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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.

David E. Williams: Hope Springs A Turtle

 Posted by Ian Hall   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 25 2005
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Artist: David E. Williams
Title: Hope Springs A Turtle
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Rated: *****
It’s a rainy day in southwest Baltimore. A few brave souls wander the streets huddled under their bumbershoots, picking through the few vendor stalls still in place from a mostly aborted street festival. I’m standing under the awning of a local taproom with a trio of friends, anxiously waiting for the entertainment to begin. David E. Williams and his posse of musical miscreants are about to risk electrocution to play a show, just for us. They share their gift, and it is truly great. Jump ahead several years to the present day. David E. Williams has just released his first full-length CD in eight years, and I’m beside myself with anticipation. Unsurprisingly, this masterfully provocative lyricist has once again delivered with gusto! Actor Bob Crane’s lurid life’s tale is told for posterity. A pushy "Game Warden" chides a boy of six over the size of the fish he has caught. Another tells the tale of a doctor who keeps finding foreign objects inside her niece’s nether passage during gynecological checkups. "First Time Offender" chronicles the naughty misdeeds of a perverted priest. My personal favorite is "The Need for Less Sex in the World," a cheery tale about a closet homosexual who plies a homeless man for sex, using money, food, and drugs. He gets a lamp crammed up his poop chute for his troubles. I can only hope that we won’t have to wait eight more years for another long player from this brilliant songwriter. Why, that’d be almost as awful as suffering through eight years of a really bad presidency!

VĀLI: Forlatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 25 2005
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Artist: VĀLI
Title: Forlatt
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow Productions
Rated: *****
"Forlatt" ("Abandoned") marks the debut of this mysteryous Norwegian one-man project. There are no liner notes nor credits, but anyway, Vàli offers 10 beautiful tracks of mostly instrumental music - acoustic guitar being the main instrument, accompanied by cello, flute and violin, plus an ethereal - and luckily not over-the-top - female voice here and there. Together they weave some melancholic and grey-tinged atmospheres, but nothing as bleak as the layout or their label roster could lead you to expect. With a crystaline sound and a precise execution, "Forlatt" is a bit reminiscent of '60's/'70's folk, but also of a more serene version of Amber Asylum. What is particularly appreciable is that arrangements are kept minimal and intimistic, so that it doesn't become a gaudy goth-folk or metal-folk hodgepodge. A relaxing listen for frozen winter afternoons like this.

Bleak Track: Starting To Dream

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2005
Artist: Bleak Track (@)
Title: Starting To Dream
Format: CD EP
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Bleak Track is based out of San Franciso. This goth-punk/deathrock/alternative band is consists of Melody Bleak, Dave Ed and Jason. Imagine Siousie and The Banshees meets Sonic Youth. Female front singer Melody enticing strong vocal pulls out her emotional feeling that is very more intense suicidal and aggressive with beauty. This cute woman gives her all on the "Starting To Dream" five song ep. "The Letter" is one of my best favorite that is very dark, twisted, depressing and moody. "Starting To Dream" sounds morelike the early Siousie and the Banshees. The track "Fear To Follow" have a deathrock edge. And "Decomposing Love" have that late 80's and early 90's punk vibe that reminds me of Sonic Youth. Bleak Track is no joke. I can tell they really worked very hard by getting this product out to the public. They deserve more exposure, respect and be taken seriously. I'm dying to hear more from them.

Fashionista: 40 Seconds

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2005
Artist: Fashionista (@)
Title: 40 Seconds
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Florida's own new wave/electroclash band Fashionista released a remarkable four song ep that have an 80's appealing sound. Each song on disc is danceable and an inspiration from alot of bands from that era. The self-titled album track "40 Seconds" have alot of synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machine sound. This song is definitely a number one killer to get radio/internet radio airplay. Other three tracks "Lines", "My Only Joy" and "28" have a live instrument sound. If this band had existed back in the 80's, they would have been popular just like all the other bands who enticed us and gave us the happiest moment of our lives by making good music. Fashionista is a up-coming new band who is very heavily influence by our favorite bands such as New order, Pet Shop Boys and others. Everytime I listen to Fashionista cd it makes me feel like I'm a teenager all over again. Their unique sound, style, creativity and even their looks blends all into one. As talented and brilliant they are, hopefully they're working on a full-length album. Children of the 80's buy this!


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