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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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Kosmogyr - Eviternity (2018) - Review

Band: Kosmogyr
Album title: Eviternity
Release date: 30 March 2018
Label: Flowing Downward

Tracklist:
01. Sui Generis
02. The Wane
03. Quiescent
04. Eviternity
05. Frality
06. Refulgence
07. Iridescent
08. Vision
09. Thalassic Lunacy

The international duo known as Kosmogyr is an effort between Xander Cheng (The Arcbane) from China and Ivan Belcic (Death To Giants, ex-The Machinery Of Other Skeletons) who lives in the Czech Republic. After two years of herculean work, these talented musicians, released the debut on 30th March via Flowing Downward. This album depincts a true perfection that despite having its roots in the 90s, presents us with a quite modern take on black metal, vigorously orchestrated with an aggressive temperament and full of vitality with melancholy, melody and atmospheric soundscapes.

Eviternity consists of nine songs that were written in an immersive way, each track is composed of subjective interpretations, with this I mean that each one will be interpreted by the listener in his/her own way. The lyrics were not imposed or composed following a pattern. With a relentless rhythm, full of extreme programmed drums and very well executed instruments, a special note must go to the throughout very solid guitar work, yet with well executed vocals that are just boiling out aggression.

"Sui Generis", the opening track, is extremely melancholic and full of feeling and the subsequent tracks are composed of moments of extravagant melody, as in the beginning of "Quiescent" or the xylophone notes that initiate "Fraility", or the acoustic guitar that appears in "Refulgence". But most of the band's nod toward the melody comes through the patterns of riffs, with their quasi-cathartic, and subtle movements. All these added vanguard elements perfectly match the moments of aggression and passion represented by a Scandinavian black metal of the '90s.

Difficult to choose favourite tracks on this album, all are particularly beautiful and the effort spent on performing Eviternity is undoubtedly noteworthy, especially if you take into account the geographical distance of the musicians. How many dawns were not spent preparing this aggressive and powerful work? Many. Thanks to these really professional musicians for bringing out one of the best albums released so far this year, as it relates to the perfect junction between the old and the new black metal.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Au Champ Des Morts
Album title: Dans La Joie
Release date: 27 January 2017
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Just to see which bands are cited as their main influences tells a lot, Bathory, The Sisters Of Mercy, And Also The Trees, Celtic Frost, Alcest, The Devil's Blood, pretty varied list of artists, isn't it? And to see a band that makes such flowing and vehement atmospheric sound which perfectly walks the borders between the blackgaze, post-rock, cold wave, dsbm, post-black metal and yet much more, is nothing but astonishing. This album is a healing journey for darkened souls who want to explore the beauty of darkness. Dans La Joie is one of the best albums from this specific sector that grabs your soul, heart and mind in an instant and enchains you with its multilayered atmospheric yet aggressive and powerful sound so much that is impossible to remain cold blooded. Dans La Joie has it all, it's dark, deeply personal but very vital record.

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