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01. Aeon Sable
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02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
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05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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Rome - Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro (2019) - Review

Band: Rome
Album title: Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro
Release date: 18 January 2019
Label: Trisol Music Group

Tracklist:
01. Sacra entrata
02. A New Unfolding
03. Who Only Europe Know
04. The West Knows Best
05. Feindberührung
06. Fliegen wie Vögel
07. One Lion's Roar
08. Black Crane
09. La fin d'un monde
10. The Legion Of Rome
11. Uropia O Morte
12. Desinvolture

Luxembourg's Rome have delivered their thirteenth album, Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro ('The Ashes of Heliodoro'). Rome main man Jerome Reuter has unleashed a collection of songs on Europe's struggles in the 20th century and the anxieties of modern times and days to come.

After the passionate speech of the intro track "Sacra Entrata", we're thrown into the beautiful and equally passionate "The New Unfolding". Thus setting the stage for a collection of worldly stories and reliable songwriting.

Songs on Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro are overflowing with meaning and purposeful lyrics. The motivational "One Lion's Roar" and the raw "Uropia O Morte" contain some of the most dense and rich verbal arrangements; not just on this record or in Rome's catalogue, but in music today. "The West Knows Best" in particular is chalk full of vivid, spine chilling visuals. You can play any of these tracks and find moving, easily quotable versus of struggle and redemption.

Songs don't relay solely on visual story telling either. More than once I found myself humming along to delightful, tuneful melodies. Especially tracks "Fliegen wie vögel" and "Black Crane". The third track, and one of the most powerful (which says so much), "Only Europe Knows" could easily fit on a Pink Floyd album somewhere between their Wish You Were Here and The Division Bell releases.

It's difficult to review an album this good. With how much music is being made and how much of it I consume on a daily basis, it's rare for me to find something I want to listen to over and over. Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro is one that I'm still excited to revisit no matter how many plays it's already had.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Horror Vacui
Album title: Return Of The Empire
Release date: 26 October 2014 (digital)/25 April 2015 (EU vinyl release)
Label: Avant! Records, Legion Of The Dead Records, Black Water Records

Treading on the musical and cultural border that links dark punk with goth, Horror Vacui is one of the most singular additions to the current roster of sinister rock bands. With its debut album, In Darkness You Will Feel Alright (2012), they already managed to recover what moths had eaten over decades of boring replicas. They merge elements from deathrock, post-punk and gothic rock with a strong personality into songs that keep intact the band’s punk belligerence. In that sense, Horror Vacui recalls the days when groups like Vex, Lords Of The New Church, UK Decay or The Dark - just to mention a few - freely moved among those shadowy punk-rooted territories, just before they splitted apart into distinct genres. Horror Vacui regains the bygone grandeur of sinister rock from a honest D.I.Y. instinct.

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