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My Sixth Shadow: Lovefading Innocence

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 15 2005
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Artist: My Sixth Shadow (@)
Title: Lovefading Innocence
Format: CD
Label: Masterpiece (@)
Distributor: masterpiece
Rated: *****
Italian gothrock-band My Sixth Shadow are at their second full-lenght album. The sound of this new album is solid goth rock with passionate and romantic mix of dark atmospheres. Recorded, mixed and engineered by Victor at Subsound studios and mastered in Finland by Mikka Jussila, the album includes 12 original songs and one cover (U2´s "With Or Without You") that should have been dropped off from the album. Unfortunately the sound hasn't big personalty, you can find some taste of plagiarism, from bands like Paradise Lost , Depeche Mode, My Dying Bride or HIM . Only for metal's elite that want visit the goth scene.

Fektion Fekler: Into the Sun

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 14 2005
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Artist: Fektion Fekler (@)
Title: Into the Sun
Format: CD
Label: Static Sky Records (@)
Rated: *****
The two protagonists of industrial synth/darkwave duo Fektion Fekler have almost, but not quite, grasped their musical genie coming out of its bottle. The bad news first: although they have been recording since 1989, artistically an advantage from any perspective, the musicianship on their new 14-track release yet has some room for improvement. In spite of really cool effects on the vocals, too many of the tracks suffer from off-key singing. I emphasize this not to be unfair, but because so much else about this disc is already incredibly good, that it could have been great. Nevertheless, FF presses bravely on: woven into the last two-fifths of Into the Sun is an unexpected (for this first-time listener) and refreshing batch of lovely, acoustic guitar-driven songs reminiscent of Meddle-era Pink Floyd. "Liberate Tutmet," the last song (if you don't count the "hidden" track), resolves the CD nicely with its eerie, This Mortal Coil-like splendor. Finally, the vocal performances on these just manage to redeem the other trouble spots on the disc.

Assuming that vocalist John Bustamante is also the mysterious "Womb Dabbler" listed among the guest credits (as "vocals and lyrics by..."), he and brother programmer/guitarist/bassist Robert offer not only decent industrial fare but heartfelt odes as well. This serious commitment to doing something sincere and different with their genre will for sure make FF stand out as a whole. They definitely have the tools; all they need is a little troubleshooting.

Todesbonden: Stormbringer

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 12 2005
Artist: Todesbonden (@)
Title: Stormbringer
Format: CD EP
Label: Pale Moon Records (@)
Rated: *****
Todesbonden is a trio based in Maryland and consists of a female singer named Laurie Ann Haus. Prior to the formation of this band, the members of Todesbonden had been in various music projects and bands, most notably the now defunct Rain Fell Within. Laurie Ann Haus can also be heard singing in bands such as Ephemeral Sun and Autumn Tears. Todesbonden's music can be described as celtic-influenced doom metal. A slight gothic and folk music influences in some parts of the songs as well. With only 4 songs in this EP, this release has the most interesting sounds I've heard in years. The singing is very emotional and at times reminded me of Enya's earlier works. The music has an Enigma feel to it except it is doomy metal. Todesbonden is full of gifted musicians and an amazing singer. The band is pure talent no wonder they just got picked up by Germany's Prophecy Productions. "Stormbringer" is going to sell quick so be sure to pick up a copy now while it's still available.

THE LAST DANCE: REFLECTIONS OF RAGE

 Posted by Sir Logla   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 09 2005
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Artist: THE LAST DANCE (@)
Title: REFLECTIONS OF RAGE
Format: CD
Label: DANCING FERRET DISCS (@)
Rated: *****
REFLECTIONS OF RAGE is the The Last Dance return after the unfortunate death of drummer Ivan Dominguez, which happened on their tour in Belgium in 2002. The new album of The Last Dance includes three new tracks plus old remixed tracks, mainly from the "Whispers in rage" album. These tracks are remixed by artists like L'Ame Immortelle, Corvus Corax , Manuscript ,CyrusRex (Skinny Puppy) and many more. The versions included in this album are more danceable than usual, they're great fun and they show the good quality of the band's music after many years of activity, also. The Corvus Corax remix is fantastic and the other tracks are more than good. Only L'ame Immortelle mix is a bit undertone. The cd includes multimedia content and it also links to a web site with additional remixes...

THE COUNT: Zero

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 09 2005
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Artist: THE COUNT (@)
Title: Zero
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Rated: *****
ZERO is the second CD for the German band called The Count and it is their first release for Dark Wings. The CD contains twelve eclectic tracks with German and English lyrics. The first thing that pop out of the album is the mixture of e.b.m., goth (see the use of distorted guitars and of female vocals on some tracks) and synthpop that characterize The Count music. The voice sometimes is whispered, sometimes is highly melodic and sometimes it shout out loud the introspective lyrics ("I am a lifeform just like you and I was free before they forced me into stiff directions and broke my mind" excerpt from "Sinus"). Recorded in their personal studio, ZERO is a fresh album that could ease your day with its dark melodies (see "Lichtertanz" or the following "Pulse"). The album place itself into a certain alternative genre but it do it well and for sure the band will find their base of fans that will be excited into following them.


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