Music Reviews



EBONY ARK: Ebony Ark

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (1646)
Dec 23 2004
cover
Artist: EBONY ARK (@)
Title: Ebony Ark
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Spanish band Ebony Ark is at its first work with this selftitled promo CD. They show great technique and compositive qualities since first track, the orchestral intro "Open The Ark (Overture)". Their music can be described, using some violence on terms, as Prog-Gothic Metal, mixing dark and intense atmospheres, neoclassic and baroque influences and a prog attitude. Songs’ structure, even if sometimes simple, shows an always moving and technically complex work, and I hear DREAM THEATER’s mark especially in the guitar lines. Vocals are good and pleasant, melodic but also aggressive in choruses, alternating a deeper timbre, closer to Gothic Metal female voices, and Power Metal high notes. "Night’s Cold Symphony" starts with a disturbing and obscure riff, a slower and heavy rhythmical section, to grow in intensity with the voice’s entrance, like a medieval sacred melody. The song shows a good taste for melody and a complex instrumental intermezzo. "Stones In The Way" is a powerful ride, a bright song with a very good chorus, something closer to ICED EARTH and the above mentioned DT. "Farewell" seems an American rock ballad, but at once shows its metal aggressiveness. Chorus is great, in style with the song, while I think the softer chorus (with male vocals) and the too long and virtuoso intermezzo make the track lose the immediacy it needs. It could be a single to let the band go out of their fans’ base. "Dreaming Silence" is a well made song but I can’t find the right hook, even if the melodic chorus is very touching. Probably, as in the previous track, there’s too much, in terms of notes and parts. Progressive, as jazz, is a great way to express all the emotions a musician feels without the cage of a restricted genre, but on the other hand is not so simple for a listener to follow the music and fly, and often seems a pleased soliloquy. This promo ends with a cover of Flashdance’s well known track "What a Feeling", starting with a piano but soon exploding in a heavier and involving way.A very good work, they’ve only to give more importance to songs and not to show everywhere their technique.

James D. Stark: Fortress Of Solitude

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (1645)
Dec 22 2004
Artist: James D. Stark (@)
Title: Fortress Of Solitude
Format: CD
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
James D. Stark is a classical trained pianist who have the skills to make beautiful darkwave music. To paint a visual picture of his debut release "Fortress Of Solitude", all of his songs are about love. A magical moment and a lovely tale of being in love. Ah, imagine Disney use James music for a new animated fairytale love story. Even the voice of James singing is ethereal. So heavenly, he can serenade to a woman by sweeping her off her feet and win her heart. The music have a laidback soft touching feel that will shift you to oblivion where the heavens and the undivided skies are above. The tracks are smoothe and soothing with emotion. It delivers a heart warming compassionate electronic synth-pad solace. Favorites on the album include "Dying Beauty", "Need", "Home", "Sole Desire", the instrumental "Mists", and the remake of Depeche Mode "Halo", which the original composition is re-arrange in a unique way. If you're looking for something soft and mellow down and a album that will fit for your romantic evening with your lover, let James D. Stark be your choice and help set the mood. And if you're a darkwave fan who's looking for something totally very different, this is the album to buy.

All My Faults: Euthanasia: Memento Mori

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (1644)
Dec 20 2004
Artist: All My Faults
Title: Euthanasia: Memento Mori
Format: CD
Label: A&F (@)
Rated: *****
All My Faults is Steve Becker. His project is gothic/darkwave, but more electro-gothic-industrial with harsh guitar feel. This four track ep release is indeed a dancefloor catch. The first track "Sand Of Time" kicks off with its gothic-industrial vibe that contains an EBM element. Surprisingly, the second track "Forest After Midnight (Short)" reminds me of the band The Last Dance. I'm quite sure the band will be astonish if they hear this song. For those that like New Wave and a child of the 80's, then "These Hours Of Emptiness (Radio Edit)" will suit you well. The final track "Allest Ist Gesagt" brings out more of the guitar in the song, which may sound industrial-metal, a good blend that sets in a well mannered standard. As been listening to this disc numerous of times, this is totally a club/dancefloor killer!

DUST FEAR OF LOVER: Drop-Out

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (1640)
Dec 20 2004
cover
Artist: DUST FEAR OF LOVER (@)
Title: Drop-Out
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
DROP-OUT is the second release of the solo project of Psycho D-Vein's Death Boy. On this second releases Death Boy continue his personal tribute to mid eighties and new wave in particular, covering Fad Gadget (with "Ricky's Hand"), Jesus & Mary Chain (with a good and similar version of "Head") and recording his own tunes full of flanged bass guitar, delayed drums and with tons of melancholic melodies. As for the first demo, production is a delicate issue and tracks that now sound nice with a little bit more of sound production would sound really cool for new wave lovers. Like on the first self titled demo you can find echoes of My Bloody Valentine (see "Fashion Fair" where Death Boy duets with the female voice of Lupa creating a song that could fit the late period of the Valentines), Jesus & Mary Chain and a little bit of early New Order ("Sick Brain"). DROP OUT is a good demo but with a little more effort it could be a good album of new wave which refers to the '80s without sounding too vintage.

COLLECTION D'ARNELLE ANDREA: The Bower Of Despair

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
 Edit (1639)
Dec 15 2004
cover
Artist: COLLECTION D'ARNELLE ANDREA
Title: The Bower Of Despair
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing two years ago a completely acoustic album titled "Tristesse des M'nes", Collection D'Arnell Andrea come back on the crime scene with a totally different album. THE BOWER OF DESPAIR see the band performing all electric song delighting the goth rock lovers with eleven good songs which move their atmospheres from malincholic ballads (the first half of the album) to good energetic songs (the ones I prefer) full of good riffs and melodies. "Time is falling" recalls a little the Bowie of "Scary monsters" (see "It's No Game Pt.1") creating a good creepy atmosphere in balance from electronic ambience and new wave melodies. The strings present on all the track are always funcional (on ballads and on rock songs) thanks to their good arrangements and help a lot creating a catchy melodical structure that works underneath the vocal layers. I can't say I loved their previous album but this one is really good!


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha