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MAN BITES GOD: Hate Machinery

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 09 2003
Artist: MAN BITES GOD (@)
Title: Hate Machinery
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Between the releases of his new project called Mutantum, our old friend Mikko Muranen (previously known as Dogmeat), found the time to record three new songs which sound more like the old days. "Fall From Grace", "Violence We Speak" and "Dominion Of Doom" are three industrial metal tracks and if with Dogmeat you had the chance to find also guitar experiments or kinda relaxed moments, with MAN BITES GOD you can't find any way out. Anger seems to be the main theme here and Mikko's vocals never sounded more distorted. Cleaning his guitar and drum machine from dust he decided to do it loud and distorted, unfortunately while doing a research on the web I discovered another band coming from Australia with the same name but there's only one who's sounding like hell on earth and you know which one it is.

SLYDE: Emotion Overflow

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 27 2003
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Artist: SLYDE
Title: Emotion Overflow
Format: CD
Label: Equinoxe Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
It's quite simple to review this first Slyde album as in this period a lot of similar bands are facing the charts as well as your tv screens through MTV or the other various roch channels. Slyde formula is quite simple as they blend rock, metal, folk and a little bit of goth. Similar to Evanescence the band seems to have a more positive attitude as the rock ballads have got a lighter attitude. Perfect example (and best tracks, in my opinion) are "Take Away My Pain" and "Into The Light". In any case they are too polished for my tastes and maybe a little too rock to being rewieved here but just in case you're willing for something not too much demanding give them a try...

Thy Veils: The Diaphanous Depression

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 14 2003
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Artist: Thy Veils (@)
Title: The Diaphanous Depression
Format: CD
Label: NonNut Muzik (@)

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Thy Veils' fourth studio album "The Diaphanous Depression" has just been released and features 19 tracks of minimal ambient music. After their dark-goth-influenced debut "Prologue", their second orchestral "Against an Oblivion of the Forgotten Abyss" and the third best seller "Immemorable", Romanian composer Daniel Dorobantu surprises his fans with a step back in terms of aesthetic grandness and a step forward in his search for intimacy and depth of the myserious atmospheres he works out. You will still hear some orchestrations, some even quite big (mostly in a neo-classical interpretation) but they won't be pompous or majestic, rather symphonically complementary to the darkly solar and warmly cold sonic ambience that pervades all of these new compositions. Think of it like a more mystical version of Zoar or a more minimal version of Penitent.

KUTNA HORA: Will or nothing

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 12 2003
Title: Will or nothing
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere/Black Rain (@)
This cd by Argentinian quartet Kutna Hora begins with militaristic pecussions, but later they seem to opt for the lighter, wave-ish side of dark folk. The press sheet quotes In My Rosary and Novalis as references, and I'd definitely add some Cure too in the vocal department (see "Hell is a place on earth"). They also take on the Irish traditional "Crazy man Michael", yeah, the one that Sol Invictus covered aeons ago. Competent musicianship, good production, and decent songs, but nothing that even remotely thrills me. I don't know, this style of dark folk just does not for me. It is the classical "acoustic ballads played by goths"-vibe, which often sadly couples the "acoustic ballads played by metalheads with runes"-vibe in the not so exciting noir folk scene of today.

RINGE RINGE RAJA: Unreal book vol.1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 11 2003
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Title: Unreal book vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Ringe Ringe Raya is a Napolitan street quintet who mix traditional Yiddish music with gipsy and rock influences.Violin, cello, guitar, clarinet, percussions and accordion create intimate moments altenated with explosion of joytipical of Eastern folk music.The tracks remind me of some Kusturiza's songs I heard on some radio shows (Kusturiza is also a movie director. He did"Black Cat, White Cat" among the others).If I'm not wrong Ringe Ringe Raya partecipated also to an Italian show (it was titled"Dove Osano Le Quaglie" and it was the television counterpart to the radio show called "Il RuggitoDel Coniglio") early this year as I think I already listened to some of their tracks.Even if this music isn't my cup of tea I've got to admit that it's involving, particularly if seen live.

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