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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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Lumnos - Ancient Shadows Of Saturn (2018) - Review

Band: Lumnos
Album title: Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
Release date: 26 February 2018
Label: Flowing Downward

Tracklist:
01. I Am Born From A Star
02. Primordial Darkness
03. Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
04. No Soul Is Near
05. Existentialism

“I close my eyes and slowly move away from here, in suspension, I see the earth from afar. Free from the physical moorings, space is all mine. In the arms of the night I travel, without the bonds of my physical body I am free to reach the stars and in this search through the infinite Universe I find myself forever light. I do not belong on this planet of iniquities. Father Saturn, guide my journey home tonight.”

However insane and meaningless my words sound at the beginning of this review, they express exactly what I felt the first time I heard this album. Ancient Shadows Of Saturn is the new album of Lumnos the solo project of Putrefatus, a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist who has been working in outer space since 2015. This is the first album of Lumnos to be released as a physical release, after a lot of previously released digital stuff, and the first one on a label, the new sublabel of Avantgarde Music, Flowing Downward.

Lumnos is without any doubt to a certain extent inspired by atmospheric/cosmic black metal bands such as Mesarthim, Luster and Midnight Odyssey, and this album consolidates its style and has already established its place alongside these bands. The five tracks are epic, deeply atmospheric, sometimes at the border of ambiental music, it's an invitation to transcendence. The keyboards lead the songs all the time and the piano lines are beautiful along with the clean vocals, which remind a liitle bit to Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, but also some other rhythmic electronic insertions have some things in common with afore mentioned band.
 
The typical black metal vocals are whispering and blend perfectly, providing an extremely melancholic atmosphere. The excellent opening track, "I Am Born From A Star", is a truly epic opener, 12 minutes of pure bliss and hope. The floating keyboards evoke the cosmos, melancholic guitar riffs heighten the sense of passion. The ripped and whispering vocals are beautiful in my point of view, any other approach would not apply here so well. After all, it's cosmic black metal that will transport you into space and this music can make you float, piano notes give this feeling and fall like a very light rain. The clean vocals just after, are equally perfect. What a music! One of my favourites.

“Primordial Darkness” opens up by slowing down things a bit with a melancholic guitar, with a slower piano touches adding feelings of longing. In their essence, "Ancient Shadows Of Saturn" and "No Soul Is Near" follow the same pattern, but it’s in "Existencialism" that things change again. The electronic part is pretty dominant and takes up all the music, it's a heavier instrumental that ends this amazing journey, it's as if this time you were approaching a gravitational field that pulls you back to reality once again.

Ancient Shadows Of Saturn is the most beautiful of the cosmic black metal albums I've heard recently. It has so very immersive ambiance, almost all of the songs are building up the tension so very nicely and smoothly. The only thing because I don't give it a perfect 10/10 rating is the sound of sometimes too linear drums with a bit irritating snare sound. But it doesn't really ruin the overall feeling, it's without a shadow of doubt that this album will occupy my list of top 10's in the end of 2018.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 9,5/10

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Band: Neurotech
Album title: Stigma
Release date: 7 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

Playing softly with intertwining so many various styles, building on a solid foundation of cyber metal and enhancing with so many different layers, most notable feature of Stigma is its strong cinematic approach. The blasting drums are still present, covered with a dense layer of electronic effects and Wulf's vocoded vocals. But what really makes it so significant and pushes it further, is the grandeur approach and stupendous orchestrations, which flow more in the vein of film score music of Hans Zimmer, than symphonic metal, and are vibrating throughout the entire album. However, what spices up the deal are the numerous, eloquent insertions of so many different stylistic elements into the game. Stigma is yet another album, Wulf can only feel pride and joy of. What from a certain point of view may seem like it's only Infra Versus Ultra part 2, when realizing its potent nature, this album does open up new dimensions in the realms of Neuortech. On one side it is so staggeringly poetic, romantic and thought-provoking, on the other well as nerve striking, energetic and even demonic. If you are one of those Neurotech fans, who still craves and wishes for an Antagonist sequel, leave your hopes behind. But if you are here to follow the further evolution of its music, Stigma is simply an album you must embrace.

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