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NEXUS: Wrapped In Cellophane

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 06 2003
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Artist: NEXUS
Title: Wrapped In Cellophane
Format: CD
Label: Cyberdelia Records (@)
Third album for this band coming from Greece and lead by the label's owner Mike Pougounas. For whom didn't read the review I did of their last CD I can tell you that Nexus is a goth rock band influenced by a wide range of musical styles that go from NIN to Sister Of Mercy passing through Psychedelic Furs (in fact Mike's vocals sometimes remember me of Butler's way of singing). The ten tracks of the album generally have got a certain sick and dark vein which gives to the whole work a touch of mistery and coolness. The band's sound, as on the previous album, has got metal influences as well as goth and industrial ones, maybe this won't be an highlight for goth purists but I don't think the band is caring that much because this isn't affecting the result and songs like "Born In Razors" "Master Of The Game" or "Satan Is My Baby" will convince a wide range of audience. The band will tour around Europe soon as well as they'll do a mini tour in Italy in February/March. Try them!

vv.aa: Viscera

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 04 2003
Artist: vv.aa
Title: Viscera
Format: CD
Label: Luminal Records
Distributor: Luminal Records
Very nice, cheaply priced compo of some of the top bands in the industrial/EBM/goth field. I’m guilty but I skipped on to the Ikon track," Heresy", given how big of an Ikon fan I am. They are simply the one band that gives Australia any merit in the music world (well them, Leviathon and Snog). The new track may be not yet fully produced but it is a strong indicator of yet another majestic, old school goth masterpiece by the seminal group. I was supposed to do an interview with them but I think they either dropped off the earth or forgot me. Highlights on this CD are Morthem Vlade Art’s "Splendor In The Grass" (reminds me of latter day Gary Numan vocally), Sabotage’s "Beat Up" (reminds me of an industrialized Souixie and The Banshees), Ikon’s "Heresy" (but of course), and 8KhZ Mono’s "Frequency" (reminds me a bit of X Marks The Pedwalk). Only bad points are In The Nursery’s cover of (take a guess!) Joy Division’s "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Ophelia Burning. In the Nursery as usual is great on the track but the annoyance stems from the overcovering of the song by every band under the sun. They do it great but that shadow cannot be escaped. Why has no one covered "The Eternal"!??! Ophelia Burning is great until the chorus where the girl just bellows Cranberries style, otherwise I hear they are pretty good. The rest of the song is solid though, just the bellowing chorus needs to go. Nice little intro for those new to the scene and for current fans. Rating: 9

ROOM WITH A VIEW: First Year Departure

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 29 2002
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Artist: ROOM WITH A VIEW
Title: First Year Departure
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution


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It's a long time that I hadn't the occasion to listen to the kind of sounds the Room With A View play. You know, for all the nineties we have been used to listen to goth bands influenced mainly by Sisters Of Mercy or Fields Of The Nephilim but luckily the band seems to take as inspiration bands such as Modern English but using also metal influences (only on some parts of "End Of Season" and "Madeleine") and particular arrangements using trumpet, piano, accordion or a tambourine. Generally the tracks sound fresh and interesting even if sometimes they need time to get an hold on the audience because of all the influences and idea they mix: for example tracks like "Madeleine" merge a catchy melody and an experimental intro with the song's melodies and the radio stations sounds. The only thing I didn't appreciate that much is the alternance of metal vocals with mellow ones but since this is their first album they have time to grow.

GOTHMINISTER: Devil

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 29 2002
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Artist: GOTHMINISTER
Title: Devil
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Tatra Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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DEVIL is the second single on Tatra for the band and is the counterpart of their first one titled "Angel". While their album GOTHIC ELECTRONIC ANTHEMS will be released on February 2003 this single bring us three versions of the main title (two of them are remixed by Icon Of Coil and Panzerveps) plus "In The Shadows". "Devil" is something like Iggy Pop meets an ebm version of the Sisters Of Mercy while the second track is more goth with whispered vocals an acoustic guitar and strings. Looking like King Diamond Gothminister's vocalist embrace the goth verb as stated on their website: "The mission of Gothminister is to educate his dark diciples about goth and how the dark visions may improve the way your life - more optimism through darkness - more creativity through darkness. The minister is also interested in gothic architecture, and he lives in an old gothic mansion...". Enough said...

THE HUNGRY GHOST: THE HUNGRY GHOST

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 26 2002
Artist: THE HUNGRY GHOST (@)
Title: THE HUNGRY GHOST
Format: CD
Label: Whimusic (@)
Distributor: CD BABY
The self-title "The Hungry Ghost' is a gothic ecletic cd. Based out of Ferndale, Michigan, HG pays homage to horror/sci-fi/fantasy movies and graphic novels. His debut album is extremely; fusing gothic music with trip-hop/hip-hop beats, electronics, bluesy guitar hooks, tight rolling basslines, spooky dark synths, and traditional eastern and oriented music. This Singapore born singer will put you in the mind of Lou Reed and Dylan. I'm not kidding either! Cd kicks off with "Haunted that have a spooky synth interlude that may remind you of the old ABC vampire soap opera series theme 'Dark Shadows'. The second track which is the first single "Heaven Is A Dark Place" is about dreams of an exotic paradise where angels wear black and night is perpetual. The track is redone by Amy Ketchum who asked for permission to do her version of it. Other tracks to be enjoyed to listen that's in gothic poetry delight; "Lady Twilight", a girl next door who goes through a startling transformation under the full moon; "Scary Town" is a glimpse into an apocalytic world where mutants run amok. The second single "Evil Never Dies" features guest vocalist Detroit techno-goth legend, The Impaler, will make you bob your head to the funky kick-ass dark bassline. I manage to make this hard-hitting track Best Gothic Single of the Year for the Lomo Jan/Feb 2003 issue in my The Best Electro/Gothic/Darkwave Artists of 2002. The Hungry Ghost have mature themes that's grounded in reality while taking us on a journey through our innermost fears and desires. He's the supernatural who will bring nightmares and chills and let you see his mysterious past that's shrouded in eternal darkness. I highly recommend you to buy this cd. You'll be hook after you listen to it for the first time.


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