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Gotterdamnnerung: Of Whores and Culture

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 29 2007
Artist: Gotterdamnnerung
Title: Of Whores and Culture
Format: CD
Label: Strobelight
Distributor: Strobelight
Rated: *****
Gottersammerung, hailing from the Netherlands, is at it's hardest traditional deathrock best. The new album called
' Of Whores and Culture" is by far if not where Rozz Williams would hae left off. Rozz would have been proud. We open with track one, "Warhorse, a ultmate dancefloor tragedy that have hard driven down and diirty guitars comlimenting Guido's voice thaat is hard and Rozzesque. Then we move on and groove on to Track two- First-in-Man thats takes us into a psychedllic world of whimiscal wit and hard electronic back beats and samples that get you circling about the room. One of the most tracks that really was pronouced to me was Track Seven Vibroboy an electronic nitescare with hard crrashing beats beating at your heart and Guido sings "Your teas like lovers dice, give in to career, sustain the sorrow" morbid, about our a a futuristic boy who has no emotion, this tarck is dark, clever and just downright in your face. Moving forward we come to Track Eight At Status which Guido tells the tale of woe, he crys, " Forgive her sins, she always had stauts, theft at large", This track is traditional at it gets and once again a dance floor metaphor that arises before you least know it. Christian Death esque guitat and industrial veins popping us in to a frensy to get out there and move to the beat. Over all this album is a deathrock masterpiece that show the old skool side of what traditional truely is and where the guitar is god. ~ 4 stars a must have for any true old skool deathrock or traditional goth.

H.E.R.R.: Fire And Glass: A Nordwood Tragedy

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 26 2007
Artist: H.E.R.R. (@)
Title: Fire And Glass: A Nordwood Tragedy
Format: CD EP
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Fourth release for the Dutch neo-classical combo, FIRE AND GLASS: A NORWOOD TRAGEDY contains four new tracks of their distinctive classical spoken word (to tell the truth, one out of four tracks is an instrumental one. It's titled "Embers" and it's a closing melancholic but still epic track which sees cellos and other strings painting the final brushes of the scenario). The E.P. is dedicated to the memory of the Crystal Palace. Wikipedia can give us further informations about this building: "The Crystal Palace was a wrought iron and glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, England, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in the Palace's 990,000 square feet of exhibition space to display examples of the latest technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. After the exhibition, the building was moved to a new park in a high, healthy and wealthy area of London called Sydenham Hill, an area not much changed today from the well-heeled suburb full of large Victorian villas that it was during its Victorian heyday. The Crystal Palace was enlarged and stood from 1854 until 1936, when it was destroyed by fire". The tracks and lyrics make you feel the same emotions of the people who lived that building as a sign of splendor of an age but are also able to underline the frailty of human dreams by creating an involving track titled "Drowing in showers of melting glass" where the piano plays a touching score giving power to the lyrics that tells of the fire. This is a good chapter that sees H.E.R.R. at their top. If you like their previous album this is a must have, because in my opinion you'll love FIRE AND GLASS. Next step... "Twelve Caesars".
Title: The Sacred Truth
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
From the depth of the most nightmarish Old and New Testament vision (the Ten Horned Beast is named before "Revelation"17:3/13:1 and "Daniel" 7:7) comes the inspiration for the TenHornedBeast, project of Christopher Walton of Endura fame. THE SACRED TRUTH is the first proper CD album of the project (Christopher released previously a couple of CDr privately and through NOTHingness REcords) and contains five magmatic drones suites. If you were used to the electronic/ambient/experimental sound of the Endura, try to put it aside as TenHornedBeast is based on a different sound/approach. At first I was surprised to read a review of this CD by Julian Cope where he compared this album to the kraut rock sound he loves so much but if you think about records like Amon Duul II's "Yeti" and to its long improvisations (the last three tracks of the CD reissued recently) TenHornedBeast sounds like a dark version of it, where classic rock instruments are treated and sound like reaped cellos or like reverbs on death corridors. Christopher on the second panel of the cover talked about a process of destruction of the standards imposed to men by modern age and his great truth is witnessing this process (I hope we'll be able to get more in depth on the forthcoming interview) and tracks like "Our lady of the lightning bolt" and "In the teeth of the woolf" seem to be its soundtrack.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 17 2007
Title: Embrace The Fool
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Formed by a female/male duo who met in 2003 at a Brendan Perry's workshop in Ireland, Poets To Their Beloved, after working at distance (Marcel Schiborr is from Germany and Saskia Dommisse is from Holland) are releasing through Equilibrium Music their first album titled EMBRACE THE FOOL. The CD gathers thirteen tracks which see the duo helped out by Sjanneke van Herpen, Ramona Wandollski and Michael Braun at cello/violin, bass and guitar. The duo, fortunately, even if met at a workshop held by one half of the Dead Can Dance don't try to clone the same kind of music and, in my opinion, they succeeded into creating a personal mixture of classical and folk music where percussions and strings enrich the ballads they created. If you want to know my opinion about a Dead Can Dance influence they could have, I can hear some percussions and some steel guitar sounds similar to the really early Dead Can Dance of the MLP "The garden of arcane delights". The other similarity is represented by the alternation of male/female vocals but in any case they have different styles respect the Australian duo (only Michael remembers a little Brendan Perry). The tracks are able to craft beautiful atmospheres: the first half of the album, for example, will convince you immediately of their capabilities as the opening "Embrace the fool", "Love" and "Ecstatic dance" have three different kind of atmosphere where they switch from dark folk to energetic romantic (but with a bit of mystery) moments with ease and creativity.

VV.AA: Hoera! Een Hex voor thuis!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 08 2007
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Hoera! Een Hex voor thuis!
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Compiled gathering tracks by bands who took part to the Hex nights (the nights that Enfant Terrible organize since 2004 at the OCCII in Amsterdam), HOERA! EEN HEX VOOR THUIS! (released under the new Enfant Terrbile sub-label Hex Grammofoonplaten) is a fantastic compilation with twelve tracks/bands that will please your needs of pure raw electro/experimental/wave/post punk music. Most of the names included here are unknown to me (I only knew and appreciated Sixteens, Wermut and Agent Side Grinder) but their tracks make me want for more because songs like the opening "Lovesick" (by Vanishing) or the fantastic "Blind" (by Frustation, a band which recalled me late 70's N.Y. sound of the No New York movement mixed with post punk), the punk attitude mixed with electronic bleeps of "Lydon on tv" (by Laurence Wasser), the raw pop electronic punk of "Ice double nice" (by Kania Tieffer) and the closing electronic experimental sound of "Ehrliche Juristen" (by Punk Soul Loving Bill, a band that sounds like a mix of Der Plan and early D.A.F.) are bringing fresh air renewing the spirit of the fathers of the genre. Don't miss it...

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