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WELTSCHMERZ: Capitale de la Douleur

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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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