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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



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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Reflection Nebula - I (2017) - Review

Artist: Reflection Nebula
Album Title: I
Release Date: 17 February 2017
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Phenibut
02. Ethanol
03. Phenazepam
04. Sulpiride
05. Risperidone
06. Methadone

Reflection Nebula (2010-present) is quite an unknown force in the ambient realm that deserves more attention. Starting off in the IDM scene with quite accessible, beat driven music while keeping the emotional vibe Reflection Nebula is known for. When I first heard his most known album from 2013 Ekhar I was totally blown away by the exquisite space ambient music this young man can birth. Able to lift you up and take you to the darkest reaches of the universe or possibly a journey from within.
 
This recent album, I, is that of a vast endeavour wherein a heavily medicated astronaut is lost within his own universe he has created. One of decay and searching for a way out of his madness, drifting past glorious vistas of stars, the pillars of creation not far in the distance, trying to reach a meaning behind all this.

Peaceful guitar-based drones creep up on you and die down into a calm slow melody before eventually building into a heavy sludge/doom riff on the last part of the third track “Phenazepam” surprising you from this quiet descent into the ether. Colorful and subtle melodies leave you with a vivid imagination running wild about the mysteries of beyond.

The balance between light and dark in this album is perfect, when it becomes more intense there is still a sense of calm, maybe because of the medication you are on, making you are able to go seamlessly from different sets of emotions.
 
There is a lot of room in this album to reflect but also enough going on to keep you curious as to where this all will go. Seldom does this album let up near the end introducing heavy guitar riffing that deconstructs all sense of being at peace, sonically serving you the massive expanse that is space. This young man is surely to go far in his career if he keeps this up and I hope to hear more from Reflection Nebula in the future.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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