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MATAHARI: Shrine Of Counterfeits

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 06 2005
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Artist: MATAHARI
Title: Shrine Of Counterfeits
Format: CD
Label: self-released


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Matahari are a band active since 2003 and SHRINE OF COUNTERFEITS is their debut album. Their music style doesn't fit the music we usually cover on our magazine, but since this release is self produced I'll try to talk a little about them just to cover their effort of sending out a copy of their CD. Actually even if there's something (very little) of goth influences into their music, pop rock is their main style and their songs sound like the lastest Garbage. You know, that kind of melodic energetic rock that majors think could be filed under alternative or indie rock just because mommy and daddy were used to listen to Sinatra. At this point alternative is only a way to describe the music that sells less than Pink Floyd, nothing more. Anyway. Matahari know how to produce that kind of stuff and they soon or later will find a label that will produce them. Too bad they sound exactly like a blend of Garbage / Missing Persons / Blondie.

DAEMONIA NYMPHE: Remix

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 04 2005
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Artist: DAEMONIA NYMPHE (@)
Title: Remix
Format: CD
Label: Palace of Worms (@)
Rated: *****
I don't know if you're familiar with Daemonia Nymphe, this band coming from Greece plays traditional instruments from its homeland and has become quite popular after several records. Following the few lines written by Spyros Giasafakis you'll understand the basic concept and the most interesting aspect of this release: "...The sound of the reproductions of ancient Greek instruments we use is extraordinary and could easily be used for contemporary music. This gave me the idea to approach musicians mostly from the electronic genre, so that our songs take a different form and re-birth, having a new result combining the ancient sounds with modern ones" and god knows how delicious is the melting pot borne out of this marriage. If you're looking for glitches or drones you won't find none of them in the new "tissue" dressed by these songs, but could you imagine some "ancient song" with a fresh 4/4 beat (and at the same time far from being kitsch)?! If you think it all is impossible you'd better give a listen, I've been quite surprised by the result. Angelic voices, ancient tunes...and the fact the songs are already nice in their original shape helped a lot the seven musicians molding Daemonia Nymphe. The original idea of the "song" is not betrayed, you'll recognize the melodies and yes, there's a structure since the most of the tunes haven't even lost the "lullaby" spirit they had. At the same time there's a sort of reinterpretation (some would say these could be the basic rules of remixing). Some "episodes" are nothing but elegant: Nikodemos (Summoning Divine "Selene" remix), Basilis (Nymphs of the), Peekay Tayloh (Ida's Dectyls "Deads are Dead" mix) and Dani Joss (Seagod Nereus) to name a few. I can't say if the fans of Daemonia Nymphe will dig this, by the way I'm sure a lot of people into "remix-culture" will like it.

BACHI DA PIETRA: Tornare nella terra

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 29 2005
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Artist: BACHI DA PIETRA (@)
Title: Tornare nella terra
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
A wonder duo here...Batman and Robin?...nee...Bruno Dorella from Ovo/Ronin/Bar la Muerte fame and Giambeppe Succi from Madrigali Magri. Madrigali were a sort of depressed-blues/desertic-skeletal-rock combo both melodic and dissonant (if you wonna give a try I suggest "Negarville"), for all of you who can read italian language there's a nice surprise since Giambeppe definitely knows how to write lirycs. Bachi da Pietra could be the final "d-evolution" of Giambeppe Succi solo performances as Madrigali Magri with Bruno playing a minimal drumset and giving the most of the songs an extra "weight" with his death-blues-Swans alike way of drumming. This two guys have received a lot of attention by the italian alternative magazines and you can bet they deserved it: good recording, ghostly ballads, visceral songwriting, deserted landscapes...this release speaks in terms of "mud and blood". You can compare them to Nick Cave "depressed-Birthday Party-era" meets Songs Ohia's "Ghost Tropic" meets Faust'o (a.k.a. Fausto Rossi) gone bad (as if he could have been even worse) meets the the devil himself. The recording is ok and titles like "Verme" (Warm), "Primavera di sangue" (Spring of blood), "Prostituisciti" (Prostitute yourself) can give you an hint of "the air you're gonna breath" while listening these "murder ballads". This' the soundtrack of a car break-down in the middle of the nowhere therefore take it or leave it. Anyhow if you never heard anything with Giambeppe I think you'd better start from Madrigali Magri...if you're a fan instead: just go for it!.

Arcana: The New Light

 Posted by GothPixie   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 27 2005
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Artist: Arcana
Title: The New Light
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law/Erebus Odora (@)
Rated: *****
A joint releases with Swedish label Erebus Odora. For this release Peter Bjärgö has put together works spanning 10 Years of his work with Arcana. Lost songs from the early years, alternative recordings and new beautiful songs share the space on this anniversary album. Hear the music evolve from it's groping first steps to what it has become today. Arcana really stands for all things emotionally grandiose and this release serves has the perfect commemoration to such a talented artist.I found this album to be hauntingly beautiful and full of emotional melancholy. Arcana has been compared to such bands as Dead Can Dance but I thought this album far surpassed the majority of DCD's work. If you haven't heard of Arcana yet this album is definitely one you must hear.

MOON FAR AWAY: Belovodie

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 25 2005
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Artist: MOON FAR AWAY (@)
Title: Belovodie
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Forming ten years ago in Russia, Moon Far Away released their first album "Lado World" in 1997 and it has been recognized as the first gothic Russian release. "Belovodie" is their first album since the "Sator" album, released back in 2000. Their music is deeply influenced by the classic Russian folk music (the band also use some traditional instruments) but the band decided to blend the traditional sounds with electronic moments and with a darker atmosphere. In this way tracks like the opening "Na zore", "Zhito zhala" or "Volna shumit" are more influenced by new wave and gothic music while "Sobiraetse liubeznoy", "Iz-za gor", "Ekoy vania" or the following "Zvetiki" sound more folk and traditional. The effect created by this alternance of modern and traditional melodies is interesting and evidence that mixing different ideas is always a good thing. The forty six minutes of the album create a sort of ritualistic atmosphere that blend tension and calmness at the same time. The album has been released also by Shadowplay for the Soviet countries and it contains an extra track.


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