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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Robotic Funk
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Quartersized is the musical project of MOMT label's boss Ian Proudfoot and ROBOTIC FUNK is its debut EP. This release contains four tracks where Ian, influenced by twenty years of electronic music listening, is giving his personal vision of electronic funk music. "Robotic funk", "Tribal flux", "Subliminal" and "Clockwork noise crash" mix dub bass lines, ambient atmospheres and dark electro solutions (check the overall atmosphere on "Tribal flux"). Each track is built around one or two melodic lines and Ian then alternates sounds sources and rhythms giving to them spatiality. At a first listen I thought that their melodic minimality was their limit but after a couple of spins the tracks started to "grow" in my ear. If electro with a bit of experimental approach is your cup of tea check this out.
Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: Back in Blood
Format: CD + DVD
Label: The Ends Records
Distributor: The End Records
Rated: *****
The 69 Eyes are back in blood and better then ever. The new album is called " Back in Blood " and kicks some Goth and Roll butt. I just saw the 69 Eyes live after a two year stretch in Chicago at Reggies and they put on one hell of a show, complete with new and old hits we so love. On this new album, all tracks are about vampires and have unique stories of the old and new in each one. Tales of woe, blood, hunger. pain, anguish all wrapped up in one album for the masses to sink their teeth into and taste. We begin with title track 1, " Back in Blood." which is reminscent of AC/DC bit darker than ever and Gother than ever. This song is already a crowd favourite and hit and calls to us again and again. We move on to track 3 called, " Dead N. Gone. " which is already another crowd favorite and as we speak a video is being made for it. The lyrics are beautiful, sad but true and really pull at our heart strings and won't let go until it is heard loud and clear and with sentiment. Still moving further we come to track 5 called, ' Kiss Me Undead." whcih is a sad song that tells the tale of lost loves and the damage that has been done. Jyrki sings, " " Wake me from the darkness, kiss me undead and break the chains of my life so heartless." Truly a memorable song for all ages. Next is track 6 called, " Lips of Blood." whcih is based on the movie, it's concepts and it's visuals. It has a slow. haunting, melodic Sistery sound that chills you to the bone and is a song not to forget. Coming next is track 7, already an instant hit and most watched video called, " Dead Girls are Easy." whcih is a tongue and cheek take on dead girls being easy but untouchable. Truly a video and song that will probably become another Goth anthem like " This Corossion" Moving ahead we come to track 9, " Some kind of Magick." , whcih is a catchy little tune that has bark for it's bite and got me moving and singing in my seat as I wrote this review. The track that stuck out the most is the next track 10. called " Hunger." which is based on the actual movie and haunts and taunts you with it's tragedies it projects onto you. Jyrki calls out to " Miriam." in the most dark echo that causes goose bumps up and down your spine and tears to fall down your pale face. This song is by far the best track on the album. Track 11 is called, " Suspiria Snow White and it is based on the chilling movie ' Suspiria." and all the darkness and chaos it brings all wrapped up in a little white bow only to be opened and let the madness get out. You are in for one hell of a ride. Lastly is track 12 called " Eternal " which is a slow, melodic orchestrated dark symphony in blood and terror that only shows the 69 Eyes are back in blood and back for more...~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
Artist: Dommin
Title: Dommin
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
The band is called Dommin and they are on tour with The 69 Eyes. They are amazing live and have a plethora of roses and skills for their backdrops. This band hails form Los Angeles and really know how to goth and roll. The ep is cool as ever. The track that sitcks out the most is the first track off the ep called, " My Hearts, Your Hands where Dommin says in repetition, " How can I trust you?." This track calls to us and pulls on our heart strings and won't let go until it's heard loud and clear. This is sure to me a big club hit and was enjoyable live. The next trck is track two called, " Datk Holiday which has that Nightmare before X-mass meets The Misfits which really is super unique and going to be near and dear to your hearts. I really dug the rest of this ep and long to see this band again. Dommin have become up in my personal favourites and in such a short time1 ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
Artist: Versailles
Title: Broken Dolls
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
This beautiful band is called Versailles. I saw them live in Chicago and they put on a great performance live and have some cute merchandise to boot. I highly recommend to catch them for a show since they are on tour now. The album is called Broken Dolls and it is an ethereal masterpiece that is fresh and innovative complete with rhymes, reasons and rational. One of the tracks that stuck out the most on this album is track two, " Wendy's Razorblades." which is a song about a girl with hidden razorblades and her obsessions. " Singer Dianna sings to us , " Wendy's got razorblades, in a small box with a little latch is her parade." Truly dark, whimiscal and chiling to the bone. Telling the tale of blood and darkness. Another track that called out to me was the last track called, " You're My Disater." which is a morbid tale of a person we all have ran into and experienced at some point in our life. Dianna sings, " " And I run faster through this disaster." Cryptic, demeted and alive and growing stronger and stronger pulling us closer to listen and feel . This is a song that is a crowd favourite and must be experienced live. This band puts their all into what they do and are just plain amazing.Not a song on this album doesn't disappoint. You might not be in Paris but you are as close as it gets. Truly a masterpiece! wrapped up in blue and white and striving to lend a fright and delight ~4 stars
Artist: The Becoming
Title: The Becoming Volume 1
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The band is called The Becoming that hails from Nashville, Tennesee. I just saw them live with the 69 Eyes and they rocked out and rolled out in Goth we trust. Truely amazing and energetic dark musicians that got the goth and roll down. We open with track 1, " Dressed in Black ", which is a dark energetic track that got me moving in my seat and groovin when I saw them live. Caleb sings, " Rows of bodies dressed in Black, the sound of death and colored glass." Classic death lyrics wrapped in charm and grace set out to free us from boredom. Heavy guitar and just plain energy is what makes up this band. The all put blood, sweat and tears into everything they do.Track 3, " Our First Sunrise." reminded me alot of HIM, which is my compliment to them. The track is flowing, harmonic and just memorable. Caleb sings, " We are so afraid we will become the thngs we hate." Clever and to the point and in your face. We move to track 4, " I cry." which I feel will be a big hit. " Caleb sings, " My desire is for light to overcome my hate." Beautfiully written and beautifully expressed to the audience that they love,. I truly can see why this band is on tour with the 69 Eyes, you see rarely do you have a band that compliments another, in this case they do. Uniqueness along with positive waves that light up their darkness when they hit the stage. They set it aglow and shine light into the darkness of this world and leave us with something to say. Track by track the element of surprise is there waiting for us to enlighten us and leave us spellbound, making death a little more beautiful step by step. Track 5 is called, " Silent as the Grave" which is a fun track that has awesome lyrics that draws you closer and leaves you with a warm feeling that makes you feel good inside. The Becoming is on tour now and put on one hell of a show you won't be disappointed. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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