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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



01. Amorphis -
Queen Of Time
02. Dimmu Borgir -
Eonian
03. Khôrada - Salt
04. Immortal -
Northern Chaos Gods
05. MGT -
Gemini Nyte
06. Summoning -
With Doom We Come
07. Crone -
Godspeed
08. Primordial -
Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 -
Ur Djupan Dal
10. Mournful Congregation -
The Incubus Of Karma

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Funeral Winds - Sinister Creed (2018) - Review

Band: Funeral Winds
Album title: Sinister Creed
Release date: 29 January 2018
Label: Avantgarde Music

Tracklist:
01. The Road To Perdition    
02. Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh    
03. The Arrival    
04. Sinister Creed    
05. Blood    
06. Black Moon Over Saturn    
07. Sekhmet    
08. Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae

So we have bands that with the passage of time evolve the style and others that settle in the past and remain. Funeral Winds is a classic name among the classic elders of 1990, I will cite some names like Darkthrone, Beherit, Immortal and Impaled Nazarene, to situate the readers. Fans of devotion to the chaos and true spirit of 90s black metal will be largely satisfied with Sinister Creed. Another interesting detail is that Funeral Winds, despite existing for 27 years, have released only four full-length albums so far, including the brand new, Sinister Creed, that came out at the end of last month. Definitely not a prolific band, the Dutch offspring of multi-instrumentalist Hellchrist Xul (Domini Inferi, Haatstrijd, ex-Inferi, ex-Azelisassath) with this album reinforces the worship of hell and shows his roots with fury, hatred, anger, scorn,... everything typical of an era.

With the opener "The Road To Perdition", Funeral Winds makes a direct punch of unlimited speed and aggression and gives the proper tone to the rest of what is following. Wow! I felt like 20 years old again, with my baseless revolt for many and my psychological problems inflicted by others. This is a hellish aggressive album that in the next 30 minutes kept my eyes closed and my mind immersed in the insanity of my early years, I honestly plunged into an involuntary regression by being exposed to the music of Funeral Winds.

"Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh" and the subsequent tracks don't show a great change in direction, the band keeps with the same aggressive and speeding style from the beginning. "Black Moon Over Saturn" starts with extremely promising operatic background vocals, but it feels a bit uncomfortable and after that everything remains the same, too much generic black metal. The track "Sekhmet" has a nice a bit more slow part that reminds to early Bathory, Hellhammer or very early Celtic Frost. I liked a lot the last track, "Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae", it has a good sound structure, good riffs and leads, this track stands out from the rest of the album, it's more polished and a good ending to this somewhat disturbing album.
 
Sincerely, the other tracks should follow in this direction. As favourite tracks I would choose the first, and the last one without a shadow of a doubt, okay, maybe "Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh". As for the other tracks, I found a lot of repetition and some lack of ideas. The band is undoubtedly great, a frozen fossil that due to recent climate changes became unfrozen and came crashing into our 21st century. I expect that in the future a new album will appear with tracks like the album-closer and then I'll have nothing to complain about, well, maybe. And, to close my review I want to say that this album is for lovers of the raw and demonic black metal of the early 90s, absolutely not for those who dig up more "polite" style that evolved inside black metal nowadays.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Alcest
Album title: Kodama
Release date: 30 September 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

If the band exlored almost every possible element of atmospheric metal and rock, going deep into dreamy pop gaze and before that seeking the evil essence in the most ambiental side of black metal, now everything is staggering, perfectly put together into this musical amalgam of stylistic maximalism that finds its drawing substantial inspiration from Japanese art and culture, more precisely in Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Princess Mononoke. Kodama is just another step in Alcest's never ceasing creative force, it's an album that needs a lot of consequent listens before being completely discovered in all its corners; it boasts with many dramatic subtleties, hidden layers, and to reach that state of mind, when this albums grabs you with its flow, you must be in certain mood, ready to enter this cultural, stylistic and compositional narrative thing that not only upholds the band's trailblazing legacy but actually makes you want to see where they go next.

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