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BLOOD: Vengeance for Blood 2

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 16 2007
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Artist: BLOOD (@)
Title: Vengeance for Blood 2
Format: CD
Label: Cure (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
We welcome the Japan-based label and distributor Cure to the international scene, although the three-men Goth/Rock act BLOOD is for sure not unknown, since they’ve recently perform live on some stages in Washington, LA, New York and Boston. This trio can be named for sure a kind of spear head of the Japanese Dark Goth scene and with a website translated into 7 further languages besides Japanese some international attention and success is guaranteed. The band history features an uncountable amount of releases available in all formats and it is separated into three different phases – this seems to belong on the changing membership in between the band. But everything is related to the band former member Kiwamu, who stands also behind the Cure label. Always in all phases on his side is the bass player Kaede, while Fu-Ki is the singer for this third phase of this band. This "Vengeance For Blood 2" is the second episode of a trilogy mini-album release series and features 7 tracks. Guitar-driven Goth-Rock with some synth textures and a charismatic and well tuned male vocal performances are the used elements here and can form a mostly catchy (especially on "Forever Lost") output. To everyone who’s interested in the lyrically content, on all releases are translations into English and/or French language featured. This is a convincing output especially designed for the fans of this genre – a bit short maybe, but I guess the ongoing trilogy has zo be seen and listened as a whole.

DISMAL: Miele Dal Salice

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 12 2007
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Artist: DISMAL (@)
Title: Miele Dal Salice
Format: CD
Label: Dream Cell 11 (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
With MIELE DAL SALICE Dismal bring to their fans a new album, the fourth, that sees their music reaching new targets. The ten songs of the album, thanks to the fairy vocals of Rossana Landi, their new singer and thanks to the good orchestration and to the classical arrangements are always suspended between a dreamy atmosphere and a certain energetic gothic metal (check the guitar riffs that here and there hit the surface). By listening to the album I feel it as a sort of concept album, thanks also to a recurrent musical theme that I found a couple of times. The band chose also to enrich their arrangements by including samples that make the album sound like a musical score: here and there you can hear wood noises, water, etc. Principally driven by piano compositions the album floats between romantic and dark themes having always a certain dramatic/teatrical touch that will please the lovers of the genre. P.s. The CD contains also the video clip of "Lana".

VV.AA.: This Is 80's New Wave

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 10 2007
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: This Is 80's New Wave
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cleopatra
Rated: *****
In the 80's during the US President Ronald Reagan and England's British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher era, New Wave proved to be breathtaking in its scope--it was hard to perceive where it all began and ended, both chronologically and musically. The venture that new wave music occupied the era from 1978 to 1986. Musically, new wave should not be pigeon-holed, or written off simply as "skinny ties", synthesizer geeks, new romantics, and pretentious, fashion-as content bands. Movements and styles such as Synth-pop and New Romantic were, too many, the defining styles of New Wave. New romanticism, on the other hand, never managed much of an impression in the US-it remained very much a Europen and Canadian movement. Despite the general inadequacy of pigeonholing, there were the other requisite, defining styles from the era: Goth, Postpunk, Ska, Rockabilly and Power Pop.

The video revolution changed everything as well. Coinciding with-more fueled by-the new wave movement, music video added a whole dimension to music as an art form. MTV can certainly be attributed to the exposure and subsequent rise and fall of many fleeting new wave artists. Without the exposure that music video provided, America could well have slept through the entire movement. The visuals these bands presented to their audiences was intoxicating, astonishing, and added to their mystery, rather than dispelling it. The fashion, the make-up, the narrative of videos made even the most insignificant of bands look larger than life.

On this double disc 80's collection compiled by Los Angeles label
based, Cleopatra are some of the bands who invaded the radio and MTV with their glitter and glamour fabulous music and pretty boy and girl look. These songs on discs from the artists who made them had a greater impact on us brings back those wonderful and beautiful memories what we all used to sing and dance to. Disc 1 contains the original song version from the likes of punk ex-Generation X member Billy Idol "White Wedding", Duran Duran "Girls On Film", the Australian one hit wonder Men Without Hats "Saftety Dance", David Bowie "Ashes To Ashes", Chicago based synth-pop act Ministry "Work For Love" who is now doing aggro-industrial music, The Cure "The Walk", Soft Cell "Tainted Love", Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way", The Fixx "Red Skies", and ABC "The Look Of Love".

Disc 2 contains the tracks by some of the other other artists in 2.0 format. In other words, the artists re-recorded their songs in a new version or by extended it by making it longer. A Flock Of Seagulls "I Ran (So Far Away)" and "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)" is re-recorded and the singer's vocals sounds totally different than what he used to sound back then. Berlin re-recorded two of their hit singles "Sex (I'm A) and "The Metro". Missing Persons redid "Walking In L.A." The song is done in an electronic music format featuring an unknown rapper rapping. Power pop sensation Tiffany re-recorded her "I Think We're Alone Now". Information Society catchy synth-pop "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) still sounds good as the original version. The Specials featuring Jane Wiedlin from the all girl band The Go-Go's performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" in ska. Other 80's cult bands included are goth band The Mission UK "Deliverance", "Gene Loves Jezebel "Desire", The Untouchables "Free Yourself" and rockabilly The Polecats "Make A Circuit With Me". The bonus track feature New Skin "Hey Baby...So Bad". Over 2 hours of non-stop ultimate club 80's hits. The eighties will always be a remarkable decade where good music & fashion took the world by storm. These retro 80's songs are testaments to the pioneering days of the medium. Relive the past that will be an unforgettable lifetime!

THE SCANDALS: Cut Outs, Patchworks and Rip-Offs

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 07 2007
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Title: Cut Outs, Patchworks and Rip-Offs
Format: CD
Label: Pale Music
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Are you ready to rock? Does this statement sounds strange for our magazine? Well, thanks to The Scandals this won't be no more. Since the last volume of the Berlin Insane compilation you can see that Pale Music is heading toward a new kind of crossover: punk, electro, techno, new wave and r'n'r. With this in mind they did a lot of remixes and you can find most of them into their first album titled CUT OUTS, PATCHWORKS AND RIP OFFS. The thirteen tracks of the album see acts coming from different scenes as Lola Angst (he did an album of electro e.b.m. a couple of years ago), Boy George (there's no need to explain), Miss Yetti (the techno princess), Punx Soundcheck (they did an electro techno bunch of releases of which an album and an E.P. with Marc Almond on vocals for Pale Music) and Bruder und Kronstädta feat. Nina Hagen to name few. The remixes the duo do are a always packed with energy and catchy melodies with some electro elements here and there. The album contains also an original track titled "The dogma of music" which features Peaches on vocals. Are you ready for some action?

SNOWW.WWHITE: Wonderland

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 03 2007
Artist: SNOWW.WWHITE (@)
Title: Wonderland
Format: CD
Label: Hydra
Rated: *****
Being one of the few female projects into the apocalyptic folk/industrial/martial scene SnowW.Wwhite created a sort of curiosity around her project. Banned from myspace different times she put a disclaimer telling: "SnowW.Wwhite music is intended for entertainment purposes only. SnowW.Wwhite does not advocate any type of government, not even the most or least appealing ones. No ethnic, racial or other minority has been hurt, harmed, maimed or killed in the process of music making". For sure her pictures show a girl fascinated by militaristic clothes (she looks like a German WWII soldier on a free evening) and writing "Order Discipline Dedication Respect!" as a photo comment on Myspace isn't helping that much avoiding the occasional visitor from a certain kind of thoughts. About her album she writes: "Wonderland is the debut album, it will be released in January 2007 which has a martial theme throughout. It focuses on several aspects like youth, innocence and death, the Wonderland album aims to combine the innocence and the reality of youth, military, loss, pride and the abuse especially young people suffer in war and militant conflict". The album tracks are based on militaristic drums and synth pads with the add of melodies that recall me some sort of northern scenarios. It could be interesting for the people fascinated by same sort of culture but musically I didn't find it so attractive. For sure it creates a certain mood that is working if the aim was the creation of an epic scenario but musically is not for me.

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