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Artist: NEGRU VODA
Title: Dobruja region
Format: CD
Label: Fin de Siècle Media (@)
Distributor: Cold Meat Industry, Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Rejected by a couple of labels, Negru Voda's new full-length finally sees the light on Magnus Sundström's Fin de Siècle, which had also previously released a couple of alternative mixes from this album. Known for his works as Megaptera, Hans Peter Nyström has composed a good, sturdy album of disquieting ambiences, controlled distortion and heavy, relentless percussions. The droning side bears some resemblances to the classic cavernous sounds of Lustmord and Raison d'Être, and takes full control in the last two drifting tracks, "Northern beauty - k.e.m.k." and "The ghost at Leftwood Lake", but the rest of "Dobruja region" is rather dominated by pounding rhythms. Which, luckily, evoke battlefields and panic attacks rather than dancefloors. "(th)rill(e)d - mekano extension" combines both aspects quite successfully, with monotonous loops having a droning hypnotic quality rather than a rhythmic one. Nothing new, of course, nor particularly exciting, at least to my ears - but anyway, a convincing work, assembled with undisputable class.
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Artist: CERVIX (@)
Title: Teach children to worship sludge
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Improvised bluuurgh sludge doom from this new born (one off?) Italian trio (guitar/vocals/drums). Three tracks, more than 30 minutes. Heavy painful noise played at molasses speed: cross extreme doom à la Southern Lord (Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Burning Witch, Khanate) with the disjointed experimental black of Abruptum, and you'll get a picture. Deliberately horrible recording, with the typical rehearsal sound: loud guitars, loud vocals, absent drums - and a terrible low-end frying distortion. Definitely only for the few & bold conoisseurs of the genre - but there is a certain groove to it, and who knows, maybe writing proper songs...
Artist: ST. ELME'S FIRE (@)
Title: Porphyarysis
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Self released and self distributed as a CD-r, PORPHYRIASIS is the new St. Elme's Fire's album. The main people behind this goth doom project, which has got as its influences Moonspell and Tristania, are Yuri Golovchenko and Alexandra "Shurikella" Podgayskaya. Even if the CD suffers from some lack of production the tracks are inspired and the atmosphere of their so called "gothic-doom-cabaret-industrial" could catch the attention of many goth lovers. Often on many tracks (like "Phoenix", the following "Virtual lust" or on "Padm-padam") I can hear echoes of traditional Russian melodies and this is a good point because their music sounds fresher respect the one of other goth bands that have got the usual bands of the genre, as influences. Most of you could find St. Elme's Fire's music too unprofessional because it sounds as it was composed using General midi sounds unically (which could be fine for some genres but not for rock based music). Maybe you are right but if their gear is limited their theatrical and melodramatic tunes are capable of involving the listener and this is something you couldn't underrate.
Artist: Nebelhexe
Title: Lauguz Within The Lake
Format: CD
Label: CandleLight USA
Rated: *****
Once upon a time there where 2 whitches.
They made a passionate dark ambient/dark ethereal album on Cold Meat Industries under the moniker AGHAST. Then just as suddenly, they went thier seperate ways.

Here is the newest release from one of those members Andrea Haugen.

A Far cry from Agahst, this album presents us with 10 tracks of medieval folk, tinged with metal and electronic moments. Hypnotizing vocals, passionatley bring you on a pagan journey through ten tracks of epic music.

High-lights include "my visual world" a synth driven minimal electronic peice, flowing in and out of rythms. "Celtic Crows", A tribal drum oriented gothic metal piece. All in all the album works as a whole and seems to be skirting the edges of gothic metal, and the experimental electronic scene. I look forward to hearing more by this group.
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Artist: Saints of Eden
Title: Overload
Format: CD
Label: Metech recordings (@)
Rated: *****
British Metech recordings' band Saints of Eden's third album "Overload" is a mostly electronic-based attempt at joining small parts of the gothic tradition of Sisters/Nephilim, dark nuances of Cure and evilish/epic metal bands with the synergy and tradition of electronic body music, bits of dance influences and shades of industrial. The album plays pretty smoothly but lacks a little bit in originality. Its influences are well played out and generate atmospheres of tranquillity and grandness, while the rhythmical side of the album goes for harder industrial-rock beats and guitar riffs that accompany raw growling voices in a style that is somewhere between ebm and black/gore... Visit their well done site too.
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