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CALLE DELLA MORTE: Gente Di Malaffare

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 18 2009
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Artist: CALLE DELLA MORTE
Title: Gente Di Malaffare
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Hau Ruck! SPQR (@)
Rated: *****
Released on 2005 GENTE DI MALAFFARE has been the only Calle Della Morte full length and after the MCD titled "A Dio", Jonny B (Inner Glory) and Vinz I.H.S.V. (former session man with Ain Soph, Inner Glory, Der Feuerkreiner, Macelleria Mobile di Mezzaonotte) decided to call it quits. The duo explored the neo-folk sound with personality without caring of taking part to any particular scene. The graphics of the CD are really explicative and are deeply linked to the Calle Della Morte concept. As the band wrote on their biography: "The name Calle Della Morte is not fictional, the Calle in question really does exist (you may look for it near S.Marco) and is linked to sad events happened under the Serenissima Republic. During the Venetian Republic, Calle Della Morte was a small L shaped street which was walled at one end. In this street the people not aligned to the Republic would frequently disappear, those who could not afford to Go under trial or political enemies or even spies. It is not by chance that we took inspiration from an event ("Gente Di Malaffare") which really took place, where two poor men disappear after being mistaken for to spies from Genoa. Are stories are there, there is nothing made up. Venice is under the eyes of everyone, we therefore invite you to live it through our songs". The songs are in balance from pub ballads, rock ridings and neo-classical folk ballads (see the guitar/strings duets on the beautiful "Venezia"). Calle Della Morte don't look for musical perfection and this is making sound their music theatrical and true. This new reissue along with the original CD has a bonus CD-r titled "Come te go fato te disfo" which gathers nine unreleased (live and studio recordings) or rare tracks. It opens with the beautiful "Song of Margarete" (on this one we have movie samples that create a sad atmosphere and then the band sung a sort of militaristic English sung epitaph) just to follow with a guitar/harmonium touchy ballad titled "Le nevi eterne". Its tracklist is: "Song of Margarete", "Nevi eterne", "Io e te", "Intermezzo", "Bambolina (demo version)", "Venezia (mix)", "Nessuna Remissione (live in "La Notte Hauruck!")", "Labbra Rosso Sangue (Live in "La Notte Hauruck!")", "Senza Fare Rumore (Der Feuerkreiner Remix)". If you missed the first print, now you have the chance to purchase a very special edition...
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Artist: Luasa Raelon (@)
Title: house of flesh
Format: CD
Label: Snip Snip (@)
Rated: *****
Luasa Raelon is back and second great work I happen to review, Asia Nova are great, but in times when the world is suffering of an overabundance of dark-ambient, industrial-bands with no class and with no taste for a decent sound, David Reed shows his releases can fly ten feet higher then the majority of the shit that came out after noise, industrial music and dark ambient have become fashionable again. Reed will make your nightmares come true, or at least his own bad dreams have become really vivid in the music he plays, if the idea is to scare the shit out of the listeners be sure this release has hit the target. When I write his sound choice is great I really mean it: no third rate dark-ambiental keyboard sound, no bad sci-fi/plastic effect, no bad drones a la "hey, I’m a post-black metal wonnabe that discovered there’s more than Burzum after I’ve bought my first Cold Meat Industry cd", no "O’Malley is my hero and my hood is up even if may look like Ray Cappo during the youth crew days". Can you judge a book by the cover? Why not?! It’s up to the book (and to the cover obviously) and if you ask me you don’t have to be vegetarian to find disgust while watching these three layers of flesh/meat photographed on the front cover. "The House of flesh" as the title says has its pertinent front cover and for those who remember the layout of Reed previous work we have again those early 900 dressing like characters with disquieting animals’ heads that at this point have become part of the world of Luasa Raelon. Obsessive song construction but really far from being boring, good production and an ambient-musician skill that many lacks in the genre, if you think that dark ambient and related have nothing to say, Reed is here to show you’ve probably explored the wrong abyss.

COLD PHOENIX: Your Eyes Are My Eyes

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Feb 16 2009
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Artist: COLD PHOENIX
Title: Your Eyes Are My Eyes
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Airplane
Distributor: Mannequin Mailorder
Rated: *****
Born in Bologna, Italy, Cold Phoenix story didn't last too long. Formed by four 19 years old kids, the band recorded only a 12" EP, did few gigs and did a participation on a national television show just to disappear two years after. This MCD produced by Airplane and distributed exclusively by Mannequin Mailorder gathers the four tracks of the MLP YOUR EYES ARE MY EYES and offers to the fans of darkwave/post punk music two bonus songs titled "Stop just for a moment" and "The greatness of love". The opening "Stonehenge" is a classic dark wave tune with a bit of melancholy while the following "Sensation" adds some mystery to the classic post punk formula. "La fleur du destin" is the tune I prefer most because the synth and the drum machine create a great atmosphere that make of this tune a must for the minimal wave lovers. With "Binding me to dream" we're back on the dark wave ground with a mid tempo with piano and bass guitar and guitar gently duetting. "Stop just for a moment" mix tribal drums with synth lines bass guitar and clean guitar riffs. "The greatness of love" reminded me a little The Cure but if you think that all the tracks have been recorded in 1985 this influence is almost inevitable. The phoenix risen from its ashes but mind you, this edition is limited to only 500 copies. Check all the songs on the band's myspace page.

VV.AA.: My dear freaks Vol II

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 15 2009
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: My dear freaks Vol II
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Thinking about our present days the NEOFOLK arts and minds is something we gotta deal with. These are strange days and these artists involved in this compilation are saying to us, remembering the sounds of the tradition they are playing the absurd world we live. Their art is made strictly to tell us the shadow of the past and the main question: the past is not something dead, but their consequences will strike another time above all in the worlds of culture. The Compilation is perfect and it is the second volume of a project really well designed and connected with the best "milieu" of the post industrial arena. The track 4th by SILENT LOVE OF DEATH is a real trauma, and creates a whole dimension of mystery and horror. I gotta confess that in my industry, motion picture, is not easy to convince producers about the value of this kind of art to use it in horror sound tracks. Kutna Hora's track is a masterpiece (8), LAS GUETA la RUNA follows a lost dimension and they reach it straight like a V2. This compilation is must to have to focus this "grey" area of NEO FOLK especially for people that aren't so comfortable with these sounds. The Label is making a great work and another time it reveals the great vibes present in Spain about this kind of imaginary.

THE DEEP EYENDE: Black out, the dark years

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 15 2009
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Artist: THE DEEP EYENDE (@)
Title: Black out, the dark years
Format: CD
Label: PEOPLE LIKE YOU
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
The Cult was there! But now it is affected by a Gothic-Punk disease, and I like so much that drift: insistent guitars, a bass line strong like a patient but very heavy hammer and above all a smoky-rocky voice and I gotta mention a stage presence really strong and a no-stop tour strategy really impressive (see their MYSPACE to check the 2009 tour!). It's not only a question of "to be darkish and gothic", that's Rock above all, not only obscure garments and heavy make-up layers and a band like that has to play around like hell to demonstrate their values. The Bass in the third track and the guitar bring us in a dominion where New Order and other gods of Wave are walking another time but now are slaves of this obscure Punkish Hollywood band. The voice seems ready to be the guest in a Lynch Movie about the deepest side of INLAND EMPIRE. The whole work is sulfurous, Luciferian and ironic and there is also some erotic vibes very evident. The 13 track is ready to be used in a Barnum Circus of Horror, great, provocative and strong, I love this dark side of Hellywood; Polansky can understand me. Great Job!


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