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LEILA ABDUL-RAUF - Premieres Video For Track From Her Recently Released Album

California-based Leila Abdul-Rauf today premieres the track "Distortions In Phantasy I: Lure" found on her cinematic fourth solo album, Phantasiai, released in mid-July, and is now awaiting its...

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NYTT LAND - Releases New Album And Haunting Video And Announces Exclusive Live Stream Concert

With the new album Ritual being unveiled to the world this Friday, 6 August via Napalm Records, Nytt Land offers another glimpse into its haunting and unique world of shamanic dark folk.

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ARGESH - Announces Debut Album And Unleashes Short Vocal Performance Video

The Italian act Argesh will release its debut album Excommunica on 14 September through Nero Corvino as a digipak CD limited to 300 copies. The album will be distributed digitally by Sepulchral Silence.

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ALTARS OF THE MOON - Current And Former Members Of Uada, Chrome Waves, Wolvhammer, And More Collaborate On Brahmastra

What does the vast majesty of isolation sound like? Born of the idea to craft a single piece of sonic destruction, Altars Of The Moon was conceptualized in the mind of Nate Verschoor (Uada) during the initial...

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KAYO DOT - Announces New Album And Releases New Single

Kayo Dot are now revealing their epic and melancholic video single on nature's reclaiming of the urban world, entitled "Void In Virgo (The Nature Of Sacrifice)" and taken from their forthcoming album...

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MITOCHONDRIAL SUN - Releases an EP, Two Tracks Already Streaming

Mitochondrial Sun, the solo project by former Dark Tranquillity guitarist Niklas Sundin will release the Bodies And Gold EP on 10 September via Argonauta Records, strictly limited on vinyl and as digital formats.

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SCHAVOT - A Brand New Black Metal Project Announces The Release Date Of A Debut Album And Premieres The First Track

On 1 October Schavot, the brand-new project by Floris (Asgrauw, Meslamtaea and Sagenland), shall release its debut Galgenbrok through Void Wanderer Productions & War Productions...

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COSMIC BURIAL - Sophomore Album Out In September; First Track Unleashed

Purity Through Fire sets the 30th of September as the international release date for Cosmic Burial's highly anticipated second album, ...to the past. Cosmic Burial is the sole work of erstwhile...

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[Dark] UNKNOWN

NONE

The USA based ambient/industrial, neo-folk solo act None - a tribute to all the divine - was founded in 2015 by musician and songwriter Nicholas Mendiola (Ex-Plague Phalanx, Thangorodrim and Awakened Abyss). For Nicholas, None is the deity of his creation and the eternal version of himself. As he had stated for the interview (webzine From Corners Unknown), the purpose and mission of his contemporary life were to discover himself as the true voice and host that None speaks through - and to leave the word and mark of None upon the world not only to affect other present beings of the earth and multiverse but to leave traces for future lives to again discover their true identity.

None's music will be presented on the radio show [Dark] UNKNOWN this Thursday, 3 June at 22.00 [CEST] on Terra Relicta radio.

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TERRA RELICTA - COMPILATIONS 2021

Terra Relicta Dark Music Web Magazine and Radio zealously present their two new compilations, In Sickness We Reign and Sleep Of Morpheus Spell, released on 21 June 2021, on Bandcamp (name your price). The first appeal for music submissions was launched on 9 March 2021, and by the end of May, we received over 60 tracks, only a few genres unfitting. Most of the tracks were made exclusively for the compilations, previously unreleased or rare - submitted by established artists and newcomers with the purpose to promote dark music, the participating artists and Terra Relicta Dark Music Web Magazine and Radio.

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LEILA ABDUL-RAUF - To Release New Solo Album In July, Two Tracks Available For Streaming

Oakland (USA) based artist Leila Abdul-Rauf will release her fourth full-length solo album, Phantasiai, on the 16th of July through Cyclic Law, with a vinyl release to follow in September as a co-release with Cloister Recordings. The cover art, track listing, preorders, two tracks from the album, and more have been issued.

Between her duties as a primary member of Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, Fyrhtu, and many other acts prior, Leila Abdul-Rauf is well-known for her immersive solo work which showcases her talents as a multi-instrumentalist. She offers of the new solo opus: "In Hellenistic philosophy, phantasiai are our impressions, the ways in which the world is represented through our senses, preceding actual thoughts. This is where music-making lies for me: in the space between senses and thoughts, having the power to express where words fall short. What I believe to be the coldest and most sinister album I’ve released under my name to date, Phantasiai is comprised of two suites, each containing four movements, composed almost entirely from modulated live trumpet, glockenspiel, and vocal performances.”
 
She continues, “I encourage listeners to create their own stories about Phantasiai, but here is my own. The first suite, "Distortions In Phantasy", describes a character being seduced and consumed by a powerfully addictive phantasy, one so destructive, the body, mind and spirit are annihilated beyond recognition. As the album moves between tracks I through IV, listeners may experience a gradual sensation of seeking deeper into an abyss. In the second suite, "The I Emerges", the character experiences a renewal in which what little is left of the former self is vaporized through a crucible of sorts, then re-organized into a new physical and spiritual existence. The pain of the loss experienced by the former self is gone, but adjusting to the new self is an uncomfortable and disorienting experience, with reality perpetually coming into question."
 
Weaving layered textures into drifting cinematic compositions, Phantasiai conjures dreamlike ambient hymns while channelling ethereal melancholy. Fully composed, recorded, and produced by Leila Abdul-Rauf, Phantasiai was mastered by Cyclic Law, the cover artwork was created by Matthew Jaffe, and graphic design was handled by Heresie Studio. Link

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