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DER FEUERKREINER: Der Feuerkreiner

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 24 2002
Title: Der Feuerkreiner
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles (@)
Der Feuerkreiner is an Italian band formed by Federico Flamini (vocals and melodies) and Valentina Castellani (vocals). On the six A5 pages booklet there ins't any information about the band which by the graphics presents themselves as a dark industrial combo fascinated by Germany of the end of 19th century (I presume so because the writings which come along with the pictures are in this language). Musically the eight nameless tracks are evocative and could remember something like a mixture between In The Nursery, Death In June and some Cold Meat Industry early stuff with sometimes cello inserts and the costant presence of percussions. If you are into this kind of stuff you can find the Der Feuerkreiner's sound interesting and catchy.

NOVALIS: Last years calling

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 11 2002
Title: Last years calling
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere/Black Rain (@)
Distributor: Triton
God, I thought this was another electro duo but no, luckily Novalis play dark folk. Songs tend to be good, with effective arrangements and sober playing - acoustic guitar, keyboards, some percussions and trumpet, and two voices alternating from track to track; at best, the production's similar to Death In June's "Rose clouds of holocaust", like in the opening track "Human". Influences logically embrace the good ole days World Serpent rooster (a lot of DIJ, some Sol Invictus and Fire + Ice in the more epic moments -like "Of the golden future time"-, a bit of Current 93), Swans ("What if", my favourite one), and unfortunately some gothic/wave slips in a couple of tracks ("Hey God", "Bloody") which are, in my opinion, the weakest of the whole work. I'd say the first half of the cd is really quite good, while the second one presents not that memorable songs. It must be a matter of tastes, but I wish Novalis stuck to folk ballads increasing traditional arrangements ("Von Traum", for example, has a great atmosphere for that) and dropping the goth influences that stiffen their sound.

Diary of Dreams: Freak Perfume

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 08 2002
Artist: Diary of Dreams (@)
Title: Freak Perfume
Format: CD
Label: Accession Records
For those of you who decided the August 6th domestic date of this CD is too far away, I say you're right!
Keeping to his promise, Adrian Hates delivers yet another disc of raw emotive power, uniquely dark classic-tinged electronic ambience, and enigmatic lyrics ("Emotion dealers that have not learned to cry liquid pearls" from Traum:A,or Dream:A in English). Adrian explores new vocal styles including a soft flowing voice that seems very unlike his super deep bass vocal style of usual. Still, his vocal style blasts with a powerful turret of emotion layred on top of almost Anne Sexton-crossed-with-Death in June type metaphors. This is a guy who could tell you he's cooking you breakfast and make you cry out loud at the same time, his vocals are that emotional and incomparable. Even a couple of German tracks, which was missed on the last CD. Highlights are TRAUM:A,THE CURSE,BASTARD,VERDICT,AND SHE AND HER DARKNESS. While not as strong as his magnum opus,One of 18 Angels, this is definitely a strong buy, as well as anything by DOD and his old band,Garden of Delight. Rating:10++++++

VV.AA.: Goth's Paradise V – The Black Book

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 07 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Goth's Paradise V – The Black Book
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Orkus
Distributor: Audioglobe
Ok, you should be familiar with Orkus periodical who's who of the gothic scene – this compilation follows the usual technical characteristics of the series: double cd chock-full of tracks, digipack sleeve, a booklet with succint song information, and cemetery photos all around. Music seems to be equally distributed between dark/goth and electro/EBM and I think all tracks are released stuff from the bands' latest records, or alternative versions/remixes from ep's. Thus said, here are some of the names featured: Lacrimosa, L'ame Immortelle (special prize for "most ubiquitous project": I still have to find one of these samplers without them, eheh), ASP, Lost Signal, Clan of Xymox, Tanzwut, Impressions of Winter, BlutEngel, Hocico, Paradise Lost, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Corvus Corax and a dozen others.

AIN SOPH: Rituals

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 06 2002
Artist: AIN SOPH
Title: Rituals
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles (@)
Distributor: Old Europa Cafe
Recorded live at a private gig performed into an ancient building in Rome downtown back in 1985, RITUALS is one of the first Ain Soph recordings since they released their first tapes in those years. Ain Soph 1, 2 and 3 (better known as "Crucifige") were the seminal recordings of this band which in those years was experimenting with sounds and magick rituals. Similar to those recordings, this live CD brings me back to those days when I first contacted the band (I also interviewed them for the fanzine I was doing in that period, called Maelzel) because I was fascinated by those intense sounds. The eight tracks are a sort of compilation of their first two tapes and represents one of the most amazing recordings of the first Ain Soph period. If you only them only for their later recordings (the ones released by Cthulhu as "Aurora") mind you that this is something totally different and "dangerous". Those were the days magazines in Italy started to talk about experimental ritualistic music. If you missed them, with RITUALS you've got the chance to catch a part of the spirit that was pushing a bunch of Roman guys toward the unknown...

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