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ALBIREON: I Passi di Liu'

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 19 2008
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Artist: ALBIREON (@)
Title: I Passi di Liu'
Format: CD
Label: Palace Of Worms (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
At three years from their latest album "Il Volo Insonne", Albireon are back with a particular new one titled I PASSI DI LIU'. The ten tracks of the CD differs a lot from their new-folk tunes as it has been created as a sort of concept album to commemorate the memory of a dead girl (it isn't specified if she's an hypothetical one). Musically the album is sounding more like an experimental Italian progressive rock work (like the early Le Orme albums such as "L'uomo di pezza") and it's nice to see the band looking for new ways of expression. If you aren't used to Italian progressive music of the seventies, well, forget the word rock for a moment, because on some cases it wasn't sounding like rock music at all. On our case, Albireon recalled me that kind of sound mainly for Davide Borghi vocal style, because if we talk about music, most of the tracks are composed of oneiric treated sounds. Only "Cendra", "Cerbastri", "Nymphalidae" and the closing "Gennaio" have folkish acoustic guitar parts. A particular interesting work full of pathos and sadness.

Radio Radio: Alarm 1 Alarm 2

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 16 2008
Artist: Radio Radio
Title: Alarm 1 Alarm 2
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Radio Radio is the name of the band. a 4 peice quartet that hails from Tulsa Oklahoma and really is hitting the circuit in the states. The just played Reggies in Chicago with Camera and put on a well received show. Radio Radio consists of Greg Hosterman on Vocals, Paul Cristano on bass, Jay Hunt on guitar and Paul Sanders on drums. Very reminiscient of early Bowie and a plethora of 80's New Wave danse hits complete with a video screen to match computer images that blend with the music and create almost a wold of electronics for all to see. We begin with Track One, " Alarm 1 Alarm 2 " which is a sure fire danse floor hit straight off the bat. Greg sings to us, " Alarm 1, Alarm 2 she left you on the run, Alarm 2 it was you ." A tale of signs of neglect and broken promises. Definately something we can all relate to. I really liked this track live and danced my butt off to it and a race to get this cd reviewed right away cause it touched me and rarely that happens. Guitar, lights and mesmerizing stature and vice from Greg and you get a sure fire band that is going somewhere. We move on to Track 2, " BBC" which was a cool track that seemed like a ode to one lost love that he will never forget. Greg sings, " Always have my heart and always and forever now. " True, words, true heart and true belief in this one. We proceed into Track 3. " Ghost ' which was a haunted love song that grows on you as it haunts your psyche. Greg sings so sweetly to us , " And I'm never gonna give up the ghost, never give it up, rationalize it away, no I'm never gonna give up the dead, I'm full of surprizes and I'm one step closer." Words that scream to us through voice and vision and make us wanting more. Lastly is what I feel is the best track on the whole album that is really going to be played on the radio. Track 4, " I Computer " which is a danse floor cosmic sure fire hit. Greg sings, " Do you dream about the man that you will become, don't be frightened now, hold your breath now, computer ?" A super abstract almost Tron like world that takes us into the world of man and machine and how technology is winning the race. This is a 4 song album and every song in it's own right deserves to be heard and experienced live. Radio, Radio is calling to you to tune in and turn on. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

Camera: Fire & Science

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 16 2008
Artist: Camera
Title: Fire & Science
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Camera is the name of the band and they just played recently at Reggies in Chicago. They put on a phenomenal show and had some great energy. Camera consists of a quartet of Chicagoans. David Syvilian on vocals and guitars, Joseph Scro on drums, piano and percussion and Ryan Aylward on bass, synth and fx. We open with Track one, " The Lasting Impression oF Emperors Passed which is a beautiful instrumental piece that takes you back into the old dynasties. Very athmospheric piece that takes you through space and time and history abroad. Next is Track 3, " One Neo Eon " is one of my fun tracks to danse to live, " Justin sings to in classic pre Joy Division style, " One Neo Eon were absolute beginners." You also get a little bit of Bowie to through into the mix and you have a danse club hit like ingenius one. We move on to Track 4, " A Specific Window" which is a guitar driven diddie that speaks it's own dark tune in a surrealistc world of what we know as Camera. Justin switches it up like a Echo and the Bunnymen old skool style that takes us back to the land of video and contrive media. This track was sung so surreal that I will just let the listeners interpret what he is saying. Defiinately a track that is thought provoking and meant to be that way. Now we come to my true favourite track on the whole album, Track 5, " Wicked, Wicked Games " is truely the biggest danse floor hit on this whole album and it kicks butt. Justin sings, " I know what you're up to and it's no good, you're wicked, wicked games. " A tale of deceit and harshness and how the game is being played and no one is winning. " Camera is where it is at but you are the ones that call all the shots. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

ATOMIC NEON: Darkenia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 14 2008
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Artist: ATOMIC NEON
Title: Darkenia
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Distributor: Nova
It's really hard to review this album, because Atomic Neon doesn't sound like Cure, they are the Cure! I'll try to explain what I mean. Usually cover bands try to clone or to do an interpretation of their favorite band. Atomic Neon go ahead of this concept and they made a debut album that sounds like the Cure released it. The thirteen songs of DARKENIA sounds like a lost the Cure album. Try to think about an album Robert Smith recorded after "Kiss me, Kiss me Kiss me" and you'll have exactly this album. I can't say if this is a good or bad thing but for sure I'm embarrassed because Rid Black voice sounds like Robert Smith and since the first guitar riffs of the opening "Who am I" I had a strange déjà vu. Only for the main title "Darkenia", the following "Mein kleid" and the tenth song "Herrgott" the things change a little because the vocals are semi distorted on the first one and the other two are in German, so also the vocals sound different. If you love old school new wave you could love this album, so the only thing I can suggest is to make yourself an opinion by visiting the band's website.

MADRE DEL VIZIO: Un Mondo Dove...

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Nov 14 2008
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Artist: MADRE DEL VIZIO
Title: Un Mondo Dove...
Format: CD
Label: Apollyon
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Before the release of the forthcoming new album Madre Del Vizio and Apollyon decided to release a "best of" gathering the best tracks from their 1990÷1997 period. UN MONDO DOVE contains fifteen tracks coming from their first split Madre Del Vizio/Les Fleurs Du Mal MLP (four out of five tracks are included while their first compilation of rarities "The crypt" was having them all), four are from their first album "Dio! Dio! Dio!", three from the "Feast of blood" MCD , two from the "All around" MCD, release that closed their first period as they disbanded. Years later they came back under the Madre moniker with a different line-up but always with Fulvio Tori on vocals. Does this compilation has something interesting for whom already have all their releases? Well if you are their hard core fan there's only "Carcerazione=morte" which was coming from the label's compilation "The new face of apollyon" and you can't find it anywhere else but the remaining songs are coming from their main releases. Instead, if this is the first time you check Madre Del Vizio songs, well, I can say that they have been one of the most inspired goth rock band of the '90s. A band that ideally took the early Christian Death inheritance (the one of the first two albums) and carried it proudly through all the decade. A band who wasn't aping Rozz Williams because Fulvio first decided, as peculiarity, to sing all the tracks in his native language (he's an Italian guy) and then he's been capable to give his imprint to tracks thanks to his interpretation. If you missed them and goth rock is your way to go, check this good compilation.


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