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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

 Posted by Jett Black/Screaming Artist Publicity - NocturnalMovements.net (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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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.

PREDELLA AVANT: Carbon figures

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 10 2004
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Artist: PREDELLA AVANT
Title: Carbon figures
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
First of all, very good layout this time: cryptic use of black and dark grey on the digipack, and stark b/w pictures of ash-covered bodies from the ruins of Pompei in the booklet. Thumbs up for the visuals. Music-wise: 11 untitled tracks of bombastic martial music, opening with a very effective mix of dramatic drumming and orchestration with a looped lament - a good start. Then things settle down a bit, but the cd flows quite well without boredom, also thanks to its reasonable length. I have to smile reading the press-sheet which says these tracks "are hardly comparable to something already known", while this is total Blutharsch-sounding stuff (circa "The track of the hunted"), with moments akin' to A Challenge of Honour, The Day of the Trumpet Call, etc. Not to say this is bad, it is just not that original. Anyway, a well-balanced mix of triumphal marches and elegiac orchestrations.

VV.AA.: Sick Twisted Individual Vol.1

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 10 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sick Twisted Individual Vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Pure Power Darkside
Distributor: Nightbreed Music
Rated: *****

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Energy is the key and this compilation, coming from Pure Power Darkside productions in association with Nightbreed, is full of it. The fifteen bands of the compilation sharpened their claws to present to the audience fifteen tracks really involving. From the opening "Enter The Dagon" by Killing Miranda to arrive to The Realm's "Pray" you'll meet Midnight Configuration (with their catchy "Adrenalin high"), Pro Jekt (with a remastered version of "Alien Reflection"), The Last Cry (their "Cry" remembered me a little Motorhead), Brother Orchid ("Crucified" is a electro goth track with metal guitars), Libitina ("Mea Culpa - Flagellent mix"), Jesus Fix (their "Cast a shadow" didn't convince me as it's based on two chords and the atmosphere doesn't never change), Zietgeist Zero ("Tombstone tourist" sounds like a electro goth metal version of Siouxsie & The Bansheees mixed with Silverfish), Uninvited Guest ("Cross My Heart - And Hope You Die" seems like a cool electro version of Dead Or Alive), Voices of Masada ("Flight" is a classic up tempo melancholic goth ballad), Cauda Pavonis (present the exclusive "Love Like Broken Glass" which recalled me a litte In Excelsis if you don't count the pompous refrain), Lupine ("Egyptian Paradise" sometimes recalled me the latest Play Dead), Nothing Sacred ("Girl Inside" it's too melacholic for my tastes and even if suddenly it turns into a goth glam tune it doens't catch my attention) and just before the closing band you'll meet Arkam Asylum with "Gundam High". To be honest I didn't like three or four tracks but most of the bands are worth your attention and some tracks are really cool. This is a good result if you think that most of the bands are relatively newcomers.

BATZZ in the belfry: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 06 2004
Artist: BATZZ in the belfry (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
It's nice to see that somebody actually reads and pays attention to our submission guidelines. BATZZ have provided us with their latest CD-R EP (whose songs are also available as MP3's on their site). They are shopping for a record deal for what basically is a sound made of dark facets, long reverbs, electronic layers, melodic atmospheres and mixed feelings of sadness, melancholy, happiness and fear. Their ethereal mixture of darkwave and electro is a good support for lyrics about evil and good, heaven and hell, politics, life and spirituality. The instrumentation used includes software drum machines, guitars and synths. I particularly like the episodes where the deep low voices create somber soundscapes. When these goth vocal parts are joined by martial drumming or grand neo-classical orchestrations, they sort of sound like a band that could be on Cold Meat or the Dungeon Fossil. They have a polished sound and good ideas but they're not quite evolved as much as other bands are. I do think, though, that in a few years or a few records, whichever comes first, they might be able to score a deal with, say, Projekt records.


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