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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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Iron Void - Excalibur (2018) - Review

Band: Iron Void
Album title: Excalibur
Release date: 25 May 2018
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records

Tracklist:
01. Dragon's Breath
02. The Coming Of A King
03. Lancelot Of The Lake
04. Forbidden Love
05. Enemy Within
06. The Grail Quest
07. A Dream To Some, A Nightmare To Others
08. The Death Of Arthur
09. Avalon

King Arthur? Check. A valiant quest? Check. Damsels? Check. Forbidden love? Check.
From the first song of UK doom stalwart Iron Void’s new third album Excalibur it’s clear that this nine-track concept album retelling the King Arthur legend, for better or worse, would fit right in with classic 80s doom. And, that is their obvious intention. After issuing their first two albums on Doomanoid Records, Iron Void chose Shadow Kingdom Records for this dynamic doom release.

“Dragon’s Breath”, the album opener, teases an acoustic introduction before quickly laying down heavy slabs of traditional doom riffery. Over the course of the next eight songs listeners travel through misty moors of body-strewn battles and Arthurian quests before succumbing to the acoustic closer “Avalon.” If listeners did not know they were purchasing a concept album, the song titles themselves are self-explanatory: “Lancelot Of The Lake;” “The Grail Quest;” and “The Death Of Arthur.”

Vocalist/bassist Jonathan “Sealey” Seale’s (also known from Solstice and The Lamp Of Thoth) clean vocals ring clear and true in the mix and are a pleasant departure from the current trend of death/blackened vocals in the doom genre. (In other words, he can SING well.) Steve Wilson, guitars/vocals, has accomplished a difficult task in creating memorable guitar licks grounded in traditional doom structures, but that sound contemporary. His use of harmony guitar tracks is subtle without being obnoxious. At times Richard Maw’s solid drum attack reminds me of classic Candlemass and Cathedral songs. My only complaint is that he doesn’t let the kick drum loose which would only enhance his tracks.
 
Iron Void’s incorporation of folk and traditional British melodies in songs such as “Lancelot Of The Lake” and “Forbidden Love” make this album more unique than standard doom fare. Steeleye Span would whole heartedly approve. Fans of The Gates Of Slumber, Dio and other fantasy-metalers should soon have this album on heavy rotation at their next sesh.

Review written by: Russell Orchard
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Phonothek
Album title: Lost In Fog
Release date: 17 May 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

The Phonothek debut appears to be one more step in the expansion of the Cryo Chamber image. On Lost In Fog, we hear a lot more overtly musical elements than are often present. The dichotomy gives the entirety of Lost In Fog a brilliantly dramatic and cinematic edge. The cinematic aspect is further displayed in the choice of track titles. It seems as though we are being guided through a story, and each title gives a bit of a hint into the narrative. As with many dark ambient releases, there are enough hints here to suggest a theme and a progression of scenes. Yet luckily these hints are not commanding enough to steal the sense of mystery and discovery from the listener. Phonothek prove that there is still quite a lot more to offer in this area, much of which we may not even realize is possible until someone comes along and pushes the boundaries just a bit further.

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