesting high-tier sound sculpting making it perfect for audiophiles. Red Moon is a very entertaining experience that grabs your attention seldom letting you down to rest. This duo has reached new heights in ambience and has left their mark on the scene in my eyes.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Heretoir
Album title: The Circle
Release date: 24 March 2017
Label: Northern Silence Productions

The Circle is very complex album combining many different elements into one highly atmospheric, emotional and coherent sonic form which shines right because of its refined versatility. In its basis Heretoir deal with post-metal, black metal and melodic progressive metal, it's like a missing link between early Alcest, Katatonia, Amorphis, Opeth, Agalloch and Agrypnie to name a few, but they implement their atmospheric sound with small amounts of shoegaze, djent, ambient and prog rock. It can be so very dense, extreme and powerful, but also so very soothing, melancholic, almost gentle, often very rhythmic but performed with amazing technical and compositional skill, with a delicate feeling for sensitivity.

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