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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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Throane - Plus Une Main À Mordre (2017) - Review

Band: Throane
Album title: Plus Une Main À Mordre
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Tracklist:
01. Aux Tirs Et Aux Traits
02. Et Ceux En Lesquels Ils Croyaient
03. À Trop Réclamer Les Vers
04. Et Tout Finira Par Chuter
05. Mille Autres
06. Plus Une Main À Mordre

From the mind of Dehn Sora, known for his projects such as Sembler Deah and Treha Sektori and recently the drone-infused black metal project at hand Throane with the new album Plus Une Main À Mordre (“No Hand Left to Bite”).

The sticky black atmosphere engulfs you from the get-go as this album begins taking you over, blowing out any last candle lighting your way through these dizzying tunnels into your sub-conscious. The soundscapes reflect the visual art this man is known for, enigmatic and perplexing in nature, with an overall grey mood. This album is grey, gritty, and disgusting in the best possible way, with deppressive, sorrowful riffing coming into play every now and then amongst the heaviness.
 
Swirling heavy riffs and pained vocals tear you apart as you descend into unknown depths, reminiscent of bands such as Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist with their unique take on extreme music, an impenetrable darkness in a melting pot of industrial, black metal, and doom. There is a real sense of professionalism with the exceptional drumming from Gregoire Quartier and the perfectionism of Dehn Sora with his consistent output of high quality music.

The empty spaces leave a feeling washing over you, one of euphoria but also oppression, the ritualistic drum beats and the reverberating guitar. The song that leaves the biggest mark on me is "Et Ceux En Lesquels Ils Croyaient" (In Those of Which They Believed) with the riffing that turns into this depressive, heavy murk.
 
The collapsing of cities, government, the law, and society as we know it, is what comes to mind, the world we once knew eroding before your very eyes in a black flame. There is not a soul here, just a barren wasteland, no conclusion for your life, nothing but a mountain of regret and pain. What if this isn't really life at all, and everything is a lie, we've finally bitten the hand that feeds clean off.

Those looking for something to use as a soundtrack for a ritual, or to use as a medium for an existential crisis, need not look any further. This will leave a gaping wound and will grow on you as you listen further and further. There is no clear story here, that is left for you to decide and take a plunge into the underworld.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Alphaxone
Album title: Absence Of Motion
Release date: 25 August 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Alphaxone reaches into a whole new dimension with Absence Of Motion. Within seconds of listening it is apparent that he is stepping outside his comfort zone this time around. This album is significantly more cinematic than his previous releases. I would even go so far as to say it reminds me at times of Sabled Sun. This is a cinematic experience much like that of Sabled Sun, in that we seem to be following a protagonist through the album from first encounter with a new life form to the final ascent into deep space. Every second of this album is full of life: organic, synthetic, or a war between the two. Absence Of Motion is a thrilling ride. Absence Of Motion may be portraying an alien abduction or the use of futuristic machinery we can only begin to phathom, the full interpretation is up to the individual. This is an easy listen compared to some other releases in the genre, with the intensity and bass levels only soaring at moments giving the listener time to relax and reflect upon all the otherworldly wonders this Absence Of Motion has to offer. A masterpiece by Alphaxone that is sure to resonate for some time!

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