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L'ENFANCE ROUGE: Krsko - Valencia

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 27 2005
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Artist: L'ENFANCE ROUGE (@)
Title: Krsko - Valencia
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Francois Cambuzat and Chiara Locardi are back and if you're european and you're thinking they're "new jacks", probably you have been living isolated on a mountain top. With such a name I'm sure there's people thinking that what we have here is some "classy plastic project from France", I'm sorry for you but while the band is of course refined and, yes, can also be said labeled as "classy", nothing is so far from being "fake" or "plastic". L'Enfance Rouge this time is pictured in the maturity of its aging process, they got back to violence and to the full vigor of their "fisique". The power trio (including Jacopo Andreini) is back with a depressed, dramatic full-length. "Krsko - Valencia" is "hard", not just for the fact most of the songs have been manufactured with that rock/noise-rock touch french bands had back in the days, but its hardness stands in the lyrics. "Killer-rock-ballads for desperate times", nothing is light hearted in here and that's the first impression you get from listening the cd or from giving a glance to the layout. A good record as always, I'm sure the fans of L'Enfance Rouge can go and break their money pigs since it's not deluding at all. "Hurricane Lily" with the islamic singing at the end deserve a special mention as "THE" real masterpiece. There're some interesting "highs" even if not all the tracks are equally as impressive/intense as the last one, that's the main point: some catchy episodes and some good, but not outstanding tracks. Depressed-rock maniacs and noise-rock lovers if you remember nostalgically how "independent" meant something during the early nineties...Cambuzant and Le Enfance won't disappoint you.

AntiQuark: SkyDancer

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 07 2005
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Artist: AntiQuark (@)
Title: SkyDancer
Format: CD
Label: Pet Set Records
Rated: *****
This is the first time I've the opportunity to listen to Antiquark. The female duo formed by Ant (she's coming from the same city of mine,, Torino and she moved years ago to USA to study sharks) and Maren. Maren is also the singer of the Peppermints (see my review of their latest CD), she performed on several musical videos and she also have a job as a model. We have a different perception of what a model can be and it's so good to see one having good tastes about music :). Anyway... SkyDancer is their latest CD and it is a mini album containing seven new tracks along with four remixes of old tracks. The new tracks are a sort of electro extravaganza where dance beats meet experimental solutions under a punk attitute. I think that an important part of the the band's experimental attitude derive from the presence of Raul, their performer / postmodern dancer. He's the role model of the cover of the CD and he's the band's incarnation of the SkyDancer. The main track, in fact, is titled "SkyDancer (Raul our lady of love)". The four remixes see "Planet X" reworked by Marc Urselli (the other side of Chain D.L.K.), "Nulear suicide" (thanks to Tleilaxu Music Machine), "Loopoff effect" (remixed by Seven Lies About Girls) and "Chain mail" (remixed by Geoffro). The remixers tend to dilate the original track giving to them an industrial e.b.m. touch (Marc's one), a techno dancey mood (Tleilaxu's), an experimental gabber version (Seven Lies About Girls) and a electronic experimental version (thanks to Geoffro). Musically I can't compare Antiquark music to any other band, because of their attitude of being open to different form of music/art. I can only tell you that I really enjoyed this release and I can suggest you to give it a try.

1919: Dark Temple

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2005
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Artist: 1919 (@)
Title: Dark Temple
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: We Must Mutate
Rated: *****
Disbanded more than twenty years ago, 1919 come back with a new line-up where only Mark Tighe (guitar) is the only member of the original one. 1919 were active in the early eighties in the goth rock / post punk scene and they produced two 7", an album a 12" and a MLP titled "Earth Song". To check their old style you can check the CD compiled by Cherry Red / Anagram where you can find every track produced by the band. Anyway... I mentioned an old style and this would make you think that there is a new style. Well, that is right, Sherlock! By listening to the new 1919 it could be like listening the first Killing Joke album and then directly passing to "Millennium". The sound thickens and it is updated into a solid version of goth metal: a sort of levigated goth version of Fear Factory with a varied tracklist. The first three song of the MCD, "Headpain", "Savage Messiah" and "Killing the alien" are an high concentrate of power with guitars and drums in evidence. "Wolf" is a sort of melancholic dark ballad. With "Skin" the energy is revived but the guitars are a little bit in the background along with synths. The sound is always energetic but the effect is less "wall of sound" respect the first three. The closing track "Fall of babylon" is influenced by dub, here Richard Green's vocals are clean (on the other tracks he had a more cry out loud style) and this create a good contrast giving the right balance between angry and dilated tracks. 1919's come back is a good one and for sure this isn't a revival of old days because they have much more to give to the audience. Check it! P.s. This is also the first We Must Mutate release. The label is a band's project which will release all their new stuff but other bands' music will be also considered...

DREAMSIDE: SPIN MOON MAGIC

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 31 2005
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Artist: DREAMSIDE
Title: SPIN MOON MAGIC
Format: CD
Label: DANCING FERRET DISCS (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
In the mid 90's The Dreamside was one of my favourite goth/wave bands.
This is the return of this Dutch band and I am quite impressed.The Dreamside are Kemi Vita (vocals); Fried Bruggink, Cees Viset (guitars); Roman Schoensee (bass guitar); Merjin Mol (drums).
Their sound influenced by Dead can dance style is changed to contemporary dark rock in the vein of Gathering or Evanescence but their style is more charmingly, Kemi Vita’s vocals are dramatic and beautiful, memorable melody ,dark and mystical atmosphere,catchy refrain.This emotion evoking music is very unique.
The Dreamside are building a bridge between atmospheric music and rock
I wish The Dreamside a lot of succes.

The SAND: Red Riding Hood

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 31 2005
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Artist: The SAND
Title: Red Riding Hood
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After four years from the demo "The Memory of Dead Romances", here the return of Umberto Marconi with his one-man project from Italy named THE SAND.The sound remains to the dark rock of early Sisters of Mercy-style mixed to the aggressive Electro dance , but you can sure file it under gothic rock-darkwave-postpunk. The Cult influence of "Webcam n.9",and the souls of Mission, Banshees, Bauhaus appear from all the tracks, this album is perfect for who want return to the '80. Ispired from some short stories of Angela Carter. I may sound a little clichéd, but playing in the obligatory goth club scene.


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