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01. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
02. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
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- Black Dawn
04. Saille
- Gnosis
05. Black Anvil
- As Was
06. Heretoir
- The Circle
07. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder
08. Bitterfeldt
- Götzen.Dämmerung
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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: Pronoise
Album title: The Border Crossing
Release date: 15 May 2015
Label: Surgical Knife Records (Self-Released)

With one half of the duet being more inclined to dark rock and post-punk music, and the other feeling more at home in the field of dark electronics, you can only imagine these two worlds symbiotically intertwine throughout the entire record. With dark electronic beats carrying the essential groove, this album serves the listener with so many stylistical collisions, intertwining elements which go all the way from post-punk, goth rock, dark rock through darkwave and also EBM and industrial music, while carrying emotional and sometimes even very aerial charge. What on the outside - for a listener - may sound so simplistic is actually a conglomerate of not only the clashing ideas of two talented musicians with a clear vision of they want, but also hard work. The incorporation of so many different elements, coming together from so many different genres, is an ungrateful task and things could go wrong so easily here. Pronoise have proven they are a well-oiled machine, with many ideas, which are to be formed in musical art. Whether you see yourself dancing in a club to the beats, which are sending strange and vibrant impulses through your nerves or sitting in a dark room, sipping a glass of wine and asking yourself a thousand questions, The Border Crossing will fit in your picture.

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