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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
- Northern Chaos Gods

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Ulvegr - Vargkult (2018) - Review

Band: Ulvegr
Album title: Vargkult
Release date: 30 January 2018
Label: Ashen Dominion

Tracklist:
01. Rune Ice Frozen Hatred
02. The End Is Near
03. Cold Graves Breathing Beast
04. Death Is Our Law
05. Cutting Off Your Throat
06. All The Sheep To The Slaughter
07. We Remember The Blood

The Ukrainian black metal entity Ulvegr is back on the scene in less than a year with their fifth full-length album, Vargkult. Last year, more precisely in April 2017, they released the album Titahion: Kaos Manifest, a hot, exotic and disturbing work. With cacophonous invocations, tribal elements this duo has created a frightening atmosphere that permeates and spreads throughout the album's tracks. I had the pleasure to review this album and you can check the review over HERE.

Following the overcast and cold atmospheric base, Helg (Khors, Runes Of Dianceht, Kzohh) and Odalv (Ygg, ex-Nokturnal Mortum, Runes Of Dianceht, Twilight Fall, Elderblood, Kzohh), this time brings us even more more raw, more in-your-face and more simplistic record. These two Ukrainians since the first albums do not follow any kind of a musical model, each album is unique and certainly surprises with changes in the way they approach to the compositions and production. It is worth remembering that the third album, The Call Of Glacial Emptiness, presented itself very cold sound, as the title itself already delivers, on the other hand, Titahion: Kaos Manifest, as I mentioned earlier, is more exotic and disturbing.

If I evaluate only the cover of the album and then go into details I would say that I saw a drop in quality. Luckily you can never judge an album by its cover even more when you have two well-known creatures of the scene. Vargkult did not disappoint my expectations, although it offers around half an hour of devastating skull-crushing black metal with a couple of hints to death and thrash/speed metal. Harmony is noteworthy, this album does not present a linear interpretation, but it has great intensity, one can find the pagan tendencies deep in each sound, but the brutal impact on the brain is very intense and comes with a frantic speed. The rhythm of the album is pleasant, insane shrieks and abrasive tremolo picks constantly drill into your head, fortunately there is no sound dirt that limits and erases the instruments and the vocals, the production is good in sonorous terms.
 
My favorite tracks are "The End Is Near", "Death Is Our Law" and "All The Sheep To The Slaughter". It sounds diverse and as previously said, pleasant and doesn’t disappoint, and why not say that in certain segments might be even contemporary. Vargkult maintains the pure line of traditional black metal, but it is not a copy of some well known cult albums done in the times when black metal was still evolving. Undoubtedly a good album, worth of being heard and have on your shelf for those moments of euphoria and need for something with quality yet clean, that stands out in this sea of songs released frantically these days.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8/10

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Band: God Body Disconnect
Album title: Dredge Portals
Release date: 12 January 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

Bruce Moallem makes his debut with a highly versatile release, probably the most unexpected so far from Cryo Chamber. Dredge Portals encompasses many different musical styles. While clearly rooted in dark ambient the use of guitars, a variety of different drones, and a vocalized narrative, push the boundaries of dark ambient to its very limits touching on a post-rock feel reminiscent of artists like This Will Destroy You. While we have heard vocals in previous releases from Cryo Chamber, this is the first time that an artist vocalizes a real recurring narrative throughout the album. Dredge Portals is one of the most cinematic releases yet from Cryo Chamber, and the most successful use of narration so far in a dark ambient release from any label.

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