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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 04 2005
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Title: Anapteroma
Format: CD
Label: Decadance (@)
Rated: *****
Blue Birds Refuse to Fy is the personal project of Kyriakos Poursanides, keyboard player of the greek indie band Wasteland (1990-1998). "Anapteroma" is their second album and while their first "Give me the wings" (released in 1998) saw on guest vocals Cristina Mihalitsi and George Priniotakis (she also wrote all the lyrics) this second sees on vocals George Dedes (leader of Illusion Fades for more than ten years). The switch of singers wasn't the only change that Kyriakos did, because while the first album was more mellow and focused on dreamy vocals, "Anapteroma" is more of an electronic/goth album. Most of the tracks are well crafted with nice melodies, sounds and they have got the right amount of dance ingredients (catchy bass lines, good rhythms). If melody and a certain care about sounds are a costant for all the tracks, musical influences are wide and pass from the goth of "House of sex" to the e.b.m. of "After dark" or "Quasi stellar II - Give me the wings", passing through a mix of both in "Play with me". You know I'm a fan of musical cross over (try to figure out a mix of VNV Nation and Fields Of The Nephilim) and Blue Birds Refuse To Fly did a good job creating an album you should check out!

Naevus: Perfection Is A Process

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 28 2004
Artist: Naevus (@)
Title: Perfection Is A Process
Format: CD
Distributor: Old Europa Cafe
Rated: *****
London-based neo-folk band Naevus fourth release "Perfection Is A Process" is their best cd recorded up-to-date. They decided to experiment with electronics, but the cd is more the natural by playing guitar, bass, accordion, and live drums. The track "Obvious" sets off by using electronics that's more noise like, while Lloyd talks like he's narrating a poem. "Retreat" sounds like more of a slavery march song, which is one of my favorite off the disc. The new version of "Don't Boil (version two)" have a beautiful piano accompaniment feeling with the accordion playing along, but when the music breaks down to the middle segment, the guitar and electronics that's noise like takes over then back to the piano and accordion again. The soft mellow "South Bank" is a laidback track you can get into , especially when you're taking a walk in the park while looking at the river/pond. Another favorite track I like is "Look To The State", reminds me some of the rock bands from the 80's. Somehow I manage to feel what Lloyd was saying in the melancholic acoustic track "New Featureless List" with the shanai going on that gives it a more emotional feeling. Lloyd's voice is enthusiatic by speaking from what he's feeling at the moment like he's reading poetry. Naevus lyrics still have that sense of humor, whether the songs sad or happy, but the band knows how to mix different feelings by being creative in their own unique way and to entertain the listeners. A sublime album this is.

EBONY ARK: Ebony Ark

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 23 2004
Artist: EBONY ARK (@)
Title: Ebony Ark
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Spanish band Ebony Ark is at its first work with this selftitled promo CD. They show great technique and compositive qualities since first track, the orchestral intro "Open The Ark (Overture)". Their music can be described, using some violence on terms, as Prog-Gothic Metal, mixing dark and intense atmospheres, neoclassic and baroque influences and a prog attitude. Songs’ structure, even if sometimes simple, shows an always moving and technically complex work, and I hear DREAM THEATER’s mark especially in the guitar lines. Vocals are good and pleasant, melodic but also aggressive in choruses, alternating a deeper timbre, closer to Gothic Metal female voices, and Power Metal high notes. "Night’s Cold Symphony" starts with a disturbing and obscure riff, a slower and heavy rhythmical section, to grow in intensity with the voice’s entrance, like a medieval sacred melody. The song shows a good taste for melody and a complex instrumental intermezzo. "Stones In The Way" is a powerful ride, a bright song with a very good chorus, something closer to ICED EARTH and the above mentioned DT. "Farewell" seems an American rock ballad, but at once shows its metal aggressiveness. Chorus is great, in style with the song, while I think the softer chorus (with male vocals) and the too long and virtuoso intermezzo make the track lose the immediacy it needs. It could be a single to let the band go out of their fans’ base. "Dreaming Silence" is a well made song but I can’t find the right hook, even if the melodic chorus is very touching. Probably, as in the previous track, there’s too much, in terms of notes and parts. Progressive, as jazz, is a great way to express all the emotions a musician feels without the cage of a restricted genre, but on the other hand is not so simple for a listener to follow the music and fly, and often seems a pleased soliloquy. This promo ends with a cover of Flashdance’s well known track "What a Feeling", starting with a piano but soon exploding in a heavier and involving way.A very good work, they’ve only to give more importance to songs and not to show everywhere their technique.

James D. Stark: Fortress Of Solitude

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 22 2004
Artist: James D. Stark (@)
Title: Fortress Of Solitude
Format: CD
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
James D. Stark is a classical trained pianist who have the skills to make beautiful darkwave music. To paint a visual picture of his debut release "Fortress Of Solitude", all of his songs are about love. A magical moment and a lovely tale of being in love. Ah, imagine Disney use James music for a new animated fairytale love story. Even the voice of James singing is ethereal. So heavenly, he can serenade to a woman by sweeping her off her feet and win her heart. The music have a laidback soft touching feel that will shift you to oblivion where the heavens and the undivided skies are above. The tracks are smoothe and soothing with emotion. It delivers a heart warming compassionate electronic synth-pad solace. Favorites on the album include "Dying Beauty", "Need", "Home", "Sole Desire", the instrumental "Mists", and the remake of Depeche Mode "Halo", which the original composition is re-arrange in a unique way. If you're looking for something soft and mellow down and a album that will fit for your romantic evening with your lover, let James D. Stark be your choice and help set the mood. And if you're a darkwave fan who's looking for something totally very different, this is the album to buy.

All My Faults: Euthanasia: Memento Mori

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 20 2004
Artist: All My Faults
Title: Euthanasia: Memento Mori
Format: CD
Label: A&F (@)
Rated: *****
All My Faults is Steve Becker. His project is gothic/darkwave, but more electro-gothic-industrial with harsh guitar feel. This four track ep release is indeed a dancefloor catch. The first track "Sand Of Time" kicks off with its gothic-industrial vibe that contains an EBM element. Surprisingly, the second track "Forest After Midnight (Short)" reminds me of the band The Last Dance. I'm quite sure the band will be astonish if they hear this song. For those that like New Wave and a child of the 80's, then "These Hours Of Emptiness (Radio Edit)" will suit you well. The final track "Allest Ist Gesagt" brings out more of the guitar in the song, which may sound industrial-metal, a good blend that sets in a well mannered standard. As been listening to this disc numerous of times, this is totally a club/dancefloor killer!

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