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VULTURE LORD - Returns With A New Album After 18 Years

Eighteen years since the release of their first full-length album, the wicked and blasphemous Profane Prayer, the Norwegian black metal legends Vulture Lord has returned with its successor. Desecration Rite is an unholy assault...

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DRACONIAN - Unveils Official Video For "The Sethian"

Gothic doom metal symbiosis Draconian just unveiled a new official video for their hauntingly beautiful hymn, "The Sethian", cut from their latest chart-breaking album, Under A Godless Veil (2020). Along with a bewitching official video...

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EDNA FRAU - Presents First Single And Video From The Upcoming Debut Album

Italian indie post-punk act Edna Frau (formed by The Doormen and Postvorta members) release a video for the track "Wet Plush", the first single from their debut album My Ego Is Bigger Than Yours, which is...

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BORNHOLM - Inked A Deal With Napalm Records, Working On A New Album

Hungarian pagan/black metal legends Bornholm have signed a record deal with Napalm Records and are currently working on their upcoming fifth album. Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2000, Budapest's...

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ÅSKOG - Entire Upcoming Debut Album Available For Streaming

Swedish black metal unit Åskog has premiered online their debut album Varþnaþer. The album will be out in two days on the 12th of May via Grind to Death Records (CD) and Leviaphonic Records (digital).

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MARRAS - Announces Sophomore Full-Length, First Track Available For Streaming

Finnish black metallers Marras announced that they will release the highly anticipated second album, Endtime Sermon, on the 9th of July via Spread Evil Productions. Marras burst from the void in autumn 2019...

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SHININGSTAR - New Single And Lyric Video Released

Russian female-fronted symphonic metallers Shiningstar are now launching the new single and lyric video "Night Witches". Recently the band signed a record deal with Time To Kill Records for the release...

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SVARTA SANNIGAR - Presents First Single And Video From The Upcoming EP

Swedish post-rock/goth/metal band Svarta Sanningar, who will release on 21st May a new EP Kapitel 2, have unveiled a new single and music video "Kemisk Reinkarnation". This song can be described as...

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[Dark] UNKNOWN

A MORS ET BELLO

Mexican band A Mors Et Bello was established by vocalist and bassist Alverdark in 1998. First called Divine Blood, Alverdark, Serpent and Siner, made some local presentations without materializing their sound. With the return of the drummer, guitarist and composer Andras Mors from the United States in 1999, Alverdark decided to give the band a new name: A Mors Et Bello. The band then decided to record an EP with two new members, Seyer and Olaznogh, titled this material Dominazione Di Satanas. Soon after the EP's release (2001), Seyer and Olaznogh decided to leave the band due to personal issues. The remaining A Mors Et Bello's members Andras Mors and Alverdark then recorded a debut album called Sounds Of Horror, released in 2005.

A Mors Et Bello's music will be presented in the radio show [Dark] UNKNOWN this Thursday, 13 May at 22.00 (CET) on Terra Relicta Radio.

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In the spotlight

SAIGON BLUE RAIN

French act Saigon Blue Rain was formed by Ophélie Lecomte and Franck Pelliccioli in September 2012 as Stupid Bitch Reject. Six months later, its first self-titled EP got released on Afmusic. A couple of months before the debut album What I Don't See release on Cold Insanity Music in September 2014, the duo decided to rename the band from Stupid Bitch Reject to Saigon Blue Rain. While the initials, which proved to be lucky ones, stayed the same, the music style changed - what was the reason for changing the band's name in the first place. The same kind of ethereal vocals now combined with highly emotive new/coldwave with some post-punk, darkwave, shoegaze and some gothic rock.

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Terra Relicta Dark Music Awards 2012 - RESULTS!!!

TERRA RELICTA DARK MUSIC AWARDS 2012 - RESULTS!!!

And here are the results of Terra Relicta Dark Music Awards 2012!!! A big thank you to all who voted, your response was really unbeliveable!!! Also big thanks to all the bands who promoted this competition in many possible ways! In this more than one month long competition we started with five selected and one "write in vote" preliminary groups and from each group two albums made it into BIG final round.
The absolute winner was known more than one week before the voting ended and this title goes to French band Alcest with their album Les voyages de l'âme! But, the battle for second place lasted till the very last hours and Danish doomsters Saturnus with album Saturn In Ascension took it by just one vote before Portuguese gothic metallers Moonspell and their double album Alpha Noir/Omega White. Congratulations also to other bands, some results were really tight.
Not to mention how tight it was in some groups from the Preliminary round. Maybe there was some injustice, as some of the bands ended in with some really tough competitors, but drawing selected it that way and in those kind of competitions luck plays a big factor. (You can leave your comments on Terra Relicta official facebook page.)

1. Alcest - Les voyages de l'âme                                      542 votes

2. Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension                                    324 votes

3. Moonspell - Alpha Noir/Omega White                           323 votes

04. Katatonia - Dead End Kings                                      142 votes                   
05. Desdemona - Endorphins                                          124 votes   
06. Red Sun Revival - Running From The Dawn             71 votes
07. The Foreshadowing - Second World                          65 votes
08. Anathema - Weather Systems                                     57 votes    
09. Mandragora Scream - Luciferland                             42 votes    
10. Valkiria - Here The Day Comes                                 41 votes    
11. My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures              40 votes   
12. Monica Richards (Infrawarrior) - Naiades              36 votes

Check out also the results in preliminary groups: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6


Alcest - Les voyages de l'âme: Masterfully executed melodic sonic journey in the pure Alcest vein. The third album from this French band is magnificent, so many exceptional atmospheric soundscapes must take the listener out of this time and place. This time even more subtle and emotional, showing a natural evolution of this band and a genre called metalgaze. The bands leader Neige is one of the greatest artists when it's about shoegaze within metal and this album just proves this again. Link: Website

 

Anathema - Weather Systems: Anathema's ninth studio album testifys in a big way about the greatness of this liverpoolians, the greatness of creating emotional powerful ablazeing sounds. It's difficult to say what kind of genre are Anathema playing, let's call it atmospheric prog rock. After quite long time without without a studio album, the band returned in 2010 with We're Here Because We're Here and since then Anathema are on a winning path. Weather Systems is a work of art, like only they can do. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Desdemona - Endorphins: One of the most popular active dark alternative bands in their home country Poland must be Desdemona. With their last studio album Endorphins they've gained a lot of success even worldwide. Their music is powerfull, it has a lot of energy, strange industrial beats, distorted metalic guitars and amazing use of electronics. Agnieszkas voice on the other side adds an erotic vibe to their sound. Endorphins is modern, captivating, danceable masterpiece with lots of atmosphere. Album that shouldn't be missed! Link: Website

 

Katatonia - Dead End Kings: Katatonia are back with their ninth studio album. When the time comes for these masters of melancholic rock or metal sounds every fan of theirs is expecting a masterpiece and Katatonia don't disappoint, never. With each listen there is a lot to discover in its waste assortment of sounds and overall complexity. Dead End Kings is one hell of an album and it deserves the highest possible rating. Melancholy and gloom, it rocks!!! Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Mandragora Scream - Luciferland: Do you remember how great was their album Madhouse released back in 2006? Now, the Italian female fronted gothsters are back with Luciferland, which has gained again all the power this band once had to create special haunting dark atmospheres. Gothic metal, industrial touches, dark rock and electro pop elements in a plausible combination. Luciferland is a fresh air and recommended to all past fans of the band, alike to all lovers of modern dark sounds. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Monica Richards (Infrawarrior) - Naiades: Who doesn't know this artist who is the muse of all dark music, better known from her work in legends Faith And The Muse? Naiades, what to add more..., amazing vocal job, captivating atmospheres,... albums like this should be a joy for every fan of quality dark music. It's always nice to see artists who are around for so many years and they still have the power, will and ideas to create albums which can be counted among those classics of the genre. Monica Richards is not only a muse of faith, but absolutely also a muse of the whole dark music world. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Moonspell - Alpha Noir/Omega White: Moonspell have been around for more than twenty years and therefore their discography has everything, from crown jewels of raw metal, to more soft and melodic releases. This album shows both sides, separated in two amazing parts. Just listen to the whole package and decide which side of Moonspell you prefer. In any case, you will find something to enjoy.  Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures: Gloom & doom like we are used from legends My Dying Bride. Epic soundscapes of sorrow and pain, darkness and beauty. The band proves once again that they haven't lost their touch after strange ambiental Evinta. A Map Of All Our Failures is an album that will grab you with its bewitchingatmosphere, depressive mood and top notch doom metal sound. There are so many things that will open a grey world in front of your scarred eyes Link: Website

 

Red Sun Revival - Running From The Dawn: One of the most emotional and profound gothic rock releases of 2012. Red Sun Revival's debut is beautiful and smooth, adventureous and warm, still cold in it's core. This album shouln't be missed in your collection if you ever loved emotional gothic rock with great melodies and amazing vocal job. Bass drive, blistering percussions and gently sparking guitars are giving a fence to lean against, mournful synths and violin lines work like a pillow where you can bury your tearful face after the burial of your loved one. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension: We had to wait for more than six years after magnificent doom metal jewel Veronika Decides To Die to hear new Saturnus masterwork. Now, Saturnus are here with their fourth studio album and tears will be poured again. There is a lot going on in this album, it's a slow sinking into some of the most melancholic and grim spaces that have ever been discovered with the sole music. It's slow, melodic, yet brutal and dark, yes, very dark. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

The Foreshadowing - Second World: The Foreshadowing have been learning from masters of gothic doom till now, but now it's time that masters should learn from them or better said, they have already became one of the elite. An album that stands above all standards that were ever done in gothic doom genre. This album was the first album on Terra Relicta with a rating 10 out of 10. Anything else to be said? I don't think so. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

Valkiria - Here The Day Comes: Black metal, gothic and doom metal marvelous mixture. Such an outstanding musicianship cannot be missed and beside The Foreshadowing they should take the leading role in  Italian dark music spectrum. Valkiria created an outstanding album which works like one song divided into seven parts and brings to the fans of the genre something that everyone should wish to grab and consume. It would really be a disgrace to miss this dark gem. Read a review HERE. Link: Website

 

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