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Artist: KLONAVENUS (@)
Title: Metropolights
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
This duo (Saffio – keyboards and programming, Chem:nitz – vocals) comes from Rome, Italy, and formed in 2005. They’ve already released two demos (S/T 2005, "The Shining Process" 2006), have appeared on the German Darklife Magazine Compilation and on "Italian Body Music Vol.3". The band is really in love with Electro-Goth/EBM and Dark-Wave, and in this new Ep alternates moments of sad reflection, dominated by deep and visionary pads, with aggressive loops, distorted voices and noises. They are quite good in this alternation between good and evil, CLAN OF XYMOX influences and painful atmospheres, horrorific melodies (see "Your Wintertime") and danceable songs for smoky clubs. Personally I’ve quite appreciates "I Run For... ", "Your Wintertime", "A Prison For Me" and above all "The Blind Creation" (great track) with that obsessive rhythm that forces me to shake my head even when writing this review. "Sermons" has a rough and fat music (shows more links with the EBM scene), and the vocal melody reminds me something of AND ONE. "Blessed Into Nothing", from "The Shining Process" demo, is here in a new version remixed by NYDHOG (a one-man project from Rome playing Electro/EBM with really good results), where the aggressive side of the song is emphasized, as more emphasis has been given to the female coir. The CD includes also two videos, "I Run For... " directed by Saffio and "Tonight" directed by Saffio and Jon Alcaide, a nice add on to a very pleasant Ep. The only thing I could add is that the band is really improving from demo to demo, and in their first album (hope they’ll release soon with a good label) I would expect an even better production (already good now), more pumping and powerful in the aggressive parts and deeper in the more introspective ones, and above all that the singer takes care of the English pronunciation that has some problems, as shown in the live acts more than on recordings. Labels, offer them a good contract because "Metropolights" it’s a very good work, absolutely recommended for all old-school/new-school electro-goth fans.
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Artist: BLACK HORIZON (@)
Title: Speculum Animae
Format: DVD
Label: Sume Productions
Rated: *****
Started by Dr. No in 1995 Black Horizon had to wait until 2002 to have their debut album released. "Infinity of chaos" was released by Transmission Records where the Dr. No worked for that label but wasn't allowed to released that work by himself . He was satisfied by the selling but he decided to expand the project toward a new way of communicating. For this reason he created the DVD SPECULUM ANIMAE and he decided to share part of it for free through his website. The DVD contains two new albums "Vitrum" and "Aqua" along with visual for each track of both of them. The first presents the band's sound as a blend of goth industrial metal where you can find influences that easily go to Sister Of Mercy to Pitch Shifter passing through N.I.N. and Ministry. You have the option to have the vocals in Dutch or in English and the can also have both the languages subtitles. The digital animation and all the live shootings have been made by Dr. No and they are able to create the right mood for the listening of the album. "Aqua", as the title can make think, has a different sound/visual and presents reflexive tracks with ambient/space rock parts as well as a little of new wave/industrial. The DVD is based on a story written by Mr. No titled "The mirror of soul". It talks about two persons of different planets who have their lives linked and they influence each other existence without knowing it. Marlahana and Nomade will discover little by little that they were made for each other. Nomade will be helped by Marlahana into his search of the ultimate congruence. There's also an extra 7 minutes film which comment this part of the story. Visit Black Horizon website and experience a little part of this gigantic piece of work.

MELOTRON: Propaganda

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 23 2007
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Artist: MELOTRON (@)
Title: Propaganda
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Symphony
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Since their previous album "Clichè" released two years ago Melotron started to re-define their style detaching it from the simil techno/e.b.m. influences of "Sternenstaub" and with this PROPAGANDA they found a perfect balance of aggressive arrangements used into electro pop songs. If you listen carefully to their single "Das herz" or the following "Arroganz der liebe" you'll find distorted sounds popping out from catchy melodies a la Depeche Mode of the '80s. Listening to 13 tracks of the album it seems to listen to a different band, one who found its sound, one they are confortable with. Maybe it coud sound a little more pop compare to the tracks of the "Brüder" E.P. but I prefer these new tunes to the ones of "Sternenstaub". Now the songs are based on defined melodies and Meltron confide on their capabilities composing energetic electro tunes as well as convingtunes Melotron did a good album and I appreciated a lot their new electro pop sound!

Edge Of Dawn: Enjoy The Fall

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 23 2007
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Artist: Edge Of Dawn (@)
Title: Enjoy The Fall
Format: CD
Label: Dependent/Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Out of market strategies it may was a bit dangerous that the duo of EDGE OF DAWN has taken a longer than expected time gap between the release of the highly acclaimed predecessor EP "The Flight (Lux)" (out in October 2K5) and the release of this officially full-length debut album. But on the other hand – and you’ll hear it already after the first tracks – it was worth to wait and watch out for this. Mario Schumacher has constructed a nearly perfect album featuring excellent detailed and complex arrangements. Modern and up-to-date sounding, searching for similar structures in bands like COVENANT, SEABOUND (uuuhmmm...), or the hefty underrated Hungarian act IMPACT PULSE, "Enjoy The Fall" walks musically the paths between Future- and Electropop with some darker influences. It features of course the required amount of club- and dancefloor-oriented food ("Black Heart", "The Flight (Lux)", "Elegance" or "The Nightmare I Am") but also stuff designed to invade your mind, to sit down and to sink into the sound and meaning ("Descent", "Beauty Lies Within" or "Isolation"). Still a remarkable point out of the music is the appearance of Frank M. Spinath providing most of the lyrics and vocals. And no – this isn’t at all a copycat of SEABOUND – an allowed reference for comparison maybe, but you would be surprised how beastly and depressive-minded this album can be ("Black Heart", "Pray For Love"). The tracks "The Flight (Lux)", Descent" and "Elegance" were also featured on the mentioned EP, but no reason for unnecessary excitement here, because all included versions here got reconstructed and revamped. "Enjoy The Fall" is one of the very few albums which features so many details and shows possible ideas, that it would hold enough inspiration for the usually Harsh EBM act to produce 5 albums. An album which can only be out on Dependent – it may doesn’t sell the best, but the quality is top-notch and without doubt. To bad that the summer is near and Dependent will close its doors...

VV.AA.: Cryotank Volume 2

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 23 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Cryotank Volume 2
Format: CD
Label: cryonica (@)
Rated: *****
"Cryotank" is the second sampler for Cryonica music to celebrate the 5-year activity of the label. Here are the three highlights among some not so interesting clubby electro stompers for dark dancefloors:
Knifeladder - let me say that I loved the gloomy post-punk twist in the last Knifeladder album and that I have a deep admiration for John Murphy (former member of seminal acts like industrial gods SPK & post-punk legends Associates, and playing live for Death In June... need more?!?), here they
have an excellent track called "None of You" and an electro rmx by Antivalium.
Blue October - almost 10 years ago I was totally into synthpop/electropop and I remember I was blown away by Blue October's "Incoming", I even remember writing them emails filled with compliments and asking to come to play in Italy. I'm happy to find them in perfect shape with the two tracks on this compilation even if their style has changed a lot since 1998. Still brilliant!
Swarf - a blend of darkwave, pure electro & electropop a-là The Knife for this female-vocals trio from Brighton.


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