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Artist: BLOOD (@)
Title: Spleen
Format: CD EP
Label: Cure (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
A new release for this Japanese trio still active in their third phase with Fu-Ki performing the charismatic vocals of this band. "Spleen" is a kind of conceptual mini-album and features 5 tracks. It is heavily inspired by the French tragic poetry "La Fleurs Du Mal" by Charles Baudelaire – so you’ll get the Japanese paraphrase of this story board. Musically BLOOD remain in their known paths by combining Goth-Rock with Fu-Ki’s smooth vocal performance and some synth textures here and there. The track "Danse Macabre" has to be named here with some orchestral-like synth layers and a rather gloomy mood, well done. Always outstanding on every release of this band is the photo art showing the band members wearing different costumes, jewels and ornaments inspired by their cultural and historical background of Japan – it’s like that they want to introduce and to share their culture to the wide international audience, while the photos here are aptly done on a snowy graveyard. Finest Goth-Rock with depth and decent concept, well done.
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Artist: BLOOD (@)
Title: Vengeance for Blood 2
Format: CD
Label: Cure (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
We welcome the Japan-based label and distributor Cure to the international scene, although the three-men Goth/Rock act BLOOD is for sure not unknown, since they’ve recently perform live on some stages in Washington, LA, New York and Boston. This trio can be named for sure a kind of spear head of the Japanese Dark Goth scene and with a website translated into 7 further languages besides Japanese some international attention and success is guaranteed. The band history features an uncountable amount of releases available in all formats and it is separated into three different phases – this seems to belong on the changing membership in between the band. But everything is related to the band former member Kiwamu, who stands also behind the Cure label. Always in all phases on his side is the bass player Kaede, while Fu-Ki is the singer for this third phase of this band. This "Vengeance For Blood 2" is the second episode of a trilogy mini-album release series and features 7 tracks. Guitar-driven Goth-Rock with some synth textures and a charismatic and well tuned male vocal performances are the used elements here and can form a mostly catchy (especially on "Forever Lost") output. To everyone who’s interested in the lyrically content, on all releases are translations into English and/or French language featured. This is a convincing output especially designed for the fans of this genre – a bit short maybe, but I guess the ongoing trilogy has zo be seen and listened as a whole.
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Artist: THE GASMAN
Title: Love Collection
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Personal project of Christopher Reeves, The Gasman delivers a new album titled LOVE COLLECTION. It is strange to think about a break-beat love collection but The Gasman on tracks like "Vigor", the following "Cubicle", "Parts" or the closing "Flounce 2" is capable of creating a smooth blend of styles that sound relaxing but having a good amount of energy at the same time. The tracks spans from semi ambient rhythmical compositions to tracks that are more schizophrenic thanks to the different rhythmical cut-ups and thanks also to Christopher’s way of creating electronic instrumental tense tiny suites. In this way we have a sort of good mixture of ambient and i.d.m. with some break-beat influence. Does this have something to do with love? If we think about love as a mixture of feelings and emotions, then... maybe.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: electr-ohm - compilation 1
Format: CD
Label: electr-ohm Records
Rated: *****
OK, 16 tracks, over 1 hour in length with different artists coming from different labels and countries make this such a special CD compilation. Great packaging with great artists. This is not one of those releases that only concentrate on "great packaging" (an overdone thing in this genre of music and other genres as well, nowadays). The label that put this out actually chose to put great artists with great tracks on. The label that put this out is based in Japan. Definitely a must have!
Artist: Apoplexia 1973
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: PsychForm Records
This is a musical research by Stan Reed/Gregor Jabs/Frank Rowenta. The CD packaging is pro-quality considering that it is only limited to 300 copies. It's quite an exciting sound exploration if I must say so, just a bit odd.
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