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The Mythics: lamentaVampira

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 08 2004
Artist: The Mythics
Title: lamentaVampira
Format: CD
I may not be a vampire but The Mythics "lamentaVampira" make me want to sup freely of the juice flowing through their music. Beautiful and just slightly sad new wave influenced goth rock is the order of the day and it's got just the right flavor to make me nostalgic even though it's not an old CD. You see there are moments when 80s new wave style flares through and hits me just right. But then, there are also the moments when you can almost hear soft alternative filtered through a goth sieve. And also to consider are the just straight electronically infused moments of pure goth pop. The music is written with such strong yet simple songwriting sensibilities that it's easy to get caught up in the artists' love of what they're doing. Pop isn't my thing, but I love the pop The Mythics do, pretty and a little shadowy and boasting multiple influences fused into a luscious whole. Catchy, pretty and a tad melancholy, The Mythics are a shining example of the pop side of the goth world.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 07 2004
Title: Bossasupernova
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Gloria Mundi Records
Rated: *****
About one year ago I already reviewed a demo MCD from this band. Respect that release this new BOSSASUPERNOVA see the band widen up their influences including to their early goth/punk sound also some echoes of Fugazi (on the opening "Slaves of their minds"), Alarm (on the semi ballad "Strangeways"), Play Dead (on "Am I my brother's keeper?"), Furyo / Uk Decay and Killing Joke (on "Person (or persons) unknown"). "Twitch" instead is really personal and it is a sort of acid voyage with Brazilian spoken word parts really intriguing. On the previous review I told that Death By Visitation Of God had good ideas and this new MCD (their first official release) prove that. These five tracks are well balanced, inspired and catchy. You can't ask for more! P.s. Even if I mentioned al those '80s bands, don't wait for a nostalgic goth combo with no ideas, as everything has been personalised by the band ;-)

Autumn's Grey Solace: Over the Ocean

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 04 2004
Artist: Autumn's Grey Solace
Title: Over the Ocean
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
On "Over the Ocean" Autumn's Grey Solace delivers an alluring and encompassing piece of shoegazer darkwave. Chilling ambient melodies, ripe with seductive power, mingle with ghostly effect with the female vocals. The vox are svelte and create strange and addictive harmonies with the instrumental soundscape. The blend is seamless. Like two fireflies dancing slow-motion in a river of amber, the vocals and the music with which they waltz entwine with each other in a sad mating ritual whose progeny is this flow of tears, this call of a disembodied and lonely voice crying from over the horizon. A hardened heart indeed it would be that would find none of Autumn's grey solace in these songs, for their power of captivation is formidable and force the listener to transcend his personal genres in the face of sheer musical power. And it's a power that comes from quiet, for never does this group deviate from its practice of music that is restrained and, perhaps, meek, but never weak and always electric within its soul.

Black Tape for a Blue Girl: Tarnished

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 04 2004
Artist: Black Tape for a Blue Girl
Title: Tarnished
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Projekt
"Tarnished" is the new single from the album "Halo Star" by Black Tape for a Blue Girl, a long-standing act in the underground goth scene. Here, the band finds itself returning to its roots somewhat while still marching ahead and honing its sound. Male vocals have returned to the scene after a long stretch without them, as well. Tribal beats undergird floating ambient melodies to create a drifting, flowing river of dark but hauntingly beautiful tones sure to capture the listener in its siren call. Classic gothic vocals that avoid the pretentions of many wannabe goth acts bring the melancholy message to your ears. Black Tape for a Blue Girl is not industrial goth or metal goth or whatever. It's just pure, shadowy emotional music for when your body is lethargic but your mind is out searching in the ether ... Also included on the three-song single are "Remnants of a Deeper Purity" and "Damn Swan!"

Mollyllama: Albatross 2

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 02 2004
Artist: Mollyllama
Title: Albatross 2
Format: CD
Label: Stiffink (@)
Now here's a band that doesn't sound like everyone else. Mollyllama's "Albatross 2" is a CD that manages to resemble various things without actually sounding like any of them. At times subdued, drifting dark rock with vocals calling from a distant, at other times running with some churnier energy (but still subdued and moody), Mollyllama touches on a variety of offbeat influences, such as The Cure, David Bowie, shoegazer stuff and ... and ... and ... Jesus, who knows? Psychedelic, trippy and just a little gothy, but in a good, not pretentious, way, Mollyllama has crafted a floating river of emotional collision whose impact is subtle and relies on the listener being floated into the music for a ride along the underground.

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