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Artist: AVARITIA
Title: Pulse
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Equinoxe Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
PULSE is Avaritia's new MCD which after the "Wide Awake" E.P. brings us seven new tracks of melodic goth / new wave music. Musically I liked their ideas which take inspiration from the classic bands, like Sisters Of Mercy, Sound ( like on "Summer's Gone"), etc. Melodically the songs are good and the MCD is quite enjoyable but...I'm sorry I can't stand Dorit's vocals for too much time and I think that her way of singing make lose energy to the granitic sound created by the other guys of the band. I think this is a pity because they have got ideas and nice melodies but she's singing like she has got a limited range of notes. I don't want to sound rude but I think that Avaritia have got so much to give and it's a shame for them to lose it...
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Artist: Neverwood
Title: Misty Morning
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Neverwood's MISTY MORNING is the second album after their debut "Trapped Inside" and it spreads the band's fairy and dreamy sounds during fifty five minutes, creating a mellow and fluffy sensation. At a first listening only few songs convinced me, because their quiet atmospheres are too sofisticated for my tastes. You know, it's like to listen to a Bjork / Portished blend all concentrated into one hour. The first time I listened to it at work and suddenly one of my colleagues asked me to borrow it to him because he was in the mood for something relaxing and smooth. I'm really rarely into that mood so the songs I appreciated most are: the opening "Borderline", "Waning Moon", "On The Origin Of Speech" and "Parallel Dimensions" which alternate calm atmospheres with drum'n'bass / trip hop rhythms more than jazzy moments with polished and flangered guitars.
Oct 13 2003
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Artist: Testube (@)
Title: Corporation
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP


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These guys never cease to amaze me! Always something new and always experimenting and pushing the limits and boundaries of electronic music. This newest release combines elements of their already established IDM and Industrial sound techniques while broadening the definitions of Synthpop and EBM. Amazingly they've done all this with a new baby on the way as well, congrats! The album topic is something that most of us can, unfortunately, identify with - the corruption of corporate society and the rigors of cubicle dwelling. You'll also find many elements in this release that borders on Futurepop (and no I'm not talking VNV I'm talking NASA and other mechanique approaches - a more modern approach than Kraftwerk) which also gives this further uniqueness and pushes all boundaries to thier eclectic and structural limits. Not for the timid or pop oriented, yet still fully functional on the dancefloor! *As an additional bonus when you purchase the CD pay close attention to the content, you just might find the necessary clues to acquire a FREE bonus from the band.
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Artist: COMBICHRIST
Title: The Joy Of Gunz
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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THE JOY OF GUNZ is the first album of the Icon Of Coil's singer, Andy La Plegua. If you are thinking of this CD as an e.b.m album with melodic tunes, well: forget it. THE JOY OF GUNZ is rough and full of industrial sounds. We can virtually divide the CD in two parts: the tracks with Andy's vocals and the ones without them. The difference on some cases is slighty perceived, as there are only few melodic lines and the rest is based on a techno rhythmical approach. Try to think about it as an e.b.m. / industrial / techno freak and be ready for a real assault with really few moments without tension and buzzing sounds. Also the vocals, where present, have got the function of brain washing the listener as they repeat few alienating concepts. The tracks don't present a wide tange of solutions but this seems to be what Andy wanted it to be: raw and rude.
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Artist: FAITH AND THE MUSE (@)
Title: The Burning Season
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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I'm not that much familiar with the work of Faith And The Muse, even if they are active since early nineties. From their bio I read that their first three albums were kinda ethereal, goth and a little bit industrial and the duo met at a live gig where they were playing with their own projects: Strange Boutique and Shadow Project. William Faith (ex- Christian Death, Mephisto Walz, Sex Gang Children, and Shadow Project member) and Monica Richards (ex- Strange Boutique member) in ten years produced fine tunes and kept the band as a multi level experience including also form of theatre. THE BURNING SEASON is their first album I've got the opportunity to listen to and as I read on the bio it's an important one, as it represent a sort of changement, being the first one to be opened to other influences than only goth ones. As my first experience into the realm of William and Monica I must admit that I enjoyed their album: all the influences are well balanced and it never happened that I got annoyed, as usual it happens to me when I receive an ethereal goth record. All the "relaxed" moments (as on "Gone To Ground" or "Willow's Song") are real classy and are always able to catch the listener's attention and this is for sure a gift. You know, it's simple to play forty minutes of so called medioeval tunes or else, but it's difficult to melt all the various influences into something personal and cool and this is for sure the case. Echoes of March Violets (like on "Relic Song") duets with atmospheres a la Cocteau Twins of "Bouddicea" or with the electronic new wave of "Failure To Thrive". Really impressive.
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