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Artist: The Mystic Underground (@)
Title: Mary's Dead
Format: CD EP
Label: Self Release (@)
This is a 4 song ep by New York synth-pop based The Mystic Underground, who I find one of a kind. As me being a electronic/gothic/darkwave artist, producer, music journalist, and dj, I find not too many good synth-pop bands I can indulge myself to listen to. The only bands I like are: Velvet Vimoz (also techno and trance), Neuroactive, Provision, Endora, The Echoing Green, Mesh, Spray, Xero-G, Joy Electric, Psyche, Little Tin Box and Thou Shalt Not. The Mystic Underground is added to my liking list because I admire them for not trying to be the next DEPECHE MODE or copy their sound like majority electro acts do or should I say trying so. This band has gotten my attention ever since their 2001 single ep release "The Wanderers". "Mary's Dead" is their new 2003 drop to the public. It's danceable and definitely for the clubs and college radio. A remix "Mary's Dead (Dj mix us in the mix)" that's 7 minutes long is also included. It have a dark twisted feel. My favorite line in the song is "And as the casket door shuts tight/a dark cloud rains over this town." The song is about a woman whose love been taken for granted and ended up being murdered by her estrange boyfriend. Sounds like something I hear on the news just about every week. Two other tracks on disc, "Town" and "I Remember Everything" have a nice beautiful piano melody are good to get into. The lyrics are strong and emotional. The singer, Vlad, sounds like Andy Bell from Erasure. The Mystic Underground sound is purely 100% ORIGINAL.
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Artist: Fiction 8 (@)
Title: Forever, Neverafter
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis, A Different Drum, All Indies, Towerrecords.com, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, Isolation Tank, DSBP, Projekt, DarkLand, Unspoun Musicwerks, Storming the Mailorder (Canada), T.i.K. (Canada)


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Out on December 9th, Fiction 8's new full lenght 11 track CD "Forever, Neverafter", is a well balanced compromise between ebm-dance and synth-pop. The trio throws male and female vocal pop hooks into a melange of synth-electro with some darker and harsher parts here and there. I personally prefer the songs with the female vocals, because for some reaons they sound less corny and darker... There is also a violin helping out here and there. It's dark pop song with dancefloor-friendly beats for all of those of wanna dance to it but don't wanna give the melody and would rather do without the angry distorted ebm vocals.
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Artist: ATRIUM CARCERI
Title: Cellblock
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Old jails' walls sweat desolation and pain. By looking to the cover of the Atrium Carceri's debut album CELLBLOCK, you can feel it and you can almost smell it. Also the other photos of the booklet make you feel a sour taste into your mouth while you watch them and this is a good starting point, if you think that you haven't listened to the music yet. When you put the disc inside your CD player, the walls of your room start to rot and you begin to understand what was that certain look painted on the doll's face, that is looking to you by the rear cover... Simon Heath (member of Za Frûmi) made an impressive debut album by recording twelve tracks full of pathos and diversified atmospheres. Simon wanted to expand the concept of darkwave music by creating well done sick soundtracks, packed with interesting samples (whispers, gates creaking, Japanese voices, metal percussions, etc) and tense moments. Fortunately all the cure he put into the recordings and into the composition won't allow you to get bored or to get relaxed. Warders are coming to get you... this is your new nightmare!
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Artist: BELTANE (@)
Title: World Of Dreams
Format: CD
Label: Electron Music
WORLD OF DREAMS is the second full lenght album for Beltane, which come back after three years from the release of "The Fire Of Becoming". From what I can remember the previous CD was more various respect this new one as Beltane used also ethnic sounds on some tracks while the tracks of the new album are based on electronic sounds and strings. WORLD OF DREAMS presents twelve new tracks influenced by electronic goth which someway are catchy but I feel that something is missing, because I can't feel that certain something that makes me wanna move. The melodies, as on the previous album, aren't immediate and the vocals are still the thing I like less. The best tracks of the lot are "World Of Dreams", "Foreign Shore" and "Tomorrow's Creation" (based on a good upbeat tempo and a different use of the female voice).
Dec 08 2003
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Artist: S.E.M;I (@)
Title: Among the Ruins
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)


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After touring with Haujobb and Hocico, collaborations with :W: and a discography under the Death Industry alias, the experienced Mike Orgillon is now back with a new full-lenght S.L.M;I album that offers instrumental soundscapes of sophisticated and refined electronics mixed with raw and aggressive noise and a bunch of vocal samples here and there to spice it up (which by the way seem to have some political connotations that would probably be worth further exploring). The overall approach to the music is dark and almost haunting and the production is remarkable so if you are into ebm/dark/noise try to check this out.
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