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Maple bee: Home

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 16 2009
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Artist: Maple bee
Title: Home
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audiglobe
Rated: *****
Melanie Garside alias Maple Bee is a very talented composer and singer playing in different bands as the wellknown Mediaeval Babes. The new album has been mixed by Simon Gogerly (U2, Gwen Stefani, Lamb, Underworld) and producted by John Fryer (NIN, Cocteau Twins...) Melanie plays almost every instruments (acoustic guitar, singing, flute, organs, recorders, bass..) and the French Electro-rock band Misstrip has created the rhythmic lines, electro beats and Arno plays Fender Rhodes on the album. The sound could be associate to the 4AD new era, started with Throwing muses, Breeders, Belly... "Home" an indie pop-folk album.

VV.AA.: LA NUIT DES FEES 2 - Messages des Fées

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: LA NUIT DES FEES 2 - Messages des Fées
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
1 Box with CD of 13 unreleased tracks. A real 72-page book with 32 tales. This is the third prestigious box CD from Prikosnovénie, following on from the successful "Nuit des Fées 1" and "Effleurement". Caprice, Ashram , Daemonia Nymphe, Rajna and Poussières d'Ètoiles, these are the bands involved in this sampler. Each band composed 15 minutes of music about elves or fairies, magi or nymphs especially for this box.An ethereal voyage leaded by heavenly voices. My favorite cuts have been performed by Ashram but all the bands are showed in their best shape.

Mediavolo: Unaltered empire

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Mediavolo
Title: Unaltered empire
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Mediavolo has been a French duo (Géraldine and Jac) since 2004 but started in 1999 as a band. Mediavolo returns now with 3rd album 'Unaltered Empire' out via the French label Prikosnovenie. Inspired by "The Metamorphosis" of Kafka, "Unaltered Empire" tells us the story of a woman who turns into a butterfly.Shortly we could synthesize their sound like Romantic-Wave, in the finest 4AD tradition. A lovely album for fans of dreamy wave and rock music, with angelic female vocals, nothing more nothing less.

Louisa John-Krol : Djinn

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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Louisa John-Krol
Title: Djinn
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Australian singer-songwriter Louisa John-Krol is back with a new great album. Louisa John-Krol's music mixes Celtic folk, electronic sounds, new age atmospherics and progressive pop rock. Often she reminds to Loreena McKennitt and Kate Bush but her mix of new age and folk pop evoke the ghost of Danielle Dax, who remember this beauty and talented singer? Louisa John-Krol composes her music using every kind of instruments, mandolin, guitar, ocarina, gong, Tibetan chimes, ylophone, piano-tuba and many more......but her amazing sweet taste over all. Put this record in your buying list!

METHADRONE: Sterility

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 01 2009
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Artist: METHADRONE
Title: Sterility
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow
Rated: *****
Methadrone is a US solo project of Craig Pillard's, who also plays bass in the renowned doom metal band Evoken. "Sterility" is a somber and mostly subdued album based on guitar strumming, keyboards and some drum programming here and there. As a whole, it reminded me of a less ethereal incarnation of Lycia, which seems so be fitting as David Galas sings the only two tracks with vocals ("Self Relinquishment" and "Continuum of Decline"), besides mastering and editing the album. Oddly enough, though, the sung tracks, with their epic and despondent vocals, are closer to Neurosis, A Storm of Light and Swans in their more "gothic" phase. The grey-tinged tonality of the cd is eventually shaken by "Final Transmission", an industrial metal tour-de-force which alternates light and shadow not unlike Methadrone's label mates Nadja.


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