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Artist: GOTHMINISTER
Title: Devil
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Tatra Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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DEVIL is the second single on Tatra for the band and is the counterpart of their first one titled "Angel". While their album GOTHIC ELECTRONIC ANTHEMS will be released on February 2003 this single bring us three versions of the main title (two of them are remixed by Icon Of Coil and Panzerveps) plus "In The Shadows". "Devil" is something like Iggy Pop meets an ebm version of the Sisters Of Mercy while the second track is more goth with whispered vocals an acoustic guitar and strings. Looking like King Diamond Gothminister's vocalist embrace the goth verb as stated on their website: "The mission of Gothminister is to educate his dark diciples about goth and how the dark visions may improve the way your life - more optimism through darkness - more creativity through darkness. The minister is also interested in gothic architecture, and he lives in an old gothic mansion...". Enough said...
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Artist: OCTEX (@)
Title: Idei Lahesna
Format: CD
Label: Tehnika (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Octex aka. Jernej Marusic has been experimenting with music equipment since the second half of the 90s. Dealing with different forms of electronic experimentations he decided to focus his efforts on the Octex project. Taking influence from Detroit and Berlin techno, dub and ambient Jernej released the first track for the Electrotehnika Slavenika compilation, which later mutated into Tehnika 1, and received great response in the public. His first CD, IDEI LAHESNA is built on the idea of composing a modern soundtrack for nowadays cities. The eleven tracks are moving through cyclic structures and digital sounds with mutating structures which go from rhythmical obsessions to looped passages passing through sounds similar to the first Biosphere's period. Even if these kind of sounds can be filed under the techno genre the project is showing much wider influences such as ambient and someway experimental music. Try it...
Artist: FELIX DA HOUSECAT
Title: KITTENZ AND THEE GLITZ
Format: CD
Label: EMPEROR NORTON (@)
It's time to go back to the 80's where Newwave/New Romantic and electronics/synthesizers first began it's mainstream groundbreak. Oh yes, definitely! Felix Da Housecat, aka Felix Stallings Jr., (who also have performed under the name Aphrohead, Thee Madcat Courtship, and Elektricboy) has put out an amazing cd that's purrr-fecto blend of 80's electro decadence and underground grooves. I'm talking about "Kittenz and thee Glitz" that includes various of collaborators who helped made this album strolling up on the dance charts. The disc shot off three singles; "Madame Hollywood" sung by sexy Swiss and the new queen of electro-pop Miss Kittin, which was number 8 for best selling maxi-single. The two videos I saw on MTV2 Dance are "What Does It Feel Like?" and the remake of the all girl 80's group The Flirts "Silver Screen Shower Scene". "Harlot" (Intro) opens the disc with the seductive vocals of Melistar who sounds like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. Other tracks features "Pray For A Star" and the soulful and beautiful soft ballad "Runaway Dreamer" sung by Harrison Crump. Felix and thee glamour Glitz crew offers the sound of house and trance in "Sequel2Sub", "Analog City" and "Magic Fly". These cool 16 tracks of synth-pop and house will make you want to get out your strobelights and dance the night away. Some of the music compositions are backed by electro melodies that resembles Depeche Mode 1982 "A Broken Frame" era. A great combination from this Chicago's American Dj. "Kittenz and thee Glitz" is the most innovative album ever produced for the new millenium!
Artist: THE HUNGRY GHOST (@)
Title: THE HUNGRY GHOST
Format: CD
Label: Whimusic (@)
Distributor: CD BABY
The self-title "The Hungry Ghost' is a gothic ecletic cd. Based out of Ferndale, Michigan, HG pays homage to horror/sci-fi/fantasy movies and graphic novels. His debut album is extremely; fusing gothic music with trip-hop/hip-hop beats, electronics, bluesy guitar hooks, tight rolling basslines, spooky dark synths, and traditional eastern and oriented music. This Singapore born singer will put you in the mind of Lou Reed and Dylan. I'm not kidding either! Cd kicks off with "Haunted that have a spooky synth interlude that may remind you of the old ABC vampire soap opera series theme 'Dark Shadows'. The second track which is the first single "Heaven Is A Dark Place" is about dreams of an exotic paradise where angels wear black and night is perpetual. The track is redone by Amy Ketchum who asked for permission to do her version of it. Other tracks to be enjoyed to listen that's in gothic poetry delight; "Lady Twilight", a girl next door who goes through a startling transformation under the full moon; "Scary Town" is a glimpse into an apocalytic world where mutants run amok. The second single "Evil Never Dies" features guest vocalist Detroit techno-goth legend, The Impaler, will make you bob your head to the funky kick-ass dark bassline. I manage to make this hard-hitting track Best Gothic Single of the Year for the Lomo Jan/Feb 2003 issue in my The Best Electro/Gothic/Darkwave Artists of 2002. The Hungry Ghost have mature themes that's grounded in reality while taking us on a journey through our innermost fears and desires. He's the supernatural who will bring nightmares and chills and let you see his mysterious past that's shrouded in eternal darkness. I highly recommend you to buy this cd. You'll be hook after you listen to it for the first time.
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Artist: My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult
Title: Elektrik Inferno Live
Format: CD
Label: Underground, Inc.


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First live recording ever from the sexsational industrial disco act. Features classic Wax Trax-era club hits, like "Kooler Than Jesus", "The Days of Swine and Roses", "Cuz it's Hot", and "Sex on Wheelz". One of the things I've always loved about TKK live is that they 'always' play variant mixes of their music from those on the releases. Thus if you want to hear cool remixes of TKK tracks just check them out live. I've done this no less than at least four or five times and I have never been let down yet. This album is no different and it is the first time for them to actually record them and produce a live album. Just check the tracklisting and you can see that there are some great tracks included here. The whole album is total TKK Mindway and though some of the mixes may production-wise fall slightly short in rare cases the overall sound is not nearly as raw as you'd expect. For a live album it's quite well produced. Also, I like how you can hear the words better on many of these as well such as on "Nervous Xians". The original is so hard to comprehend. "I walked through forests with ugly spirits, kissed their feet and found them calm, calm, calm...". Fans will also note that this is also the same song with a different name as "After The Flesh" from The Crow soundtrack. I just think that Buzzy shouldn't sing over the samples so much though. This is a great release for those who are still in love with the 'old' TKK but also like the newer sounds as well. This is a psycho-sexual head trip back to the late 80's underground of harsh dance-industrial with a taste of disco. Fans will also note that the mix of "Swine and Roses" used here is more like the KMFDM remix than their own. I'm amazed at how well this album captures the live sound and experience (minus the visuals of course). So, even if you already own all the TKK CDs with all these songs you still have to get this as they all sound 'very' different and totally reach out and grab you live. So come'on Sexy Sucker and Ride the Mindway!! Also, if you wish to continue your Mindway experience be sure to check out the brand new TKK side projects Cherrie Blue and Darling Kandie.
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