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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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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: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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