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WERKRAUM: Unsere Feuer brennen!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 14 2009
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Artist: WERKRAUM
Title: Unsere Feuer brennen!
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
UNSERE FEUER BRENNEN! is the debut album by Axel Frank's project Werkraum and it has been released for the first time back in 2004. Since it was out of print from quite some time Justin at Cold Spring decided it was time to reissue it and for this new remastered issue he also added two compilation tracks to the original 11 songs track list ("Wir Rufen Deine Wölfe", taken from the compilation of the same name and "Blutsommerland", taken from the vinyl-only release "Eternal Soul"). For those whom didn't never listened to Werkraum's music I should name bands like Forseti, Sonne Hagal and Death In June (but I may say that in this case this is a slight influence on some song). Influenced by romantic authors Frank used for part of his lyrics works of John Dowland (composer born in London in 1563 and buried the 20th February 1626), Gottfried Benn (he was a German essayist, novelist, and expressionist poet. A doctor of medicine, he became an early admirer, and later a critic, of the National Socialist revolution), Rimbaud and Baudelaire. Musically Werkraum mix martial industrial sounds, neo-folk guitar driven ballads and neo classical moments. The album sounds heterogeneous and fresh and if songs like "Hohezeit" and "Chanson De La Plus Haute Tour" are influenced by folk songs and are good guitar/female vocals duets, songs like "Die Letzte Jagd", "Legion", "Steh Auf, Nordwind!", "Ewigland", "Heilige Krieg" and "Wir Rufen Deine Wölfe" are new folk upbeat acoustic tunes with martial percussions and full of energy. To balance the track list we have great atmospheric tracks which are influenced by industrial and neo classical music: check the great "Blutsommerland", the opening "Nocturne", "Einsamer Nie", "Dignitas Dei" and "Civitas Dei". This is a really good reissue! Check it if you missed it the first time!

Lili Roquelin: Lili Roquelin

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 13 2009
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Artist: Lili Roquelin (@)
Title: Lili Roquelin
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
LR is something very peculiar and precious in the indie music media scape, she is a solo artist that had the ability and the art+heart, above all, to put with a great success in the social network arena her voice. In many sense is the proof that the talent pays sooner or later and her art is so genuine and honest that every written word is not enough to describe her potential. Lily is a great singer. It's far better to hear her voice, her passion and her pure talent. For sure she has to measure her talent inside a band but I think that for now she could play her game "alone" by the way her Sound Engineering had a good part in this EP. And to be more clear what I would love is to hear her great voice singing covers to spread more her huge talent. Please LILY don't stop singing.

ARTESIA: Llidaw

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 13 2009
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Artist: ARTESIA
Title: Llidaw
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: AUDIOGLOBE
Rated: *****
Guys, I know very well this area, because when it's possible I escape the world to reach Bretagne to feel these atmospheres. This project follows the rules and path signed by Breton traditional music but obviously there is more: the SYNTH used to create and entire world of sensations. We gotta stress this point b/c this "genre" live a double level of intensity: the first one is the tradition, that here is very well respected and second one is made out by synthesizer's carpet that sustains the tradition and creates a sort of mantra really deep and huge. Artesia wants to bring (TO CALL) the listener inside Broceliande forest, we literally hear the wind and the rain and knowing very well the smell, the "fragrance" of the Bretagne it's very hard to me not to give 5 star to this project. Everything is in the right place above all the passion for that immense culture; best track the SIXTH!!!

ELANE: THE SILVER FALLS

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 13 2009
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Artist: ELANE
Title: THE SILVER FALLS
Format: CD
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
ELANE is inviting us in a journey not so absurd or impossible, neither innatural, it's a journey inside our ancestral memories, a trip that has an aim very straight and simple: survive to the modern craziness. Elane use the music and the myths to do that and this art is not only great celtic music, well played and well recorded, is a tool to make better our daily-life and it's really useful to quit the distressing world we are forced to live. All the tracks are inviting the listener to do something, above all to discover a land of mystery and freedom, a world of hidden adventures lost in time. Something metal lies beneath this work a secret sound force that is able to rise up the level of db of some tracks.
The Ballads here are tormented but not necrophiles, all the "lights" suggested by the artists through sounds are low but not ominous, if you know northern light of Europe this concept is very easy to understand the inspirations of the band. I guess that ELANE is a borderline project, ready to follow the Breton lesson or to take the metal-way, in both case the ideas inside the project are very focused and well tuned. In some sense and from my personal POV the music carpet are very cinematographic and the lyrics cast images together with sound and also depict wide grey-clouded landscape. It's a project that suggests to the listener some memories and the desire to reach something we cannot define simply with words, a must to hear and to feel.
Jun 11 2009
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Artist: BLEEDING HEART NARRATIVE
Title: All That Was Missing We Never Had In The World
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released the last year on Tartaruga Records, ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD, is the debut album by Oliver Barret's project Bleeding Heart Narrative. The twelve tracks of the release (on this Cold Spring reissue there's a short bonus track titled "Blueskyward") are in balance from orchestral noise rock, psychedelia, power noise (see the distorted orchestral opening tune "Bhn") and chamber shoegazing. Composed mainly by several layers of piano and strings filtered through reverb, the tracks are able to create moments where melancholia and a particular kind of romanticism are mixed. See for example "Black glass", where piano and melodic vocals form a proper song where sounds seem to come from another world. Listening to ALL THAT WAS MISSING WE NEVER HAD IN THE WORLD I have the same feeling I had listening to Slint records where tension and despair blend. Have you ever realized what kind of sound could produce a breaking tendon? I think this album is the answer...


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