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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017



01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
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Double Eyelid - Seven Years (2014) - Review

Band: Double Eyelid
Album title: Seven Years
Release date: 7 July 2014
Label: Self-released

Tracklist:
01. Black Box
02. Diamond Cutter
03. She’s Falling
04. John
05. Dead Is Better
06. The Hanged Woman
07. The Quick And The Damned
08. Dirty Weather
09. The Stranger
10. He Fell

One album, Double Eyelid, Seven Years, ten tracks and a countless palette of vigorous images. I have never struggled before to put down some words on an album, as with this one. Not because I would try to look for bright points in a boring album, but because this album is so extraordinary; so emotional, intelligent and thought provoking, it is incredibly difficult for me to put all the imagery and feelings I encountered with this album, down. Formed in 2009 and emerging from Canada, Double Eyelid consist of its mastermind and remarkable vocalist Ian Revell, Karl Mohr on guitar and Benjamin Mueller Heaslip behind the keyboard. Presenting the band – that’s the easy part. Now onward to the music on Seven Years. Here we go.

No, I cannot give you the genre; simply because Double Eyelid is something you have never heard before. Experimenting with death rock, electro rock, darkwave and glam rock and adding a lot of dramatic moments to the sound, is probably the easiest way to go. This album is so incredibly dense, yet so fluid, it’s almost surreal. And while I was listening to it, it got all these strange and unconnected associations; varying from musicians such as Michael Jackson, Christian Death, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie and Nina Hagen and literary works, like Bram Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece Dracula and the absurd and avant-garde play The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco. Yes, this album is everything: artsy, avant-garde, dramatic, dark, passionate, flirty, romantic, weird and so incredibly profound. The complex structure combining electronic features with pure death rock guitar driven melodies, additional piano tunes and entrancing vocals create very theatrical and romantic atmosphere, filled with pathos, despair, obnoxiousness and well - on the other side - love, romanticism and affection. Some songs are more slow-paced and almost dreadful or even vile, such as ''She’s Falling'', while others explore a more rock-on based sound, for example ''The Quick And The Dead'' or ''John''. The bass line on the opening track, ''Black Box'' seems awfully strange to me though, but I have not to this day deciphered what it reminds me of. Nonetheless, there is no sign of copying anyone or anything, don’t get me wrong, because all in all, the opening song is just as theatrical, obscure and over-the-top, while not trespassing the boundaries of disconnected distortion, as the other tracks. The pulsating sound of ''Diamond Cutter'' alongside Ian’s deeply vehement vocals create a special, sexy and intense ambient, which  reminds me of what the oozing and tense Nine Inch Nails's famous song ''Closer'' was presenting. Double Eyelid also honoured the late and legendary Rozz Williams by covering ''The Stranger'' and decided to end the album with a grandiose, darkly cliff-hanger ''He Fell''.

Seven Years will definitely be one of my top albums of this year; simply, because I consider myself an ''adventurous experimentalist'' when it comes to music, and this album simply fits to that. Imagine a painter, standing in front of a blank canvas and splattering all the different colours on it, resulting in creating a beautiful painting, which holds a very strong story behind it. That’s what Double Eyelid does - with music. The splatter becomes reality, becomes art and delivers a message; gloomy, deep, fiery and aesthetic. I am no master in psychology of art (no shit, Sherlock), but this album is an artistic composition, that will evoke a wide palette of emotions and I can only wish for this band to continue the path they are on, bringing us something fresh, unique and so highly addictive in the future.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Red Sun Revival
Album title: Identities
Release date: 19 June 2015
Label. Echozone/Ressurection Records

When the London based four piece Red Sun Revival released their debut album, Running From The Dawn, in 2012, the gothic rock fans were nothing but mesmerized and hooked by its ethereal emotional melodies, yet very personal and deeply moving songs. Then the EP named Embers brought one hell of a promising four tracks where the band showed even more matured compositional skills. With Identities the band got even more unique sound, even though the typical gothic rock elements perfected before by The Mission, Nosferatu, The Cure and Fields Of The Nephilim are present all over, but done in such kind of soundtrack-ish style, with pinch of pop like edge in some rhythmic lines, with emotions pouring out with every chord, every beat and every word, I don't believe we ever heard something alike before. Identities with all of the ten featured songs is as opposed to the debut album written not only by bands mastermind Rob Leydon, this time also bassist Panos Theodoropoulous took a part in the compositional process and the consequence are even more flowing, lush and original soundscapes, even Rob Leydon's voice has almost nothing to do anymore with Carl McCoy. In a way I can go as far and say that if later era Pink Floyd were ever going to make gothic rock then something similar could came up. Identities offers a myriad of amazing moments that flow like a tender warm breeze of the most refined darkness, thus exposing all of its beauty to the one who'll give to this release a careful listen.

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