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EX NIHILO: L'ARGENT EST L'ART DES GENS DE SATAN

 Posted by Davide Del Col   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 21 2002
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Artist: EX NIHILO
Title: L'ARGENT EST L'ART DES GENS DE SATAN
Format: CD
Label: EX NIHILO SUISA+
The Laine Gebel's one-mand band "Ex Nihilo" has a total retrospective conception, completely focused on the electro-goth fisrt school born between the half and end of the 80's from the wedding of the Christian Death's macabre perversion with the DAF and Nitzer Ebb's first synthetic pulsations. So you will find grandiose keyboards cascades, possessed and wicked voices, deacadent melodic bass lines and all other classic ingredients that made the history of this genre.It's a pity that the production has a poor quality, because although the album is not original and fossilized on old ideas however it sounds enjoyable, funny and sufficiently various.I prefere when Ex Nihilo hit on the accelerator, reaching the emphasis of the furious EBM and approaching the Hocico's devilish attitude. Surely i think this cd is more appreciable and honest than several releases of idolized and famous EBM bands that make up a perfect hit single for the charts and then repeat the same versus for ten songs!

GARDEN OF DELIGHT: Psychonomicon 1991-2001

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 21 2002
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Artist: GARDEN OF DELIGHT
Title: Psychonomicon 1991-2001
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sad Eyes/Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
An anthologic double cd from the Garden, featuring singles and bonus tracks on cd1 and a live recording (Castle Rabenstein, Germany, 28-09-2001) on cd2. The latter has a perfect, crystal-clear sound, so it's probably the best way to listen to the band's blend of gothic and melodic rock - sort of Paradise Lost meets The Cult, with an emphasys on energy and catchy tunes. Comes with the usual esoteric layout, and information about the tracks.

Hocico: Signos De Abberacion

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 10 2002
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Artist: Hocico
Title: Signos De Abberacion
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Ever seen the film Amorres Perros? That is the world of Mexico I think of when I hear this band: bleak,desolate,corroding and melancholy in it's decay. They are the voice of the poor and downtrodden in Mexico City come to a violent life, uncensored in their portrayal of domestic abuse,corruption,murder,perversion,and in general the decay of the human fabric day by day. Cold dance rhythms line up against terrorizing vocals in distortion and horror movie rhythms taken out of the corroded pueblos of Mexico City. Kinda along the lines of the great Kalte Farben or Placebo Effect and that is the closest I could compare them. Many say Wumpscut,but where Wumpscut tends at times to just toss out schlock and shock like a child, these guys are as serious as an aneurysm and sincere as Anne Sexton's suicide note. To understand why Hispanics have such a high love of life, you have to understand what they came from in Mexico, and Hocico is your tour guide of terrors and a blunt lesson of this.The first track,Pandemonium,pops open with classical piano lines culled from some horror film,matching perfectly with the cover and the Legend movie sample. Instincts of Perversion,a brutal cutthroat account of spousal abuse told through the eyes of the wifebeater. Totally uncensored and seemingly reveling in a DeSade-esque guise. Wounds is my favorite track, the kind of song violent uprisings are made of,which I think it calls for. Sample lyric: "I'll be here by your side to raise this gun,this gun in my hand/Nation I feel kind of away,now time to reclaim what is our's" in reference to revolution the old fashioned way, most presumably by the underclass. If there ever is an uprising in Mexico you'll be hearing this blaring on the speakers without a doubt. Forgotten Tears is also another solid song, a song about dying forgotten in the streets and shantytowns of that area,which seems all too common. What I miss is their Spanish tracks like "Espinas en mal", which for a change show how emotive the language can be. Hehe can this be the new face of the Latin hearthrobs? Not fucking likely and that's why we love them! I have said it before and I will say it again as a newer fan of their's: they have revived my faith in industrial completely. Dismantled too. See these pissed off Hombres de la Mal on tour starting in November and I'm there with you! Just don't get too close or you may faint from the bile. Rating: It's Hocico,that's my rating!I had them play this on the dance floor a couple of times,and all the teenie goths there hit the dirt! Try it sometime!

STAR INDUSTRY: VELVET

 Posted by Davide Del Col   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 10 2002
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Artist: STAR INDUSTRY (@)
Title: VELVET
Format: CD
Label: PURPLE MOON RECORDS (@)
"Velvet" is an album oriented on a gothic rock/darkwave style, with metal influences, in the vein of late Tiamat and Moonspell.Some good melodies created by the keyboards offer some pretty cues, but the hard guitar riffing is too much expected and in it's totality this belgian band unfortunately don't convince. The songs structure remains always bounded to old schemes, denoting a lack of personality and a poverty of ideas. Moreover, Star Industry spoil the Roxette's best hits "The look", with a terrible cover.

CHAMBER: L'Orchestre de Chambre Noir

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 28 2002
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Artist: CHAMBER
Title: L'Orchestre de Chambre Noir
Format: CD
Label: Sad Eyes/Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Seven regular players (plus two guests) for this German "Black Chamber Orchestra", out with a surprisingly good 11-track cd. Acoustic guitars and strings provide a rich background for Marcus Testory's theatrical, tortured voice, at times really reminiscent of Nick Cave or even Mark Lanegan. There's a great care for arrangements and, at the same time, a sober, folkish quality in these ballads. There are wild and dramatic moments ("Ceremony after a Fire Raid", a Wedding Anniversary cover with words by Dylan Thomas, and the narrated "The Ballad of the Half Brained Man"), but also incredibly catchy tunes ("Pleasure and Pain", "Mistakes", "Toscana", and the traditional "Another Conversation", again with lyrics by Thomas) which could receive intensive airplay and sell thousand of copies since they really stick into your brain after the first listen. Sounds and production are very good, too, and the booklet is well done. It's not my favourite kind of folk music, but this work has a very high quality, and those into dark, melancholic ballads should purchase this without further delay.


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