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LILAC AMBUSH: Breathe Deep

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 08 2002
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Artist: LILAC AMBUSH (@)
Title: Breathe Deep
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Twisted Spinach
Lilac Ambush is a duo coming from Gluchester, Massachusetts and BREATHE DEEP is their second E.P. containing four tracks and two radio edit versions of "Breathe Deep" and "One Reason". They name their music dark pop and even if they have got goth and new wave influences I think they did a good thing by categorizing it that way. This because the four track have got good melodic parts and each songs' refrain has got something original that you can remember easily and even humming, but the main thing is that they are original. Something that too many goth bands tend to forget easily... After the first listening you'll find yourself listening again songs like "One Reason" or "Masquerade". If you love dark sounds and melodies you can get this one for 5 bucks only. Contact them...

L'Ame Immortelle: Zwielicht

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 02 2002
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Artist: L'Ame Immortelle
Title: Zwielicht
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Trisol
Distributor: Audioglobe
ZWIELICHT is without a shadow of a doubt a celebrative release. It contains one CD with twelve remixes of L'Ame Immortelle's classics remixed by well known industrial electronic bands. Bands like: The Protagonist (with a classical version of "Erinnerung"), Janus (which does a good electro goth version of "Epitaph"), Yendri (which remixed "Licht Und Schatten", confirming that she's one of the best electronic German band), Ms Gentur (which rape "Voiceless") just to name few. The package, along with two posters, contains also one video CD (which has got a less video quality than a DVD but it's nice as a gift for the fans of the band) with fiftyfive minutes of interviews and a concert. I never hid the fact that I don't like that much this band, but this double feature it's a good release and not only for the hard fans of the band.

WELTSCHMERZ: Capitale de la Douleur

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 02 2002
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Artist: WELTSCHMERZ
Title: Capitale de la Douleur
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This work's a good witness of how a band can play dark-wave without being kitsch or boring. Weltschmerz (featuring Mauro Berchi, Eibon's owner and member of Canaan, on guitar) stay true to their monicker presenting complex songs full of drama and anguish, with existentialist lyrics in English, Italian and French (occasionally merging within the same track) – the unifying theme seems to be modern decadence and a huge "desire for nothing". Ok, possibly this is the receipt of 99% of dark/goth music, but they manage to offer a competent and heartfelt cd, which is especially good in production, showing the musician's ability at its best and a warm, crystalline sound – powerful and round, yet not over-charged or metallic. The varied guitar work and the driving rhythm section are perfectly combined and the male/female vocals stand out very clearly – I only wished there were more of this combination because they work really well in contrast. The cd comes in a cardboard cover containing a standard jewel case; there's a fat booklet with lyrics and photos (statues and dolls) with a good use of black print on white and red paper.


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