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PINK TURNS BLUE: Ghost

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 29 2007
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Artist: PINK TURNS BLUE
Title: Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Strobelight Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
In balance between new wave, post punk and goth Pink Turns Blue release their latest album GHOST. Unfortunately I can't give you my advice because the promo I own has only three tracks. From what I can hear the tracks are good mid tempo with goth guitar lines, a singer who slightly remember me Adrian Borland of The Sound. The closing "Break it" is sounding a little more up-tempo and it works well. The sound of the band is a good balance of the forementioned genres, too bad I can't give you an extended judgment but don't ask me for more with a CD containing eleven minutes of music.

VV.AA.: Decadence Vol.1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 29 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Decadence Vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Koldfinger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Limited to only 300 copies DECADANCE Vol.1 is a compilation of bands who performed at the Decadence nights. The CD isn't available at shops and you can find it only at the Decadance event or through the label. The album contains fifteen bands/tracks which include Spiritual Front, :Bahntier//, Chants Of Maldoror, Alien Vampires, Ballistic, Lia Fail, Violent Diva, Bohemien, Monolith, Macelleria Mobile Di Mezzanotte, XP8, Blue Velvet, Noorglo, Blank and The Frozen Autumn. Most of the tracks are already available on the bands' releases and only five of them are new or remixed versions. As you can see the track list is varied and presents e.b.m., electro goth, industrial, rock folk and electro and you don't know the nowadays state of these genres you could have a sort of idea. On the interactive partition of the CD you can find a three minute video where you can have an idea of what you can find at the Decandence nights: people who let loose their inhibitions and abandon themselves to fetish extravaganza and perversion...

L'EFFET C'EST MOI: Tomber En Heros

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 26 2007
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Artist: L'EFFET C'EST MOI (@)
Title: Tomber En Heros
Format: CD
Label: War Office Propaganda (@)
Rated: *****
L'Effect C'est Moi is the musical project of an Italian guy coming from Recanati and called Emanuele Buresta. His project born after a philosophic concept of Nietzsche concerning the identification of the ruler class with the community’s successes. Musically TOMBER EN HEROS, which is his first album, is influenced by neo-classical as well, for a bit, by martial industrial music. The album is divided into two parts. "Pour Le Splendeur D’Empeire" includes the first five tracks and tries to cover the feelings of the times when the Roman Empire was at its best. "Rome Capitale", "Rome Capitale II", "Distance", "Retourner Au Pays" and "Saltarelle" are five instrumental tracks where orchestrations and percussions are the core of the sound. Here the atmosphere is trying to paint a glorious past succeeding in most of the cases into its intent. "Et L’Obscurité De Son Pouvoir" is the second part and it deals with the dark side of its might, that have survived through the ages and formed the totalitarian regimes of the 20th Century. "Ouverture: Mourir A’ La Guerre", "N’Aboutir A’ Rien", "Rituel De Sexe", "Tué Au Champ D’Honneur", "Soirée Dansante", "Saluer à La Romaine" leave the joyful atmospheres of the first part to embrace a sort of dark ambient orchestration where the despair is tangible. The tracks are like long orchestral suites with slow and reverbered percussions (sometimes they sound good as soundtracks of twenties movies). The twelfth track is a bonus track titled "Croulent les Bataillons Dans Le Feu" which musically seems being linked to the second part of the CD, sounding like a ending commentary. I enjoyed the spirit of the release but sometimes I found the sounds a little weak (some pianos and strings of the first part) and this ruined a little the listening.

INANNA: Day Ov Torment

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 26 2007
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Artist: INANNA
Title: Day Ov Torment
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare. She was known also as Ishtar, as Babylonians called her. Musically Inanna is the solo project of Mikael Stavöstrand which he formed after the split of Archon Satani (which was formed by him and by Tomas Pettersson, later known for Ordo Equilibrio/Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and now kept alive by him along with Inanna). DAY OV TORMENT was the first CD album for Inanna and back then it has been released by Staalplaat in 1992. This new Cold Spring edition brings back to the attention of the lovers of industrial dark ambient an important album which then was a sort of sum of the industrial music of the 80's revised with the sounds characteristic of the early Cold Meat Industry bands. At a first listening you realize that the sound is ten years old, because that way of dealing with samplers and industrial rhythms was a factory seal of a certain kind of sound but just after the moment you know it, you forget about it because Inanna is capable of carrying you through an abyss made of lust and pain, just as the goddess of love and war represented by that name. "Her essence" remembered me an industrial version of early Coil (of the "Scatology" period) while other tracks like "Zonei" or "Ancient flesh" didn't recalled me any particular band of the past, while I can hear them as precursor of a certain kind of sound, father of a lot of nowadays bands. Sounding now percussive (where drums like thunders are joined by orchestral loops and other noises) and now dark ambient (where choirs, feedbacks and synth pads form a hellish scenario) Inanna is a sonic adventure that you'll want to experience and now thanks to Cold Spring you'll certainly do.

Dr. Bob: Dark Times

 Posted by Diane Granahan   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 25 2007
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Artist: Dr. Bob
Title: Dark Times
Format: CD
Label: Edge Tone Records
Distributor: Emusic.com
Rated: *****
'Dark Times' is a recent project by Bay Area duo, Bob Marsh and David Michalek, collaborating under the moniker Dr. Bob. Inspired by the writings of Bertolt Brecht, the recording presents an 'ambient' industrial mood with distorted vocals and lap steel guitar, followed by freakish electronic beats. The release is an acquired taste and the overall listen seems a bit too prolonged, despite the mere 52 minutes it lasts.


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