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Waves Under Water: Winter Garden

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 28 2008
Artist: Waves Under Water (@)
Title: Winter Garden
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Stockholm, Sweden own Waves Under Water (formerly known as Hopscotch) gives us an ep containing of four beautiful tracks that's made to played in the time of autumn and winter. The songs are delivered in a darkwave and electronic form. Vocalist, Angelica Segerback, sings with an enchanting and mellow feel. Like a mother singing a lullaby to her baby to sleep. Johan Svardshammar handles the songwriting and instruments playing. All four tracks are emotionally bliss out with a haunting and powerful melodies. Lush synths layers and electro beats with bass and guitar used in the compositions as well. Johan plays the bass with an sickle. Precisely it can be done. We all have seen Jimmy Page played the guitar with an cello and violin bow. It takes a genius to think of something to combine something that may not make any sense to a person. Perfectly, the tracks are a club and dance waltz in a formal feel of romanticism. We are awash in a bright atmosphere and mind state by the cause of nature, dreams, religion and emotions. The "Winter Garden" ep brush out a snowy and cold landscape. Credit the Swedish duo for showing interest in their hard work to entice the listeners. Remarkably soothing, touching, consistent exploration of modern life. Waves Under Water is the next big thing in the gothic and electronic movement.

Track Listings:

1. Winter Garden
2. Thirsty
3. My Cup
4. I Am The Ocean

VV.AA: Fairy World 4

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 27 2008
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Fairy World 4
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
Gathering 17 bands of its roster and having 13 unreleased tracks, FAIRY WORLD 4 is the new Prikosnovenie compilation. Contained into a deluxe 20 pages color A5 booklet (containing artistic drawings and bands presentations) the CD offers a good view of what the label has to offer and also an indication of where it's heading. By reading the booklet there's a news about the label, they created four different divisions, each one dedicated to a kind of sound. Solaris is for the lovers of female heavenly voices and world music. Lunae gathers dark, melancholic, and romantic bands. Supernove is for the ones who like electro, pop, ethno and rock. Mandalia is for the relaxation and zen sounds. If you know only few of their bands of if you want to have a deeper view of what Prikosnovenie offer is, this budget compilation (it costs only 6.90 p+p included) is a good starting point.

STORUNG: This Is Future

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 23 2008
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Artist: STORUNG (@)
Title: This Is Future
Format: CD + Vinyl
Label: Clogsontronics (@)
Rated: *****
Released back in 1982 by Clogsontronics as their second release, THIS IS FUTURE has been the only full length album by Störung. The band was formed by Eugenius and Arian Brunwin and, coming from the Netherlands, they gave their vision of minimal wave music. Influenced by the experimental sounds of the late '70s (see Cabaret Voltaire or the early Human League), the duo soon found their own sound by using drum machines, basic synth lines, bass, guitar and their expressive vocal duets. The album contained ten tracks which find their fashion into that sound made of few elements able to shine like a raw gem. See for example tracks like "Modern fetch" with its post punk attitude and its simple melody which is able to hypnotize and to take power from the distorted bass guitar and from the mysterious vocals performed by Eugenius. More accessible than Cabaret Voltaire, Störung found their way through juvenile enthusiasm and will of experiment, creating a good debut album. Unfortunately their adventure ended few years after. This reissue is bringing the original album on a limited edition of vinyl plus CD, sold in one solution. As you can notice, this release is brought to life by the original label, this because in 2007 Richard Neumöller (Ensemble Pittoresque), Eugenius (Störung) and Ton Willekes (Ensemble Pittoresque) decided to make it revive by reissuing the old stuff as well presenting new stuff. You have definitely to check this release if late 70's/early 80's wave is your cup of tea.

VV.AA.: We're Punch Addicted

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jun 20 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: We're Punch Addicted
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Listening to the latest label releases I wouldn't wait for such a compilation with so much electronic bands (10 out of 18). The first label compilation has 18 bands and their songs are exclusive to this CD which is limited to 500 copies. You'll find bands coming from the label's roster as well as a lot of great newcomers that will please all the lovers of minimal electronics as well lovers of original experimental wave. Names like J.G. Cabargas & Los Immortales Nina Belief, The Plague Year Of Audioscope, Pierre Normal, Ronin, Manasyt, Merging Of The Self didn't make me ring any bell, as they were totally unknown to me, but they definitely will in the future because their style which span from minimal electronic obsession to cold wave with retro synth sound is really convincing and involving and for sure if you are into Porn Darsteller, early Die Form, etc, you'll love them all. Comando Suzie, Ait! and Eirk Ursich, confirmed here with their new tracks the judgment I had when I reviewed their latest albums (all positive). The second half of the compilation (the less electronic one) opens with Divine Muzak and their western movie cabaret atmosphere. O Paradis with "El tacto" perform one of their minimal melancholic ballads. Thomas Nola Et Son Orchestre bring one of their Nick Cave like upbeat ballads with slide guitar, piano and organ, titled "Freedom's little baby". Mushroom's Patience on "Morel" is here with a cinematic melancholic instrumental track. 1997EV present "t.h.e.k.l.a. 9", a powerful psychedelic tribal track based on vocals, organ, fuzz guitars and percussions. Terroritmo perform a obscure experimental ritualistic track based on chants, whispered vocals and percussions. Lutwaffe are the only new-folk band of the lot and "Killkorps" mix industrial percussions, vocal loops and vocals creating a powerful track which "cries" rage. The compilation closes with the experimental insustrialism of Smrt I Cekic and their hypnotic "S.o.n.i.c.m.a.n.t.r.a.s.". Personally I'm mostly fascinated by the electronic bands/sounds but also the other bands brought interesting tracks which deserve your attention. WE ARE PUNCH ADDICTED is more than a simple label compilation and you should consider its purchase.

VV.AA.: Scontrum Act VIII

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 17 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Scontrum Act VIII
Format: CD
Label: War Office Propaganda (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are at a new chapter, the eighth, of the SCONTRUM ACT series. As for the old chapters, we have three bands presenting three new tracks and this time we have March Of Heroes, Phragments and Across The Rubicon joining their forces to present nine tracks in balance from powerful percussions, orchestrations and martial samples. The CD opens with March Of Heroes. The French project presents three parts of "Stalingrad... our last hope", a cinematic trilogy where strings and percussions paint a dramatic scenario and where Russian sampled vocals enhance the sense of pain. Phragments present three tracks which differ from their latest album released on The Eastern Front as "Utopia", "Eruption" and "Tragedy" are less dark ambient sounding and based more on orchestration and a sense of suspension/tension. See for example the effect created by the dissonance of the strings on "Eruption" coupled with the light industrial noises. Across The Rubicon (the band born from the Rukkanor/Cold Fusion collaboration) present three linked tracks: "A soldier", "Survivors" and "A ghost". On the first one they have Troy Southgate (H.E.R.R. and Seelenlicht) performing one of his spoken words and on the second track we have Karol Skrzypiec of IV LAB at voice and grand piano. The tracks have a melancholic touch and create a convincing atmosphere where melody and powerful drums are the main elements. This is one of the SCONTRUM ACT chapters that convinced me most.


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