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DER FEUERKREINER: La 'Nvidia

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 26 2004
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Artist: DER FEUERKREINER (@)
Title: La 'Nvidia
Format: 12"
Label: Neuropa (@)
Rated: *****
Good news from Der Feuerkreiner, an Italian duo who had released a surprisingly good debut cd on Runes&Men/Misty Circles some time ago (see archive). This 4-track, 23-minute 12" ep is released by Neuropa, specialized in limited vinyls from the industrial/martial/power electronics area. They have dropped the few hard-EBM influences they had, and maybe added some more openly melodic and wave-ish ones. DF still draw most of their influences from The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud/Der Blutarsch, but adding a good dose of personality and, luckily, not indulging in the abused militaria/WWII/European decline iconography. They're also quite successful in using only electronic/programmed sounds, which could be a handicap in this style, without adding any additional sample. Valentina's voice is still one of their strongest points, and the decadent, melancholic melodies she creates also reminded me of Kirlian Camera's "Schmerz". The title track, though, is the exhilarating cover of a popular anti-evil eye song, with upbeat percussions and frantic vocals sung in the local dialect of Piceno. One of the few interesting projects in the martial industrial field.

Nicki Jaine: Of Pigeons and Other Curiosities

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 19 2004
Artist: Nicki Jaine
Title: Of Pigeons and Other Curiosities
Format: CD
Label: Shaman Records
Nicki Jaine's "Of Pigeons and Other Curiosities" is a moody, shadowy piano driven river of poetry in motion. The lyrics are one of the strong points of Jaine's music. She sings of gothic things like ghosts, etc., but also explores the sadness of the soul. The instrumental aspect of the compositions are rooted in her spooky piano playing (which hints heavily, at times, of slow motion cabaret/burlesque) but often employs string instruments, increasing the texture and mood. Soft and slow though it may be, tempo and intensity wise, there is nonetheless a heady dose of energy and vivacity coming out of the throat of this unique singer, whose alto stylings betray a spirit resigned to the slings and melancholy of life. There is hopelessness but also staunchness of the soul. In some ways, Jaine conjurs the image of a brooding, lonely vixen somehow denied her earthly birthright. The music supports her with its thick atmosphere that sometimes comes from something as simple as the just-right strokes of the piano keys. Powerful.

Bio Carbon 13: Igorist

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 15 2004
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Artist: Bio Carbon 13 (@)
Title: Igorist
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Bio Carbon 13 is the creative project by Igor a dear friend of mine. He will be playing on August 28th, 2004 at 836 w. Aldine, Chicago IL. Ig hails from Chicago, Il and is starting to play several venues. His new album Igorist has just come out, you can download it from his site. This album is quite exceptional and different from his other older which were much more electronically based. This new album is very dark and brooding and much more gothic sounding. Track six- Trast, Ig sings about a long lost love saying, "did you know when I dreamnt of you?" very thought provoking and moving. Track eight- Claudia is a gothic love song and reminds me of "Xymox's "Louise". Very slow and melodic and sad and down to the point. This gentleman sings his very heart and soul of the one that got away and wasnt meant to be as he expresses. We end this album with Track ten- "Fade to Black" that really compliments this exceptional album. Ig sings to us, "My reflection in the mirror as I fade to Black" and has us practiically fallling into a deep, dark transe as we listen to this. This perhaps could be the danse flloo hit but the rest of the album has a lot to promise for danse floors worldwide. Do something different dial 13 and listen, you might just not be the same again. 5-stars

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.


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