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Tragic Black: The Sixx Premonitions

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 15 2004
Artist: Tragic Black (@)
Title: The Sixx Premonitions
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Tragic Black hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. Vision -lead vocals and programming, Vyle-Keyboards, backing vocals and programming and Stitch- Bass, Backing Vocals and Programming. This trio is the hottest deathrock/batcave band that is hitting the circuit. Tragic Black is fresh new blood for all. The new ep has six tracks and all of them are unique in every way. Three tracks really stood out the most and really grabbed me and kicked my deathrock ass. Track two - Surreal Catharsis is quite catchy. Vision sings, "bringing the darkness to show them the light" over heavy haunting guitar and symphonic beats. "The Black Chrysalis'" (Spritual Metamorphasis) was became a truely instant favorite of mine. Vision sings to us in a dark disturbing way," here we adore the black chrysalis" as a ode to it. Haunting surreal keyboards shroud visions voice and smother him and he rises above as he sinks into the unknown. Perhaps the most memorable and instant danse hit is Track four- "Faith in Decay" Heavy symphonic beats with churchyard keyboard sounds with Vision singing " Stigmata playing in your mind" with apocalyptic sound samples backing him and repetitive words, " faith in decay when youre chanting the words, faith in decay" , truely a serenade for the death of religion. This track is dansy and quite moving, even the gods awoke to danse to it. The rest of the ep is exceptional as well, each track tell stories that are teasing us and leading us into wanting to know more. Very cleverly written and telling the masses we have arrived and theres more to come. Tragic Black shed light to a world of deathrock that seemed dim. -5 stars

ST. ELME'S FIRE: Porphyarysis

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 11 2004
Artist: ST. ELME'S FIRE (@)
Title: Porphyarysis
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Self released and self distributed as a CD-r, PORPHYRIASIS is the new St. Elme's Fire's album. The main people behind this goth doom project, which has got as its influences Moonspell and Tristania, are Yuri Golovchenko and Alexandra "Shurikella" Podgayskaya. Even if the CD suffers from some lack of production the tracks are inspired and the atmosphere of their so called "gothic-doom-cabaret-industrial" could catch the attention of many goth lovers. Often on many tracks (like "Phoenix", the following "Virtual lust" or on "Padm-padam") I can hear echoes of traditional Russian melodies and this is a good point because their music sounds fresher respect the one of other goth bands that have got the usual bands of the genre, as influences. Most of you could find St. Elme's Fire's music too unprofessional because it sounds as it was composed using General midi sounds unically (which could be fine for some genres but not for rock based music). Maybe you are right but if their gear is limited their theatrical and melodramatic tunes are capable of involving the listener and this is something you couldn't underrate.

Nebelhexe: Lauguz Within The Lake

 Posted by Dj Peter Lee (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 10 2004
Artist: Nebelhexe
Title: Lauguz Within The Lake
Format: CD
Label: CandleLight USA
Rated: *****
Once upon a time there where 2 whitches.
They made a passionate dark ambient/dark ethereal album on Cold Meat Industries under the moniker AGHAST. Then just as suddenly, they went thier seperate ways.

Here is the newest release from one of those members Andrea Haugen.

A Far cry from Agahst, this album presents us with 10 tracks of medieval folk, tinged with metal and electronic moments. Hypnotizing vocals, passionatley bring you on a pagan journey through ten tracks of epic music.

High-lights include "my visual world" a synth driven minimal electronic peice, flowing in and out of rythms. "Celtic Crows", A tribal drum oriented gothic metal piece. All in all the album works as a whole and seems to be skirting the edges of gothic metal, and the experimental electronic scene. I look forward to hearing more by this group.

Saints of Eden: Overload

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 10 2004
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Artist: Saints of Eden
Title: Overload
Format: CD
Label: Metech recordings (@)
Rated: *****
British Metech recordings' band Saints of Eden's third album "Overload" is a mostly electronic-based attempt at joining small parts of the gothic tradition of Sisters/Nephilim, dark nuances of Cure and evilish/epic metal bands with the synergy and tradition of electronic body music, bits of dance influences and shades of industrial. The album plays pretty smoothly but lacks a little bit in originality. Its influences are well played out and generate atmospheres of tranquillity and grandness, while the rhythmical side of the album goes for harder industrial-rock beats and guitar riffs that accompany raw growling voices in a style that is somewhere between ebm and black/gore... Visit their well done site too.

The Colour: The Colour is Out & About

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 07 2004
Artist: The Colour
Title: The Colour is Out & About
Format: CD
Label: Monarchy Music Corp
The Colour's new disc "The Colour is Out & About" is a bold dish of retro rock n roll with the vocal verve of The Doors meets Robert Smith of The Cure, the instrumental initiative of 60s and 70s rock with the precocious pop attitude of The Cardigans (and The Cure again). Little this original (while being so very remembering of roots) exists in today's rock scene, I must say. In a lot of ways I would list these guys as the new Cure (them again, I know, and the evocative vocal stylings certainly push heavily that direction but the music isn't so far removed either, though it is its own thing) or variation thereof. The new New Wave? The music is ballsy and manages not to sound terribly pretentious, though by all rights it should. Such whiskey smooth music that percolates with the flavors of things past and forward thinking songwriting certainly deserves attention. The solidified sound acheived with this fine mixed drink is admirable. Catch this fresh wave of rock.

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