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BLACK SUN: "Its Creeping Rage" + "Di Fersi Morendo Eterni"

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2004
Artist: BLACK SUN (@)
Title: "Its Creeping Rage" + "Di Fersi Morendo Eterni"
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After releasing a CD-r on early 2003, Black Sun released on September of 2004 new material just to fill two brand new 3" Cd-rs. ITS CREEPING RAGE and DI FERSI MORENDO ETERNI are the titles of the new releases and even if at a first listening they could sound similar, the first one (which contains tracks composed during the last year) contains more varied tracks (talking about atmosphere and composition). On DI FERSI MORENDO ETERNI Black Sun bring us five tracks plus a cover of the Halloween main theme that show a certain personality but that sometimes lack of power (see the "Halloween" track which takes the main melody making of it a nice electronic song but forgetting to giving it a certain amount of creepiness). ITS CREEPING RAGE has got five tracks (the last one, "Heaven sends you", is a The Mission's cover) which having different guests on vocals do sound different also because Luca focused his efforts by giving to the sound a certain beat by blending, e.b.m. rhythms with goth atmospheres. In this way the atmosphere is intriguing and kinda sick because of the melodies while the rhythm is always one of the main element of the tracks. The new tracks kinda lack of intriguing atmospheres and concentrate the sound on the rhythms and on the vocals of Federica Cerruti, while the combination of melody/rhythm/intriguiing atmpsheres was a winning solution. Probably I would like a little more the new tracks without being capable of confrontating them with the old ones. A little more "tuning" and I think that the Black Sun will be capable of achieve a wider audience.

Wyrmwood: Strange Angels

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 15 2004
Artist: Wyrmwood (@)
Title: Strange Angels
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
It was very sad to hear about Switchblade Symphony break up back in December 2001 because of music differences. Anyway, another goth female duo known as Wyrmwood, based out of San Antonio, Texas, was able to make a mark in the gothic scene as a new comer. They even opened up for The Cruxshadows and The Last Dance. Wyrmwood got their name from a book by young dark writer, Poppy Z. Brite, which depicts various short stories she's written. "Strange Angels" is a well produced dark dance album. Most definitely, this one is a keeper. The goth dolls present a demonstrated visual picture of good vs. evil, escaping darkness to come to the light and saving souls. To put it ina better way, to describe these gothic beauties, they're a christian goth band. Aria's vocals is interesting along with her gothic adorable look. Her voice stands out well with the music itself. So ethereal, she'll take you on a journey with embellishment details. Positive lyrics and catchy electronic melodies. The tracks "Voices", "Mirror, Mirror", "Take It Too", "Alice", "Red Moon Rising", and the self titled "Strange Angels are my favorites. These will bring out the elegance of swirly gothic dance styles among goths on the dance floor. The cd features pictures of the band and a well directed video of "Voices" that tells of a young woman in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who wanted to get revenge, but God wouldn't let her. If you're tired of being depressed and lost in sin and darkness, Wyrmwood is your deliverance and the way to seek the Lord Jesus Christ!

Aria-vocals, lyrics, programming
Lysa-synth, beats, programming

DAEMONIA NYMPHE: The Bacchic Dance Of The Nymphs - Tyrvais

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 11 2004
Title: The Bacchic Dance Of The Nymphs - Tyrvais
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The first time I talked to you about Daemonia Nymphe was in 2002 when I reviewed their first Prikosnovenie release. Well, few weeks ago the guys at Prikosnovenie sent me the reissue of the very first Daemonia Nymphe releases, titled THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS and TYRVASIA. More evocative than ever, here you can check how the first version of the band was, when all the tracks were written and performed by Spyros Giasafakis (with the help of Pantelis Giasafakis, Evi Stergiou, Stathis Portaritis, Elias Kounellas, Sophia Kuonella, Leonidas Kourentis, Mina Morfi, Sophia Kapetanakou, Domenika Manteli, Vaso Vaiouli and Giorgia Hrisimou at percussions and vocals). At a first listening it seems to me that the tracks sound more "wild", instinctive (see for example "Tyrvasia" which sounds like a pagan gathering) and dark. The melodies and atmospheres are charming and hypnotic and it isn't a surprise that Nikos Brass (an instrument constructor who has managed to reproduce almost every ancient hellenic instrument by using his artistic skills) decided to start his collaboration with the band after he listened to THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS. It's a fortune that Prikosnovenie decided to reprint this early material as it would have been a misfortune to miss it. Check it!

Kooper Kain: Turning Cities To Salt

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2004
Artist: Kooper Kain
Title: Turning Cities To Salt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Sinister Records
Rated: *****
Wow! The most fantastic cd ever made by Vancouver, B.C band, Kooper Kain. The debut "Turning Cities To Salt" will make you want to listen to it over and over and over and over again and again and again. The band's sound is between Simple Minds and U2. Even the singer's voice is a reminder of Simple Mind's singer Jim Kerr. A breathtaking disc that is flawless. Each track stands the disc out. There's alot of songs I recommend that can be appropriate for singles, radio and clubs; "Icy Stars", "Crowded", "80 Years Dirt", "Flicker Flicker & Out", "Too Far Gone", "Red Satin Rivers", "Apocalypse & Pawn", just to name a few. A fascination blend of dark rock and new wave. Lyrics so powerful and emotional that is aggressively profound with deep thoughts and feelings. So innovated with their own unique sound, they even bring back the 80's old school style that reflects the music of our time. The sweetest perfection, beauty, ethereal, and inspiration is what they deliver in their lyrics and music. The listeners will certainly be very content after they give it a listen for the first time and enjoy it more. "Turning Cities To Salt" is an artistic form of well plendid divine recording art. 80's children and goth fans need to buy this remarkable incredible cd.


 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2004
Artist: DEMETER (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
Label: SOS Recordings (@)
Rated: *****

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This band has been a great discover! I received many emails and didn’t know if they were spam or a band promoting themselves with enigmatic mails with only a link (like virus usually do...). Curiosity killed the cat.... somebody said. Unexpectedly I’ve been gifted with this jewel of modern music. A new ensemble mixing the deep and intense message of dark music, together with soft melodies, sometimes with good commercial potentialities, experimentations and noise, art-rock and a dramatic approach. Biography says DEMETER is composed by musicians from New York, London, Helsinki and Barcelona, creating in this way a varied and full of influences support for the melodic and whispering voice of Anna Mercedes. First track "Addict" starts with a dark-pop attitude, with some echoes from GARBAGE: a good song showing DEMETER’s capacity of writing catchy but not stupid melodies. "Dare you" offers a disturbing landscape, a space-rock atmosphere enforced by electronic pads and a nervous work of drums and electric guitar. "Falling", introduced by an ambient-industrial noise, starts with a simple piano passage, a rhythmic heartbeat-like percussive pulse, and a whispering. It’s like being trapped in a cage with lights broken. Title is perfect: as song goes on, tension increases, giving a sensation of choking or falling down in a pit. "One Last Kiss" is like a trip-hop song, very sad... solitude embraces you in a rainy day, alone in a little apartment in New York, while the world outside goes on indifferent to you. "Venus" closes this too short CD, with a softer atmosphere, rich of BOWIE’s influences, again a potentially commercial song but with a strong personality. Every song is a pearl, and I wish I could hear more from this band, surely they’ve given me a real shock. Strongly recommended.

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