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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
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- Eonian
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
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Cavemaster - In Memoriam (2017) - Review

Band: Cavemaster
Album title: In Memoriam
Release date: 1 November 2017
Label: Fatsound Productions

Tracklist:
01. Existencia...Sem Existir    
02. Negros Caminhos
03. Cavernal Pensamento Existencial    
04. In Memoriam
05. Libertaçăo (feat. Marta Bika)
06. Sem Vida, Vivo Morto    
07. Anseio a Morte    
08. Alucinaçăo    
09. Nulidade (Nihil)
10. Podridăo

"Entre quatro paredes sobrevivo, será que estou vivo ? Ou sou uma imagem que alguem imaginou ou um pesadelo que alguem sonhou?"

Emerging from the most darker alleys of Sintra in Portugal, Cavemaster, that in less than six months from their first album, Sob O Abismo Do Infinito, are now releasing their sophomore full-length named In Memoriam. I did the review of their first album, I was very surprised by the peculiar style of these Portuguese black metallers and you can check it out over HERE. The first full-length album shows deep roots in the old-school black metal with some thrash and death metal influences, but yet with this haunting 60s horror soundscapes coming along. Cavemaster has some similarities with the fellow band Lux Ferre. Both explore this kind of strange originality, their style is not the most popular, or rather saying is not well known.

Cavemaster were in the process of composing the songs for their next album, when they suddenly lost long-time friends. Completely devastated by the sudden loss and flooded by the despair of not finding them anymore, they imposed a herculean effort and began the conception of In Memoriam. I have to recognize first the beautiful expression of feelings that led to this album. In Memoriam is an example of that when we really want something, we can do it, we will find time, we will dedicate our body and soul. The jump in quality that this band has given with the release of this album is also worthy of note. Simply because it was conceived in a short time. A full-length dedicated to a deeply fraternal love that bonds all them to their loved ones that are in another multiverse now.

What will you find on this new album? The background landscape remains haunted, still reminiscent of the horror films of the 60s. Seems to be a well established characteristic of Cavemaster, at least until now. A distillation of blackened essence, a depressive black metal full of despair with slow and moderate tempos, the 60s synth, the solemn demonic speech and guttural outcries of Revage, a mix between death/doom disgrace. The music continues to be raw and polluted, what is one of the characteristic that can't be forgotten, but as I said in another review, dirty don't means inaudible!

Cavemaster pay attention to this fact and this time present us with a more clear approach, what makes me identify all the instruments. Rater, the drummer, shows for what he come for, powerful action, full of anger mixed with a painful passion. But this feature of Portuguese black metal besides depositing itself in the field of depression, presents beautiful atmospheric parts in the tracks, I would never have imagined, that the atmospheric and melodic approach could be reached with such sentiment by these demonic entities.

"Existęncia Sem Existir", "In Memoriam" and "Libertaçăo" are my favourite tracks in the atmospheric, etheric and depressive aspect. Combining the emotional content of lyrics with the melancholic atmosphere, many times ethereal, almost angelic with a dynamic structure with harsh aggression in the speed parts. In "Negros Caminhos" a very light dose of hardcore can be found, yet rooted in the depressive metal side and so is the track "Sem Vida, Vivo Morto". Special attention again for the track with the amazing guest vocalist Marta Bika that has sang as an enchanted fairy, what a fucking beautiful track!

In Memoriam is an atmospheric, depressing and rough journey into the debris of minds tortured by longing, the band's most refined and emotionally comprehensive album compared to the first one. Cavemaster must be congratulated that in such a short time had the ability to modify and trim edges and present a work really superior to the previous one. I hope that 2018 can bring us an even better album, polished to perfection. If Cavemaster has not yet reached the ears of metalheads around the world, they will surely excel in the Portuguese scene this year.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8/10

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Born For Bliss
Album title: Falling Back To Never
Release date: 16 October 2015
Label: Echozone

Born For Bliss is finally back with an album that's by all means a proper masterpiece, Falling Back To Never, which takes with such an ease the listener into a magical world that can be rarely witnessed. Falling Back To Never is like a story told in twelve chapters and as the opener "Innocent" is repetitively saying, "tell me your story, tell me you're innocent...", you know in an instant what will be about lyricaly wise. If the opening song can be counted like a rather hypnotic and psychedelic, yet very multidimensional introduction into Falling Back To Never, the real drama and whole new world opens up with "This Narrow Place". The sound on the album is somehow complex, constantly divided between the emotional, gentle, atmospheric new wave sound, and the one a bit more hypnotic, but still there's not a single second on it where it loses its extraordinary pathos. The vocal job is simply breathtaking, it's difficult to explain what kind of a power, passion and emotion is poured into it, let it be when Frank sings alone or in a duet with Lori, one of the finest examples of such a duet must be the driving "Better Than Me". The overall very atmospheric sound is often enriched with use of various electronics, synths, piano touches and much more other well thought insertions. The one who takes this sonic journey must be satisfied in the end, because albums like it's Falling Back To Never are rarely released these days. A masterpiece!

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