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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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Artist: TRANSFORMER DI ROBOTER (@)
Title: Metal Kings
Format: CD EP
Label: Deco (@)
Rated: *****
METAL KINGS is the first real and proper release by the Transformer Di Roboter duo as they previously partecipated only to compilations. Johannes and Alex first met in high school and they have played in various bands together since: Dånzen Jetzt (Klangkrieg), Shakti-Maan and Chlorgeschlecht (Deco) and they have performed in the UK, Germany, France, Holland and the US. As you can imagine by the title this E.P. covers four famous metal band's tracks. The duo succeeded into personalizing the original tunes but also being true to the original versions in a way you can't imagine. How did they do it? Simple. They took the original songs and they did a midi version of each of them using only General-Midi sounds. In this way Refuse/resist (by Sepultura), "Walk" (by Pantera), "Raining Blood" (by Slayer) and "Enter the sandman" (by Metallica) live a new life without losing their peculiarity. The lounge interlude of "Enter the sandman" is just fantastic and after the initial assault of low-fi distorted electronic sounds it's a real surprise. Thumb up for the originality of the band and to Deco which released it. I can't imagine what Johannes and Alex will prepare next!
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Artist: DJ SMEGMA (@)
Title: Smegma Bitch Up
Format: CD
Label: Lupinaria
Rated: *****
Totally dedicated to craziness and to sampling creativity, SMEGMA BITCH UP is the first effort of Dj Smegma. Known to take part to the Lupinaria crew, I already talked about Dj Smegma into my latest Lupinaria's compilation review where we already found "Arrotino trance-national". Listening to all the twenty tracks I can't decide if Dj Smegma is a bored guy who's trying to do something fun or if he's just a genius who doesn't care about conventions. Each track is composed of various sources samples: phone recordings, adverts, other people's records, everything is fine if it's a new source for a track and there aren't restrictions or censorship. In this way we know that the mistress of "Ricordate, servo" costs less than shit and that she's the only one in Rome who's coming from Switzerland or that Godzilla took a trip in Mexico (on "Gozzilla in Messico") and you can see a snapshot of the event on the front cover or the CD. You can also find an electro-core cover of Amanda Lear's "Tomorrow" and other stuff for only less than four bucks. To tell the truth the tracks aren't all good but at least half of them are worth your money. You could also (as stated on the inner cover) get this CDr along with a friend and then make copies and distribute it as this is a no copyright and no profit project!
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