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VENUS FLY TRAP: Zenith

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 29 2004
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Artist: VENUS FLY TRAP (@)
Title: Zenith
Format: CD
Label: Big Blue Records (@)
Rated: *****
First release after 1997's album "Dark amour", ZENITH bring back to our attention Venus Fly Trap again. The sound is darker respect the previous release and blends goth atmospheres with electronic inserts and a little bit of Joy Division/Sister Of Mercy melodies (even if some parts of "Twilight opera" and "Naked ape", the vocal lines mainly, remember me the early Valor). Songs like "Sabotage" or "Neon" haven't got driving rhythms but the atmosphere is catchy and crawly at the same time. I must admit that even if I liked the tracks at a first listening it took a couple of times to being trapped. It is difficult to find a electro/dark/rock band with a personal sound but Venus Fly Trap are a reality for all the lovers of the genre!

The Sins: The Beginning

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 27 2004
Artist: The Sins (@)
Title: The Beginning
Format: CD
Label: Sinister (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Progression is what I describe the band and their debut release "The Beginning". Their music is so mature with a profound 100% pure sensational goth rock. Guitar driven goth bands from the 80's like The Mission, Fields Of Nephilim, and The Sisters of Mercy, influence innovating Seattle based underground band. They combine slick melodic vibe by fusing past sounds of the British punk with their modern rock influences and ideas. A cultivating band who is able to break through the cutting edge of rock. The Sins is a diamond in the rough by having their claws scratching the surface and painting a visual picture to get to the point by expressing anger and exceed to take you on a mystery ride like The Doors. Thought provoking lyrics that will draw you near and the sound of a bowed violin delivers a sweet melody that blends with the heavy guitars. All 11 tracks provide a solitude thinking feel and will redeem you. The Sins are truly the real missing dark rock in the 21st Century.

TEMPLE OF TWILIGHT: Moon Attraction

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 23 2004
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Artist: TEMPLE OF TWILIGHT (@)
Title: Moon Attraction
Format: CD EP
Label: Equinoxe Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****

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Debut Ep for this German band, free from the excessive bonds of the "Gothic" scene. Music can surely be described as Dark Rock, but the various influences the band shows and the will to avoid copying the too abused Eldritch’s deep voice, give a personality to these new comer and puts them outside the flock. Songs are fresh, above all good rock music, with good choruses and harmony among musicians.After the short intro "The Temple of Twilight", the first song "Misery" starts as an intense ballad, a mid tempo with a strong emotional charge, exploding as a desperate cry. The following "Anywhere" enforces this rock attitude: I imagine an 80-’90 American hard-rock band playing in a empty room, but with a darker feeling. The result, I must admit, is touching. "Firewalking" starts with a piano, again a midtempo, with a violin giving an atmosphere à la apocalyptic folk (SOL INVICTUS, but it’s the only similitude), then a break, something like a bell freezes the air, and a dramatic ’80 New Wave guitar riff explodes, introducing a pressing and rhythmic chorus, with a good keyboard work. "Into the Light", in my opinion, is the best song, since the first notes it sweep you away with a heavy wall of sound and the chorus is damn good. Rhythm section and guitar give their best performance. "Poison", good song with some ’70 LED ZEPPELIN influences in the guitar "obbligato", in the choruses shows Darc’s voice at his dirtiest point, a gothic Rod Stewart or QUIREBOYS’ Spike.Surely many things can be done better, both in arrangements and production, some passages give the impression of a bit "out of phase" at the beginning of "Firewalking", for example. But this is only the first TOT’s work, an Ep and I expect good things from this ensemble. Well Done!

HALO MANASH: Syoma

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 20 2004
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Artist: HALO MANASH (@)
Title: Syoma
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
SYoMA is the second release by Halo Manash which after "Par-Antra I: VIR" produce this work inspired by "the dynamic subconscious force which gave impulse to visions relating to auto cannibalism and metempsychosis". The track titles don't help into the understanding of the work because I don't know which language they used (some titles are "putoUSVA", "usvaISuusiuTUVA", etc). Musically the new CD sounds less rhythmical respect the first one and the atmosphere they create, using real instruments only (treated guitars, percussions, pipes and no electronics) is even more hypnotic and ritualistic than before. The listener isn't allowed to enjoy it as a "norma" musical (even if difficult) CD, you've got to experience their sound because in the other way you could find it repetitive and inaccessible.

Lex Decimate: Seas Of Endless

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 18 2004
Artist: Lex Decimate (@)
Title: Seas Of Endless
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
LEX DECIMATE produced a superb dark album that can be used for a soundtrack score. A different vibe that can change within the mood; from electronic, gothic, ambient, experimental, and soundtrack soundscapes. "Thieves" opens the disc with its very softly haunting edge. The self titled "Seas Of Endless" sounds like a suspense thriller theme. A beautiful track "Recess" reveals a catchy strong piano melody with light dark synths. The mid-tempo "Light The Way" is a car driving thrill ride on a long dark endless road is a terrific charming track with a gothic ambient atmospheric feel. Take a drum 'n' bass track and add a synth line on top of it and you will get "Find Myself", which talks about loneliness and pain. Lex Decimate debut reminds me of ex-Depeche Mode Alan Wilder project Recoil. Some of the tracks on cd have some of the similarity music moods. Their lyrics are more like poetry that's thought provoking that will leave you to think. This cd is a breath taking catch that will suck you in and envelop you. Great quality production and mix. A pure sweet dark record that is set to elevation and worth listening to.


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