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Lacuna CoiL: Comalies

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 29 2002
Artist: Lacuna CoiL
Title: Comalies
Format: CD
Label: century media
Distributor: century media
The beginning track "Swamped" displays the graceful flow of chords on the CD, flowing from one gorgeous power chord to the next, getting metalheads and Goths alike to moving. Even the Sarah McLaughlin types can get into this one. The song shows their power to be both heavy and graceful at the same time, which was well displayed on the last CD, Unleashed Memories. Gliding along side it is "Heaven’s A Lie", which can be considered both a pop song and a metal-ethereal song at the same time. Throughout the CD, power chords paint an atmosphere for both male and females both masterfully done. The sound seems to be going towards a more This Ascension-type style of ethereal rock, with very tight playing and the occasional keyboard adding to the atmospheric mood. And for the fans of their Italian sung songs like me, there is the closing track "Comalies" (the promo pack says it’s sung in a dead language. When did Italian die?!? Did I miss something and Italy just disappeared?!?!). My faves on here are Swamped, Heaven’s A Lie, Self Deception , Tight Rope, and Unspoken, though this whole CD is meant to be listened to all the way through for that good trance effect. The entire CD is pure delight for both Goths and metalheads out there to enjoy, getting these two different and often opposing groups together. And to me, with my found again love of metal I put his band as my top ethereal outfit, led by some of the best guitarists in metal and one of the most gorgeous and talented women in music (she sings not with classical training like some would think, but just on sheer heart). Stay tuned for the posting of the Lacuna interview soon! Rating: 10.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 26 2002
Title: Split
Format: 7"
Label: Dead Digital (@)
Two charming songs and a new label coming from England and all these into a little 7": this is quite amazing, isn't it? Primitive Painter presents us "Self Reference Hour" which is an hypnotic/electronic tune that reminds me a little of Kraftwerk and Suicide. All the track is based on various rhythms generated by analogue devices and along with those there's a melodic structure made of distorted monophic synthesizers, analogue bells and various samples. The result is quite appealing and catchy. Pulby instead reminds me more of Moby because of the nostalgic mood of "Water From Different Falls" which mix electronic moments and a clean guitar with manipulated voices. Both tracks seems to be based on a cyclic structure and more you listen them, more they convince you about how cool they are. Get this single and check the bands' streamings at the label's website.

Autopsia: Colonia

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 24 2002
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Artist: Autopsia (@)
Title: Colonia
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
In the mid nineties Autopsia (originally from ex-Yugoslavia, now exiled to Prague) gained some recognition through their personal re-interpretation of 19th century orchestral music and released several CDs on german label Hypnobeat (subsidiary of Hyperium). After thirteen years of music (Chain D.L.K. actually interviewed Autopsia a couple of years back - you may find the interview in the Archives section) and ten years away from Staalplaat, the very label who put out the debut 12" "The Knife" is releasing this collection of deleted takes that showcases their somber, martial and liturgical neoclassical style. Listening to "Colonia" and knowing that they are from Yugoslavia, I can't fail to make the Laibach connection, but they are not a Laibach clone at all (even though Autopsia too is very political, they are more classical, less military-like, and the use of vocals is drastically different, as in almost completely instrumental, with way less vocal parts and only occasionally using reading and recited parts instead). Another comparison that might help you locate the unusual genre played by Autopsia is Russian label Electroshock records and their neoclassical releases by Anatoly Pereslegin or by Artemiy Artemiev and his father Edward Artemiev (they too use grand brass and wood instruments ensembles, harpsi chord, timpani and drums, bells, strings orchestrations and the like, which pretty much is standard instrumentation on "Colonia"). "Colonia" is a concept album about death, «death as time, the age of its reign, death from perspective of faith that encompasses the totality of any being which is founded in metaphysical construct?» Autopsia declares to be less into music and more into «death and the pity of death; the music is in the pity?». «Autopsia creates images with which it nourishes that what it destroys?»(more about all of that in the booklet).

Human Drama: Cause And Effect

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 22 2002
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Artist: Human Drama
Title: Cause And Effect
Format: CD
Label: projekt records
Distributor: projekt records
This one is kind of odd to me, having a lot of swagger for a Projekt band, who usually carry more an air of laid-back melancholy. At points it reminds me of old school Mission UK with it’s goth-ballad swagger, sometimes like a poppier Love Like Blood. Grrrr, and I hate the fact they covered Leonard Cohen’s "Dance Me To The End Of Love", I wanted to cover that song for a while now! Oh well, plenty of other songs to cover. I could easily see this played on the radio or on VH1, in a good way. Projekt, with it’s newfound dabblings in dark pop like LowSunday (think Travis with powerchords), has paid off. But at times the swagger of Human Drama catches me, yet on other times that same song makes me wonder how much pop-rock I can stomach. But eh, on the same hand I have an uneasy relationship with pop in general. Choice cuts are "I am Not Here", "Lonely", and " Imitation of... .". "Lonely" esp., with it’s Schubert-style piano musings, catches my ear. Rating: 9.

Girls Under Glass: Frozen

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 22 2002
Artist: Girls Under Glass
Title: Frozen
Format: CD
Label: Van Richter
Distributor: van richter
This is the latest CD from Girls Under Glass, with, you guessed it, a cover of the Madonna song "Frozen" and some other goodies, working out more as an EP than a single. I hate the original Madonna song, as it marks a period where she gave up daring music and style and gave in to corporate radio-friendly music safe for her aging yuppy fanbase of the 80’s. But this seems to breathe life into a otherwise pointless song. My favorite on this would be "Wings" with it’s ethereal vocals and gliding whistles and dance tracks. Also the Das Ich remix of "The Bitter End" and Peter Heppner on "Grey On Grey" (he’s everywhere nowadays!) definitely don’t hurt either. This one got a few rotations in my CD player. Rating: 10.

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