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DIALIS: Dialis

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 09 2008
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Artist: DIALIS (@)
Title: Dialis
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Despite some uncertainty of the piano player and of some guitar solos, the five tracks of the Dialis self titled MCD are a nice example of new wave music with modern attitude. I have the feeling that the three guys of the band don't questioned themselves about what kind of music they had to play and if they had to follow a particular genre. This let their veiled melancholy be free to permeate upbeat ballads with prominent acoustic/electric guitar duets and piano lines which can't be defined simply rock or post rock. Without losing ourselves into musical definitions the main point is that Dialis have good ideas and they are able to create a good mood. According to my taste the tracks stick too much on the same mood and this could be a bad thing thinking about a possible full length but our goth/wave readers could see that this band has something to offer... On the website you can check the best track of the E.P. "Close ocean".

VV.AA.: La nuit Des Fées

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Jan 08 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: La nuit Des Fées
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
Organized by Prikosnovenie and held the 29th of September 2007 at the medieval French town Clisson, "La Nuit des Fées" (The Night of Fairies) was a sort of label festival where the bands of the "fairy" branch of Prikosnovenie's roster, were performing. The CD gathers ten new tracks of those bands (only Collection D'arnell-Andrea in my opinion is doing a different musical genre but in this case their "Closer to unicorn" thanks to its piano/guitars/orchestration structure and female/male vocal duet can fit well the style proposed by this compilation). Cécile Corbel, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Louisa John-Krol, Mediavolo, Caprice, Lys, Djaima, Fleur, Karin Hoghielm and Collection D'arnell Andrea are bringing to the lovers of dreamy and medieval atmospheres new tunes rich of pathos. The album is also enriched by other six tracks which propose the same artists' line up that did a session during the festival. Here Luigi Rubino (Ashram), Riccardo Prencipe's Corde Oblique, Pinknruby & Mediavolo perform six beautiful acoustic songs (try the one I prefer fist, "Fishing stars", and you'll feel a warm hug all over you while melodies similar to Cocteau Twins of the "Victorialand" period) that will please you. Maybe some of them sound a little too melancholic but you'll find something worth for sure. The CD has a special packaging which contains also a 24 pages booklet illustrated by Sabine Adelaide with many Illustrators. Each page presents a country, its 'fairy' and a poetic story about this creature.

DER BLUTHARSCH: The Philosopher's Stone

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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: DER BLUTHARSCH
Title: The Philosopher's Stone
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
Change has been the crucial issue for Albin Julius/Der Blutharsch during these last years. First he decided to change musical direction turning his martial industrial music into martial psychedelic rock. Then, he turned his project from a solo into a proper band, helped out by Marthynna, Jörg B. (of Graumadh), Bain Wolfkind (of Novo Homo and also with some releases under his own name). Now the time has come for a new change, I haven't understood if it's another change in direction or if THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is the final chapter of Der Blutharsch. The key phrase is the one you can read on the rear cover: "Uniform are always changing, Rock'n'Roll is forever". What has this in common with the title? The philosopher's stone is a legendary substance, supposedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be a means of making people younger, if not making them immortal. For a long time it was the "holy grail" of Western alchemy. So, what's next for Albin Julius? We really can't guess. At the moment we have nine new tracks (one of them is an hidden one which starts at 13'54" of track eight) which have much in common with the ones of "When Did Wonderland End?" because of the rock psychedelic approach (there's the constant presence of driving guitar solos) and because of the rhythm section which hasn't a real drum but different percussions and a constant throbbing bass guitar. Most songs gave me the impression of a cavalry horse ride where speed up dark rock ballads find a new home. There's also space to some new experiments like the ones of the opening track (as usual tracks haven't titles) where synthetic rumbling noises are paired with psychedelic guitar solos an soon after an upbeat ballad starts. The opening part of track three, starts with a semi oriental loop while the hidden track is the most particular one as it has a little synth loop, some basic percussions and it is based on a spoken word. This is an album that needs a couple of spin to be appreciated. For being the final chapter of something I would had expected something more risky but THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is an album you could enjoy.

ATTRITION: Etude

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Jan 05 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Etude
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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Having into their D.N.A. the experimental gene, Attrition after seventeen years from their born and thanks to Franck Dematteis, an Attrition fan and member of the Paris Opera who contacted the band and collaborated at viola on their "3 arms and a dead cert" album, did ETUDE, an album containing twelve old tracks revisited under the classical key using viola, violin, cello, organ, percussion and voice. Giving to the tracks a sort of baroque arrangement, Dematteis did a good work by enhancing the dramatic side of Attrition songs. In this way songs like "Cold genius" or "I am (Eternity)" are like naked in front of the listener showing their darkest decadent side becoming perfect for a Peter Greenaway movie. Originally released by Project in 1997 the album is for the first time distributed worldwide.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro Arc Compilation Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Electro Arc (@)
Distributor: Nur Medien GmbH
Rated: *****
Third chapter of this Germany-based compilation series again compiled by Intrendent and ready to save a decent X-mas celebration. There’s one problem I’ve got with this comp, because it features my own music project with an appearance. I of course can’t review my own music efforts and it should be understandable if I leave a mantle of silence on it. However, it is also my "job" to write a review on this release and I hope that all of the featured artists have a sense of support for this. As usual for the "Electro-Arc" series, this third volume comes out musically quite diverse by discovering several styles and tendencies. It once again concentrates to collect only a few better known artists and several underground acts. The UK-based ATTRITION are sort of veterans and active since more than 20 years. Their track is a straight Tech-Dance piece accomplished with several voice samples. Also the Belgian-based project IC 434 aka Geert De Wilde is one of the better known and rather old-school EBM-like acts here. He offers with a Re-Take of the track "Ferghana" a first new audio sign of life, which will hopefully soon continue with a new full-length album. Oh, and Belgium has to be named here, because this compilation got compiled with the intention to collect the most appearances hailing out of this small European country – maybe to check and see, what the heirs of legends like FRONT 242, SIGNAL AOUT 42, NEON JUDGEMENT and others are capable to offer. I don’t know from where TRANSTECH are hailing, however, their track is another straight and danceable tune with some decent vocoder effects. DHARMATA 101 then stands for the international guests, because they are hailing out of the United States. Stylistically they’re sitting in between the chairs be offering a mixture out of Industrial, Electronica and Goth-elements. Their track "Outline (Of My Shadow)" is a quite good composition featuring a fair amount of acoustic guitars, Metal-guitar riffs and decent Electronic textures, while the natural sounding vocals need some more spins to earn acceptance. DEVOTED SYMBOLS then switch back to harder EBM a bit comparable with some up-to-date productions of SUICIDE COMMANDO. Also RECON are pretty much dedicated to EBM, but rather in a minimal style, while the vocals – as simple as the lyrics are – reminding hard on Claus Kruse of the German act PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE. It follows with HYBRIDS (Daft Records, ant-zen) another better known act by offering a live recording, which turns this comp into a more experimental field. The best appearance got provided by the German duo NORDSCHLACHT, which we had recently presented with the release of their highly recommended debut "Silence, Beauty And Cruelty" (Klangdynamik Records). "Facts" is multi-layered Dark Electro in perfect conditions, danceable, but still with the sense to offer opulent synth pads. Another good thing on this track – it isn’t available on their debut! SOLANACEAE TAU then offers a Goth-inspired work with mighty guitars and a female vocal performance, while BODY POLITICS offer a metallic live old-school EBM performance. Both last appearances on this comp got provided by the Belgian musician Peter Bonne with his both projects LINEAR MOVEMENTS and TWILIGHT RITUAL, which is again an excursion into some 80-like Italo-Pop/Wave-music culture. I may was expecting a more detailed presentation on some up and coming talents of the Belgian EBM-scene – in case there is one – where the fuck are IONIC VISION or DARKMEN for example? However, this compilation collects a lot of new talents and some older heroes as well, while the predecessor rather Dark Electro-inspired volume 2 of this series is still the favorite.

1. Attrition – The head of Gabriel (Pablo sonic terrorist mix)
2. Synaptic Defect – Devouring Hate (Electro d'Arc Mix)
3. IC 434 – Ferghana (Re-Take)
4. Transtech – Satellite
5. dharmata 101 – Outline (Of My Shadows)
6. Devoted Symbols – Hush
7. Recon – Rise of the dead
8. Hybryds – Babel (Live Paris)
9. Nostromo 7 – Longing
10. Nordschlacht – Facts
11. Solanaceae Tau – Riots lullaby
12. Body Politics – Lust (Live)
13. Linear Movement – To Another Soul
14. Twilight Ritual – Delay


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