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IN MY ROSARY: The Shades Of Cats

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 15 2002
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Artist: IN MY ROSARY
Title: The Shades Of Cats
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Active since fall 1990 In My Rosary just released their fifth album. THE SHADES OF CATS reveal a band with an high melancholic-melodious character which is expressed with guitar based ballads as well as electro based uptempo songs. Their music isn't strictly gothic (even if in this CD they did a version of Siouxsie And The Banshees' "Red Light") neither electronic, I can say that electro new wave could fit as a definition. In any case the band seems to concentrate mostly on the atmosphere they create rather than fit into a particular genre. The songs aren't remarkable but the importance they give to the sum of lyrics (which aren't included on the booklet but which are on their website),melody and feelings makes the difference. In My Rosary aren't a mainstream band and I don't love them particularly but for sure they are a genuine band which deserve respect and the attention of you melancholic readers...

Intra-Venus: Irreverence

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 09 2002
Artist: Intra-Venus (@)
Title: Irreverence
Format: CD
Label: Nightbreed (@)
Distributor: EFA
This is quite old but I wanna give it a quick review anyway, so bare with me. Ex-Suspiria member Mark Tansley and his pal Apollo, have released their new CD called "Irreverence", a powerful 12-track dancefloor-friendly electro-goth album with pounding industrial-dance hammerings, techno/trance beatz, well-done synth lines and background textures, treated vocals and more in that direction...
If you like to dance your ass of to strong goth/indus peaking on german ebm then give this a try...

Tagismar: ...oder der (alp-) Traum, einmal anders zu sein

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 09 2002
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Artist: Tagismar (@)
Title: ...oder der (alp-) Traum, einmal anders zu sein
Format: CD
Label: Sounds of Delight (@)
Distributor: Triton
German Sounds of Delight (branch of KM Sounds) continue with their tradition to release goth music, and this time its mixed with fast industrial/ebm beats with nice bass drums, bombastic goth sounds and sharp electric guitar playing power-chords with a cheap distortion pedal. Violins (traditional playing and pizzicato) are also to be found. The particular thing about this record I think are the male vocals, that range from low gothic and theatrical vocals to distorted ebm-style parts to almost black-metal screams that remind of Funeral Oration's vocalist Nick Curri. Obviously there are a lot of choruses, both male and female playing nice harmonies together. Lyrics are in german and english.
If you ask me this band has potential but should renew their sound library and detach from certain schemes...

Midnight Configuration: Redemption of the Physical World

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 24 2002
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Artist: Midnight Configuration
Title: Redemption of the Physical World
Format: CD
Label: Nightbreed (@)
Distributor: EFA
This is probably Nightbreed's main act, as some staff members are actually part of MD's line up and the band has achieved a quite important status in UK's post-goth-indus underground. For a change we don't have to deal with the same old goth crap that some bands out there keep playing decade after decade without ever changing a bit, "Redemption of the Physical World" is actually different and therefore more interesting and appealing to me... I was very surprised by their "Devil Dance" track, as they've seem to come up with a weird country-industrial-dance mixture I've never met before. Can you picture violins and benjos in an industrial-dance context with gothic attitude and a dark evil approach? The other tracks grew distant from that one (which could be good or bad, according to point of views) but at least they kept the intense peace and the good programming. Vocals are always deep, down-pitched and overly treated (where by overly, I don't necessary mean bad, but just extremely un-naturally...) but the mixture of pumping and bombastic electronics with a wall of guitar really seems to be doing it for me! Headbangers, grufties and techno-freaks can all enjoy it, maybe even open minded party goers could find something intriguing about it. It reminded me of several things from the past and the present, including Krupps, FLA at times. Fast, throbbing, never stopping, powerful, angry, almost violent, continuously changing and never boring. The new Midnight Configuration is working for me! Also distributed by www.quadriviumlabel.com in the US and PHD in the UK.

CALAN.DRA: Where Did You Go?

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 23 2002
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Artist: CALAN.DRA (@)
Title: Where Did You Go?
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Personal project of Dust Of Basement's Birgitta Behr, Calan.dra released her first album early this year. WHERE DID YOU GO? has been a pleasant surprise because it has got a good blend of upbeat rhythms, dark melodies and introspective moments. Nothing revolutionary but the elements are well balanced and this is an important thing for every good "recipe". The CD contains ten original tracks as well as three covers (Einsturzende Neubauten's "Blume", Depeche Mode's "Photographic" and Sisterhood's "Rain From Heaven"). The music kinda darkwave-oriented with heavenly femal vocals: some moments are gothic oriented (you know, the ones with dreaming vocals, acoustic sounds and sad atmospheres) while others (like "Why" or "Empty Star") are more electro oriented. I think that Birgitta gives her best on the second kind of tracks because her voice is in contrast with the distorted guitars and the synth based sounds and this creates interesting moments. Unfortunately the gothic based songs are the 70% of the CD but the whole album is quite interesting anyway.


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