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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



01. Summoning -
With Doom We Come
02. MGT -
Gemini Nyte
03. Soul Dissolution -
Stardust
04. Ocean Of Grief -
Nightfall's Lament
05. Lumnos -
Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
06. Caedeous -
Domini Tenebrarum
07. Mournful Congregation -
The Incubus Of Karma
08. Rome In Monochrome -
Away From Light
09. Sojourner -
The Shadowed Road
10. Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 -
Ur Djupan Dal

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Atrium Carceri & Cities Last Broadcast - Black Corner Den (2017) - Review

Band: Atrium Carceri & Cities Last Broadcast
Album title: Black Corner Den
Release date: 5 September 2017
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Laudanum
02. Prepare The Stage Of Night
03. An Atrementous City
04. A Deeper Dream
05. Wind-up Orchestra
06. House Of Tinctures
07. End Of The Century

A worn-out violin plays, the hands of the hooded musician are gritty and dirty, covered in oil after a hard day's work, playing a song for the lost and broken hearted.

Atrium Carceri & Cities Last Broadcast's debut collaborative album Black Corner Den is a venture into the darkest corners of a bleak and secluded city, where men gather late at night pouring themselves over candlelight. Dreams about the black sea and it's many wonders, parchments and old books sprawled out in front of you during the pitch-black winter nights, leave the air in your lodge permeated with the moldy smell of old paper.

Dreams and reality flow into one, clashing against each other in the tide unable to differentiate from one another. The wind-up orchestra plays in your solitary room, surrounded by curious creations brought to life through years of lonely nights. When you look around in your black den, cooped up in the corner with nothing to light the room other than the dull oil lamp, the room begins to fade as you slip into another slumber. Dreams are now the only thing that are of worth anymore, the only thing that makes sense compared to this life.

There are eerie field recordings buried beneath the mix of voices, grinding drones processed in such a way they sound as if taken straight from an EVP recording of underground mines where spirits linger. My favorite track on this album would definitely have to be "A Deeper Dream" as it really settles you into the world these two Swedes are trying to create in your head. The emotional melody builds up into this warm surrounding that is hard to let go of, and that's what this album is all about, your own personal experience as the listener and no easy answers are here but only what you dream up.

The world seems to be fading before your eyes, centuries flow into one, this sheltered life is becoming more and more meaningless. Par (Cities Last Broadcast) and Simon (Atrium Carceri) complement each other greatly with the way they combine their work, the vintage, ghostly drone from Par, and the flawless production skills of Simon Heath combine to bring forth a very deep, personal experience.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 9/10

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