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Artist: DAYS OF FATE (@)
Title: Home Made Cake Of The Day
Format: CD
Label: EFA


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After some years since their debut album "Gates" (it has been released ufficially in 1996 and reprinted and world wide available since 1998) the Days Of Fate are coming back with an even more convincing album titled HOME MADE CAKE OF THE DAY. The new eleven tracks (plus the hidden one) show a band that is aware of his potential and knows how to use it. In fact tracks like "Nervous Times" (released the last years also as a single), the following "Open Sky" and generally each one have got something attractive that is able to catch immediately the attention of a occasional listener. Vocals and arrangements are the highlights of these tracks and for sure each of you will notice a melody or a tune that are able to please you. The album contains potential synth pop dance hits but it's restrictive to file it under a specific genre as good songs are simply good songs. The freshness and the melody of HOME MADE CAKE OF THE DAY for sure will astonish you and even if you aren't synthpop lovers you'll love Days Of Fate tunes and maybe you'll turn off that crap that radio stations force you to listen! Do yourself a favour and check this out, you won't be disappointed. P.s. If you have got the money to get only one CD this month and you are thinking about getting the new T.O.Y. album, check this one before and maybe you'll revise your shop list... You can wait one more month to get your copy of "White Lights".
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Artist: MANES
Title: Vilosophe
Format: CD
Label: Code666
Distributor: Audioglobe
Times change and people change. From 1993 to '99, Manes were a cult duo playing "true Norwegian black metal", and released three demos and an album, "Under ein blodraud maane". Now they have an extended line-up featuring Asgeir Hatlen and Tommy Sebastian (vocals), Eivind Fjoseide (guitars), Rune Hoemsnes (analogue drums), Torstein Parelius (bass, lyrics), and Tor-Helge Skei (guitars, electronics, programming, sequencing); somebody has described their new path as a jam between Katatonia, Radiohead and Aphex Twin. I really don't know about Katatonia, but there's definitely a lot of Radiohead-sounding ("Kid A"/"Amnesiac") spleen-rock, some drum'n'bass here and there and, all in all, a well-crafted mix of melancholic "wave", some psychedelia, electronic arrangements and heavier music (not strictly "metal", though). The sound is rich and multi-layered, and luckily the band tends to avoid the tacky "heavy guitars + electronic beats" formula which has been infesting the underground for years. The soundwriting is almost always pretty remarkable, indeed: listen to the tour-de-force of "Diving with your hands bound [nearly flying]" for example, which never loses ground in its 10'+ length. I just don't like some faster, more energetic tracks like "Death of the genuine" (which had appeared as "Redeemer" on the "Better dead than alive sampler") where the drum'n'bass + metal mix seems to prevail a bit. Manes are now a credible dark rock band which is obviously putting a lot of effort into writing good and someway original tunes. Certainly better than most gothic bands around today. Nice-looking layout too.
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Artist: DISMAL
Title: Rubino Liquido - three scarlet drops…
Format: CD
Label: DreamCell 11/Code666
Distributor: Audioglobe
Whew... I'm having a hard time reviewing this. Dismal are an Italian symphonic goth-metal trio formed by Bradac (keyboards, synths, piano, programming and rhythm guitar), Afelio (voices of howl, dismallian guitar - sic!) and Ae (female vocals), and highly acclaimed for their previous releases on Naumana, Pagan Moon and Beyond...prod, which got raving reviews all around. So let's immediately say this: if you like this genre, you'll probably want to buy "Rubino Liquido" and will find it a moving masterpiece of dark art. The musicianship and production is obviously hyper-professional and crystal-clear. Songs are complex and crafted, etc. But. I can't avoid writing it: I hate this kind of metal - it sums up any negative aspect I find in heavy metal music, and "professional"/technical HM in particular. I mean, Dismal play very well and all, they're accompanied by an orchestra, etc., but everything sounds totally cold to me. Clean male vocals and high, ethereal female ones become tedious after a while and the "aggressive" parts just don't balance them. The drum machine sound is annoying, totally static and artificial in its slow patterns; one craves for human rhythms after minute 1. As for writing complex suites... the various movements often sound very disjointed to my ear, like patchworks. Using the artwork as a methaphore: Dismal provide fascinating images (taken from Kubrik's "Eyes wide shut"), but ruin them with a banal logo. I don't know... I'm a sucker for extreme metal, doom and orchestral music, but this just doesn't work for me.
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Artist: Thyrane
Title: Hypnotic
Format: CD
Label: Century Media, Spinefarm
Distributor: Century Media, Spinefarm
With some distinctive influences from both electro groups and early 80’s mixed in with straight ahead metal rhythms, this group tends to blend both rather well. At times it reminds me of Carcass or even Celtic Frost with a more Funker Vogt-ish side. It does say that it draws from Missing Persons, but that distinction is kind of lost on me, I’d say. The keyboards seem kinda lo-fi in a charming way, but still more advanced than anything Missing Persons had to offer. Quite a catchy little number for those bold enough to mix up their electronic dance and traditional metal! Rating: 9.
Artist: Melotron
Title: KlangKombinat (Best Of)
Format: CD
Label: Plattenkombinat
Distributor: Plattenkombinat
I received this CD directly from the band (thanks guys!) right before their dynamic show in Chicago. Seeing this band live was something else... ... . A singer that is one part Morrisey and one part Dave Gahan all run through a distinctly German blend, with energy galore and enough electro-synth bounce to liven even the most hardened pop hater. And this CD reflects that same kind of energy, which seems to burst out the seams and into the senses with it’s driving power and energy. It is all in German, but even if you don’t understand your "Danke" from your "Deine" it will still make all that much sense to you. With classics for the seasoned Melotron lover like "Gibt Mir Alles" (Give Me Everything), "Kindertraum" (A Child’s Dream") and the highlight of the CD, "Wohin" (Where), it is one for both synthpop lovers and the hardened Melotron fan. Even a little something for the synthpop haters out there as well, perhaps. If I had to compare the sound to anyone for the sake of giving one an additional idea of what they sound like, I’d have to say a little bit of And One, SPOCK (on the less synthy side), and Depeche Mode for the 21st century. The Depeche influence is there, but far from the millions of clones running about out there, nor is it following on Wolfsheim’s impossible to copy sound. A definitive treat for all! Rating: 10...................And hey it's domestic now, so like me, you have no excuses this time around!
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