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Evestus: This is Dramacore

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2011
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Artist: Evestus (@)
Title: This is Dramacore
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Maybe one or another of our readers has heard about the Estonian Goth-Rock producer and multi-talented artist EVESTUS, who can look back on some releases available via the Canadian D-Trash Records label. EVESTUS is not only the name of the band-project, but also the surname of Ott Evestus, the responsible mastermind of nearly all musically activities under this name. Although 'This Is Dramacore' is already out since a few months, I nevertheless feel the need to write some lines about this artistically valuable kind of work, because already the packaging and style of the booklet, as well as the intensely provided background information including bio, complete discography, and, and, and, about this artist are remarkable and I have seldom discovered anything comparable before. The booklet art reminds a bit on an old newspaper exemplar with an astonishing photo art. EVESTUS currently isn't signed to any label, as this one turns out musically to be a bit away from the rather Electronica-oriented label program D-Trash normally offers. Goth-Rock featuring some mighty guitar loops and cynical lyrics is one element, but EVESTUS also integrates a filthy sounding form of a typical Coldwave-related rhythm- and synthesizer-programming, as well as uncountable voice-samples inserted into the mix. This is in all a brooding misture, which receives some excellent moments through orchestral-like string sounds in a catchy manner, so I am quite fine with those rather calm tunes like 'Sacrifice' (also released as a Maxi-Single via Legendaarne ' this track has caused some promising reactions by the listeners in the Baltic and Scandinavian regions...), 'Pikachu Warriors' (yes, it's truly Pikachu...), or 'Gone'. One remarkable fact taken out of the outstanding info-sheet I don't like to hide for you: Both of Evestus' parents are bikers and his father is the president of Ãsel Motorcycle Club, one of the largest bike gangs in Estonia. Evestus still can't fall asleep in silence.' This album as well as the artist is something special and a must-have buy for all harder, but also open-minded Goth-Rock fans.

Aardia: Conquest of The Ancient Halls

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 13 2011
Artist: Aardia
Title: Conquest of The Ancient Halls
Format: CD
Label: Waerloga Records (@)
Distributor: Waerloga Records
Rated: *****
Aardia is a Swedish trio that started creating music together as soon as 1999, making music to underground horror films (mostly in the Zombie genre) and creating demos, have songs on compilations and more. 2008 they joined Waerloga Records, a label that releases Za Frumi and other dark fantasy inspired groups, and now in the early parts of 2011 the debut album is released.

According to Waerloga Records the process has been very slow and demanding but really worth the while. Not many albums like "Conquest of The Ancient Halls" reach me but when they do I get really happy.

The music is bombastic at times and more moody at others. Arcana, Za Frumi, Erdenstern and film music to fantasy movies comes to mind when listening. One thing that strike my right away and that's the great sound of the album. Simon Kolle of Za Frumi have both mixed and mastered the album and that was a great move by Aardia for sure!
Another thing that I really like is the way the music feels so well done. The music is neo classical at times, but does not resemble classical music as much as music for the movies.

The album is clearly made with inspiration taken from dark fantasy and I think this is the best Waerloga release in a while. A friend of mine visited me while listening to the album and she asked me from which new computer game the music was from and first I took that as an insult but she did not meant it that way. Music to computer games now a days is made by really good composers and some of the games sell in millions.

Conquest of The Ancient Halls got no bad song and one hit in the bombastic and action packed piece called The Conquest. Great work, I am impressed and will listen to Aardia a lot this spring.

FAVOLE NERE: Specchio Delle Fantasie

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 09 2011
Artist: FAVOLE NERE (@)
Title: Specchio Delle Fantasie
Format: CD
Label: LM Records
In the 80s I.R.A. records' motto was "Italian music sung in Italian language" and their first roster was including Litfiba, Diaframma, Moda and Underground Life. What has this to do with Favole Nere? Well, I see their music and their attitude deeply linked to the sounds and the atmospheres proposed by that label back then: their music sound like a mix of the afore mentioned bands with the add of tiny electro e.b.m. synth lines on some tracks. Listening to their first abum SPECCHIO DELLE FANTASIE I imagine Dario plugging his bass to the flanger box, while Silvio warm his voice and Cate asks who stole her eyeliner. Soon after they are ready for the sound check to give their best for a gig made of new wave sounds influenced by rock. The nine tracks of the album mix catchy melodies, solid guitar riffs and synth arpeggios. On this blend Silvio give life to his introspective lyrics thank to his deep voice while Cate duet with him with her heavenly vocals. If you are into goth wave rock, check them at their myspace page

The Dark Unspoken: Diode In Your Head?

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 08 2011
Artist: The Dark Unspoken (@)
Title: Diode In Your Head?
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
I cannot say these funny lads are not intellectually fair after I approached to their new album provocatively asking if there's a diod in someone's head as THE Dark Unspoken seem totally conscious of developmental limits of the genre they tried to play as well of the fact that it's not easy to satisfy different stylistical palates without rediscovering some clichÃés. Tying the knot without doing your block is a possible mission just for writers of essays for halfwit dummies as well! Their trustful declaration of honesty could be sensed in the track Ich Mache Die Maschinen (I make the machine), in their own words, a statement against the increasing lack of interest in the meaning of texts, as theirs are intended to act as passphrases to damage that diode, a small electronic component which The Dark Unspoken considered as a fitted metaphor for the so called unilateral thinking, often the cognitive cause of intolerance, due to its function to allow current pass in one direction. If you consider just the stylistical viewpoint, don't expect anything particularly revolutionary, as even if Diode In Your Head? sounds more refined than their previous album Rotten Memories, the listener could experience deja-vu listening experiences here and there. Basically they unearths some mid 90ies electro-pop to relive with magical future-pop powders mixed with grated metal guitars - especially in tracks such as Abandon Thrill or Abnormis, one of my favorite track of the whole record in spite of the oldness of its sounds -, they arguably gormandized with 80ies wave, but their "tidiness" should not be necesserily regarded as a defect. Straightforward "Denglish" lyrics dealing with "real" life shouted by the hoarse ugola of Darkun are maybe the most relevant aspect of this record and covering a wide range of matters such economical critical situation, nearly an existential variable at this point, contaminating those rare certitudes of anyone cultivating the myth of self-made man (Wild Life) withered with the bad fertilizer of the so-called competitive spirit (Growing Paintre, Abnormis, Won't Sell Your Will). But it's funny to notice that sometimes the approach to contemporary disfigured electromechanical version of human being is almost friendly anf if your soul has almost been annihilated by some balance sheets or greedy intentions, you'll almost perceive a friendly slap on your shoulders when listening to tracks such as Diode In Your Head? - one of best crafted song definitively... - or the enlighting revelation of a guru on Painful Heaven, even if Darkun's gruff (but hearty) voice will gently whisper a plenty of oaths in your ears!

NITRO MAHALIA: Nitro Mahalia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 27 2011
Title: Nitro Mahalia
Format: 12"
Label: Interstellar Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed in 2004 in Vienna, Nitro Mahalia are a particular band. Mixing noise, film music, punk and jazz, the four people of the band used all these years to prepare their first album. Released on vinyl by Interstellar Records the Nitro Mahalia self named album is bringing you eleven blasts where bass distortions, hard beats, noise, catchy brass solos and organ cries are the main core. Take for example "Acid D.C.", it starts with a distorted bass and drum beating like a double heart beat, then brasses arrive. The chaotic/melodic wall of sound finds its nirvana thanks to the Chris Janka (one of the four guests on this album) distorted guitar inserts which now are noisy and then powerful. Another track that catch my attention immediately was "Intro" (which isn't the first of the album, it's the seventh/the second of side B): it starts with drone organ loops and then when the tension is at the top, it changes, turning into a fast melancholic tune. This album is a pleasant surprise and if you are into 90s guitarism with a bit of experimentation or you love Naked City, Slint and a bit of jazz, Nitro Mahalia is a band to check!

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