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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2017



01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
04.
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
08.
Anathema - The Optimist
09. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
10. Last Leaf Down
- Bright Wide Colder

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2 Love Or 2 Hate - Pain Illusion (2014) - Review

Band: 2 Love Or 2 Hate
Album title: Pain Illusion
Release date: 17 October 2014
Label: Danse Macabre

Tracklist:
01. Bow Down
02. Now I Know
03. Ruin
04. Mind F#**K
05. Whats Left To Say
06. Blow Up Doll
07. Heaven And Hell

Sometimes the expectations of some albums are just to high and when such a weak thing like it's 2 Love Or 2 Hate's debut album gets served the disappointment can't be bigger. 2 Love Or 2 Hate is the new band formed by David Buyense and Nevea Siren, then later joined by a long time live-bassist of London After Midnight, Michael Areklett. On Pain Illusion Michael plays guitar and gets accompanied by David on vocals and synths, plus Nevea as well occasionally behind the microphone. Unfortunately the chemistry in here simply doesn't work out and their blend of electro-industrial, synthwave and gothic rock simply is..., easiest to say boring, uninspired and too much confusing.

Pain Illusion is an album with thankfully short running time just above 30 minutes, and believe me or not those 30 minutes are a huge waste of your time. The band is trying to mix elements of Nine Inch Nails, IAMX, Bauhaus, Einsturzende Neubauten, Christian Death and many other artists, plus making it consciously or unconsiously rather psychedelic, actually it doesn't really matter because in here almost nothing makes sense. There's no cohesive thread, no drive, simply nothing that could suck you into their music, and above all the instrumental side is so very unballanced for most of the time. Maybe only the last two tracks, "Blow Up Doll" with its rather perverse erotic vibe, and a little bit more coherent goth/industrial/wave experiment "Heaven And Hell" makes the things only just to say tasty. Ok, to tell the truth also "Now I Know" has quite strong goth-industrial impact, but even here those unneeded sci-fi/cyber elements make it too much scatty. Otherwise all those scattered around sounds of psyched out guitars, inconspicuous synths and simple chaotic beats are in no harmony at all. If you've expected some cool danceable rhythms or at least some catchy melodies then you'll be very disappointed, because even when they get on the track it's sooner or later everything lost in mediocrity.

2 Love Or 2 Hate are a fine example that not always big names are a guarantee for quality. Add here also very average production, strange mix and tedious artwork, and the result is one hell of a dull release. There's so much better goth/industrial/electronic/... music out there that you simply don't need this in your collection.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 3/10

 

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Wormfood
Album title: L'Envers
Release date: 20th May 2016
Label: Apathia Records

Five years after their rather overlooked album Posthume and right in time for their 15th anniversary the French ensemble Wormfood returns with their fifth album entitled L’Envers. The band did quite a change in their sound if compared to Posthume, the avantgarde elements are still there, but not so evident, also the album doesn't sound so very depressive and is more compact and consistent, as well flamboyant, but overall it's so very theatrical and most of all decadent, with almost entirely francophone orientation. L'Envers is more than anything kind of a perverse and obscure horror stage play transformed into sound. There are many captivating catchy hooks and melodies on this album, but it's because of a rather avantgardish compositional structure of the songs that it doesn't really flourish out, it keeps everything a bit psychedelic and the listener is left in a kind of a suspension almost until the very end when the band offers such a captivating refrain in the "Poisonne".

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