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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

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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.

Mittageisen: 1981 - 1986

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 29 2008
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Artist: Mittageisen (@)
Title: 1981 - 1986
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: mital-U (@)
Distributor: mital-U
Rated: *****
Well, here’s a new one on me, I thought I’d at least heard OF most all the early goth type new wave bands of the 1980’s even if I hadn’t heard them, but the Swiss outfit Mittageisen somehow eluded me. Eldergoths might be familiar with the name "Mittageisen" as a track from the first Siouxsie & the Banshees album. I’m sure this group was far more known in Europe than they ever were in America; but a remastered retrospective of their music 20 years later is an interesting document of a band that seemed to have a lot going for it. There are 19 tracks on this two CD set, 6 of which are previously unreleased.

So what is Mittageisen’s sound? Well, kind of a blend of what was happening at the time – guitars and synths, Bauhaus, The Cure, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Wall of Voodoo, Ultravox, that kind of thing. The rhythm comes courtesy of a drum machine. Maybe one thing that held them back from becoming a known entity in the U.S. is that they only sing in their native tongue, not English. Apparently they were said to have very expressive lyrics, but that’s lost on most of the American music-buying public, our phobia of foreign language being what it is.

For the most part, the music is set in a dark pop song format. Some tracks exhibit a more experimental tone than others, veering off into oblique sonic terrain. Considering what kind of music was happening at the time, this is pretty interesting stuff. Not earthshaking, but eclectic nonetheless. Very minimal-expressionistic and underground. The kind of cult band that would have been great live on a double bill with a group like Cabaret Voltaire. Apparently in their time they received a fair amount of radio play in Europe, European radio being far more progressive than what it is in the U.S. They even had a dance hit with a song called "Automaten" which is on this compilation. (You’ll be reminded of SNL’s "Sprockets".)

I don’t know if there’s any U.S. distribution for this 2 CD set but it’s well worth checking out. The 2 CD set comes in a tri-fold digipack with a 24 page booklet, band info and photographs as well as song lyrics (in German, I believe, maybe Swiss, not really sure). Nice quirky cover illustration too. Your best bet is to visit the label website (mital-U) and order a copy. When music from a "lost" cult band like this comes along you owe it to yourself to scoop it up as quick as you can because you never know how long it will be around for. Even though you can find the video for "Automaten" on YouTube, you’re not going to find this CD on Amazon or iTunes. There were only 500 copies of this limited edition made, so you might not want to dawdle. Recommended.


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