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Girls On Film: Danceteria

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 28 2005
Artist: Girls On Film (@)
Title: Danceteria
Format: CD
Label: Native Sun Records
Distributor: CD BABY
Rated: *****
Back in the 80's, you had a few all girl bands who played their own instruments besides just being another pretty face behind the mic and sing. Bands like The Go-Go's, The Bangles, The Runaways, The Catholic Girls and the all black sophisticated R&B/Pop group Klymaxx paved their way being successful and gained a wide large of audience all over the world to make them dance and sing along to their songs. The girl bands made a couple of albums, number one hit singles that climbed the Billboard chart and music videos that was in heavy rotation on MTV and other music videos channel. The all black female group Klymaxx got heavy rotation not only on MTV and other video channels on television, but also on BET (Black Entertainment Network), an all black network channel on cable television and Friday Night Videos that aired on NBC 13 every Friday night and Saturday, depends which location and area you live in. Now comes a new female band in the 21st Century who have style in fashion and music. Their beauty is a glamour and glitz that's 80's like. GIRLS ON FILM is the name who happens to gotten their name from Duran Duran number one hit single from their first debut best selling album "Rio" back in 1983.

Girls On Film is based out of Florida and they take their music very seriously. These four lovely beauties is no joke when making music and performing live. They have a fan base in their hometown and began touring in other cities and states, not just showing off their elegance of style, but also their talent. NEW WAVE/SYNTH-POP is what they are. The members are: Rio-vocals/lyrics; Metro-keyboards/programming; Machine-electronic drums; and Kazhmir-bass guitar/backing vocals. The girls demonstrative style is a refining original sound that would fit seamlessly into alternative radio, even back in the 80's, if they had exist. Their first debut "Danceteria" conserves its non-stop energy dance record in favor of a listenable flow. Intricate synthesizers, real live electronic drum and the delivery of a tight slick bassline melody that's addictive. Rio's vocals is effectively interesting that carries seductive and sophistication moods, which she can seduce and tells a man off easily. Her charming singing style reminds me of Missing Persons female singer, Dale Bozio. "Danceteria" have so much attitude and aggression, but also have song titles as catchy as the songs themselves, that is latter punctuated by best synthesizers and bass guitar work on the album. Even Rio and Kazhmir harmony is a blend of beauty and charisma. Whether played at a party, club, or in the car on the go, you'll want "Danceteria" with you for some time to come. Choice picks from this album include "Toxic Society", "Vaporized", "War On The Floor", "Secretary", a seductive lust track, "End Of All We Know", "What You Did", and "Love Robots" that's on the line of Berlin "Pleasure Victim" era. This self-produced album by the sophisticated foursome will definitely bring out the new wave/new romantic in you. Girls On Film is a reminder of 80's new wave band Missing Persons and Berlin.


1. Remote Control
2. Toxic Society
3. Blacklight
4. Vaporized
5. War On The Floor
6. House On Fire
7. Secretary
8. What You Did
9. Invisible Man
10. Love Robots
11. End Of All We Know

The Moon and the Nightspirit : Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 28 2005
Artist: The Moon and the Nightspirit
Title: Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium music (@)
Distributor: audioglobe
Rated: *****
The Moon and the Nightspirit is a musical project formed in 2003 by Agnes and Mihaly. To share their experiences gained in worlds arcane with others, Agnes and Mihaly recorded a promotional EP in 2004, then signed to Equilibrium Music for their first full-length album. With the help of a guest musician (Gabor Vegh) on percussions, they released "Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold"
The album is a mystical journey into the amaranthine realm of dreams and beauty, inspired by pagan fables and ancient Hungarian folk music. 9 songs filled with enchanting female vocals, violins, woodwinds and piano, accompanied by acoustic guitars and percussion. This fusion of neo-classical and mediaeval music and the emotive singing give to the listeners some melodies immediately memorable.
Their sound remains to Ataraxia, Hagalaz' Runedance but also to the mainstrem like Enya or Loreena McKennitt. A nice release

ataraxia: Arcana Eco

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 28 2005
Artist: ataraxia
Title: Arcana Eco
Format: CD
Label: Ark (@)
Distributor: masterpiece
Rated: *****
Ark Records is an Italian music label that has produced Argine.Now Ark Records has produced Arcana Eco of the Italian neoclassical masters Ataraxia. Ataraxia is a neo-classical group with a number of releases under their belt and Arcana Eco is a book+cd that describe the complete discography of ATARAXIA with black & white and color photographs that include live shots of the band in concert, photographs of the band members posing in natural settings, and several images of band members dressed in medieval.The CD is packaged in a DVD pack, and the book and the CD are packaged together in a slipcase. BOOK : 164 pages,six chapters developping through Livio Bedeschi's photos, Ferruccio Filippi's reflections and Francesca Nicoli's writings; an exhaustive interview; a full discography and the 'Arcana Eco' Cd lyrics.CD : 7 exclusive tracks recorded and mixed between April and July 2004 (total length35 mn), four of them are new, the other three are older songs revisited with a todaysensibility.Cobalt(exclusive new song)Astimelusa(new key-chimes version)Mirsilo(exclusive new song)Fire in the Wood(exclusive new song)Nossa Senhora dos Anjos(new studio version)De Pourpre et d'Argent('A baroque divertissement' version)The Island of Docteur Moreau(exclusive new song)Arcana Eco is a an impressive job and an excellent guide to the vast offerings of Ataraxia .

HANA MIYA: Hank! The Herald

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 21 2005
Title: Hank! The Herald
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Sonic 360
Rated: *****
"Hank! The Herald" is a classic X-mas carol and Hana Miya make of it a tortured soul's song. Her internt was of playing a three minutes forty one seconds song that makes everyone stop listening to classic lyrics and whishing for peace on earth. The song is arranged with piano, voice and few lines of strings and it is very touching. A sort of female Nick Cave version of a carol that is brought to you by Sonic 360. P.s. As always this is a download only release.

FATHER MURPHY: Six musicians getting unknown

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 15 2005
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Title: Six musicians getting unknown
Format: CD
Label: Madcap collective (@)
Rated: *****
"C'mon brothers and sisters, it's sermon time with Father Murphy!!", don't worry this' a band and their only religion is music, for God sake it has nothing to do with any kind of church. "Six musicians getting unknown" is full of indie/alternative folk influences, when playing acoustic they have a lot of Modest Mouse (track 6) or remind their side project called Ugly Casanova. As you can imagine the equation is: "folk-rock", "alternative-rock" with an eye open on american roots. The songwriting sometimes is incredibly good and arrngements such as backing vocals, violins, keyboards don't hide too much the genuine "acustic-rock" style of the tracks. Father Murphy (aka Federico Zanatta plus some boys and girls from the Mad Cap collective) knows pretty well where he's coming and above all where he's headed, despite the songs pass from the depressed ballad to the rock hit, the sound is tight and homogeneous. Probably I'm boring but one of my favourite track of the lot is the last one (I'm talking about the hidden one) that's probably the weirdest track of the record: a real acid pearl a la Radiohead (Pink Floyd!?), that means an effected vocals that floats on a of single note reverbed drone with feedbacks fading distantly. Father's sin is indie music.

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