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Reliquary: Winter World

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 19 2006
Artist: Reliquary (@)
Title: Winter World
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Distributor: audioglobe
Rated: *****
"Winter World" is the debut by Reliquary, a good band located in Phoenix AZ ,They mix elements of classical, goth rock, and darkwave .Reliquary has opened for the likes of Faith and the Muse, Bella Morte, The Last Dance and The Crüxshadows and sure they took some influences but the sound is very personal and well composed. The lead vocalist Kara has warm and inviting great soprano voice there are a lots of synths, guitar, and violins and every song on the cd is beautifully that will satisfy fans of the genre.


 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 19 2006
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: audioglobe
Rated: *****
This release, is the celebration of 100 releases by Prikosnovenie. A great collection of
most beautiful female voices from the label with the exceptional participation of Loreena Mc Kennitt
Along with this box set "sampler", you will receive a "tarot-like" set of cards and 17 texts about female virtues.
CECILE CORBEL Le vent m'emporte
PINKNRUBY Seven Sisters
ZARIA Wintersong
LOVE SESSIONS 2 Rivière de lys
LOREENA MC KENNITT God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
MISSTRIP A ticket to death
JACK OR JIVE The Power Of Wisdom
LOUISA JOHN-KROL The Green Pentacle
DAEMONIA NYMPHE Divine Goddess of Fertility


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 14 2006
Title: Disease
Format: CD EP
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
It’s quite some time that Marina Sirtis (now Marina Siertis) weren’t releasing something new. Their latest one was released back in 2003 and it was their full length "Delay And Depression". This new release DISEASE it’s the first single coming from the next album (the second) titled "The much needed second cold war". Respect the old recordings "Disease" seems to be focused on the electro goth influences that the band already had along with a bit of synthpop. The main title is a upbeat ballad focused on the vocal line (the guitars and other sounds come and go while there’s a synthetic bass line always present) that sounds a little like the Cure of the "Disintegration" period meet the Depeche Mode. The song is good but I feel it lacks of energy: it’s like when you are waiting for the explosion and it never happens. The following track "I never went to the English beach house" is a nice ballad with violins, picked electric guitars and everything and it is doing its work really well and it sounds more balanced respect the main title. There are also two bonus tracks, two versions of "Disease". The first one is sounding more like Sisters Of Mercy on acid and maybe I prefer this one to the "single version". The second one is the "Mad club mix" and it’s a nice version but don’t wait for a dance floor killer, because on this version after the opening phase the band followed the principle that less is best and they substituted some instruments with synth sounds. Nice single that it’s making me think that the next album we’ll see something new about Marina Siertis sound respect their old releases.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 13 2006
Artist: BLUTENGEL (@)
Title: My Saviour
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
It was about time for Chris Pohl and his both female vocal princesses to return with a new audio sign of life, just right and dedicated to some colder dark days and to help the tended listener through some gray autumn depressions. I think I don’t have to repeat something about the music style BLUTENGEL offers with a growing success, do I? The acceptance is increasing and entries in the German Media Control Charts – just like their label colleagues AND ONE and CLIENT - are only a matter of time. "My Saviour" features three different versions of this danceable main track, one original and two remix works by CEPHALGY (a real alternative version, but lesser dancefloor-compatible...) and ADAM (offers a harder stomping version...). Add to this the fine track "Verdammnis" with German lyrics, to my taste the better one compared to the title track because of the better included female vocals. With "In Winter" you’ll got another track showing the more ballad-like and orchestral arranged side this act has to offer. BLUTENGEL of course walking the same successful formula like they’ve done before, the Dark Romantic Electro/Futurepop style on which they can be called leaders of the genre. It’s like the daily burger: you’ll know what you’ll get. Definitively quality stuff which has my acceptance and best wishes for success, but no need to praise it like heaven. The Goth-kids will dig it a lot, a must-have for the fans.

The Fate: Triskaideckaphobia

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 05 2006
Artist: The Fate
Title: Triskaideckaphobia
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Philadelphia based The Fate mixed rock with electronic elements. Male and female vocals taking turns on some of the tracks, but the female seems to sing more than the male. The Fate debut cd is laced with bittersweet and wrenching heart pain. A warm touch to find a way to escape the complexity of life that fills with bitterness, hate, sorrow, and despair. Some of the tracks are mellow that gives a sadness feel. A nice piece of work the band developed and well produced. Choice cuts off the cd are "Everyone Loves Suicide", "Louisiana", "Prince Charming", "Stranger Than Fiction", "Astroplane", "Numbers" and "Dragon Tears/A Good Day To Die". This album is perfect for those who's a loner and having a tough time in their life. Life is what it it, but you have to make the best of it. The Fate is bringing a positive message to the table for people who are messed up and disturbed. Worth checking out.

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