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RAJNA: Offering

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 06 2010
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Artist: RAJNA
Title: Offering
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Rated: *****
With their ninth album OFFERING, the French duo Rajna are back to the roots of their sound by dismissing almost all the electronic instruments. Having as guest Deleyaman's Aret Madilian on vocals on "The Dance of Cléomene", "Neverland" and "Quiet Hour", Rajna are giving to the fans of ethnic folk a new opus made of symphonic orchestrations, tribal percussions and enchanting female vocals. Mediterranean is the key to read this new album: Aegean islands, the Cyclades, Crete and Greece towards Turkey influenced the sound of the ten songs you find on the album. The smell of olive and orange trees along with the sight of ancient places took back Jeanne and Fabrice Lefebre to Eleusis and its sacred temples and mysteries. If you loved Dead Can Dance and you missed their capacity to mix breathtaking atmospheres, ethnic sounds under a spiritual view, well, Rajna with OFFERING are giving you a new reason to forget a CD into your player for a daily exploration of their charming music.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: All My Monsters II
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Witchhammer Records
Rated: *****
Communities like MySpace grow in their meaning to be an ideal promotion tool for music projects and labels. And sometimes it gets me, to search for some goodies with the hope to find a real treasure. With the Siberian-based (!!!) label Witchhammer Records, I found a label offering free downloadable releases of their mostly local based bands. "Monsters My Monsters II" is the title of a compilation series, which collects all of them and offers a wide range of diverse music styles. The female artist INTROSLEEP offers retro-analogue Synth-Electronica with beautiful melodies, while ABSENT ONE convinces with detailed synth bass lines combined with deep-male vocals. There are of course also several Noise- and Experimental-minded acts available, from which have to pick out UNDUSK with their "Hypnotic Mutant Attacks". This ominous Experimental-Industrial related tune is may the most convincing track on here, by following pretty much the styles of some raw Tympanik Audio artists like ESA or PNEUMATIC DETACH. Also with its second track "Collapsing", this project offers deep drowning Ambient moods combined with abstract arranged percussion patterns. A real discovery to follow immediately! While I generally appreciate the efforts to collect multiple artists and to introduce them via the usage of the above named community, it cannot be hidden, that some artist do definitely some more practice. But however, what counts is the will and the chance to present local projects to a worldwide based audience. And who seriously expects Electronica music hailing out of Siberia? Let’s continue to keep an eye and ear on the activities of this label.

01. A Fake Mirror - One More Thing to Lose
02. Introsleep - Butterfly
03. Absent One - Stewardess
04. Belika - Сны
05. Edge Of Caress - Pictures
06. SEФIRET - ChangeOver
07. Tur Sphere - Perfect World
08. Undusk - Hypnotic Mutants Attack
09. Хаос-Модуль - Ритуал Воды
10. Edge Of Caress - Run Away
11. BLODEUWEDD - Дочь смерти
12. Tur Sphere - Machine Bang
13. Undusk - Collapsing
14. Apkx - Rest In Space
15. AVO - FaDeOut
16. A.Tchort - Cellular Nightmare
17. Absent One - Night
18. In Se - Остатки сна
19. SEФIRET - Glance of time

A Place To Bury Strangers: Exploding Head

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 29 2010