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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 09 2005
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Eschaton
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
After their previous MCD released in 2003 Cyclotimia just released, always for Stateart, their second full lenght titled ESCHATON. Referring to their music as "L'electronique mondial" the Russian duo perform eleven new tracks which define at the best their apocalyptic experimental / ambient music. They have always been against the modern business world and the ESCHATON's cover, which represents a sort of mix between Wall Street meet the Hieronymus Bosch inferno, show really well this concept. The music "paints" a tense scenario where samples (news report, Pope Giovanni Paolo II, etc) help defining the players of the imaginary movie that see Cyclotimia playing its soundtrack. Most of the tracks use rhymths to underline the dramatic issue of titles like "Leviathan", "Shelter", "Crusade" or "Gloria" while synth pads are like death whistles of crushing planes. Along with the music tracks you can also find the beautiful video of "Some place" (track coming from their 2002 E.P. "Same time same place")where you can check how well Cyclotimia music works as a soundtrack of our modern sad times.

FEAR OF DOLLS: She Dances Happily To Happy Songs

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 03 2005
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Artist: FEAR OF DOLLS (@)
Title: She Dances Happily To Happy Songs
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Distributor: Projekt
Rated: *****
Three years passed from the day I reviewed the older Fear Of Dolls release and after these years the band is keep on going strong with their personal mixture of goth and post punk songs. SHE DANCES HAPPILY TO HAPPY SONGS blend in a perfect way guitar noise experimentation, tension and dark atmospheres just to form five tracks that are capable of put the listener in a state of "stand by". Like murder ballads the songs could be good also like soundtracks. Even if the band uses normal rock instruments like acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, etc, the way the songs are arranged make turn a simple song into somethnig else. The same effect of watching a movie with your eyes closed. You feel yourself lost but you feel that something is going on and you are focused on the sounds you hear. The same it's with tracks like "She lives alone" or "Saint Dymphnæ". Musically it was like I was listening to a mixture of Bauhaus songs played by the Birthday Party and sung by Lidia Lunch. Is it enough for you?

ZOAT AON: Star Autopsy

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 02 2005
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Artist: ZOAT AON
Title: Star Autopsy
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Zoat Aon's STAR AUTOPSY is the fourth Aural Hypnox release and it presents nine dark ambient tracks which slowly form a disturbing ambience full of mysterious noises and occult references. Hisses, hums, cymbals, metal percussions, synth drones and reverbered sounds are the main things you can find on this release. There aren't explanation about the themes treated everything is left to the subconscious hints that this music could make you have. This is a distinctive sign of the finnish label which presents to the audience releases based on semi ritual themes. Releases which can't be simply enjoyed as musical releases. Be aware of this!

The Shadow People: The Shadow People

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 01 2005
Artist: The Shadow People
Title: The Shadow People
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
This is a new 3 piece deathrock trio from Milwaukee Wisconsin that is going to make this big someday. Kim is the lead singer that puts it out there and says take it or leave it. Kim sings of things that go bump in the night, witches, dead things and ghosts. One particular song that stuck out was the song called Emma, it was inspired when Kim visited the infamous Highgate Cemetary in England. There was a little girl named Emma that was quite young and was playing with wax and burned herself to death and was buried there, so Kim was inspired to write that song as an ode to her. Kim sings wildly to her listening audience, " Born the 20th of August, died the 20th of October in the 10th year of her age." "Die for me effects of fire." This song is so heavy and the guitar compliments the mood to no end. I believe this is the song that came from the story that we will never forget! All and all this band is making tracks wherver they go as good ghosts do! Check them out near a haunt near you!

Chirleison: A Whisper

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 22 2005
Artist: Chirleison (@)
Title: A Whisper
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Distributor: Metropolis, Dark Vinyl Records, PHD Canada, Audioglobe (Italy) and many more
Rated: *****
Everything about this CD is pretty. Pretty cover on the CD. Pretty tri-fold digipack design. Pretty band name. Pretty music too. Kind of sad, melancholy, rather. Haunting, maybe. Goth? Definitely. Consciously "goth". Candle lit rooms of people dressed in black, sipping absinthe or some kind of exotic caffinated beverage. These things come to mind when I listen to "A Whisper".Chirleison is a trio from Sardinia, off the coast of Italy. There is Alessia Cicala (voice, flute), Mara Lasi (keyboard, drum machine) and Daniele Serra (guitar, drum machine). Pretty names all. Personally, I don’t think anybody should ever take credit for a "drum machine", but we’ll let it go for now. So exactly what kind of pretty (but melancholy, has to be melancholy) goth music does Chirleison make? Pseudo-medieval neo-folk. On first listen, this CD "sounds" like everything a band in this genre should sound like. Heavenly voices, rich, atmospheric musical backing, simply gorgeous... BUT ... (and you knew there had to be a but) nothing stands out compositionally even after three or four listenings. And truth be told, an hour or two later, I can’t even remember what they sound like. Remember the "Heavenly Voices" compilations from the mid 90s? Remember the track somewhere in the middle of the CD that somehow just seemed to float by? It’s something like that.Actually, this is better than I’m making it out to be. I think I just want this to be more than just a passing diversion. Everything is very well executed. And it doesn’t matter that Alessia sings in Italian, in fact, it makes the music sound even more exotic. I just wish there was something I could hold on to, some remarkable song (like Ordo Equitum Solis’ "Our Lady Of The Wild Flowers", though I’m not wild over Leithana’s voice) make me want to tout this CD as the next big thing in the genre. I guess I will just have to accept it for what it is; a tasty dark musical dessert to savor occasionally ... but probably not too often.

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