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02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
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- Eonian
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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Evoken - Hypnagogia (2018) - Review

Band: Evoken
Album title: Hypnagogia
Release date: 9 November 2018
Label: Profound Lore Records

Tracklist:
01. The Fear Inside   
02. Valorous Consternation
03. Schadenfreude
04. Too Feign Ebullience
05. Hypnagogia
06. Ceremony Of Bleeding
07. Hypnopompic
08. The Weald Of Perished Men

At last the American cult act Evoken returns to the funeral doom scene with their new album Hypnagogia, six long years after their latest album Atra Mors. Evoken is known as the forefathers of death doom/funeral doom and with their new record they stay true to their roots, which has always been deeply oriented slow crushing riffs with a mysterious atmosphere surrounding the music.

Evoken creates a dark world of despair. I had great expectations because their legendary second album Quietus (2001) is one of my absolute favorite albums and indeed I was not disappointed when I started listening to the sonic monolith called Hypnagogia.

I consider Hypnagogia as one of the bands finest contributions untill now. I like their straight forward sound yet leaving room for more melodies and synthesisers, that always helped to achive that eerie sound that Evoken is known to be able to create. The beautiful guitar harmonies go perfectly in line with the lovely gloomy synths and even with the violins.

To be able to appriciate the quality of the album you have to take your time and really listen over and over again. If you do so you are soon brought back into the old slow drone sound that we have come to love long ago in case of this band. It took me a good week to really sit down and listen to this album, and when you really take your time and listen properly to it you can hear that the good old Quietus feeling is back, but as well that Evoken came up with even more daring expression with a monument that will most likely be recognized as a landmark.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Born For Bliss
Album title: Falling Back To Never
Release date: 16 October 2015
Label: Echozone

Born For Bliss is finally back with an album that's by all means a proper masterpiece, Falling Back To Never, which takes with such an ease the listener into a magical world that can be rarely witnessed. Falling Back To Never is like a story told in twelve chapters and as the opener "Innocent" is repetitively saying, "tell me your story, tell me you're innocent...", you know in an instant what will be about lyricaly wise. If the opening song can be counted like a rather hypnotic and psychedelic, yet very multidimensional introduction into Falling Back To Never, the real drama and whole new world opens up with "This Narrow Place". The sound on the album is somehow complex, constantly divided between the emotional, gentle, atmospheric new wave sound, and the one a bit more hypnotic, but still there's not a single second on it where it loses its extraordinary pathos. The vocal job is simply breathtaking, it's difficult to explain what kind of a power, passion and emotion is poured into it, let it be when Frank sings alone or in a duet with Lori, one of the finest examples of such a duet must be the driving "Better Than Me". The overall very atmospheric sound is often enriched with use of various electronics, synths, piano touches and much more other well thought insertions. The one who takes this sonic journey must be satisfied in the end, because albums like it's Falling Back To Never are rarely released these days. A masterpiece!

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