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TERMINAL BLISS: The Art of Seduction

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 27 2005
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Artist: TERMINAL BLISS (@)
Title: The Art of Seduction
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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TERMINAL BLISS play a music between electronic and rock, distinguished by the sweetness and softness of atmospheres and voice. In some songs they show also a more aggressive approach, such as in "Dirty Mind", where fat synths and guitars attack your ears, or in "Now is the Time", more danceable and involving. Listening to their "The art of seduction" emerges a band taking inspiration from DEPECHE MODE, above all, but with a personal attitude and a range of influences that make both melodies and compositions a good example of what a good band can offer. Some songs, such as "Take it", echo with citations from PINK FLOYD, in particular from the first period, and THE CURE. This, far from being a negative thing, is a proof that they have been taught by the best bands in rock scene. Rhythm section has for the most part a sound between trip-hop and dub, sometimes a techno beat, and this, united to the progressive electronic synths, gives a perpetual sense of being in a dream, or under water. You have to listen to their music completely relaxed, with closed eyes, for they have to catch you and show the path to the Knowledge. Some of you will stand up and dance conscienceless, other will fly cherished by sounds and lyrics, a real eye on everybody’s life. The only thing, in my opinion, the band has to take care of, apart from the natural evolution, is the voice. Even if the singer Daniel Cain has a more dramatic approach and a sharper timbre, many times I thought I was listening to Dave Gahan. Yet, sometimes a more varied approach would give more energy to the songs. Buy it and see them live.

Razor Blade Kisses: Razor Blade Kisses

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 24 2005
Artist: Razor Blade Kisses (@)
Title: Razor Blade Kisses
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Razor Blade Kisses is a four piece band that consists of two females and two males. Their self-titled ep debut is very beautiful and brilliant. The female vocals and harmony are superb with an ethereal feel that reminds me of the defunct girl duo band Switchblade Symphony. Smoothe melodies with embellish classical baroque style from the violin. All four tracks are warm and moody intriguing. RBK even have a trip-hop combined with their own unique style. They are the next gothic newcomer that have a powerful captivating sound and cd that's fully passionate.


Tracklistings:

1. Ballerina
2. Deadly Yours
3. No Strings Attached
4. The Butterfly

MILITIA CHRISTI: Non Timor Domini, Non Timor Malus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 20 2005
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Artist: MILITIA CHRISTI
Title: Non Timor Domini, Non Timor Malus
Format: CD
Label: Cursed Land (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Born in 1209 the original Militia Christi is a well known association that gathers baptized people who want to live in an active way their being catholic. Musically I can't tell you who Militia Christi members are but they are coming from Rome and they have just released their second album through Cursed Land. I don't know if the band is taking inspiration from the catholic movement but I really doubt it, since on "Verax Vitis" you can find samples of Aleister Crowley's recording of him reading his poem "La gitana" (if I'm not wrong it is that one). In my opinion they wanted to create something mysterious just to spice up things. Anyway, since we've got no elements to judge their faith, let's talk about music. Well, if you want me to tell the truth, the first time that I listened to NON TIMOR DOMINI NON TIMOR MALUS I thought "Oh my, it is so much time that I don't listen to Madre Del Vizio!". To be more specific, try to imagine an electro and up to date version of Christian Death / Madre Del Vizio passing through the '80s Roman band called Carillon Del Dolore with also an e.b.m. attitude (to be honest there are also tracks that are kinda industrial like " Cogitata Malus", "Verax Vitis" or the closing "Pater noster" where organised rhythms and melodies leave the place to litanies, chants and samples creating dark ambient tracks). All in all the result is kinda catchy and if you don't mind about the fact that on the lyrics Jesus Christ/ God or the cross are named a hundred times you can dig their music.

DEASPAIRATION: Music For The Night

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 18 2005
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Artist: DEASPAIRATION (@)
Title: Music For The Night
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Being the fourth full release for this German band, MUSIC FOR THE NIGHT represent a good melting pot of metal, rock and goth. Sometimes I heard also echoes of Pink Floyd and David Bowie (see the charming "Phantastronaut") into the melodic textures of the band and everything has been mixed with a certain taste and there are also some electro inserts (the final part of "L'avion ivre" for instance fade into an electro ambient/industrial mixture and a lot of other songs has got samples and electro arrangements) along with particular solutions (see how they used the trumpet on some tracks along with other orchestral arrangements and with powerful rock). The album is a sort of concept album where the band musically paint a journey following the spiritual ideas of James Joyce, Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake. I'm not that much into guitar solos but this album has got so many highlights that I didn't care at all.

VV.AA.: Halloween Horror Movie Themes

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 16 2005
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Halloween Horror Movie Themes
Format: CD
Label: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Distributor: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Rated: *****
This is a compilation of horror movie themes, which is compiled by Drew who has also put out numerous of compilations of his favorite music by other artists. On the debut release he chose his favorite Hollywood movie horror themes. I pick this up from the Dollar Tree store, which I only paid a dollar for it. Some of the themes on disc are my favorites, also which I had a very hard time trying to find it in the soundtrack section at the record stores, especially "The Shining". Other famous horror tunes includes "Halloween", "Psycho", "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)", "Blade Runner", "Poltergeist", "and A Nightmare On Elm Street". Let this be a collective item in your cd collection. A perfect compilation that will be good for 2005 Halloween celebration in the month of October. All 16 tracks are the original scores from the film music composers.


1. "Halloween"-John H. Carpenter
2. "Psycho"-Bernard Herrmann
3. "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)"-Michael Oldfield
4. "Theme From Jaws"-Allan Parker
5. "The X-Files Theme"-Mark Snow
6. "The Silence Of The Lambs"-Howard Shore
7. "The Prince Of Darkness"-John H. Carpenter
8. "Christine"-John H. Carpenter
9. "Scream"-Marco Beltrami
10. "Dracula"-John Willaims
11. "Blade Runner"-Vangelis
12. "Poltergeist"-Jerrald Goldsmith
13. "Exocist II: The Heretic"-Ennio Morricone
14. "Friday The 13th"-Harry J. Manfredi
15. "A Nightmare On Elm Street"-Charles Berstein
16. "The Shining"-Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind


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