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RAIN PAINT: Nihil Nisi Mors

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 25 2003
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Title: Nihil Nisi Mors
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
I noticed that a lot of metal bands are taking inspiration from new wave instead that melting their sound only with goth or industrial. Maybe they decided this path because it allow them to explore sadness and depression instead than only rage. Rain Paint aren't neglecting their metal background (the band members played with Prophet, Fragile Hollow, Rapture, Diablerie and Denigrate) but they decided to melt together gothic metal, dark wave, doom, progressive rock and melodic death just to create something more personal as possible. Guitars on most tracks are definitely metal as well the songs' structure but vocals are clear and generally melodic (only sometimes vocals are like grunts but only on few moments, like on "Rain Paint" and "Miss Spring"). Sometimes is like to listen to Cure jamming with Metallica. NIHIL NISI MORS is goth like the latest Type O Negative could be but if you listen to "Raven Nevermore" or the six minutes of "Loose And Over" you'll release that this is something different. The only weak point is that if the sound is well defined and powerful, there isn't any track which melody sticks into your mind without allowing you to sing something else...

Clan Of Xymox: Farewell

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 22 2003
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To my knowledge, this band has yet to do a bad CD, and are one of my all time fave goth artists. It’s like they keep the line between gothic rock and dark new wave melody alive, as well as bring it into the 21st century with almost no effort at all. This group brings me back to those days when it was often me and some old school goth tunes, such as Bauhaus and Joy Division, back to those days when goth strangely enough had a pure energy, not the stereotype it is these days. And they were one the first to dare put goth elements into electronic music, making masterpieces like "Medusa", which sounded like what Joy Division would sound like after tutoring under post "Exile" Gary Numan, and "Twist Of Shadows", possibly the most enjoyable and clever dark-wave CDs to come out of the 80's. Always they manage to bring some type of new element to gothic music in ways that almost no others can, and where many of the others who have COX’s amount of fame (such as The Cure or The Damned) have failed. On this release, Ronny and his gang of merry men and women bring a combination of what could be "Notes From The Underground" meets Souxie And The Banshees’ "Superstition", making what could best be described as 80's darkwave for the 21st century, complete with that Clan Of Xymox ambience we’ve come to know so well and love. And as mentioned before, it’s got that old school gothic boogy and melody which is outright addictive, something you could get only from seasoned pros like COX. Dancey goth-pop patterns and danceable drum beats are met with chainsaw guitar riffs, making for a very addictive mix, all topped with Ronny’s charming and emotive baritone vocals. The patterns are always tricky, and always shifting around, but it does give you that feeling like you’re back in a nightclub in the post-Joy Division era, something that I rarely experience in this day of cookie cutter glam-goth bands and rehashed Bauhaus clones. My two favorites from this CD have to be "It’s Not Enough", with it’s bouncey goth-pop guitar work and sharp melody, and "There’s No Tomorrow", which is the old Clan Of Xymox feel with a 22nd century dance line attached to it, making it the perfect cross between gothic sensibilities and dance floor ethic of today. Another masterpiece from one of the most influencial European bands out there, and one of the few in goth who are always looking forward. Also of high note are "Creatures" and "Notes From The Underground", but anything of COX will not steer you wrong. Rating: 10.


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 11 2003
Title: Entartete Musik
Format: CD EP
Abarthjour Floreale, a power trio formed by Anna Finori (bass and vocals), Matteo Ciarlante (guitar) and Rino Sassi (drums), released an impressive track called "Formichina" on the equally brilliant "15id" sampler (see archive). Now this track opens in the best possible way this self-released 5-track demo cd. Let's say that "Formichina" remains unparalleled, but the whole ep sounds quite good and shows a rather mature band, able to play noise-rock without tiring. Uh, let's say that Abarthjour Floreale's noise often flirts with gentler wave/shoegaze atmospheres - like Sonic Youth or, even better, Blonde Redhead leaving every intemperance aside for half an hour, and playing oblique, nostalgic tunes like a calcined Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine. Not really "pop", and luckily not obliging in their use of melody - quite the opposite, in fact. Good job, let's see what the future brings.

ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO: Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 10 2003
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Title: Cocktails, Carnage, Crucifixion and Pornography
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

Luscious, seductive and mysterious. This is how COCKTAILS, CARNAGE, CRUCIFIXION AND PORNOGRAPHY is to my eyes. The duo with this album welcome their tenth year as Ordo Equilibrio / Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and they do it by producing a good CD packed of sensual and melodic atmospheres. Musically they remember me the Death In June of the "Rose Clouds Of Holocaust" period with their almost recitative lyrics and their style focused on acoustic / percussive sounds. Lyrically the themes changes, respect DIJ, presenting us the pagan glorification of life and lust. Tracks like "Remember Depravity, And the Orgies of Rome" or "In High Heels through Nights of Broken Glass" are the highlights about their preferred subject and visually each page of the booklet show seductive pictures that will put you in the right mood for listening to this album. If you are looking for a perfect album of industrial folk with COCKTAILS, CARNAGE, CRUCIFIXION AND PORNOGRAPHY you won't be disappointed.

Ultramundane: Exiled

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 09 2003
Artist: Ultramundane (@)
Title: Exiled
Format: CD
Label: Self Release
Distributor: Mp3
Ultramundane is based out of Georgetown, South Carolina and consists of Shaadie and Shanna. A male and female duo who created an unique sound that's darkwave symphonic. Their very first debut release "Exiled" has been spinning many many nights in my boom box cd player in my bedroom because of the soft keypads and ethereal laidback feel. The self-titled kicks off as an instrumental with synths playing softly and smoothly. "Blasphemy And Her Six Cats" comes next, but don't let the song title fool you. The track is about a woman who's not getting attention from her man. But when he's seeking attention, she ignores him. Hmm, this is a everyday life thing in a relationship. "Eclipse" is trancy with a warm passion and Shanna whispering softly in a seductive way. This song I'm about to talk about have a deep true meaning. "In Flames & Winds" have such beautiful strings. A gentle classy touch that can be used as a theme for a love story film. The song speaks of a woman who haven't been in love, never and felt love, and don't believe in love until... You guess it. The right man came along and opened her eyes and showed her what true love is. Now, it's obvious to hear a band who have a comparison sound to The Machine In The Garden. You can hear it in "Traverse To Torment." The piano starts off as an intro. On "Your Memories" (dark tunnels remix), the piano and strings are played together romantically. It have a classical structure with a mid-tempo beat. Ultramundane is indeed original and very interesting to hear. They've reached new heights and sound like no other darkwave artists. Their music is a significant of beauty and compassionate art form with dreamy vocals so compelling. "Exiled" has amazed me, lifted me mentally, physically, and sexually and worthwhile listening during my sleeping, and making mad passionate love to my woman.

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