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MEPHISTO WALZ: NIGHTINGALE

 Posted by Jett Black/Screaming Artist Publicity - NocturnalMovements.net (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Artist: MEPHISTO WALZ (@)
Title: NIGHTINGALE
Format: CD EP
Label: FOSSILE DUNGEON (@)
Distributor: MIDDLE PILLAR
Rated: *****

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Does the dance floor EVER get more Gothic than MEPHISTO WALZ? I dare say, "No, it does not". Only 2 tracks, and yet, this EP is indispensable for any trellis-climbing dance music enthusiast. Every Gothic dance dj will consider these tracks as playlist magnets! Title track, "Nightingale" will draw your feet away from tempting smiles and onto the dance floor recently vacated by fans of Lords of Acid, and Marilyn Manson. Swirly skirts and transparent lace cuffs will befriend the swelling romance of Mephisto Walz. Soon, the percussive beats will draw more damned souls out to join you. "Witches Gold" opens (welcomingly) in retro, like any familiar songs by The Smiths. As this song progresses, vocals linger in a style reminiscent to me of Rozz Williams from the better days of Christian Death. Definitely rooted in the finer charms of old school Gothic dance elements, NIGHTINGALE delivers every bit the fullness of satisfaction.

BUTTERFLY MESSIAH: ETERNAL

 Posted by Jett Black/Screaming Artist Publicity - NocturnalMovements.net (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: BUTTERFLY MESSIAH (@)
Title: ETERNAL
Format: CD
Label: FOSSILE DUNGEON (@)
Distributor: MIDDLE PILLAR
Rated: *****

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Get ready to trip heart strings and rip fishnets! Now, "it’s time" for ETERNAL! Forget everything you ever knew about Butterfly Messiah! EBM decadence, the next challenge for the Gothic dance music enthusiast, has touched-down "for today" with ETERNAL. While Robert Davis and Joshua Harrington keep "the circle" pulsating with synth and percussion, Shannon Garson continues weaving lyrical elegance seamlessly through arrangements that will have you dancing all night long. The hyper-dance hit, "It’s Time" makes a MOST welcome addition to this full-length album. 12 tracks in all, and sorted nicely into an astral-strewn tri-fold digi-pak complete with spooky shadow-play imagery, and a 16-page lyric and additional images and artwork brochure. "Virtual" begs the adrenaline into your veins. Beneath the strobe light of "Falling Stars", an EBM marionette becomes the body of every care-free Klub kid. Fans who lament the decay of Switchblade Symphony will find fantastic the "Ascension" of BUTTERFLY MESSIAH! Open your arms, and open your heart to discover gothic dance dreams re-awakened by Garson’s enigmatic and fluttering vocal range. Industrial djs quickly warm up to "Counterstrike", an apocalyptic dance hit in the making. Get this treasured Digi-Pak dance collection now before your best friends beat you to it.
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Artist: PREDELLA AVANT
Title: Carbon figures
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
First of all, very good layout this time: cryptic use of black and dark grey on the digipack, and stark b/w pictures of ash-covered bodies from the ruins of Pompei in the booklet. Thumbs up for the visuals. Music-wise: 11 untitled tracks of bombastic martial music, opening with a very effective mix of dramatic drumming and orchestration with a looped lament - a good start. Then things settle down a bit, but the cd flows quite well without boredom, also thanks to its reasonable length. I have to smile reading the press-sheet which says these tracks "are hardly comparable to something already known", while this is total Blutharsch-sounding stuff (circa "The track of the hunted"), with moments akin' to A Challenge of Honour, The Day of the Trumpet Call, etc. Not to say this is bad, it is just not that original. Anyway, a well-balanced mix of triumphal marches and elegiac orchestrations.
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Artist: RASAL.ASAD
Title: Asuna
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
Second release for the solo project run by Fernando Cerqueira, one half of long-running electro-dubbers Ras Al Ghul and mind behind the Thisco label/project. Possibly less "cosmic" than the debut "Space.Scape", but still pretty fitting in the ambient macro-category, "Asuna" is an album of soothing synth waves and slowly unbending rhythmic patterns - something between Steve Roach, late Labradford and a bit of Boards of Canada at their most abstract. Oddly enough, this serene, almost "new age" feel couples at times with samples of a political nature, and some titles of the cd seem to follow Thisco's more and more openly confrontational stance about modern culture and communication - from the "Fight corporhate music" tag on the back cover to tiles like "Coolture", "Simulacra" (with a sort of sermon sample) and "Vidiots". This is sort of puzzling, but it's also cool to see people putting back a bit of content and flesh in an often sterile and technocentric environment.
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Artist: BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Ratan
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Rarefied sounds and creepy ambient textures make of RATAN an experience to live. On the latest Beyond Sensory Experience's album silence and dilated sounds are the main elements. The first two tracks "The Last Operation" and "Observing The Invisible" form a long hypnotic suite creating a disturbing effect stopped only by the relaxed sounds of the first half part of "Inside Erasmus Head". Atmosphere turns tough again with "Future Directions", "Anthem For A New Tomorrow" and "Numbers Rule The Universe" but also on the following "Time - Travelers Dilemma", "Ratan" and "The State Of The World" things don't get any better because tension takes a hold and sounds are even more dilated. Trumpets of hell seem to call your name while "The State Of The World"'s percussion state that everything is over. Each track has got a visual counterpart inside the booklet. The b/w shots give an idea of desolation and they stop the time, expanding the universe where Beyond Sensory Experience is the only sound left. Does the world is calling it quit?
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