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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017

01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
Sun Of The Sleepless - To The Elements
05. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. End Of Green
- Void Estate
Anathema - The Optimist
09. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
10. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder


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AUTHOR - Inked A Deal With Folter Records

Finnish black metallers Author recently inked a record deal with German label Folter Records. Their debut album, Lopun Alku, has been released in early 2017 by Naturmacht Productions...


PÁRODOS - Debut Album Out In October, Track Available For Streaming

Italian avantgarde/progressive/atmospheric/post-black metal band Párodos will release their debut album entitled Catharsis on 27th October via Inverse Records.


VIRIDANSE - New Song Available Online

The legendary Italian post-punk/new wave/post-rock band Viridanse share a new song, "Aria", taken from their last album, Hansel Gretel e la Strega Cannibale.


DEMISED - Release Their First Official Video

Spanish gothic rock/metal band Demised are proud to announce the release of their first official video "Fractures & Ashes", taken from their new album A Warm Place To Stay.


NUPRAPTOR - Debut Album Out In November, Two Tracks Streaming

Baltimore (USA) based one-man doom act Nupraptor will release its debut album entitled The Heresiarch on 24th November via Shadow Kingdom Records.


WHEELFALL - New Video Released

French industrial/post-metal combo Wheelfall has unveiled a second video clip from their upcoming album titled The Atrocity Reports, for the track "Violence Is Seduction".


BLACK NEEDLE NOISE - Presents New Video Clip

Black Needle Noise has unveiled the new video for "And Nothing Remains" with Ana Breton. Legendary artist-producer John Fryer (founder of seminal 4AD band This Mortal Coil).


TELOCH VOVIN - Releases New Single In The Psalms Ov Khaos Series

New York City-based cult Teloch Vovin have released a new single, "Psalms Ov Khaos - Tenebris Est In Sanguinem", the eighth single in the band's ongoing Psalms Ov Khaos series...


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In the spotlight


One of the most important musical projects inside the neoclassical/folk noir scene must be the German or rather European music ensemble Sagittarius. The project was born back in 1998, formed by Cornelius Waldner who felt the urge and need to work more intensively with classical music and soundscapes and to musically interpret traditional pieces of literature dear to him. Until now, Sagittarius released three full-lenght albums through labels like Cold Spriing Records (UK) and Renovatio Verlag (Germany), plus several limited edition releases. The first two releases of Sagittarius were two demo cassettes, Im Zeichen der Sonne (1999) and Fragmente (2002), soon after that Sagittarius released the debut album titled Die Grosse Marina in 2003 through Renovatio Verlag. The album is a conceptual composition based on Ernst Jünger's novel 'On The Marble Cliffs', but should not be understood as an attempt to put the entire book into music, instead, selected scenes and passages were picked out and inspired Sagittarius during the process of creation. Apart from six own compositions, the album also included musical pieces by Ion Manzatu, Simion Lefter and Ludwig van Beethoven.


Album of the month - August 2017

Band: Lacrimosa
Album title: Testimonium
Release date: 25 August 2017
Label: Hall Of Sermon

Lacrimosa is a powerhouse of everything releated to dark, gothic, classical, theatrical and symphonic in rock or metal music, there's no doubt about it. Lacrimosa reached the cult status long time ago and is of course a name that with every single release brings shivers into hearts of dark music lovers, every single new album is highly anticipated and until now the two, Tilo and Anne, never dissapointed. Testimonium is yet another example of Lacrimosa grandiosity. Testimonium in its four acts offers such a very dynamic sound and varied song structuctures, with each song brings diversities that you wouldn't imagine. Tilo is an artist of gothic symphonic music par exelence, one of the best composers of our time and being active with Lacrimosa for 27 years he made a real history of dark music of its own kind. At one point we are drowned into a powerful crushing gothic symphonic metal, then there's a bit doom, some dark folk segments, and right after that the listener can enjoy in balladic piece with masterfully implemented classical orchestrations in it. Testimonium is one of the strongest albums in Lacrimosa discography and some of the songs featured in here might become timeless classics on their already large repertoire of evergreen dark music hits.

Read a review: Here

Video of the week

Lord Of The Lost - Lighthouse

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Band: Lacrimosa
Album title: Hoffnung
Release date: 6 November 2015
Label: Hall Of Sermon

The beautiful sonic architecture of gothic and symphonic metal, thy name is Lacrimosa. With celebrating 25 years of the formation of this wondrous and astonishing musical act, Hoffnung does not only get credit for being a celebratory album in a way, but also deserves all the praise for bringing yet again the mournful and profound soundscapes we all came to love and adore with albums such as Elodia, Fassade and Echos. Lacrimosa is one of the last few original, inspirational and quality bands from the golden days of gothic metal still standing proud and ongoing, as the duet of Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi keeps surprising, with how seemingly effortless they have stayed true to their well-established posture, but at the same time have always managed to expand their signature sound and breathe life into something new and mesmerizing.

Read a full review HERE