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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



01. Summoning -
With Doom We Come
02. MGT -
Gemini Nyte
03. Soul Dissolution -
Stardust
04. Ocean Of Grief -
Nightfall's Lament
05. Lumnos -
Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
06. Caedeous -
Domini Tenebrarum
07. Mournful Congregation -
The Incubus Of Karma
08. Rome In Monochrome -
Away From Light
09. Sojourner -
The Shadowed Road
10. Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 -
Ur Djupan Dal

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Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 - Ur Djupan Dal (2018) - Review

Artist: Atrium Carceri & Herbst9
Album title: Ur Djupan Dal
Release date: 23 January 2018
Label: Cryo Chamber

Tracklist:
01. Mot Främmande Land
02. Sov Ej Hos Kvinna, Som Är Kunnig I Trolldom
03. Österländska Tempel
04. Ur Evighetens Pipa
05. Vida Jättars Väg
06. Blott Den Vet Som Vida Reser
07. Drakhuvud
08. Händer Skola Hålla Hårda Yxor
09. Den Döda Trollkvinnan

Two ambient masters Atrium Carceri and Herbst9 have teamed up for an esoteric album named Ur Djupan Dal which has been quite the surprise for the start of this year and surely to have listeners on the edge of their seat with joy.

Diving into the golden abyss between life and death, ritualistic distant drumming topped off with mysterious talking bring you into this humid sacred land, as if you really are there. Crouching through hanging beads and passing the rumbling of singing bowls, you enter into a smoke-filled room of oddities and curios. A strange-looking man emerges from the rising smoke, offering you a drink. From the pressure of the man to drink it, you take a tiny sip and what seems like a split second, you are woken in a daze, rubbing your eyes to see a blurry figure beginning to come in focus. A woman lying next to you in a bedroom full of strong incense, staring into your eyes as if to know all the secrets of the world.

Ancient Egyptian deities that may or may not have been true many years ago, such as Anubis "The Divine Embalmer" and Ra "The God of Sun and Radiance", the latter shines through this album greatly with its ever-present ancient energy only experienced in deep listening. Eastern music is subtlety presented, seeping through the droning soundscape, like streaks of golden light piercing a gritty canvas. The qualities of each musician is shared perfectly, both the glistening atmosphere and field recordings of Simon Heath (Atrium Carceri) and the masterful musicianship of Henry Emich and Frank Mertern (Herbst9) infused with an ancient feeling.
 
This album requires your undivided attention, lighting some incense and shutting out all outside sources. There is not one particular track that stands out as Ur Djupan Dal flows so well that it needs not to be to listened in short sessions but rather as one cohesive piece. There is a particular energy that is captured so well, you can't help but slip into it.
 
It feels as though you are taking a journey throughout thousands of years, the rise and fall of empires, long forgotten cultures, and untouched lands. It gets me thinking of the inner workings of the earth and its constantly prevailing economic conditions, and how we might change this. Embracing the old ways and coming into our own, letting go of all things we do not need, but rather we want and focusing on what we truly are looking for; inner peace. This might unlock the key to a better world beyond what we know.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 9/10

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