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01. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
02. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
03. Soror Dolorosa
- Apollo
04. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
05. Myrkur
- Mareridt
06. Sun Of The Sleepless
- To The Elements
07. Moonspell
- 1755
08. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
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- Reminiszenzen...
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Ager Sonus - Book Of The Black Earth (2017) - Review

Artist: Ager Sonus
Album title: Book Of The Black Earth
Release date: 30 May 2017
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Through The Desert
02. The Dead City
03. Discoveries
04. Inner Sanctum
05. Osiris's Courtroom
06. Apophis
07. Awakening

Step into forgotten ages with Ager Sonus' newest album Book Of The Black Earth and his debut album on Cryo Chamber with an attention to detail which will take you far back to ancient egyptian times full of myths and legends.
 
As you wander through the cold desert at night when the heat is now leaving the sand beneath you, there is a voice in the distance calling you toward it. Gazing up into the sky you feel a sense of loneliness and fear, you continue marching forth trying to gather as to where this voice is coming from. Ancient civilizations crumble beneath your feet, distant rumbles of the gods in the sky beckoning the darkest night of the soul. "Best keep going" you say to yourself shakily, as you enter into a curious underground cavern, there is a sense of ill fate in this cavernous place you have gathered yourself in.

The rustling of leaves bring your attention to the ground where an insignia is beginning to become more and more apparent the longer you look as you trip over something dusty and stiff.

Knelt down onto the ground you dislodge the strange looking thing out of the overgrown roots around it. This is a book of some sorts which lands into your gritty palms, feeling as though you shouldn't be meddling with this seemingly ancient artifact. Above you, the old cavern begins to crumble slightly, as you stuff the book into your jacket and go forth into the now claustrophobic cavern.
 
A flute reverberates in the distance as the voice begins to stop, could this voice be a human being playing this flute? It certainly doesn't sound human. Further into the now increasingly cold cavern you come to an opening of golden light. As you are startled and terrified, Osiris appears in front of you as an ill omen or maybe a sign that you should turn back, his very presence changes the very core of your being. Apophis comes out of the ground, you realize you have come across the underworld and may not be spared from what you once thought were myths. A voice tells you to "turn back at once" but with the book in hand you feel you have the knowledge of your ancestors and need not ask questions, you proceed to run home to spill yourself over this ominous scripture.

Gritty, eerie drones signify the dark and cold feeling of this place, the unexplored terrain beneath the vast egyptian desert, ancient gods and the stories about them. Field recordings give you a clear path as to how it might sound, how it might feel standing on ancient soil, and how it might shake your very foundations of the line between what you deem reality and myth.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Noctiferia
Album title: Transnatura
Release date: 2 December 2016
Label: Nika Records

Pioneers of Slovenian extreme metal, Noctiferia, are back with a surprise named Transnatura. Actually this is not a proper new album, but an acoustic album with reworked songs from their last three albums. Still, Transnatura is not your typical acoustic album with bands classic songs, like is some kind of a trend today, the songs on Transnatura are almost beyond recognition, only the attentive ear can find similarities with original versions. The band completely rearranged everything, they striped the songs down to the bone, there's no metal left, vocals are way different. Regarding to that we can count Transnatura as a completely new album, the sixth one for Noctiferia. Transnatura is unique and very complex work of art, it's a bewitching experiment that with use of untypical elements offers music for those who are willing to explore the depths of something evil, wicked and dark in nature, but at the same time it's so very alive and colourful.

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