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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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Kreuzweg Ost - Gott Mit Uns (2012) - Review

Band: Kreuzweg Ost
Album title: Gott Mit Uns
Release date: January 2012
Label: Cold Spring Records

Tracklisting:
01. Exitus In Paradisum
02. Calvaria
03. Stammen
04. Heiliger Gehorsam
05. Thy Will Be Done
06. Black Moon
07. Geh mit Gott
08. Feuertaufe
09. Geistige Emigration

    Religion and war, two concepts that go along so well and this music is a good testimony of that. Is humankind forever damned? Is any light out there? The answer probably lies in Gott Mit Uns. The third studio effort from this Austrian band/project Kreuzweg Ost, formed by Michael Gregor aka Silenius (Summoning, Amestigon, ex Abigor, ex Die Verbannten Kinder Evas), now together with other two programmers: Oliver Stummer aka Tomoroh Hidari (known also for his work in His Namelessness Is Legion, Aeon,...) and Ronald Albrecht is absolutely something that listeners won't forget so easily, either you'll like it or hate it.
    If their first album Iron Avantgarde was something so disturbing to listen, that many people turned their backs from them, as it was like a dark collage of movie samples backed with industrial and martial beats leading nowhere through that suffocating ambiance. This is a completely different story. It's a natural progress, even from their second album Edelrost released seven years ago, still following the path from that one, but much more implemented with dense atmospheres you can't imagine. Their music ranges in the fields of dark ambient, martial industrial, neoclassical and cinematic music. Instead of classic vocals they use vocal samples from religious and war themed movies and they are able to create an astonishing picturesque wall of sound around them.
    »Exitus In Paradisum« opens this album and right away you are somewhere out of this time and place, call it middle-earth, middle-ages perhaps. Depressing, dark veil of sound, calm and yet tremendous, similar to the atmospheres in Summoning without the metal part. Like a thick fog approaching from a distant land, coming to take those few defeated and wounded survivors from the battle. But it ain't over yet. The most disturbing track here is the second one »Calvaria«. Something went wrong here, somebody said something,... a lie? Total drama. This is just the beginning of this voyage into darkness as the best is still to come with »Stammen«, »Black Moon«, »Geh Mit Gott«, actually each song has it's own qualities and story behind it. Put on your headphones and listen to »Heiliger Gehorsam«, then close your eyes and there will be no need for a screen to watch a movie.
    Spoken, screamed or shouted female or male words,  combined with martial, Laibach kind of industrial beats, pounding drums, trumpets, atmospheric synths, orchestrations, some choirs in the distance and neoclassical arrangements make this an extraordinary piece of sonic adventure, different from all others in this genre. It's a black ritual going on here. Still there is some kind of paradox, as within all of this suffocating blackness, delusion, doubt and desperation lies faith and hope. Yes, I can develop a long philosophical lecture here, but this music is an intimate piece of art just waiting to be consumed by each listener in his/her own privacy. This musical majestical work is after all for those seeking salvation. God be with you!

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ison
Album title: Cosmic Drone [EP]
Release date: 8 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

It was expected in a way that nothing else but a pure sonic beauty can came out from the two likeminded artists, Heike Langhans, known from her solo project Lorelei and as the new vocalist of the Swedish gothic/doom metal masters Draconian, and Daniel Änghede who's the main force behind electro/shoegaze/goth duo Hearts Of Black Science and member of Crippled Black Phoenix. The music of Ison is mainly inspired by drone, goth, ambient, post-rock and shoegaze, but with Heike's deep fascination towards astral planes and universe everything gains a completely new dimension. Everything flows with such ease, yet has the power to hypnotize with its dark charm and eerie atmosphere. Great compositional skills by both artists shine with a mesmerizing combination of guitars, synths and electronica where every single guitar chord, let it be acoustic or heavily distorted, every echoing pulse, cold spherical piano touch and every single beat, with all those perfectly arranged spacey synths and beautifully balanced almost ethereal vocals, all of those and yet all other elements which are only waiting to penetrate your mind are in pitch perfect symbiosis to force the listener to close eyes and submit to the world without cellphone reception or windows to tell if it´s day or night, to the location of total isolation to the outside world.

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