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FUNK POLICE: Hot We Are Funk We Play

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 18 2011
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Artist: FUNK POLICE
Title: Hot We Are Funk We Play
Format: 12"
Label: Avant! Records
Rated: *****
Coming from Metz, Lorraine, France, the Funk Police are delivering through Avant! Records their first album HOT WE ARE FUNK WE PLAY. Issued on vinyl and digital format, the album contains ten tracks that mix classic post punk funk sounds (see as references Gang Of Four or A Certain Ratio) with the r'n'r rawness of the Crypt bands of the nineties like Chrome Cranks or Nine Poud Hammer. Check how Funk Police use guitar: it plays r'n'r chords with slide parts and all but they use razor shaped like sounds just like the post punk bands. Another example? While the drums sound like a running train, the singer is like a mix of Alan Vega, Lux Interior and Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Repetition and distortion are the key element of the tracks and the bass guitar along with the drums are their beating heart. Now sounding pounding and then sounding like they are possessed by a black demon, Funk Police take their influences to the excess like they were conducting a voodoo dance. Check "Red Blood Black Boobs" and you'll have pretty much the idea of what I'm saying. Anyway, there's a perfect way to make your own idea as you can check the whole album at the Avant! Records Bandcamp page at this link: http://avantrecords.bandcamp.com/album/funk-police-hot-we-are-funk-we-play-lp.

The Arch: Engine In Void

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 16 2011
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Artist: The Arch (@)
Title: Engine In Void
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
Not so many music lovers remember this Belgian band and the fact they disappeared for almst 15 years, as if we except a "best of" issued in 2009 and a single including a cover version of the punk classic "I Can't Live In A Living Room" in 2008, their last appearance dates back to 1997, when Nova Tekk's sister-label Solar Plexus issued "In Sofa", a release which didn't reach the considerable notoriety of their debut single cd "As Quiet As" including their most famous song, even if they tried to quote it by a remix of their most famous song, "Babsi Ist Tot", inspired by the "generational" junk-story Christiane F. On a sky which is not so much star-spangled like the times they musically lived, such a coming back could be considered nice due to its cartload of nostalgia, but they're far from being considered somewhat original as the only element which could let perceive some contemporary clues is the masterly work on mastering, together with some wise hooks on dancefloor, such as in tracks like "Barbuze" and "Seminary". In many tracks, it's quite recognisable that burbling electric bass and that kind of delay applied on a distinguishable electronic borborygmus which can be easily associated to tricks used by Depeche Mode since their first steps, particularly when they build more melancholic atmospheres, which are the moments that are going to get easily exposed on listener's minds and hearts and on mine as well, being my favorite ones, the initial "Individuals", the final "In Silence", "Miss Take" (whose equivocality could be easily associated to a sort of bondage session...) and "Skinny Meadows", where they manages to fill the voids of some moments where their 80ies reprise sounds excessively meager and predictable. Most of you could disagree with this kind of musical exhumations, but it's quite stunning the fact they keep on emotionally impress new and old generations as showed on the clip of Individuals, you can easily verify. Before some of you ask it to me, that cute child on the cover has been grabbed from a very old phot, taken at the beginning of the last century, portraying a deaf boy hearing for the first time!

Sunday Strain: Destiny.Done

 Posted by eskaton   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 27 2011
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Artist: Sunday Strain
Title: Destiny.Done
Format: CD
Label: Wrotycz (@)
Rated: *****
I got this in a package with Contagious Orgasm and Kadaver on the same label, so I was pretty surprised when I put this in the player. For those unfamiliar, Contagious Orgasm is an absolutely amazing noise performer. However, this sounded more akin to mid 1990s Cleopatra Records gothic pop. I had not heard of Sunday Strain, but it seems to have been a side project of Llovespell (who I had also not heard of). The label describes the album as a 'sophisticated electronic music with admixture of pop elements and dark atmosphere.' The opening track, 'Temporary Files,' did not really sell me on the album. I began wondering if they had sent this to Chain DLK by mistake. However, it begins to get interesting as it progresses. By the time we get to the final track, 'Autumn Waves,' the sound is much darker and more ethereal. Overall, I found this to be a mixed bag. I get the sense that their next album will be much more interesting as they find their niche. This album weighs in at around 48 minutes.

MARIO MARINONI: Tutte Le Sfumature Del Viola

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 21 2011
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Artist: MARIO MARINONI (@)
Title: Tutte Le Sfumature Del Viola
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Mario Marinoni begun his musical activity back in 1986 with the new wave band Clessidra. The band split in 1992 and he started to play with different bands and made different experiences with different musical genres. On year 2007 he play guitars with Solarya and in 2009 starts an electronic musical project under the Mono monicker. His urge to find new ways of expression made him form the Different Ways, an electro wave band that plays 80s wave covers. A sad experience forced him to take refuge into the song writing and he wrote several new songs and self produced them under his real name. He did an EP titled "Disturbo Depressivo" and started to prepare his first album LE VARIE SFUMATURE DEL VIOLA. On November 2011, the album has been released as CDr and digital release and contains fifteen songs for the total length of 80 minutes. Since from the first listening, LE VARIE SFUMATURE DEL VIOLA, sounds intense and cathartic. Mario is influenced by 80s new wave (he also founded a Facebook group called "I Giorni Dell'Ira, which takes its name from an Italian 80s label called I.R.A. but which also plays with the word "ira" which translated means "rage") but he takes those sounds and mix them with electronic arrangements and powerful drum machine beats. On most of the tracks I have the feeling that he built the tracks starting from the lyrics because he seems to recite them rather than singing them. Based the sound on his guitar which now sounds loud and powerful and then clean, Mario, helped by Cristina Ottaviani, wrote also a piano track dedicated it to his father. On this one melancholic melodies performed by piano and violin find their counterpart into the deep bass sound of bass guitar and the syncopated slow rhythms of the drum machine. Some other tracks like "Disturbo Depressivo" have a driving sound which seems almost industrial but if you like synthpop and new wave you can check "Vuoto Di Vuoto (Un Silenzio Che Fa Rumore)" or "I Giorni Dell'Ira" (its lyrics talk about the experience of making music in the 80s) first. Some tracks are a bit long but the whole album sounds sincere, passionate and worth your attention.

Candida Kandinskij: Lipstick

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 07 2011
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Artist: Candida Kandinskij
Title: Lipstick
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Born as Giovanni De Benedetto, Candida Kandinskij is his musical outfit since October 2010. Recently he released a three tracks demo which you can check at this page http://signmeto.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/candida-kandinskij. Musically, Giovanni, blend catchy melodies, electronic parts with different layers of guitar distortions. I don't know why but listening to "Bloomed Hole" I thought of a mix of N.I.N. and TAD. Maybe it was for the controlled wall of sound of because of the way Candida Kandinskij use guitar feedbacks. In any case "Lipstick", "Bloomed Hole" and "19 (Lipstick remix)" are ready to be produced by someone who will enhance their potential (maybe by putting some power on the drum sounds) and then to be released by a label. Anyone out there?


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