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GOR: Qumran

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 21 2003
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Artist: GOR (@)
Title: Qumran
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Lately Francesco Banchini has been more active as Gor than as Ataraxia's percussionist. QUMRAN is his latest effort and it seems that it's his most particular one. Not only for the music but mainly because it's the first one that needed a direct explanation from the musician as QUMRAN is the result of his personal path into spiritual research. Here're a couple of excerpts of what he wrote into the CD: "Qumran is the name of a region in Transjordan and precisely in a site where the essens lived (from 138 b.c. to 68 a.d.) the Hebrew community which lived to research knowledge and God. The journey I went through tends towards the research of God touching the various aspects of the monotheistic religions. In this context you will listen to different ritualistic music forms linked together by the Hebrew and Christian biblical texts" and "The objective is to give a message of reciprocal respect so that differences can go on together, understanding and accepting each other, doing something concrete for this world, no letting it die in the hands of egoistic people who make religion their shield". As you can imagine the music has got a deep middle-eastern taste with a lot of chants, percussions and characteristics instruments. While his old works had different moments / atmospheres performed with different instruments, QUMRAN is the most homogenic and only the last track "Miryam" remember me a little some tracks of "Ialdabaoth", his most dark release. Approach yourselves to this CD being aware that this isn't only music.

Razed in Black: Damaged

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 16 2003
Artist: Razed in Black (@)
Title: Damaged
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Distributor: Cleopatra Records
Just saw Razed in Black in Chicago and they put on by far one of the best shows I have ever seen in a long time. Truely one of the most best dark electronic synthpop acts out. Hailing all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, these guys are amazing. Rommell Regulacion is the vocalist and is one of the coolest guys I have ever met. He is the brains behind this band and they are receivng worldwide recognition everywhere and when you listen to this cd you will understand just why they are. Let's begin with my favorite track, Track two, Share the Poison, first of all one of the most danciest and in genuis tracks on the over all double cd boxset. Rommell sings, " I can't stand the thought of life," set with vnvish background and beautiful electro waves hitting you hard. Then it gets quiet for a minute and disapears into the darkness. Builidng up and then descending, truely anazing. Let us proceed with Track six, Am I two blame?, which is a very familiar track to all. These track has been played all over the dancefloors worldwide and is acclaiming great fame. Rommell key words singing, "U Say that I , am I 2 blame? These words will always be the key words that Razed in Black will be known for. Singing dark words about the one that got away with synthy poppers bobbing to this from afar. Truely one of the most known tracks for this band and truely the most dancy. Next we proceed to Track 7 Visions, a very familar track and another dancefloor hit. Electro heaven, with a beautiful women singing in the background, "visions." Rommell sings on , 'why can't we bring things back, just like they were before." So much is going on in this track from every which way you look, even the audience is participating. The most obvious track that got Razed in Black the most successful is yes, you guessed it, "Oh my goth!", also on this album and truely a gem. The rest of the album is truely pure genuis and should be owned by everyone. 4 starts and then some...It doesn't get any better than this!

VV.AA.: Vier Factor #1 4

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 14 2003
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vier Factor #1 4
Format: CD
Label: Dancing Ferret (@)
This compilation features four bands, four singles, and sixteen tracks featuring Philadelphia based record label Dancing Ferret own artists: The Cruxshadows, The Dreamside, Thou Shalt Not, and Paralysed Age. A couple of tracks are remixes and one unrelease track by each band. I consider this a rare collective item. Goth fans should get a copy of this, especially Cruxshadows fanatics who knows their single "Return (Coming Home)" from their critical acclaimed cd "Wishfire."


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 14 2003
Title: Zero
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Five tracks plus an hidden one for a total of about thirty minutes of dreamy sounds packed with 80's new wave sounds and inspirations. Scenic Overlook (ex Mystery Harbour) succeed into making a nice MCD which gathers personality and influences very well. The thing that amazed me most is that, even if I'm not at all into dreamy sounds (the only stuff I own is some old 4AD records), they catched my attention with their beautiful female voice (finally a girl that don't sing like someone who's complaining!) and their sound that remember me a sort of This Mortal Coil with the addition of some electronic parts. The only song that I didn't find fundamental is the fist introducting "Zero Is The Number", but the other five are convincing me each time more. Curious also as "Freetime" remembered me a sort of sloved down and feedback-less version of My Bloody Valentine... Too bad they used a sleeve graphic that isn't catchy as their music is but if you're thinking I'm suggesting you to get this CD. Well... you're right. P.s. Since their website is still in construction the only way to contact them is through Loris' phone number +39-3286498956

Act Noir (ex-Alma Mater): Cosmo Minimized

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2003
Artist: Act Noir (ex-Alma Mater) (@)
Title: Cosmo Minimized
Format: CD EP
I was very surprised but glad to receive something in the mail by the Alma Mater guys. I remember this name because I reviewed and distributed their entire discography, from their first demo in 1994 to their debut CD in 1997 on Toast records. I thought the band had split up, instead, after six years, even though both me and the founder of the band moved to different countries, our paths cross again. In the meantime they have changed their name into Act Noir and have grown into a full five-piece band with a foreign singer whose deep vocal timber will remind you of so many popular voices that you'll only be glad if you give Act Noir a chance. They learned how to flow with times and dynamically adjusted to the new scenario in which they exist today. They now work out of Bologna and Copenhagen with a double-0 1 system and present an EP that carries emotional dark-wave music mixed with electronics and ambient. They have most definitely grown a lot since the times I remember them and became a mature band with well-produced and well-written compositions. It's just good to see that some bands try really hard for so many years without ever stopping or giving up.

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