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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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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: Arcturus
Album title: Arcturian
Release date: 8th May 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

With the underlying black metal roots, Arcturian delivers such a grand surprise by simply overblowing all the inserted stylistic elements to a point, when you may feel all will explode. But it does not. Not only rich orchestrations, use of various string instruments and piano melodies found their way to fit perfectly into the picture, Arcturus went modern old school, and even added a fair amount of dubstep. The peculiar inclusion of electronica is not in any way abusive of the sound, but it rather gives it a hypnotizing and mysterious note and deepens the profound atmosphere of it. With razor-sharp guitar arrangements, blasting drumming and ICS Vortex's dramatic vocal work, Arcturian is just what we love about this band: bizarre, deranged and schizophrenic, even diabolical and wildly obscure at moments. With so many various elements being intensified to its maximum point, Arcturian is all in all a straight-forward, extremely cohesive and swirling work of art. Its core may be askew, but its atmosphere stretches from ghastly to romantic, from stygian to lucent and is from the first to the last note deeply vigorous.


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