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KANNONAU: Initium

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 15 2008
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Artist: KANNONAU
Title: Initium
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles
Rated: *****
Alternating post punk impetuosity, a bit of neo-folk, a bit of new wave, a light martial/tribal touch with a heavy sprinkle of dark atmospheres, Kannonau packed their first official full-length INITIUM with eleven tracks. Listening to the tracks it's evident to a smart ass like me the impetuosity I named earlier but punk music taught that geniality and honesty is the best way to express yourself and music should born from the union of the both. Following this lesson the three members of Kannonau did their best and succeeded into giving a vibrant touch to their songs. The theatrical singing highlight their poetical English/Italian lyrics and the music create a good suspended atmosphere in balance between rock (the use of traditional rock instruments) and industrial culture solutions (the choice of creating twisted and dark atmosphere with everything you have).

THIS VOID INSIDE: Dust

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 15 2008
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Artist: THIS VOID INSIDE
Title: Dust
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
This isn't my cup of tea because This Void Inside play a genre I'm not interested into but I know that they could raise a certain interest within the goth audience so if you are into Him you could find DUST quite interesting. This Void Inside mix metal riffs, synth melodies and catchy refrains with easiness and taste. Tracks like "Send me a sign" or the ballad "Time will tell" are good for the average MTV audience. The tracks tend to repeat a consolidated scheme but there's a good balance of different kind of atmospheres.

LIMBO: Early Works

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LIMBO
Title: Early Works
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Spittle Records (@)
Distributor: Good Fellas
Rated: *****
After two years in the working D.Loop made it and thanks also to the revived Spittle Records (they originally released the "In limbo" MLP back in the 80s) Limbo fans are able to listen to songs that only few had the chance to listen to. EARLY WORKS (1984-1987) gathers the very first songs recorded by the Tuscan combo for their first demotape (self released back in 1984), for the "In limbo" MLP plus early compilations participations and a bunch of unreleased tracks. The two CD pack comes in a deluxe package that reproduces a gatefold double album package with inner covers and all. Using original graphics as well as the color version of the painting they originally used for their first tape, the release contains also interesting liner notes both in Italian and English language. The whole recordings have been remastered and the result is really good: clean and powerful. The sound has no flaws and it gives you the opportunity to check the early goth electronic tunes of the band. The Virgin Prunes inspired vocals, the powerful bass guitar, the raw synths, everything is there to be discovered or revived into your memory. Personally these are the Limbo's recordings I prefer, because they were sounding like a post punk electronic band on the wild. You can check some tracks and purchasing the CD directly from the band through their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/limboit

LATEXXX TEENS: Death Club Entertainment

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Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LATEXXX TEENS
Title: Death Club Entertainment
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
I must be honest, Latexxx Teens didn't raise my sympathy as I'm quite disinterested into bands that on their photo shots look like bad guys in disguise and make-up but I tried to close my eyes and to focus on the music of their first album DEATH CLUB ENTERTAINMENT. Well, the result isn't that bad as their mixture of metal with electro e.b.m. influences (they sound like a sort of Marylin Manson coming from Germany even if they are Italian) is catchy and powerful. In my opinion their perfect audience are the goth metal kids with melodic needs and Latexxx Teens did a good job by finding many catchy tunes and they also did a good job with the sound production. I hate to talk about music industry categorizations but... I'm not part of their target.

Grabstein: Anne Frank

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 02 2008
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Artist: Grabstein (@)
Title: Anne Frank
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Second album-release for the Switzerland-based Military/Industrial-act GRABSTEIN, which this time seems to be a kind of a conceptual release. The main theme deals with the female Anne Frank and the Nazi-German invasion of the Netherlands during WWII. Military-inspired stuff quiet often documented with some historic voice and war samples, but with GRABSTEIN often accomplished with some further music styles. Enjoyable Neo-Classic influence like a top-notch piano performance like on "Nowhere To Hide", but also some ominous sounding Dark Ambient-like sound environments as offered with "Deportation" or "Death". GRABSTEIN often declares not to follow or to defend any politically system and I believe in this, since the chosen samples seriously don’t bring on a drama – the historic content is recognizable. Rather more worth to mention is the out-of-any-question higher artistic and musically valuable content presented through the Neo-Classic arrangement. No stuff of course if you feel ashamed if someone feels the need to deal with some past atrocities, but... wouldn’t it time to grow and to get some more distance which especially counts for the older generation? No one should forget and everyone shall be warned – this album fulfills this with some real historic content.


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