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Artist: FOR GREATER GOOD (@)
Title: For Greater Good
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Mixing elements of neo-classical, post industrial, dark ambient and neo-folk music For Greater Good are presenting their first full length album which contains ten tracks. Created as a sort of soundtrack for nowadays life the album succeeds into spanning through different kind of feelings using for each track a different approach. If "Distress" has an electro industrial rhythmic section combined with neo-classical strings, "Rush hour" is a melancholic piano ballad with vocals, orchestral inserts and traffic noises. "Le judgement de roi en jaune" has dark melodies and neo-classical elements while the following "De to fabula narratur"is based on ambient synth sounds, light choirs and electro-industrial rhythms. The closing "The mechanist", instead, changes everything by presenting a piano/orchestral suite that recalled me the Wim Mertens tracks. If you want to try a different approach to the aforementioned musical genres try For Greater Good.

SAGITTARIUS: Songs From The Ivory Tower

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 13 2008
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Artist: SAGITTARIUS (@)
Title: Songs From The Ivory Tower
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Lically based on poems by Stefan George, Bernhard von Uxkull-Gyllenband, Gottfried Benn, Ludwig Uhland and Timo Kölling, SONGS FROM THE IVORY TOWER is the second album by Sagittarius. Composed by Cornelius Waldner during the 2002/2007 period the album contains fifteen minimal decadent and melancholic piano compositions which sometimes are enriched by instruments played by guest musicians such as Marcel P. (Allerseelen), Herr Twiggs (Kammer Sieben), Damiano Mercuri (Rose Rovine E Amanti), Troy Southgate (H.E.R.R. / Seelenlicht) and Philipp Jonas (Secrets Of The Moon). The atmosphere created is heart ripping and sometimes the spoken word neo-classical compositions turn into folk songs (see "Das lied" and "Der gute kamerad", "Menuet von Johann Krieger (für H.E.R.R.)", "Sternwandel V" and the closing "The song") keeping always alive the dramatic atmosphere created. The sound changes with a proper neo-folk song titled "Europa calling" (the lyrics of this one have been written by Marcel P., who now is a stable member of Sagittarius along with Dimo Dimov of Svarrogh). On this one we have on guitar and vocals Damiano Mercuri of Rose Rovine Amanti. SONGS FROM THE IVORY TOWER is a nice neo-classical album but sometimes I found a lack of tension (the one you can find on H.E.R.R. records for example) but if you prefer calmness and melancholy Sagittarius is a band you should try...

ALEX TIUNIAEV: I Knew Her

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 09 2008
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Artist: ALEX TIUNIAEV
Title: I Knew Her
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Electronic musician and producer from Moscow, Russia, Alex Tiuniaev with I KNEW HER delivers a really good atmospheric album full of melancholy and with a great cinematic sense of time progression. The album contains only one track that besides having a similar feeling of loss (the melodies and the images of the artwork make me think about a girl who died) for the whole forty minutes of its length, with the hypnotic cyclic repetition of a central musical theme it is able to involve the listener thanks to Alexander's ability of mixing the orchestral elements and the choirs. The suite starts slowly and calmly and little by little the choirs rise from a blanket of strings/synth pads crying out loud the pain and the despair painting everything of the person you won't be able to see again. Every instrument is like a hit of the brush on the painting that represent everything you missed. After a while also the strings duet with the choirs giving to the winds every word kept unspoken. At five minutes from the end the calmness of the music is showing that the energy, that shot of rage, has ended and everything remaining is a feeble sound...

Scarlet Slipping: Hound

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 29 2008
Artist: Scarlet Slipping (@)
Title: Hound
Format: CD
Label: Shinto (@)
Rated: *****
Scarlet Slipping new debut is a haunting and creepy dark album. Fantastic beautiful and ethereal that will torment the mind and soul to keep you awake in the darkness. One of the most best gothic album release in 2008. Dawn Wagner, a talented young woman who is behind the project will take you on a hellish ride on a road that's narrow and then a twisted dead end where death occurs. The synths layers on the tracks are dynamically soft. Each track maintains a slow beat accept one, but the melodies are the highlight of the cd. All 12 tracks sets the perfect pace for the album. I considered "Hound" to be a dramatic theme for a motion picture soundtrack. It sets a mood and create an intense dark atmosphere. A suspense thriller and horror combination. The way Dawn sings is ghostly enchanting with emotions by telling a story. This young female performer is original. No other artist come to mind when one listen to this album. And that's a good thing. For the record, melancholic and sadness interlocks, which describes at its best.

The track "Paralyzed" will heave up a cold chilling feel in your spine. My most favorite track "Slow Death" is a suicide song. A cello that's synthesized is played slowly with feeling. So beautifully enchanting and enticing and hypnotized, which is great to listen to while taking a walk through the cemetary. The lovely "Firefly" sounds like a carousel song. I can picture it being played in an animation film. Through the music, perfect vocal harmonies, well-versed lyricism, the listener is taken to the depths of darkness of Scarlet Slipping on a dark journey experience. All Goths must purchase this cd.

Tracklistings:
1. Forward, You, Me
2. Paralyzed
3. Transend Now To Nebula
4. Light Invades
5. Shock & Glow
6. Hound
7. Slow Death
8. Firefly
9. Sleeping Ghosts
10.House of Stone
11. Breathe
12. Death Melody

NEONMAN: Knights Of Error

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 29 2008
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Artist: NEONMAN (@)
Title: Knights Of Error
Format: CD
Label: Pale Music
Rated: *****
After a year from the release of their debut album Neonman are back with a new one titled KNIGHTS OF ERROR. The new album has very few electronic sounds and it has been recorded completely live in Kreuzberg, Berlin with the production of Cornelius Rapp, who worked with artists such as Peaches, Mocky, Gonzales and Planning To Rock. Listening to the eleven tracks it was a surprise to find also ska ("Poor 'n' drinking" or "Special friends"), indie rock and '77 UK punk influences (like on "Straight 'n' narrow"). Opening with "Quinine & Juniper", a song that will recall you the style of bands like Franz Ferdinand (band that is also influenced by the UK '80s indie music), the album span through different influences and styles presenting songs that aren't made especially for the dance floor. If you liked their old style there are also tracks like the funky punk shaped "July 7th", "Clash of cultures", "Peep show" or the closing "Too quick, too much" (they recall me the Gang Of Four and !!! and they are the ones I liked most because of their dissonant melodies) but there's also space for ballads with "Boat of glory" and "Nightclubbing". If you want me to point out a song that can easily find its way to the clubs, check the closing "Too quick, too much" first. That is a great one!


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