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VV.AA.: Artist Sample Teaser III Version III

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 09 2004
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Artist Sample Teaser III Version III
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
Silencer Records released a third compilation titled "Artist Sample Teaser III Version III". Four artists that's able to get radio airplay and worth listening to. After Chain "Burnt Fuel" is a mid-tempo gothic industrial track. Aunia Kahn voice reminds me of Summer Bowman from The Machine In The Garden. Her singing is ethereal like a nightinggale singing in the twilight in the dark night. Lex Decimate comes second with their electronic/gothic "Landmark", a good composition/arrangement dark track. "Weakness (Radio Edit)" is a fabulous industrial dance track that is well produced with high potential. And darkwave duo The Dead Company brings out their deep emotional feelings in "Love You Till I Die". Each artist have their own signature sound and have more material to show off. Silencer Records really knows how to find brilliant new and talented artists that can help fill the empty void that the major labels are not able to to fill by obligating to give the true listeners what they want. Underground music is in!

GOR: The medieval project: Croisades

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 07 2004
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Artist: GOR (@)
Title: The medieval project: Croisades
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
CROISADES is the latest effort of Gor/Francesco Banchini, which in the last years seems to be more active with his personal project than with his main band Ataraxia. This new CD gathers eleven tracks of which nine are original tunes written by Francesco and two are traditional songs adpted by himself. These songs are the most medieval influenced tracks he ever wrote: the atmosphere, the melody and the instruments used show really well the passion he feels for the "dark age". Even if the music is based on ancient melodies, the concept of the album is really up to date, because Francesco picked up writings of the 1150÷1591 period (Bertran de Born, Folquet de Marseilla, Gaucelm Faidit, etc) which are applicable to the nowadays world facts also. As he explains on the back sleeve: "This cd tales of events that occured to various people in the past, and even though much time has passed since you'll notice that nothing has fundamentally changed".

Velvet Acid Christ: Between the Eyes Vol. 3

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 30 2004
Artist: Velvet Acid Christ
Title: Between the Eyes Vol. 3
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records
Still dark, nihilistic. Still sample-heavy. Still pissed the fuck off. But like Velvet Acid Christ on a field day. This third volumeof rarities, etc., is an interesting listen in the context of VAC as he exists now. Whether these older pieces from earlier in the artist's career represent experimentation or an artist trying to find himself, the Frankenstein furnished by this compilation shows some unimposing eclecticism in the Christ's blood - or at least its CD catalog. But, yeah, still goth. Still seething. Still nice stuff.

PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE: "MASCHINEMUSIK"

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 30 2004
Artist: PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE
Title: "MASCHINEMUSIK"
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Gothelectro welding experiments, PNE's music is starchy and forceful without raw agression. Even the all-German lyrics don't detract from the experience for a wordsmith who likes to know what his CDs are saying to him. That's how marvelous PNE's delectable sound inventions (i.e. songs) are. Truly, "Maschinemusik" isn't a title to a CD. Rather, it's a label, an alert, an important piece of hey-I'm-telling-you-what-you're-about-to-be-hearing. One wonders ... is it possible the creator of these pieces is sentient artificial life? Has Vger (pronounced Vee-jer) changed careers? (Ask Spock. He might know.) Dark. Yet funky. In a way shamelessly poppy pieces of wannabe new wave back in the 80s. Or in a way real new wave was, with at least the wrapper of that decades bubble gum. Yet so assimilated (you thought my theory about the artist was paranoid too) like a motherfuckin' Borg that it's there, yet it's not.

The New York Room: 1991-1995

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 24 2004
Artist: The New York Room (@)
Title: 1991-1995
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The New York Room is Matthew Ervin's gothic/darkwave/ethereal project, who collaborates with different female vocalists. This debut "1991-1995" features Michelle Graf who sings her heart out with a deep warmth ethereal feeling. The songs on disc talks about pain, sorrow, mourning, dying, death and darkness. This is a fine piece of work by The New York Room. Some of the tracks have world music feel like Middle Eastern, medieval, operatic, classical rhythm, and renaissance. The songs "Blue Dahalia" and "Guardian Angel" reminds me of the Cocteau Twins. "Minion Of The Gypsies" and "Within The Folds Of Angel Wings" have a similarity feel of Black Tape Of A Blue Girl. And for those who like to dance, "Ethereal Gloom" is the only perfect track to be played in the clubs. The compositions composed and arranged by Matthew is very indeed complex. His songwriting skills is so unique and challenging. A brilliant ghostly haunting melancholic album ever produced. Even the front and back cd cover of a cemetery site and a tombstone with New York Room name on it gives you an idea what the whole album is about.


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