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DWELLING: Ainda E Noite

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 30 2007
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Artist: DWELLING (@)
Title: Ainda E Noite
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Second full release by Dwelling, AINDA E NOITE presents, after four years from the previous album, eleven new tracks full of pathos, calmness and a bit of melancholy. Adding a new member on violin the Portuguese combo mix classic Mediterranean melodies with some jazz intuitions and also contemporary music on the beautiful closing "Opus DCXVI". The tracks are built around the interaction of two classical acoustic guitars which create a soft web of arpeggios helped by a bass guitar and violins. The solid melodic musical background sustain the vocal performances of Catarina Raposo, who sung both in English and in Portuguese language. Being an acoustic band who doesn't use samples or post production tricks, Dwelling, focus their efforts into presenting strong compositions which are able to create different kind of atmospheres. I'm not that much into Mediterranean melodies but I highly appreciated their being sound artisans. Just listen to the last minute of "Some love, please?" where we have a passage where the melody passes from a jazzy structure to a dark classical modern piece. I loved these atmospheres where the band is capable to leave on their back any influence just to create particular moments with dissonant melodies. Lyrically the album tells of the feminine feelings of solitude and they create an "evening" atmosphere where the curtains of a sleeping room filter the sunset's sunbeams. When the day starts to fade out there's no make up left and the intimacy of a room is ready to receive the stories of a life...

FREUDSTEIN: Dissected & Resurrected

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 29 2007
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Artist: FREUDSTEIN
Title: Dissected & Resurrected
Format: CD
Rated: *****
After releasing their album "Mass Market Misery" the duo behind Freudstein started to collect remixes of their songs previously released into their two album and since their high quality decided to issue a limited edition remixes album where the first ten tracks are re-works of their songs and the remaining five are 2000÷2006 Freudstein's remixes of other bands' tracks. The first thing to notice is how much different the remixes of the Freudstein's songs are, compared to the original versions. Gary Hughes, Ewigkeit, The Grey Constant, Autofire, History Of Guns, Agent, Dissolved, Swarf and In The Now did an excellent work by transforming the original guitar driven songs into something totally different and interesting. The opening "Misadventure" has been turned into a cool future pop song by Gary Hughes, while "Shadows" is now sounding like a sensual electronic track thanks to Ewigkeit. The Grey Constant made "Return to the old forest" become an ambient i.d.m. track with sci-fi atmospheres. Autofire made of "Robots Pt2: Murder space" a semi e.b.m./gabber with horror melodies. Industrial e.b.m. treatment has been the choice of History Of Guns for "Robots Pt: Face the truth" while industrial metal is the choice Agent made. These are only few of the cool versions you'll find on the "Dissected" section. About the remixed made by Freudstein (they remixed The Chaos Engine, Arkam Asylum, Swarf and Xykogen) I have to say that the old ones are good but not enough for me who know their new sound. They sound a little raw and less powerful compared to the new stuff, while the Xykogen remix they did in 2006 is less particular but more direct. Anyway for ten Euros you'll have the opportunity to have good tunes. If you are more into downloading, visit the Freudstein shop and you'll find a link where you'll be able to purchase the files.

PANTHEON LEGIO MUSICA: Sic Itur Ad Astra

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 29 2007
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Artist: PANTHEON LEGIO MUSICA (@)
Title: Sic Itur Ad Astra
Format: CD
Rated: *****
SIC ITUR AD ASTRA is the advanced promotional album released by Pahnteon Legio Musica which anticipate the release of the official album "Per aspera ad astra" that will be released on November 2007 by Hydra. Pantheon Legio Musica is a band formed by five people coming from different experiences: Andreas Reese (Akasha Chronik / Cataclysm Sculpture), Thomas Bley (Aeldaborn), Marcus Stevens (Cataclysm Sculpture), Andreas Bittner (ConSIDer) and Kyoung-Hi Roho (Idiogene Geniotie). Their other bands style span from the melancholy electro wave of Akasha Chronik to the neo-folk of Aeldaborn. Anyway, let go back to Pantheon Legio Musica. SIC ITUR AD ASTRA presents to the audience ten tracks beautifully crafted where the main influence, talking about iconography as well as music, is the Roman empire. The band file their music under "ancient industrial" and this is a singular way of describing their style but it fits really well what they do. Tracks like "SPQR" or "Asia minor" really make you think about the Roman legions walking through foreign lands battling and conquering. It's also nice to notice that the melodies and some rhythms used by the band do really fit what the music of that era was sounding. Some years ago I had a score of an ancient Egyptian melody (probably of the latter period of the classic era of the Egyptian empire, when they had been deeply influenced by their relationship with the Roman empire) and I can find some of these melodies on the Pantheon Legio Musica tunes. If the rhythm section is based on rumbling floor toms the melody is played by flutes, trumpets, choirs, guitar and some orchestral instruments. They did also a version of an ancient Greek "song": "Hymn to Kalliope & Appollon" composed by Mesomedes of Crete. The two songs sung by Kyoung-Hi Roho ("Sacred Grove" and "Pompeii") are capable of creating an intriguing atmosphere where neo-folk and martial industrial blend. Check some of their tunes on their myspace page. I can't wait to check their debut album, too bad it will be released on falling 2007.

KLONAVENUS: Metropolights

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 28 2007
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Artist: KLONAVENUS (@)
Title: Metropolights
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
This duo (Saffio – keyboards and programming, Chem:nitz – vocals) comes from Rome, Italy, and formed in 2005. They’ve already released two demos (S/T 2005, "The Shining Process" 2006), have appeared on the German Darklife Magazine Compilation and on "Italian Body Music Vol.3". The band is really in love with Electro-Goth/EBM and Dark-Wave, and in this new Ep alternates moments of sad reflection, dominated by deep and visionary pads, with aggressive loops, distorted voices and noises. They are quite good in this alternation between good and evil, CLAN OF XYMOX influences and painful atmospheres, horrorific melodies (see "Your Wintertime") and danceable songs for smoky clubs. Personally I’ve quite appreciates "I Run For... ", "Your Wintertime", "A Prison For Me" and above all "The Blind Creation" (great track) with that obsessive rhythm that forces me to shake my head even when writing this review. "Sermons" has a rough and fat music (shows more links with the EBM scene), and the vocal melody reminds me something of AND ONE. "Blessed Into Nothing", from "The Shining Process" demo, is here in a new version remixed by NYDHOG (a one-man project from Rome playing Electro/EBM with really good results), where the aggressive side of the song is emphasized, as more emphasis has been given to the female coir. The CD includes also two videos, "I Run For... " directed by Saffio and "Tonight" directed by Saffio and Jon Alcaide, a nice add on to a very pleasant Ep. The only thing I could add is that the band is really improving from demo to demo, and in their first album (hope they’ll release soon with a good label) I would expect an even better production (already good now), more pumping and powerful in the aggressive parts and deeper in the more introspective ones, and above all that the singer takes care of the English pronunciation that has some problems, as shown in the live acts more than on recordings. Labels, offer them a good contract because "Metropolights" it’s a very good work, absolutely recommended for all old-school/new-school electro-goth fans.

THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS: Dead Machines' Revolution!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 28 2007
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Artist: THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS (@)
Title: Dead Machines' Revolution!
Format: CD
Label: Strobelight Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
I knew The Last Days Of Jesus because of their MCD "Narrentanz" released back in 1999. Since then I appreciated their attitude of taking the batcave/post punk sound and making it evolve into something personal and energetic. Since then I haven't the opportunity to check their releases until now. DEAD MACHINES' REVOLUTION! confirms my positive feeling I had back then as on this album we find Mary0 and friends performing 13 tracks of personal gothic rock where the theatrical vocal performance of Mary0 are well supported by the music of the band. Post punk, goth and new wave are revived by the quartet which along with their label mates Miguel & The Living Dead (I saw they live in Italy about a year ago) are doing a great job by breaking old cliches of goth by including also some r'n'r/rockabilly influences.


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