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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:22 am 
 

Next assaults on Sun & Moon Records (March 28):


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NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION - "Near to the Stars" CD 2014

Re-recorded, re-mastered and re-arranged version of the 2nd ND demo from 2004. The whole stuff was performed by the original line-up: H.Suizid and L.Lokhraed. This CD is the second part of H.Suizid's last work with ND. The CD consist of 5 tracks: In the Arms of Fog, Near to the Stars, Nocte Aeterna, Crystal Tears, Lost in the Nothingness. Totally new artwork! CD came out in normal jewel case.

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BLAZE OF SORROW - "Fulgida Reminiscenza" Digi CD 2014

Special mini album by the Italian nostalgic black metal band. Nostalgic journey with melancholy & sadness. The first 3 songs are from the "Unreleased Ep" from 2010 with 2 bonus tracks, including a great Death in June cover (But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter?), 5 tracks in nice 4 panel digipack, limited to 500 copies only!
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JTL1XqGMbM[/url}

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SURUNI - "Ikuus" Digi CD 2014

Debut album of this Finnish lo-fi experimental black metal band. Low-fi garage apocalyptic music when Sonic Youth jamming with Circle Of Ouroborus in acid melancholy somewhere in a deep forest under the sharp eyes of David Lynch. One of the most strange & unusual release of Sun & Moon Records. 8 tracks in nice 4 panel digipack, limited to 500 copies only!

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https://soundcloud.com/sakaripiisti

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:02 am 
 

out now and avilable for order:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:02 am 
 

Suruni interview:
http://mirgilus.com/suruni

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:19 pm 
 

http://www.imperiumi.net/index.php?act=albums&id=15025

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:57 am 
 

8/10 in Metalfan:
http://www.metalfan.ro/album/ikuus-4380.html

8/10 in Metalfan:
http://www.metalfan.ro/album/fulgid...enza-4383.html

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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:38 am 
 

http://christianmontagna.blogspot.it/20 ... orrow.html

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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 7:55 am 
 

http://mirgilus.com/suruni-ikuus

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 7:44 am 
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBfiU9Kcm0M

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:36 am 
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjUZmkahgsY

http://www.metal-observer.com/3.o/re...s-re-recorded/

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:39 pm 
 

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Suruni is Sakari Piisti`s one man`s project which debut album foundations has been inspired to primitive black metal. In this context it means cold and humming guitar riffs and also ominous atmosphere. However this is not the whole truth, since Ikuus has much more. Entirety is categorized as strong lo-fi esthetics; which Ildjarn-likely drum banging particularly emphasizes. Vocals are not melodically singing, but either much screaming or growling. Most of the text are gone through in monologue way. When singing is attempted, it is quite close to a conversation, despite random screams.
This album doesn`t let close easily. The mess confuses even more when mysterious noise-elements, harmonica solos and proto-industrial rattling is thrown together. Sometimes it sounds like Tom Waits, Darkthrone and Sonic Youth would be jamming together. On the other hand you may found more melodically atmosphere from the album, where are found even a bit of features of folk music.
Ikuus is the real crux of the problem. Giving a grade isn`t easy, because any kind of number would seem like an assault both; to album and to reporter. At the same time Ikuus is an irritating, hypnotic and a confusing album. Simultaneously it attracts and pushes away. Even though many questions remain unanswered at least one thing is for certain; this isn`t a boring album.

Inferno magazine, Finland

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:40 pm 
 

8/10 in Metal Norge:

http://www.metal-norge.com/?p=review&id=7234

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:10 am 
 

long detailed review in CZ sicmaggot zine:
"The basic idea of Suruni's music - i.e. doing lo-fi black metal in an experimental and unusual way - is really great. However, the result itself unfortunately sounds pretty bad, a little amateurish and sometimes even ridiculous. Suruni surely has potential and some parts of "Ikuus" sound interesting (namely "Akana" and the first half of "Ismi") but on the other hand, some other parts are absolutely horrible... and these ones are more frequent. This is the main reason why is the overall impression from "Ikuus" pretty poor."
http://sicmaggot.blog.cz/1406/suruni-ikuus

long detailed review in Sicmaggot - Rock & Metal blog
sicmaggot.blog.cz/1405/nocturnal-depression-near-to-the-stars

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:22 pm 
 

http://sicmaggot.blog.cz/en/1406/blaze- ... miniscenza

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:39 pm 
 

new Blaze Of Sorrow interview here:
http://www.metal-norge.com/?p=interview&id=335

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:42 pm 
 

new review below, BOS is not one man band, rest is more than OK
Band: BLAZE OF SORROW
Country: Italy
Title: Fulgida Reminiscenza
Label: Sun & Moon Records
Year: 2014
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal
Review:
New EP from this Italian one-man-band, Fulgida Reminiscenza is actually made of a 3 tracks EP recorded in 2010 and never released until now, plus 2 bonus tracks, one of them being a cover of a Death In June track. If you are already familiar with Peter's work you know he's relying a lot on acoustic guitars and atmospheric keyboard passages, but it seems on this EP he used these elements more than usual, apparently he recorded the 2010 tracks in a miserable state of mind and they turned out overly melancholic and nostalgic. You have to wait more than 10 minutes in this EP for the Black Metal elements (drums and electric guitars) to kick in, but that's not necessarily bad for the overall atmosphere. Blaze of Sorrow is again a pleasant audition and I'm sure if you like its previous works you'll like this one too. If you don't know this Italian project you have to know it's a blend of acoustic and semi-acoustic melancholic music with Black Metal and even a pinch of Post Metal, although the Black Metal elements are rare on this particular release. Sun & Moon did a professional and elegant job producing it in form of a digipack EP strictly limited to 500 copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10
http://pestwebzine.com/index/june_2014/0-880

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:33 am 
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbb8DouYmwA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBfiU9Kcm0M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDaBQffFgrw

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:13 am 
 

Review:
Sun & Moon is adventuring into untouched, experimental territories more and more lately and that's only healthy for a label if they can afford releasing stuff that they have no idea if will sell 5 or 500 copies of. Suruni is the new gamble of the local label, a one man band from Finland and its debut album, an 8 tracks effort released as digipack CD and totaling almost 40 minutes of the strangest experimental music I've heard lately. Basically Suruni is mixing lo-fi, raw Black Metal with soft touches from Jazz, Blues, Ambient, Drone and Doom, all served in a simple form and shape, with raw, rehearsal-type sound and I guess recorded all in one take. At first the whole seemed way too clumsy and unprofessional to even bother, but I have to admit it grew on me and I started to understand that's actually supposed to sound like that. Ikuus is a highly personal and emotional album, and even the cover artwork is made by Sakari Piisti, the man behind this project. Most of the atmospheres on this release are calm and soft, but the Black Metal touches are thereand well inserted in order to keep a certain flow to the whole. Probably you won't like it at first either, but give it a chance and spin this a few more times before deciding (if you're into traditional Black Metal only then avoid at all costs), 4 spins and I'm hooked.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

http://pestwebzine.com/index/july_2014/0-889

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:15 am 
 

BLAZE OF SORROW - "Fulgida Reminiscenza" Digi CD 2014 review in Hungarian HammerWorld magazin, rating 9/10

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NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION - "Near to the Stars" CD 2014 review in Hungarian HammerWorld magazin:

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SURUNI - "Ikuus" Digi CD 2014 review in Hungarian HammerWorld magazin

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:39 am 
 

"The final song turns out to be a Death in June cover, namely, But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? Considering its one of my favorite DiJ songs, I'd be hard pressed to say its better than the original, but as a mostly straight forward cover song its quite fantastic and could in all likeliness turn someone onto the amazing tunes of DiJ, too."
http://lunarhypnosis.blogspot.ro/2014/0 ... w=magazine

"I don't even know what else to say. Look it up and scratch your head and wonder. How could a record be so bad that I couldn't even sit through the whole thing? Well, listen to Suruni and you'll understand. Fuck it."
http://lunarhypnosis.blogspot.ro/2014/0 ... -2014.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:59 am 
 

According to the last issue of Legacy - The Voice From The Dark Side magazine, SURUNI - "Ikuus" Digi CD 2014 (Sun & Moon Records) is the third worst record in the history of the magazine! A Bronze medal is a Bronze medal! Congratulations to Suruni!
www.legacy.de

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:13 pm 
 

http://www.aristocraziawebzine.com/rece ... runi-ikuus

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:10 am 
 

http://kulturterrorismus.de/rezensionen ... ikuus.html

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:11 am 
 

Suruni - Ikuus (2014) / 77%

Dark and lo-fi exploration

The musical child of Sakari Piisti, Suruni from central Finland is a weird project to describe but I'll attempt the task anyway since I never run away from musical adversity. “Not for everyone” can easily describe this album, it's an unorthodox mix of experimental raw black metal with noise, ambient and drone all under a voluntary lo-fi approach.

One of the things that surprised me is the bass, it's freaking loud and I really like how it's played. I often wish this instrument would be more prominent in black metal and it's the case here. It's well incorporated in the sonic chaotic mass enriched by the use of acoustic guitars and some other nontraditional instruments (is that cello???). It's pretty slow stuff and it reminds me of the avant garde nature of Sami Hynninen's Opium Warlords and Armanenschaft projects. The overbearing bass licks are definitely a big hint to that.

Suruni felt like it doesn't have a metal core since there's so many additional elements to be considered but underneath everything, there is an undying dark atmosphere possessed by raw black metal riffing and a bunch of melodic clean guitar parts. It's simplistic but there's some really beautiful moments like the ethereal guitar at the end of “Ei Se Ollut Vahinko”. The drums (unsure if they're programmed or not) are fun albeit located in a weird place in the mix, they're kind at the forefront of the sound. This really adds to the uneasy feeling this album gave me.

Piisti's vocals (when there's some) are a mix of black metal shrieks and buried clean vocals, it fits well with the music but they could have be a bit more powerful. The project is more about instrumental landscapes and it's showcasing its wide range of influences (the instrumental black metal country of “Akana” is a clear highlight.) There's also this sort of martial influence sometimes approaching Akitsa.

Ikuus is a a decent and original album but there's still a lot to improve to play in the “big leagues”. The production, raw but melodic, is actually pretty interesting but I'd like to get more meat in the songs. That's a good debut, follow this band with me if you're into adventurous music without compromises.

Thanks to Sun & Moon Records for the CD copy.

http://metantoinemagicalrealm.blogspot. ... 14-77.html

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:39 pm 
 

http://blackmetalspirit.blogspot.com.es ... orrow.html

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:12 pm 
 

http://www.aristocraziawebzine.com/it/r ... -the-stars

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:18 pm 
 

"Finnish project SURUNI has made major flaws in this album, it looks unfinished and really bad. It sounds like it was made by amateurs. Some parts are great, but most of the album is rubbish."
http://www.mortemzine.net/show.php?id=4318

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:30 pm 
 

While working on their new full length, Blaze Of Sorrow delight us with “Fulgida Reminiscenza”, an EP that includes three tracks recorded in 2010 and two unreleased songs. Though they are mainly focused on a Neofolk approach only partially explored in their previous albums, the songs are still able to recreate the melancholy and nostalgic sound of the band, highlighting once again their great songwriting skill.
http://hypnoswebzine.altervista.org/bla ... iniscenza/

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:09 pm 
 

New review for NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION

http://www.metalfan.ro/album/near-to-t ... -4435.html

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:48 am 
 

http://kulturterrorismus.de/rezensionen ... stars.html

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new review:
www.aristocraziawebzine.com/recensioni/ ... minescenza

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:46 am 
 

"Ikuus is the full length debut from this one man experimental black metal 'band' from Finland, although calling it black metal might be a stretch, cuz like much of the black metal from Finland, Suruni's sound is beholden to so much more than blast and buzz, in fact, the majority of the record is spent drifting, jangling, creepy, swirling, it's definitely raw and lo-fi, and the vibe is haunting and mysterious, but it's more a sort of stumbling avant gloom rock, with plenty of clean guitars, distorted drumming, and when the buzz does come in, like on the opener, it doesn't so much transform the sound into something blacker, as add more moodiness, the buzz more diffuse and atmospheric, the sound lumbering back and forth between a spidery almost Slint-like lope (right down to the whispered vocals), to something more distorted and blown out, replete with some aching, almost bluesy leads, and the vocals, when they finally do come in, a distant howl, all the sounds blurring and bleeding into a glorious, almost psychedelic and chaotic whole. And that's just the first track. If we had to whip up some band math, we might take Varghkoghargasmal's 'wooden metal' and the slow doomed out experimentation of another Finnish favorite of ours, Opium Warlords, but then with some twisted poppy jangle, a la Circle Of Ouroborus, and even some metalgaze, as much of this does have that sort of sun dappled, blissed out vibe, not to mention samples and field recordings.
The second track is another hushed sprawl of mesmerizing minimalism, all simple clean guitar strum, and stumbling skeletal drumming, and again, there's some blackened buzz, but like the first track, all it does is add texture and density, if anything, the sound gets even prettier, laced with more aching leads, and more ethereal atmosphere.
That said, there is some black buzz scattered throughout, but then there's also HARMONICA!!! Some tracks devolved into punky blackened plods, others blossom into hushed heartfelt shimmers, and some, like the twisted "Akana", sound like some sort of harmonica driven sea shanty, albeit one wrapped in sheets of gristly distorted guitars. But it seems always, the sound eventually settles into that haunting, gloomy, almost post rock sound that opened the proceedings, it's easy to imagine lots of these tracks as part of the score for some experimental com in of age indie art film, you can picture Gummo-like kids, wandering through forests, or living in run down trailer parks, the sound evocative and emotional, a black metal that seems mostly removed from the tropes of traditional BM, sonic and otherwise, instead, taking some of those elements and using them to craft a sound that's super unique, strangely introspective, and beautifully, beautifully strange."

http://aquariusrecords.org/bin/search.c ... GLOOM%20NO

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:45 pm 
 

9/10:
http://www.metalhead.it/?p=37619

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:41 am 
 

8.5/10
http://www.metalhead.it/?p=37642

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:39 am 
 

NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION – “Near to the Stars”
7.5/10
http://www.metalhead.it/?p=37748

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:39 am 
 

new Suruni:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2169oCcwOM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6T_rEx4ArM

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:14 am 
 

https://www.evilized.de/2010/rezensionen/suruni-ikuus

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