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VV.AA.: Apocalipsyche (a dark compilation)

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 19 2004
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Apocalipsyche (a dark compilation)
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions (@)
Rated: *****
The Mexican label Genital Productions, in collaboration with Taladro magazine (which this compilation is sold attached to - see magazine reviews section as well) and the Art records, released a new compilation featuring fifteen bands. Even tough the title is "Apocalipsyche (a dark compilation)" there really are bands from all over the map (musically as well as geographically), not just dark, not just Mexico: Projekt (electro-dark from the UK), Minuit (interesting project sounding like latest Einsturzende Neubauten, from Mexico), Angelhood (experimental noise from the US), Anubis (experimental power-rhythmic-noise-trash-core from Mexico), Nexus (aggro-industrial with goth voice, from Greece), Detritus (the band behind the label and the organization of this CD, who play experimental electronics and are obviously from Mexico as well), Forgotten Sunrise (dark wave with heavy guitars and electro from Estonia), Ogo (more Mexican industrial/experimental), Sanguis et Cinis (dark wave from Germany), Nude (electro/experimental/post art-rock from Italy), Tetriconia (Dying Bride-type dark metal with slow heavy guitars, violins and female dark wave vocals from Mexico), Luna in Caelo (arhythmical cure-ish electro-wave with female vocals from Chile), Mesias (art-dark-wave from Mexico), Nervenbeisser (light electro-pop mixed with heavier guitar and German-style guttural male voice, from Germany). Front cover with photography of japanese bondage.

NARKOLEPTIK: Spectral Afterglow

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 18 2004
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Artist: NARKOLEPTIK (@)
Title: Spectral Afterglow
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Coming from Romania, Narkoleptik started as a duo in the year 2000. The music was mostly based on horror soundtracks but after a year, when K.Y. left, Damon produced a noisy first release titled "Penitence" slightly changing, in this way, the music style of the project. At fall of 2002 Damon started to produce Narkoleptik's new release, shifting the sound from a noisy industrial approach to a more dark ambient based sound. The six tracks of SPECTRAL AFTERGLOW are slow, floating and dark, for sure, but listening them I feel they could work well as movie soundtracks as the atmosphere isn't static. You know, when you listen to some dark ambient releases the most immediate effect is to be trapped into a different dimension where you've got your feet tied to a stone and the weight make you fall into the deepest region of nowhere. Well, this isn't the effect I feel with Narkoleptik. The sounds are like magmatic loops which sometimes reach distortion, sometimes little pieces of melody comes out through the synthetic walls mesmerizing the listener. The first four tracks are really intriguing while "Vapours From The Tomb" and the minimal and 39 minutes long "Nightcloud Amnesia", convinced me less at a first approach but I think they need several listenings. This is a good self produced CD, give it a a try...

The Soil Bleeds Black: Mirror of the Middle Ages

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 14 2004
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Artist: The Soil Bleeds Black (@)
Title: Mirror of the Middle Ages
Format: CD
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Possibly the most important medieval music outlet in the United States, and if not that, definitely one of the most representative of the genre, The Soil Bleeds Black (composed by the Riddick brothers, Mark and Michael, musicians/graphic designers/label managers, and by singer Eugenia Wallace) are back out on the road to middle age folk perdition and the paganism of the six senses with their sixth official release. Originally released as a limited edition vinyl with slightly different tracklist and graphics, this "Mirror of the Middle Ages" comes out as an eco-packaged CD, an entire year after the 12", which isn't the most fair course of action in my opinion... Musically it shows a band striving to achieve a greater authenticism. This choice is quite obviously revealed in the selection of more traditional tunes and the type of instruments (a departure from electronic gear and an embracing of acoustic percussions, flutes and other breath instruments, stringed instruments etc). In the past years I can only remember one band that was equally intense and realistic (the italian medieval art collective La Camerata Mediolanense) so if you are a lover of this genre you shouldn't miss out, unless of course you already have the 12".

Dawn Desiree: Dancing, Dreaming, Longing...

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 14 2004
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Artist: Dawn Desiree
Title: Dancing, Dreaming, Longing...
Format: CD
Label: The Fossile Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Ex-Rain Fell Within singer, Dawn Desiree is now pursuing her solo career as a pianist and soprano. She dives into ethereal compositions surrounded by arrangements of strings, breath instruments, percussions and synthetic electronics, and sustains the atmospheres with textures of piano and multiple layers of vocal overdubs. After her well received 2001 CDR demo and her track on the Zillo compilation (the legendary dark/wave/goth/electro publication from Germany) as well as several past and ongoing collaborations, Miss Dawn is looking to carve out her own dimension in the not so little niche of this genre. Surely fans of dark-wave and ethereal music will have plenty of appreciation for this work of hers, which was released in a nicely packaged digipack by The Soil Bleeds Black's label The Fossil Dungeon. Top notch production, design and presentation.

MEPHISTO WALZ: NIGHTINGALE

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Mar 11 2004
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Artist: MEPHISTO WALZ (@)
Title: NIGHTINGALE
Format: CD EP
Label: FOSSILE DUNGEON (@)
Distributor: MIDDLE PILLAR
Rated: *****

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Does the dance floor EVER get more Gothic than MEPHISTO WALZ? I dare say, "No, it does not". Only 2 tracks, and yet, this EP is indispensable for any trellis-climbing dance music enthusiast. Every Gothic dance dj will consider these tracks as playlist magnets! Title track, "Nightingale" will draw your feet away from tempting smiles and onto the dance floor recently vacated by fans of Lords of Acid, and Marilyn Manson. Swirly skirts and transparent lace cuffs will befriend the swelling romance of Mephisto Walz. Soon, the percussive beats will draw more damned souls out to join you. "Witches Gold" opens (welcomingly) in retro, like any familiar songs by The Smiths. As this song progresses, vocals linger in a style reminiscent to me of Rozz Williams from the better days of Christian Death. Definitely rooted in the finer charms of old school Gothic dance elements, NIGHTINGALE delivers every bit the fullness of satisfaction.


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