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AIN SOPH: Rituals

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 06 2002
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Artist: AIN SOPH
Title: Rituals
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles (@)
Distributor: Old Europa Cafe
Recorded live at a private gig performed into an ancient building in Rome downtown back in 1985, RITUALS is one of the first Ain Soph recordings since they released their first tapes in those years. Ain Soph 1, 2 and 3 (better known as "Crucifige") were the seminal recordings of this band which in those years was experimenting with sounds and magick rituals. Similar to those recordings, this live CD brings me back to those days when I first contacted the band (I also interviewed them for the fanzine I was doing in that period, called Maelzel) because I was fascinated by those intense sounds. The eight tracks are a sort of compilation of their first two tapes and represents one of the most amazing recordings of the first Ain Soph period. If you only them only for their later recordings (the ones released by Cthulhu as "Aurora") mind you that this is something totally different and "dangerous". Those were the days magazines in Italy started to talk about experimental ritualistic music. If you missed them, with RITUALS you've got the chance to catch a part of the spirit that was pushing a bunch of Roman guys toward the unknown...

ATARAXIA: A Calliope... Collection

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 06 2002
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Artist: ATARAXIA
Title: A Calliope... Collection
Format: CD
Label: Four Dimensions
Distributor: Audioglobe
Inspired by water A CALLIOPE is a sum of twelve years of activity of this Italian band. Always focused on medieval atmospheres this CD represents the right compendium for whom would like to approach himself to the mellow melodies and the calm atmospheres of the Ataraxia's acoustic realm. Flutes, acoustic guitars, drums, piano and strings duet with Francesca's chants bringing to you ancient melodies and stories. Each release has been covered and fourteen out of sixteen tracks follow step by step the different CDs, starting from "Simphonia Sine Nomine" to "Suenos" passing through "La Malédiction d'Ondine" and "Il Fantasma Dell'Opera", just to name few. The last two tracks "Arcana Eco" and "A Calliope" are new ones and close the CD with a dedication to Calliope, sublime mother of their inspiration. The CD comes with a 32 page booklet and a poster which are the visual counterpart of the music.

Chaos Engine: Escape Ferocity

 Posted by PJVD   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 06 2002
Artist: Chaos Engine
Title: Escape Ferocity
Format: CD
The first thing you notice when you get the album is that there are 23 tracks on this disc. While listening you discover that a lot of them are little pieces between the songs (14 are the actual songs). The Chaos Engine is and UK based industrial rock band that plays their music in a way Pop Will Eat Itself would do these days. Still, it takes some time to get used to the vocals. The addition of a second guitarist to the bands line-up introduces the first guitar solo on a Chaos Engine album ever. Songs I would like to recommend are Me & My Army, Jesus Christ V2.0 Custom Built For Anger, Go Offline and the opening and title track Escape Ferocity.

Das Ich: Anti'Christ

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 29 2002
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Artist: Das Ich
Title: Anti'Christ
Format: CD
Label: Massacre (germany),Metropolis (USA) (@)
Das Ich is and has always been a very strange, yet powerfully magnetic part of the gothic/industrial scene. Led by Stephan Ackerman's rough German vocals and poetic text, followed by Brunno Kramm's one man symphony of classical and industrial, they are a force to be reckoned with, as "Anti'Christ" very well proves.
Remember all the dancy clubiness of "Destilat"? Well, none of it here! The Wagnerian opera is fully at the front, and industrial dancing with it as it's chaotic mate. The text,as with all Das Ich, is very flowing German in a "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" kind of way. Highlights are "Vater (Father)","Tuhr Zum Holle (Gate To Hell)" and "Krieg Im Paradise (War In Paradise). And no filler on this like with "Egodram", where the second half seemed to be rushed.
The religious aspect here comes as "What do I do now that God is no more?" rather than "Grrrr,we're evil!Rah rah Satan!" like alot of bands tackling the issue tend to do.

This is a definite reccomendation for a band who displays the awe-inspiring power of opera, industrial and the German language all in one majestic piece. Also recommended are Staub (Dust) and Relaborat (Re-Animate). Rating:10+

BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL: The Scavenger Bride

 Posted by Claudio Giammarini   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 26 2002
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Artist: BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
Title: The Scavenger Bride
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
Distributor: Audioglobe
This beautiful 8th release by Black Tape For A Blue Girl is dense with romantic and sacred atmospheres which recall the best works by Dead Can Dance. Sam Rosenthal is more and more deserving the sceptre of the best composer and player of ethereal music while Elisabeth Grant's singing reaches down to the deepest of the soul; the two are backed by a large number of great strings, flutes, cello, fiddles, dulcimer and drums players and add the right dose of keyboard and electronics. This album is definitely one of the best dark-ambient, romantic and impressionist works to tease our ears, an album such as we have long desired from our European bands with its fluent electronic layers, its traditional piano and drums, which lead the listener to a dreamlike, astral perception with thirteen decadent, in-looking love songs to listen to in a gently moonlit darkness.


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