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Reviews Week 45 - 2017

10.11.17

LUNA - SWALLOW ME LEADEN SKY

Luna - Swallow Me Leaden Sky Dice 5

Solitude Productions, 10.11.17
I've been fortunate enough to follow Ukrainian Luna, Mr. DeMort's one-man band, from the very beginning with the impressive debut Ashes to Ashes (2014).
The EP, with the long name There Is No Tomorrow Gone Beyond Sorrow Under a Sheltering Mask (2015) compressed what DeMort had on his mind, and appeared as dynamic with frequently variation, before the album On The Other Side Of Life (2015) seemed to me a little bit disappointing.
The band is anew ready with a new dose of syrup-slow tristesse, draped in symphonic instruments.

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09.11.17

DAUÞUZ - DIE GRUBENMÄHRE

Dauþuz - Die Grubenmähre Dice 3

Naturmacht Productions, 28.10.17
What I initially know about Dauþuz, could be written on the back of a postage stamp, still leaving room for a short incantation or two.
The band comes from Germany, and plays wretched melancholic black metal located somewhere between dsbm and atmospheric black metal on the grimy map.
The band has recently released its second album on CD, while the vinyl waits until the effect of the solstice can without a shadow of doubt be demonstrably witnessed with the naked eye.


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08.11.17

DESOLATE SHRINE - DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID

Desolate Shrine - Deliverance from the Godless Void Dice 6

Dark Descent Records, 10.11.17
Almost three years have passed since Finnish L.L. and his Desolate Shrine last rendered the listeners sleepless with the monstrous album Heart of the Netherworld.

After a few hundred hours of therapy and a renewed faith in life after finally accepting that the visions from the abyss were merely delusions, I am anew thrown into swirling maelstroms of spine-chilling, terrifying horror.

The demons are real, and I'm most certain they're coming to flay me alive.

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07.11.17

CLOAK - TO VENOMOUS DEPTHS

Cloak - To Venomous Depths Dice 5

Season of Mist, 10.11.17
Last year we discussed American Cloak's second release, a self-titled EP, only preceded by a demo. In that connection, I offered a reward of the highest rating to the band if they repeated the success over an entire album. However, as the observant observer observes, the material on To Venomous Depths ain't fully as rock solid as that of last year's Cloak.
The two songs from the EP, The Hunger and In the Darkness, the Path are brought onward to the full-length, and the remaining seven songs are basically of a fairly steady calibre.

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