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Artist: DEATH BY VISITATION OF GOD (@)
Title: Bossasupernova
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Gloria Mundi Records
Rated: *****
About one year ago I already reviewed a demo MCD from this band. Respect that release this new BOSSASUPERNOVA see the band widen up their influences including to their early goth/punk sound also some echoes of Fugazi (on the opening "Slaves of their minds"), Alarm (on the semi ballad "Strangeways"), Play Dead (on "Am I my brother's keeper?"), Furyo / Uk Decay and Killing Joke (on "Person (or persons) unknown"). "Twitch" instead is really personal and it is a sort of acid voyage with Brazilian spoken word parts really intriguing. On the previous review I told that Death By Visitation Of God had good ideas and this new MCD (their first official release) prove that. These five tracks are well balanced, inspired and catchy. You can't ask for more! P.s. Even if I mentioned al those '80s bands, don't wait for a nostalgic goth combo with no ideas, as everything has been personalised by the band ;-)
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Noizzze, Just Do It. Invasion & Friends 2k4
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Invasion Wreckchords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
Opening with the acid poem recited by David Thrussel (you can find it also into the booklet) and titled ""The fettid funghi" NOIZZZE JUST DO IT is a mammoth compilation full of new bands (or new for me) and new ideas. The thrirty six tracks of the 2 CDs deal with distorted industrial music but for sure the bands have a sort of oblique approach to the genre (see for example the Ambassador 21 remix of Song's "This is capitalism" where the melodic part of the acoustic guitar sample and the sung duet with distorted rhythms and various samples) which is always a good thing in my opinion. Bands like Gacky (his "Henrettelse" is a sort of metal press mixed with a organ melody coming from an '80s hard rock song), Noize Creator ("F*** face" is a sort of hip hop mixed with gabber and punk), Ctrler ("Noize superstar" is a cyclic metallic melody grinder which turns into an extreme e.b.m. track), Skeft ("Learn to smile" remembered me the Crass. Dunno why, but their use of classical samples, shouts of anthems and noise recalled to me the approach that the Crass had to music), D.J. Christ (Alexey from Ambassador 21 condenses into two minutes and half techno, gabber and punk with no problem at all), L.e.t.o. ("Ready to disturb" is a digital track which seems improvised but instead it is a sort of crazy opera shrunk to less that three minutes. Really inspired...), Uziloop ("I no longer exist" is a sort of Residents meets the digital noise. Fast and intriguing with its two minutes lenght!), Nick Lebeat (his "Solution available" seemed to me a early The Fall track carried to the extreme, where only a distorted bass line and various distorted rhythms duet with the spoken part) will lead you toward a new way of doing noise. A way which deals with inspiration, freshness and will to surprise. This is another good release coming from Invasion Wreckchords people!
Artist: Autumn's Grey Solace
Title: Over the Ocean
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
On "Over the Ocean" Autumn's Grey Solace delivers an alluring and encompassing piece of shoegazer darkwave. Chilling ambient melodies, ripe with seductive power, mingle with ghostly effect with the female vocals. The vox are svelte and create strange and addictive harmonies with the instrumental soundscape. The blend is seamless. Like two fireflies dancing slow-motion in a river of amber, the vocals and the music with which they waltz entwine with each other in a sad mating ritual whose progeny is this flow of tears, this call of a disembodied and lonely voice crying from over the horizon. A hardened heart indeed it would be that would find none of Autumn's grey solace in these songs, for their power of captivation is formidable and force the listener to transcend his personal genres in the face of sheer musical power. And it's a power that comes from quiet, for never does this group deviate from its practice of music that is restrained and, perhaps, meek, but never weak and always electric within its soul.
Artist: Black Tape for a Blue Girl
Title: Tarnished
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Projekt
"Tarnished" is the new single from the album "Halo Star" by Black Tape for a Blue Girl, a long-standing act in the underground goth scene. Here, the band finds itself returning to its roots somewhat while still marching ahead and honing its sound. Male vocals have returned to the scene after a long stretch without them, as well. Tribal beats undergird floating ambient melodies to create a drifting, flowing river of dark but hauntingly beautiful tones sure to capture the listener in its siren call. Classic gothic vocals that avoid the pretentions of many wannabe goth acts bring the melancholy message to your ears. Black Tape for a Blue Girl is not industrial goth or metal goth or whatever. It's just pure, shadowy emotional music for when your body is lethargic but your mind is out searching in the ether ... Also included on the three-song single are "Remnants of a Deeper Purity" and "Damn Swan!"
Artist: Urn
Title: Desecrated Ashes
Format: CD
You can detect several things going on in Urn's layered industrial goth rock as presented on the CD "Desecrated Ashes". Mid-tempo guitar grooves provide a pulse while keyboards add to the layering. The percussion joins the rhythm nicely and the vocals bring in even more dynamics with the male/female switchup. A nice gothy mood permeates the music, and it is enhanced by a strong sense of theatricality. In addition to the subdued goth metal tone, you can sense a certain folkiness (like unto what you might encounter in some power metal acts, though it's the mood, not the music, that is common to urn and aforementioned power players). Atmosphere seems to be the name of the game as the guitars provide the heaviness and the keyboards supply the ambience, with the drums even going a little ethno from time to time. The two vocalists compliment each other fairly well. Ultimately you get the sense of listening to a rock fantasy opera (which is likely the point). The main complaint I would offer is a certain flatness to the sound. One wishes for more lushness in a style like this. However, all told, if you like the Lacuna Coil approach to metal, Urn is a band to check out.
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