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TEMPLE OF TWILIGHT: On Your Knees

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 28 2006
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Artist: TEMPLE OF TWILIGHT (@)
Title: On Your Knees
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Formed in Dortmund three years ago Temple Of Twilight is a goth band that tried and succeed into avoiding the goth cliché thanks to the warm and personal voice of Andy and thanks to their particular goth metal formula. If you want an example check "Away", the fifth and closing track of their second E.P. titled ON YOUR KNEES, it is a rock ballad that has also a moment where it turns into a seventies catchy track (if you know the Persuaders series main theme, you can understand what I mean). Another good example of their eclectic approach is the second title "All the believers": it blends goth metal with a semi techno e.b.m. synth and it has also a couple of changes that make of it a cool track. The opening "On your knees" sounds like a classic goth metal track while "Through the rain" is a pure rock ballad that prepares the audience for "Graveyard", another good goth tune. Don't make you stop by the unappealing cover and if you are a curious guy, Temple Of Twilight sound has something to say...

Modern English: Mesh & Lace

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 28 2006
Artist: Modern English
Title: Mesh & Lace
Format: CD
Label: 4 AD
Distributor: Amazon
Rated: *****
Modern English was very well known back in the 80's by being a new wave band with their number one chart buster hit "Melt With You", which is still being played on the radio stations and being used in television commercials such as Ritz Crackers. Their second album "After The Snow", which the single appeared on was a successful seller that took their music career off the ground. before the band went through transformation by being a pop band, they was once Goth & Punk and very heavily influence by Bauhaus, including Joy Division and The Sex Pistols. Their first 1981 release "Mesh & Lace", which is now digitally remastered and feature bonus tracks tells it all. Before Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, The Cocteau Twins, Clan of Xymox, The Pixies, Throwing Muses, X-mal Deutschland and many others who was signed on the label by Ivo who started the company, Modern English was the very first band to be signed on the 4AD label. "Mesh & Lace" is a dark gloomy album that shows off being deep mentally disturb, angry, frustration, sadness, and depression. All 15 tracks on the cd is worth a listen. Whoever thought Modern English making dark moody music? The Children of the 80's and Goths will be certainly get a big surprise once they hear this classic release. The album feature the singles "Swans On Glass", "Gathering Dust", "16 Days", "Smiles & Laughter", and the self-titled "Mesh & Lace". You can hear the Bauhaus influence with a combination of scratched guitars, industrial noise, and film samples in their music, but also their signature sound as well, which you can hear in their 1983 release "After The Snow". This first release is brilliant and impressive and delivers a strong emotional intense COLD and DARK moody side. The cd cover a bizarre shocking that is characterised by ethereal imagery and surreal visual shocks; a masturbating fish. This is an import and was only released in England. But you can check your local record stores or order it off Amazon.com or from the 4AD label. A classic collection item to have for Modern English, New Wave/80's and Gothic fans.Tracklistings:1. Gathering Dust (4AD 15A)2. 16 Days3. Just A Thought4. Move In Light5. Grief6. The Token Man7. A Viable Commercial8. Black Houses9. Dance Of Devotion (A Love Song)10. Smiles And Laughter (AD 110)11. Mesh And Lace (AD 110)12. Tranquility (AD 15B)13. Home (BAD 11)14. Swans On Glass (AD 6A)15. Incident (AD 6B)

ENDE SHNEAFLIET: Twistin' On The Tombstones

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 28 2006
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Artist: ENDE SHNEAFLIET
Title: Twistin' On The Tombstones
Format: CD
Label: Enfant Terrilbe (@)
Rated: *****
Do you remember the cool compilation released by Enfant Terrible the last year that gathered tracks by bands that recorded for the Dutch label Trumpett? Well this double album by Ende Shneafliet is an ideal prosecution of that releases as two tracks ("Aeroplane" and "Session Zeitgeist") were already included into that compilation. The 22 tracks contained into this limited release have been recorded during the 1981/83 period and released by Trumpett on tape on those years. Ende Shneafliet were an interesting band that focused their sound on minimal electronic wave experimentations and even if they lasted only two years their production is a must if you are a lover of early Joy Division, Minny Pops, Crispy Ambulance. The tracks pass from a bass/drum/filtered vocals structure to a synth/drumbox wave upbeat one passing also through ballads like "Rendez-vous Met Betsy" (that seems an eerie version of Cocteau Twins) or cold wave synth soundtracks like "Corps Diplomatique". Be aware that only 500 copies have been printed and I assure you that if you love this sound this release is a must have.

ARKTAU EOS: Scorpion Milk

 Posted by Kaf Mardel   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 27 2006
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Artist: ARKTAU EOS
Title: Scorpion Milk
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
A very suggestive cdr. The work art is handmade and very arty. The music is mysterious and evocative. It is a single track and it lasts for several minutes. Although very minimal, it is moody and pensive. You will find ritual atmosphere, dark suggestion and lisergic construction. As it is stated in the inner sleeve, this recording deals with "waves beyond the mirror". There are no further words but if you want to get some more details, visit www.auralhypnox.com.

Clan of Xymox: Breaking Point

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 25 2006
Artist: Clan of Xymox (@)
Title: Breaking Point
Format: CD
Label: Xymox Control (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
Every album Xymox release is always a challenge. They released their "Best Of" album that contains their greatest hits which made their fans thinking they were breaking up. A new studio cd proves Ronny, who is the main leader of the band is creative, unique, and know what direction to lead the band. A good reason why the band has been very successful all these long years that been passing us by. The cd opens up with the single "Weak In My Knees", a cutting edge club track that will draw you to the dance floor. "Calling You Out" and "Be My Friend" is a goth-rock killer with guitar. My favorite track also include "She's Dangerous", "Eternally", a mid-tempo track that talks about a relationship that already ended, but the ex-girlfriend came back looking for her ex-boyfriend trying to resolve things, which there's nothing to talk about because both went their separate ways years ago. The instrumental "Pandora Box" sounds like an ambient piece. Clan Of Xymox have the intention on bewildering us with their progressive music. "The Breaking Point" sets a new boundary for the band. If you have "Medusa", "Creatures", and "Notes From The Underground", this is what their new album sound inbetween.


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