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Charlotte's Shadow: Hush

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 30 2006
Artist: Charlotte's Shadow (@)
Title: Hush
Format: CD
Label: The Art Records
Rated: *****
"Hush" is the second release from Spain's Charlotte's Shadow that sizzles with old school goth rock and new romantic. Now signed on a new label called Art Records. A follow-up release from their previous successful first debut "Love & Hate/No Tears", which was released off France label Cynfeirdd. "Hush" provide the first single "Wherever You Are", you can also see the music video on their website. J. Catala vocal is brooding and dark and blends well with the music as well. All 11 tracks on disc are worth listening to, such as "Take Me Away", "Lonely Life", "Show Me", "How Can I Tell You", and the self-titled "Hush". The cd also contains two bonus tracks; "Cruces", which is sung by female singer, "Silvia Bascuriana, who did the lead and background; and "Pet Cemetary". Charlotte's Shadow lays the foundation of captivating the 80's sound what bands from the era was doing at that time; combining guitars with keyboard melodies. Children and fan of the 80's will find this welcome release appealing. The melodies and emotional lyrics will grab you instantly. After repeated listens, these songs will etch themselves into your memory banks. This band rocks!!!!

NEONMAN: Gift Of The Gab Remixes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 28 2006
Artist: NEONMAN (@)
Title: Gift Of The Gab Remixes
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Pale Music is always on the move thinking about new ways of presenting their music. For this reason on July a new series of 12" will face up. The series is called "Serial killer tracks" and the first release will be an E.P. of Neonman remixed tracks. Released recently, the Neonman "Gift of the gab" album already contained remixes as bonus tracks. Well, this GIFT OF THE BAG REMIXES is a sort of follow up to those tracks because you can find all of the ones of the CD ("Buy now, pay later - Shapemod Rmx", "Rich kids -Warren Suicide Rmx" and "Rich kids - The Scandals Rmx") with the add of a new one, a reworked version of "Bombs in the backdrop" by Punx Soundcheck. The Punx took the funk part of the track and they added a little bit of electronics with a beating synth bass creating another cool tune. At this point it’s normal to ask: why reissuing the bonus tracks from the first Neonman album? Well there are different reasons: the label was really pleased with the work that the remixers did, the E.P. is sounding really functional for the dancefloor and all this is could be also a good promotion for the album.

FREUDSTEIN: Mass Market Misery

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 22 2006
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Artist: FREUDSTEIN (@)
Title: Mass Market Misery
Format: CD
Label: Wasp Factory (@)
Rated: *****
After their first album "Mondo Freudo" released back in 2001 David Else and Andrew Bridge started to prepare their come back which arrived after five years from their first release. MASS MARKET MISERY is the new chapter of their industrial/electro/horror saga and since the first listening it convinced me. The different tracks have always something distinctive and the blend of the different influences (they name Goblin as well as Depeche Mode and Slayer but I’m sure they also have been influenced by the master of Italian thriller/horror movies Dario Argento) make of MASS MARKET MISERY a very inspired album that will thrill the lovers of industrial metal as well as e.b.m. or Killing Joke lovers (sometimes they also remind me Velvet Acid Christ). Also tracks like "Intro to filthy little whore Pt.2" or "Robots Pt1:Conflict in dollars" which sounds like horror movie soundtracks are really functional into creating a disturbing atmosphere that enrich the album. Electronic dark ballads team up with electro metal rides and industrial moments creating thirty nine minutes of breath taking dark music. Check it, MASS MARKET MISERY has now low points!

Dust Fear of Lover: Narrow

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 18 2006
Artist: Dust Fear of Lover (@)
Title: Narrow
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
From a band member of Psycho D-Vein we have this masterpiece of indie sound "Dust Fear of Lover". This promo remind me directly to the sound of Jesus & Mary Chain with electronic taste, but not only, My bloody Valentine, Lush and many other bands from the second age of 4ad, in these great melodies of new wave you can find also Joy division (always present) and Velvet Underground (the cd included a cover of Lou Reed). The only bad point for the cover of "Nothing changes" by Death in June, It's time to change!!! the others aare 13 beautiful songs to remind us that the underground is alive an kicking.

Artesia: Hilvern

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 18 2006
Artist: Artesia
Title: Hilvern
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: audioglobe
Rated: *****
Prikosnovénie has started a new series of releases for new talents called"Nové". ARTESIA is a new French female duet, their style is dark atmospheric heavenly voices, you can think to Dark Santuary, Stoa or Arcana like references but sure they show great talent! The musicians look like to sirens, maybe they are, soft keyboard patterns and romantic violin is the background of these heavenly voices, romanticism, melancholy, sadness and forlorn daydreams these are the ingredients for a great album.

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