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Lex Decimate: Seas Of Endless

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 18 2004
Artist: Lex Decimate (@)
Title: Seas Of Endless
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
LEX DECIMATE produced a superb dark album that can be used for a soundtrack score. A different vibe that can change within the mood; from electronic, gothic, ambient, experimental, and soundtrack soundscapes. "Thieves" opens the disc with its very softly haunting edge. The self titled "Seas Of Endless" sounds like a suspense thriller theme. A beautiful track "Recess" reveals a catchy strong piano melody with light dark synths. The mid-tempo "Light The Way" is a car driving thrill ride on a long dark endless road is a terrific charming track with a gothic ambient atmospheric feel. Take a drum 'n' bass track and add a synth line on top of it and you will get "Find Myself", which talks about loneliness and pain. Lex Decimate debut reminds me of ex-Depeche Mode Alan Wilder project Recoil. Some of the tracks on cd have some of the similarity music moods. Their lyrics are more like poetry that's thought provoking that will leave you to think. This cd is a breath taking catch that will suck you in and envelop you. Great quality production and mix. A pure sweet dark record that is set to elevation and worth listening to.

Nox Arcana: Darklore Manor

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 17 2004
Artist: Nox Arcana (@)
Title: Darklore Manor
Format: CD
Label: Monolith Graphics (@)
Rated: *****

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Joseph Vargo and his partner William Piotrowski for Nox Arcana bring back the sounds that made Midnight Syndicate famous. Fans of Midnight Syndicate may remember albums like 'Born of the Night' and 'Realm of Shadows', both of which feature Joseph Vargo. Nox Arcana's debut is no less enthusiastic and resurrects these dark orchestral sounds. Darklore Manor continues the legacy initially begun while Midnight Syndicate has not carried on to venture into other territory such as a Dungeons & Dragons soundtrack. Nox Arcana, on the other hand, give fans of Midnight Syndicate what they've been craving most. Enter Darklore Manor, where creatures of the night lurk in shadows and ghostly sounds echo through unhallowed halls. Haunted organs, ghostly voices, and much much more fill this release while maintaining the strong musical compositions instead of becoming overdone with sound-effects like most seasonal releases. I say seasonal because as many of you know Midnight Syndicate has become very popular in the Haunted Attraction industry at Halloween and Nox Arcana should reside along with them by the other releases Vargo helped create. Joseph Vargo is not only a talented and creative musician with a taste for dark music but also a well established artist who has created quite a stir with his own company Monolith Graphics. Monolith Graphics has been in business several years producing postcards, posters, stickers, t-shirts, journals, calendars, tarot decks, and their own Dark Realms magazine. Dark Realms has also run several issues featuring reviews of all things dark and wonderful in entertainment including books, games, movies, music, and much more. Dark Realms is THE premiere magazine for darkling entertainment. Also check out Monolith's Graphic's "Tales from the Dark Tower", an original collection of 13 sinister stories, lavishly illustrated by Joseph Vargo. Based upon characters depicted in Vargo's classic gothic paintings, each story in this unique anthology is woven together to create a new and compelling saga of vampire lore. Nox Arcana is a healthy addition to the Monolith family of releases and an exciting one this year for Halloween fans worldwide. Abandon hope all ye who enter here... Look for the follow-up called "Necronomicon", a dark symphony based upon H.P. Lovecraft's forbidden tome of unspeakable horrors.

VV.AA.: Artist Sample Teaser III Version III

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 09 2004
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Artist Sample Teaser III Version III
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
Silencer Records released a third compilation titled "Artist Sample Teaser III Version III". Four artists that's able to get radio airplay and worth listening to. After Chain "Burnt Fuel" is a mid-tempo gothic industrial track. Aunia Kahn voice reminds me of Summer Bowman from The Machine In The Garden. Her singing is ethereal like a nightinggale singing in the twilight in the dark night. Lex Decimate comes second with their electronic/gothic "Landmark", a good composition/arrangement dark track. "Weakness (Radio Edit)" is a fabulous industrial dance track that is well produced with high potential. And darkwave duo The Dead Company brings out their deep emotional feelings in "Love You Till I Die". Each artist have their own signature sound and have more material to show off. Silencer Records really knows how to find brilliant new and talented artists that can help fill the empty void that the major labels are not able to to fill by obligating to give the true listeners what they want. Underground music is in!

GOR: The medieval project: Croisades

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 07 2004
Artist: GOR (@)
Title: The medieval project: Croisades
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
CROISADES is the latest effort of Gor/Francesco Banchini, which in the last years seems to be more active with his personal project than with his main band Ataraxia. This new CD gathers eleven tracks of which nine are original tunes written by Francesco and two are traditional songs adpted by himself. These songs are the most medieval influenced tracks he ever wrote: the atmosphere, the melody and the instruments used show really well the passion he feels for the "dark age". Even if the music is based on ancient melodies, the concept of the album is really up to date, because Francesco picked up writings of the 1150÷1591 period (Bertran de Born, Folquet de Marseilla, Gaucelm Faidit, etc) which are applicable to the nowadays world facts also. As he explains on the back sleeve: "This cd tales of events that occured to various people in the past, and even though much time has passed since you'll notice that nothing has fundamentally changed".

Velvet Acid Christ: Between the Eyes Vol. 3

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 30 2004
Artist: Velvet Acid Christ
Title: Between the Eyes Vol. 3
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records
Still dark, nihilistic. Still sample-heavy. Still pissed the fuck off. But like Velvet Acid Christ on a field day. This third volumeof rarities, etc., is an interesting listen in the context of VAC as he exists now. Whether these older pieces from earlier in the artist's career represent experimentation or an artist trying to find himself, the Frankenstein furnished by this compilation shows some unimposing eclecticism in the Christ's blood - or at least its CD catalog. But, yeah, still goth. Still seething. Still nice stuff.

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