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Corpus Diavolis - Atra Lumen (2017) - Review

Band: Corpus Diavolis
Album title: Atra Lumen
Release date: 6 April 2017
Label: ATMF

Tracklist:
01. Revelations Before Dawn
02. The Ardent Jewel Of His Presence
03. L’Oeil Unique    
04. Signs Of End Times
05. Wine Of The Beast
06. Flesh To Flesh   
07. Thy Glorification 
08. Sick Waters

The devilish French black metal band Corpus Diavolis is back with their third full-lenght album named Atra Lumen (Gloomy light), after their quite acclaimed Entheogenesis from 2013 and the black metal compilation album Blasphemies Of The Elder Gods, released in 2014, on which Corpus Diavolis were present with one track. Atra Lumen was recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler in Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, UK last year.

Atra Lumen is very dark, dense with many raw and ritualistic moments, while the lyrics are mostly based on occult ceremonial magick and philosophical thoughts from the left hand path. These eight tracks are meant to summon you to the path of enlightenment. The powerful Daemonicreator's voice caused shivers on me. His voice is catalyzed by the lyrics and he knows how to penetrate deep in our mind. The compositions are mostly based on slower movements or mid-paced ones, with many harmonic guitars lines and everything is made heavier with crushing drum beats. When the musics speeds a little more it's then that we are served with a bit more raw black metal with traditional tremolo pickings and blast beats.

The tracks like "Sick Waters", "Wine Of The Beast" and "Revelations Before Dawn" are the longest ones. As the album progresses death metal influence becomes quite evident. Sometimes the sound is almost becoming closer to the doom metal style than black metal. The band nicely includes angelic voices, choirs, howls and we can also find well placed piano touches that bring quite avantgardish ambiental disarray at the end of the album. Still, the whole album has throughout this hellish and hopeless aura.

These satanic preachers have performed quite effectively on this album and we can feel the dedication of each of them in order to reach the fans of black arts with excellence. I enjoyed these songs and my favorite tracks are the speeding traditional black/death tune "Thy Glorification" and very atmospheric avantgarde black ritual named "Sick Waters". I can recommend this album to everyone who likes occult black metal inspired by ritualistic black magick.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Black Egg
Album title: Melencolia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: [aufnahme + wiedergabe]

The main persona behind Black Egg is the French composer/singer/multiinstrumentalist UsherSan, active in the music business since late 80s, known from before as the founder of the legendary Norma Loy and Die Puppe, this time he teamed up with the Austrian soul mate Corina Nenuphar (Ghost Actor, Vile Oblique, Suicide Potion,...), and the two created an album of highly hypnotizing dark minimalism. Melencolia gives shivers, it's an album with an eerie and cold atmosphere, yet at he same time it's very intimate and somehow schizophrenic. Melencolia is maybe the most minimalistic thing Black Egg did so far, but it offers such a multidimensional sound with many layers and variations that can't be taken just like another minimal dark electro thing, and it's absolutely not. Black Egg on Melencolia created a very dense and perverse sound which drills into your mind and soul with retro psychedelic elements, that could be in a strange way connected with the retro avantgarde rock sound of Velvet Underground and even with most disturbing and provocative things The Doors did back then. Use of different instruments, from synthetic retro beats, various samples, deep pulsating bass lines, piano, rhythmic noises,..., makes the whole thing dynamic, the atmosphere is often very suspenseful, psychedelic, sometimes almost appropriate for a BDSM orgy, everything is yet well produced and arranged, giving kind of a multimensional depth. Melencolia is sickness and darkness incarnated, it's beauty and schizophrenia, it's mysterious, melancholic and perverse.

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