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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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Norse - The Divine Light Of A New Sun (2017) - Review

Band: Norse
Album title: The Divine Light Of A New Sun
Release date: 25 May 2017
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Tracklist:
01. Supreme Vertical Ascent
02. Drowned By Hope
03. Telum Vitae
04. The Divine Light Of A New Sun
05. Exitus
06. Synapses Spun As Silk
07. Sandarkan
08. Arriving In Peace, Pregnant With War
09. Cyclic

There's no doubt that Australia is one of the top countries in the world's metal scene when it comes to innovative and interesting black metal, and Norse is absolutely one of this kind of bands. The band was formed in 2005 and has now released their third full-length album entitled, The Divine Light Of A New Sun via the growing Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records. Adric Ryan (ADR) is the mysterious demon behind the bass, vocals and lyrics since 2014, when Norse released Pest, a unique EP which enthused the extreme metal world with harsh and dissonant black metal. Forge is responsible for all the other instruments and composition. Norse is a futuristic band so to speak, that pushes the boundaries of modernity and transcend the genre with a unique atmosphere. The new album is nothing but another surprising progression of the last work released in 2014. In fact, the band never failed to surprise and brings up with each new work a different kind of metal, keeping the forefront of their proposal. 

The Divine Light Of A New Sun, in the first minutes gave me a weird sensation, uncomfortable, sounded as something was out of place. But while the first track, "Supreme Vertical Ascent" progressed, I found an intelligent and refined black metal piece, and then all the subsequent tracks unfolded in an original, haunted, lethal and somber way. The album is full of unusually structured riffs. The Divine Light Of A New Sun offers us nine surprising tracks loaded with a dark and sweeping atmosphere.
 
Norse is ahead of our time, they show me that the unpredictability can be explored with mastery. The album is all about a technical dissonance through atypical and corrupted riffs with these inhuman vocals, a demon for sure. The powerful catch that this vocals can grab are impressive. Maybe because throughout the almost uncontrollable chaos of the music it remains uniformed. Norse walk also in the death metal territory, exploring here and there a few tones almost like Morbid Angel, I said almost...

My favorite tracks are "Drowned By Hope", "Telum Vitae", "The Divine Light Of A New Sun" and "Exitus". "Telum Vitae", the second track I mentioned is passionate because the bass plays like a heartbeat and yes, the other instruments are quite different from those that I'm usually listening on a daily basis. In "Exitus" the drums seem like it will explode with everything at any time, a guitar melody is always quite dissonant with intriguing melodic riffs from time to time. The song moves smoothly and goes subtly changing from a visceral note to an almost tribal sound.

We are entering the second half of the year and through my hands passed over 40 new interesting black metal albums. But a lot more has been released and still will be. Certainly, a lot of good albums will still come to be part of a brilliant collection of black metal from 2017. But not many of them are showing such a level of modernism like Norse, which does not fail to present all black metal waves in a single work and still creating a dissonant chaos of epic proportions. For fans of something that challenges the senses, I present you, Norse, the future of black metal.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Monocube
Album title: The Rituals
Release date: 30 December 2016
Label: Malignant Records

Hazy noise and pummelling orchestral drones hit you with a sense of dread and has you anxious as to what comes next, and the longer you listen to this album the more sinister it gets. Slowly it pulls you through the first few tracks of a somewhat calming nature and and a track called "Downwards" which features Robert from Apocryphos readying you for the unnvering journey ahead. Noisy ambience hidden behind the gritty drone twists your mind and plays with your sense of reality. You feel as if this gnawing sense of solipsism will never cease, leaving you dissociated and unable to retain your human consciousness. This album is a big step up from the first Blue Dusk/Red Dawn which was more of a calming droning experience. This effort, The Rituals, is living, breathing entity and does not let you go. It tears at your very being and sense of sanity making you unable to resist but think of your most unsettling fears and questioning reality.

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