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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.

ARTIFACT: Abandoned

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 25 2005
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Artist: ARTIFACT (@)
Title: Abandoned
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Artifact is a band coming from Stavanger, Norway. Formed in late 2002, after several line up changes, in 2004 the band was joined by Tor Arne Fassotte (of Unpure and This Negative Karma) which along with Bjørnar Landa (which also plays with Sirenia and Deathfare) and Pål Evensen recorded their first release, the ABANDONED E.P. Musically the five tracks of the MCD show very well the band's influences which goes to Type O Negative (check Tor's deep vocals), Sister Of Mercy (for some vocal melodies, like on "Scapegoated & Demonized") and Rob Zombie. Even if being influenced by rock metal, the band didn't forget to insert also electronic moments or metal eruptions (check Tor's vocal which goes bestial along with the guitar distorted riffs). Energic guitar riffs duet with guitar arpeggios creating calm moments which turns into metal industrial explosions (like on the opening part of "Mask of apathy"). I appreciated the energetic moments and how they were mixed with the calm ones but sometimes the influences sound too evident. This isn't a weak point, because the five tracks already show the band's peculiarities and I'm sure the guys are already working on these...

COLD CLUSTER/GERSTEIN: Bipolar/Wring the wrist

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 25 2005
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Artist: COLD CLUSTER/GERSTEIN (@)
Title: Bipolar/Wring the wrist
Format: CD
Label: Purity records (@)
Rated: *****
This split release is completely devoted "to synthesizers", the particular itself may bring to your mind the "hey days" of synth pop back in the Eighties and probably you wouldn't be that out of place. The goth touch of Cold Cluster didn't prevent me from thinking to Depeche Mode and to the waveish songs of the early Death in June. Old fashioned sound is the "key word" but also "invuluntary" trendy in an age where the mainstream rediscovered that "neo-romantic" trashy "synth pop" sound. Cold Cluster beat is often squared and at times even danceable, some of his tunes could be potential icebreakers in your favorite goth club. The only problem with Cold Cluster is the cheap recording of many vocals, a real pity above all when his voice is not filtered with a vocoder. If you're familiar with Gerstein "power noise I'll blow your brain out!"-early days forget it, the turines is wearing a "back to the eighties" suit for this special occasion. The production is quite good and the vocals are better recorded even if it's still the Achille's heel of the songs. Gerstein style is a bit poppier if compared to his split-mate, let's say if Cold Cluster recalls Depeche Mode, Gerstein will make you think of Human League or Heaven 17 choked into a crepuscular salsa. You can get this cdr straight from the website of the label (www.noisebrigade.co.uk/shop.html) by sending 6.5 Euros + postage. Purity is gonna repress "La pomata delle femmine" (what a title!) a rare k7 with some Gerstein early anthems played live in 1989.


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