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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2018



01. Amorphis -
Queen Of Time
02. Dimmu Borgir -
Eonian
03. Khôrada - Salt
04. Immortal -
Northern Chaos Gods
05. MGT -
Gemini Nyte
06. Summoning -
With Doom We Come
07. Crone -
Godspeed
08. Primordial -
Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Atrium Carceri & Herbst9 -
Ur Djupan Dal
10. Mournful Congregation -
The Incubus Of Karma

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Mournful Congregation - The Incubus Of Karma (2018) - Review

Band: Mournful Congregation
Album title: The Incubus Of Karma
Release date: 23 March 2018
Label: Osmose Productions

Tracklist:
01. Indwelling Ascent
02. Whispering Spiritscapes
03. The Rubaiyat
04. The Incubus Of Karma
05. Scripture Of Exaltation & Punishment
06. A Picture Of The Devouring Gloom Devouring The Spheres Of Being

The kings of funeral doom from Adelaide, Australia, are back with The Incubus Of Karma. Since Mournful Congregation's birth in 1993 following with the demo a year later, Weeping, they have made a name for themselves early on, giving them a household name when 'funeral doom' is brought up. 25 years later they're going stronger than ever carving out huge albums suited for the tough world we live in today, to sit down and experience the music.

13 years since their landmark, and possibly Mournful Congregation's most adored album, The Monad Of Creation, and a seven year wait after their masterful album The Book Of Kings, they come out with an album spanning 80 minutes which is for sure worth that wait.  You are greeted with a weeping guitar just dripping with melancholy as the first track carries you forth with beautiful lead solo's and acoustics from Damon Good and Justin Hartwig. But don't be fooled because this is just getting you ready for the yawning void ahead.

These fellas from Australia (not a place you'd expect to unearth such a band) sure know how to bring the misery. The album starts off with a nearly 16-minute track titled "Whispering Spiritscapes" with heart-crushing palm-muted riffs, spoken word, and dissonant growls. There is a sense of maturity and professionalism here, with the long build-ups toward the end of songs, being able to conjure such huge vista's etc. Mournful Congregation truly knows how to craft a song (You'd expect that after being around for so long), personally I find with some funeral doom bands, it is easy to become mundane and lose interest due to recycling of riffs and what-not, but I am happy to say that by no means does this band become dull. The production has improved ten-fold here and definitely worked in their favor, and even better lead-work it just shows this band will just keep evolving and staying together like this for so many years should not go unnoticed.

The stand-out track here, and the second longest they've ever done behind the 33-minute The Book Of Kings title track, has to be the final one "A Picture Of The Devouring Gloom Devouring The Spheres Of Being" (that was quite the mouthful). This track may be my favorite they've ever done, the way it builds and then suddenly drops off into a break with an acoustic guitar, which is a nice touch. Continuing into a very slow and carefully composed riff, breaking up into big ring-outs followed by another beautiful solo.

I couldn't be more satisfied with my journey listening to this masterful band through the years, and I am glad they worked so hard to bring us this sure-to-be classic album, coming to me at a very tough time, for that I am grateful, and I'm sure you will be too if you have the patience. If I could give this album 11/10 I would.

Review written by: Tom Necklen
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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