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13-02-2008

band : Crematory CD : Pray label : Massacre style : gothic metal tracks : 10 release date : 01/02/08 comments : German band with 15 years of history – back after a break of 3 years – vocal splitting between Felix and Matthias, the clash of extremes in deepness and cleanliness – all necessary elements to make great black gothic metal – with a melancholic touch – solid melodies – always holding the listeners attention - string arrangements and choirs recommended tracks : Pray, When Darkness Falls score : 8 home : www.crematory.de Go to top
band : Randy Greif & Kenji Siratori CD : Nercoleptic Cells label : Thisco style : minimal tracks : 1 release date : comments : experimental – one track – 54.24 minutes – US/Japan collaboration – bleeps and clicks recommended tracks : there is only one score : 6 home : www.kenjisiratori.com / www.swingingaxe.com Go to top
band : various artists CD : La Nuit Des Fées label : Prikosnovenie style : heavenly voices tracks : 16 release date : December 07 comments : a collection of several ethereal artists - unreleased tracks – six collaborations between Pinknruby, , Ashram, Mediavolo and Riccardo Prencipe – with bands such as Caprice, Lys, Fleur, Collection D’Arnell Andrea and others – more than one hour of various styles – luxury CD box – from celtic to medieval, from heavenly to dark recommended tracks : Alkonyvarazs (The Moon & The Nightspirit) score : 8.5 home : www.prikosnovenie.com Go to top
band : Partenos Petras CD : De Anarchia Obscurorum Soculorum label : Kick Agency style : black metal tracks : 7 comments : the album is an homage to the darkness of the middle ages – heavy guitars – rough vocals – powerful – little gothic elements – 150 days recording and mixing recommended tracks : The End Of The Monotheist score : not really for gothic and wave fans Go to top
band : Gestalt CD : Club label : self released style : electronic tracks : 8 comments : after a long period of silence (also because of the other project Hedera Helix) – for the tenth anniversary of the Adamas album - originally intimate dark music - atmospheric gothic tracks reworked in various styles from industrial to electro – remixes by Heyaeb , Propulsion, Empusae – also one song re-done by Gestalt self and one in cooperation with Ultreya – lyrics in dutch – different approaches create a lot of variety in eight tracks recommended tracks : Pelgrimstocht by Diskonnekted score : 7.5 home : www.broodmes.be/gestalt Go to top
band : Prometheus Burning CD : Beyond Repair label : Hive style : industrial tracks : 13 release date : 31/7/7 comments : remix album - hard pounding beats – variation - featuring remixing work from Hypofixx, Edif, Iszoloscope, edgey, Atomhead and others – harsh sounds – electronics recommended tracks : Battery Drain, Beyond Repair (Suicide Inside Remix) score : 7 home : www.prometheus-burning.com Go to top
band : Irfan CD : Seraphim Label : Prikosnovenie style : ethereal tracks : 9 release date : November 2007 comments : five years after the debut album – influenced by Bulgarian folk – vocals by Denitza Seraphimova – calm – well structured – heavenly voices – peaceful and yet energetic – medieval - recommended tracks : Simurgh, Hagia Sophia score : 8.5 home : www.myspace.com/irfantheband Go to top
band : Pureh CD : Signia label : Pharmafabrik style : industrial tracks : 10 comments : Signia remixes from the album Anadonia – links to Hybryds – jazzy trip hop industrial – ritual – electro lounge – accessible pieces as well as experimental tracks to even danceable parts – dark sound recommended tracks : Vision Rising (Eraldo Bernocchi), Blue Waters Turn Black (pcm) score : 7 Go to top
band : Blue Birds Refuse To Fly CD : Xenomorph Angel label : Decadance style : synth pop tracks : 12 release date : 30/09/07 comments : new frontwoman, lead vocalist – more mature sound – not the average danceable synth sound – for fans of Nanopop – good arrangements – gentle melodies – subtle beats recommended tracks : Want You There For Me, h.e.a.t. score : 8 home : http://www.decadancerecords.it/english/artists/bluebirdsrefuse.htm Go to top
band : Iridio CD : Endless Way label : Standing Stones/SPV style : medieval folk tracks : 11 comments : Iridio was formed in 2002 - crystal clear voice of Valentina Buroni – she joind forces with Franz Zambon – sweet melodies – excellent production – sometimes with an eastern touch – seducing – celtic and ethnic influences – with a lot of international guest musicians – the album tells the story of a special journey - recommended tracks : Time To Leave, Sunrise Dancers, Stepping Westward, My Home score : 9 home : http://www.iridiomusic.com/ Go to top
band : Annie Barker CD : Mountains And Tumult label : Beautiful Revolution Records style : pop tracks : 10 comments : produced by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) – soft ballads –emotional – female vocals (of course) – good music, but with little wave or gothic influences recommended tracks : Kissed Me, Elliot’s Song score : 7 home : www.myspace.com/anniebarker a href="#top" class="text7">Go to top
band : Storybox CD : No Dancing Allowed label : HardBte style : synthpop tracks : 11 comments : solo project y Agent D – from poppy to complicated wave – danceable synth sound – modern sound with a heart in the eighties – electronics that are open for a wide audience – hints to early Depecehe Mode – Things We Said Today is a cover By Beatles duo Lennon & McCartney - recommended tracks : No Dancing Allowed score : 6.5 home : www.storyboxmusic.com Go to top
band : Avenue In Oceania CD : untitled label : self released style : rock, wave tracks : 12 comments : trio – their goal is to musically present ideas that might make one think, or move, or sing – guitars and electronics – a lot of variety – their first album – a blen of rock, pop and wave recommended tracks : score : 6.5 home : www.avenueinoceania.com Go to top

28-01-2008

band : Liar’s Rosebush CD : Circle The Squares label : Hive style : industrial breakcore tracks : 12 release date : 31/7/7 comments : Matt Rosen – new album after 4 years – heavy melodies – aggressive - nervous beats – instrumental – unusual compositions recommended tracks : Beneath The Surface pt3 score : 7 home : http://www.liarsrosebush.com/ Go to top
band : Saline Grace CD : Border Town Shades label : Deeper Water Records style : melancholic tracks : 17 release date : 1/9/7 comments : new project of Ricardo Hoffmann (Nobility Of Salt) – influenced by the works of Kafka, Dostoevsky and Bukowski – hints to Nick Cave and And Also The Trees – unique special style – also instrumental tracks recommended tracks : Mercy And Deliverance, A Good Man’s Shadow, Theresa The Sinking score : 7 home : www.salinegrace.de Go to top
band : (Riccardo Prencipe’s) Corde Oblique CD : Volonta D’arte label : Prikosnovenie style : neo folk tracks : 13 release date : September 07 comments : Napolitan project – he gathers different Italian artists - classical instrumentation – fourth album – reminds me of Gor, Iridio, Ataraxia – also instrumental tracks – mediaval - multitalented artist recommended tracks : Amphiteatrum Puteolanum, Kustwollen – calm and gentle melodies score : 8 home : http://www.cordeoblique.com/ Go to top
band : Others CD : Garden Of Rage label : Doctor Cyclops style : horror rock tracks : 15 comments : CD/DVD combo - reminds me of L7 – grunge – first track on the CD player is an intro – fast drums – songs date from 2002 to 2004 -also female vocals – several additional musicians recommended tracks : Baby’s Dead Stare score : 7 home : http://www.othersgothichorror.com/ Go to top
band : Left For Dead CD : It Begins … label : Doctor Cyclops style : horror rock tracks : 11 comments : punk rock – rock ‘n’ roll – strong guitars – steady sound – vocals could be better - catchy recommended tracks : Walk Away score : 6.5 Go to top
band : God Bless CD : The American Plague label : Doctor Cyclops style : rock tracks : 10 comments : rock - Motorhead cover included – guitar – steady rock sound – makes me think of Beowulf – explosive recommended tracks : Sympathy For The King, Burn It Down score : 8.5 home : http://americanplague.com/ Go to top

27-07-2007

band : Pulco CD : Sorepaw label : Folkwit style : folk tracks : 14 release date : 7/8/7 comments : Sh Cooke (from Derrero) – third release – acoustic guitar and vocals – folk ballads – calm recommended tracks : Pony Munchi’n, Growing Hard score : 7 Go to top
band : Lacrimosa CD : Lichtjahre label : Hall Of Sermon style : gothic metal tracks : 22 release date : 29/6/7 comments : no need to introduce – cd starts with the well known intro –live atmosphere – school example for gothic metal – well known tracks – 2nd live album after nine years – plus DVD – an overview of their musical career - retrospective recommended tracks : score : 10 home : http://www.lacrimosa.com Go to top
band : Phanatos CD : PART IV - VI label : self released style : tracks : 4 comments : formed Sweden around the year 2000 – last part of the trilogy – gloomy – vocals from Karin Liungberg - inspired by film music and classical music – calm – piano – atmospheric sounds – classical elements – good recording quality recommended tracks : Part IX score : 7 home : www.phanatos.com Go to top
band : The Red King CD : Papaver Somniferum label : self released style : gothic rock tracks : 7 comments : creepy - long tracks – special - sometimes ritual – dark gothic rock – hypnotising last track of half an hour – close to darkwave recommended tracks : Somniferum, Cross Over, Broken Promise score : 8 home : http://www.sonicabyss.com/ Go to top
band : Avenue In Oceania CD : promo label : self released style : industrial rock tracks : 4 comments : trio – synth and guitars – alternative, yet a pop sound – mix of dark atmospheres and popular sounds – well balanced - catchy recommended tracks : The Love Story score : 7 home : http://www.avenueinoceania.com/ Go to top
band : Diemonsterdie CD : Honor Thy Dead label : Doctor Cyclops style : rock tracks : 16 + 3 video comments : horror rock – rock ‘n’ roll – punk rock – guitars – catchy – steady – no less than 8 bonus tracks! – and three live video’s recommended tracks : Drucilla’s Ghost, Tired Sticky And Red, Tomorrow Will Never Be score : 7 Go to top
band : Ostia CD : Between Two Cities label : Galasono style : dark pop tracks : 4 release date : 30/04/07 comments : Australia – first EP since 1997’s From The Aether – ethereal dream pop – recommended – atmospheric – female vocals – esotheric – looking forward to a full length album – for fans of The Cocteau Twins, Nobility Of Salt, Black Tape For A Blue Girl – great music – well produced – seducing recommended tracks : Strange Birds, Land’s End score : 9 home : http://www.ostia-music.com/ Go to top

10-05-2007

band : Scream Silence CD : Aphelia label : Plainsong style : gothic tracks : 13 comments : sixth album – uptempo as well as gloomy songs – gothic rock with electronic elements – steady dark ballads – emotional vocals – bombastic - first edition comes with additional bonus live tracks recorded in December 2006 recommended tracks : My Eyes score : 8 home : http://www.screamsilence.de/ Go to top
band : Daemonia Nymphe CD : Krataia Asterope label : Prikosnovenie style : Greek neo folk tracks : 11 comments : unconventional ancient Greek instruments combined with contemporary instruments – almost ritual – pagan – music for listening – fragile recommended tracks : Krataia Asterope - Daemonos – Dios Astrapaiou score : 7.5 Go to top
band : Jesus On Extasy CD : Holy Beauty label : Drakkar / E-Wave / SonyBMG style : industrial metal tracks : 11 release date : 02/04/07 comments : duo that expanded to a quartet – industrial rock – strong opening of the album – energetic - hard-hitting – overwhelming solid sound – electro plus guitar recommended tracks : Assasinate Me score : 8 home : http://www.digital-dandies.com/ Go to top
band : Soulcage CD : Dead Water Diary label : Hellas style : gothic tracks : 11 comments : progressive gothic rock – fusing little electronic elements with guitars – Finland – metal minded – strong sound – variety ins songs recommended tracks : Broken Friend, Dead Water Diary score : 6.5 home : www.soulcage.info Go to top
band : Collection D’Arnell Andr�a CD : Expositions, Eaux Fortes Et M�andres label : Prikosnovenie style : dark wave tracks : 11 release date : 26/02/07 comments : great progress - slow gloomy rock – dark atmosphere – lyrics in French and English – a mix of several acoustic instruments and electro – another step closer to perfection – more wave elements - a mix of acoustic instruments and new technology - The concept of Exposition is to translate with Lyrics and music 11 paintings from the 19th century. Paintings with pale tones, grey skies and humans alone in Nature. recommended tracks : Les sombres plis de l’�me, I can’t see your face score : 9.5 Go to top
band : The Dogma CD : In The Name Of Rock single label : Drakkar style : gothic rock tracks : 1 release date : comments : metal minded – bombastic – solid guitar sound – heavy – taken from the forthcoming album A Good Day To Die score : 7 home : http://www.thedogma.net/ Go to top
band : Brillig CD : The Plagiarist label : Black Rain style : dark pop tracks : 4 release date : comments : 2 tracks from the 2003 Pterodactyls LP plus 2 tracks from the recent Mirror On The Wall album – emotional vocals – special approach – theatrical darkpop – catchy and weird at the same time recommended tracks : Truth Or Dare? score : 7 home : http://www.brillig.com.au/ Go to top
band : Supreme Court CD : Hypocrites+Saints label : Black Rain style : electro tracks : 14 comments : after more than 8 years of silence, Supreme Court rises again – trio – raw vocals – pounding beats – highly danceable - harsh recommended tracks : Jealous Man, Fainting Faces, Rush Of Blood score : 9 home : http://www.supreme-court.tk/ Go to top
band : Eclosion CD : Eclosion label : Naildriver Records style : industrial tracks : 10 comments : debut – raw – driven guitar and electronic synth lines – variety – hints to Nine Inch Nails – chaotic melodies – good compositions – just a pity the vocals miss power recommended tracks : Attrition score : 6.5 home : www.eclosion.net Go to top
band : Neverdream CD : Chemical Faith label : self produced style : progressive metal tracks : 9 comments : Italy – since 2000 – standard instrumentation plus sax – solid guitar sound – metal minded recommended tracks : Just A Sacrifice score : 7.5 home : www.neverdream.it Go to top
band : compilation CD : A Compilation 2 label : Black Rain, NoiTekk, ARS, Funkwelten style : various tracks : 28 (2CD) comments : some of the good contributions are by Die Sektor, Distorted Memory, Dawn Of Ashes, Feindflug, Cyborg Attack, Supreme Court, Kutna Hora, Lamia, Flint Glass – different styles – several good melodies – from danceable to harsh – from droning beats to fragile guitar work – different structures – CD2 holds more guitar oriented dark folk tracks besides gentle electronics recommended tracks : Martyrdom by FGFC820, When Darkness Falls by Novalis Deux score : 8.5 home : www.blackrain.de Go to top
band : Xandria CD : Salom� label : Drakkar style : gothic metal tracks : 12 release date : 28/5/07 comments : they debuted in 2003 - this time joining in are the "Deutsche Filmorchester Babelsberg" (engl.: the German movie soundtrack orchestra in Berlin), providing atmospheric moments – guest appearances of Lyriel singer Jessica Thierjung and Grant Stevens from Australia – different points of view – excellent production – good female vocals – electronic assistance – variation – catchy melodies – the songs follow very nice on the disc – steady guitar tracks and ballads – a must have! recommended tracks : Emotional Man, Firestorm, Sisters Of The Light, On My Way score : 10 home : http://www.xandria.de/ Go to top
band : David Peachy CD : Bloemenraad label : self released style : ballads tracks : 5 comments : singer songwriter – acoustic guitar – calm and gentle – good compositions recommended tracks : No Trains To Luxembourg, Regalement score : 7.5 home : http://davidpeachy.com Go to top
band : Miriam CD : When Beauty Is Invisible label : Decadance style : electro pop tracks : 11 comments : Italian trio - spans genres across electro, ethereal and orchestral atmospheres – calm – etheric – beautiful female vocals – light beats – even danceable – good production – electronic ballads recommended tracks : I Look Around, When Beauty Is Invisible, Nightporter score : 8 home : www.miriam-music.com Go to top
band : James D Stark CD : Music Of The Night label : self released style : romantic synthpop tracks : 11 comments : independent artist – for fans of Wolfsheim – dark romantic style – quiet – good quality – very good production – electronic ballads – dreamy pop compositions with dark elements recommended tracks : Prisoner, Hell score : 7.5 home : http://www.jamesdstark.com/ Go to top

12-01-2007

band : Deathboy CD : End Of An Error label : Out Of Line style : electro rock tracks : 11 release date : 22/01/07 comments : Deathboy was formed in 2002 - follow up for the Crash Cars album - production by Rico (Gary Numan, Tricky) and John Fryer (Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Jesus Jones) - needs re-listening - nervous rhythms - catchy, solid melodies - alternative - guitar and electronics - variation recommended tracks : Black Morning, Money & Confidence, Slip, Lullaby, Cheap shot score : 7 home : http://www.deathboy.co.uk Go to top
band : Digital Geist CD : The Zero Engine label : self released style : EBM tracks : 12 comments : electro break project by Alex Kourelis - a feel for great melodies - since 1999 - experimentations with electro beats - contributions from Dharma Lab, Timid, Neotek, Front 242 and spoken word artist Krista Dragomer - hypnotizing beats - tempo changes - close to techno - catchy tunes - little vocals - sweet sounds - different layers - well structured melodies - highly danceable - variation - stereo! recommended tracks : Phase I, Red Techno, Keep The Faith score : 8,5 home : http://www.digitalgeist.com Go to top
band : Anti Trust CD : Die Welt Ist So Schön, Viel Schöner Als Der Mond label : Herden Media style : EBM tracks : 12 comments : minimalistic, yet good compositions - hints to the eighties - playful melodies - electronic - easy but good - danceable - livelily - up to date and timeless together recommended tracks : Brennendes Land score : 8 Go to top
band : The Red Flags CD : Hundreds Of Sunshine label : Folkwit style : folk tracks : 15 comments : Keith Mouland in collaboration with KC O'Shea - folk, country, blues - calm - reminds me of Jim Lampos - acoustic guitar - melancholic - little gothic elements recommended tracks : score : 6 home : http://www.theredflags.net Go to top
band : compilation CD : Line Out & Chums vol.1 label : Line Out tracks : 14 comments : nice collection of artists and songs - electronic - experimental - unusual - danceable - something for everybody recommended tracks : Cheap Shot by Deathboy, Vanessa by Jetstream Lovers, Homeless Samurai by Reincarnationfish, Controlled Hysteria by Tauma Pet score : 7.5 home : http://www.lineoutrecords.com Go to top
band : The Seventh Season DVD: Transposition label : Independent Records style : rock tracks : 13 comments : performing since 1972 - father and son in the same band - live concert recorded in February 2006 - rock music - blues - funky rock 'n' roll - less gothic elements - makes me think of Porno For Pyros and Midnight Oil in some way recommended tracks : Commando, Pirate Songs score : 6.5 home : http://theseventhseason.net Go to top
band : Jetstream Lovers CD : Voodoo Nature label : Line Out Records style : electro-indie tracks : 8 release date : 12/02/07 comments : E.P. - ex-Goteki frontman Ross Tregenza - sophisticated sound - includind Ace Of Bass cover All That She Wants - dark undertone - mix of rock and electronic music - gentle and accessible - catchy - modern pop - needs relistening - ambitious CD recommended tracks : Vanessa, Mexican Standoff, Journey To Storyville score : 9 home : http://www.jetstremlovers.com Go to top

15-12-2006

band : compilation CD : Effleurement label : Prikosnovenie style : female vocals tracks : 17 release date : 6/11/06 comments : this is the 100th release of the label in 15 years - seventeen track sampler + 17 illustrated cards - great contributions - heavenly female voices - calm - different styles - energetic, neo-folk, experimental, dreamy, mystic, celtic - music for faeries and elves - sensitive recommended tracks : Long Lake by Caprice vs Moon Far Away, Loove by Secret Vibes, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen by Loreena McKennitt, A Ticket To Death by Misstrip, Daisies by Glena Voynarovskaya (Flëur) and furthermore Pinkruby, Irfan, Jack Or Jive, Louisa John Krol, Daemonia Nymphe and many others score : 8 home : http://www.prikosnovenie.com Go to top
band : In The Nursery CD : Era label : ITN style : dark romantic pop tracks : 10 release date : 22/01/07 comments : rather than mark their 25 year career with a compilation, they produced a new album - Sheffield based - besides contributions from vocalist Dolores Marguerite C. and drummer David Elektrik, the album features a number of collaborations with guest vocalist Sarah Jay Hawley - great addition of vocals - romantic - bombastic - classical - emotional soundscapes - can easily be filed as film music - renewing recommended tracks : Blueprint, Silent In Time, Landlost score : 8.5 home : http://www.inthenursery.com Go to top
band : Donohoe CD : Shi Jing, Ancient Book Of Songs label : self released style : classical experimental tracks : 10 comments : mix of modern and classical avantgarde - eastern influences - melancholic and dreamy to even rock - sometimes songs resemble - Donohoe has spent the last two years studying the works of Shi Jing and other ancient texts - 10 pieces were selected from the ancient text which formed the basis for the project - Chinese and modern Western instruments recommended tracks : Minnow Net, Heaven, Man At Arms score : 6 home : http://www.donohoemusic.com Go to top
band : Ghost In The Machine CD : The One Within label : self released style : industrial rock tracks : 13 release date : comments : from Milwaukee WI USA - debut was released in 1998 - including the Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top cover - thirteen songs right after the intro - powerful - blend of electronics and guitar - professional - Daft Punk meets Metallica recommended tracks : Confession, King Of My World, The One You Love score : 8 home : http://www.gitm.net Go to top
band : The Evasion On Stake CD : Again In The Past - Part 1 label : Herden Media style : new wave tracks : 16 comments : since 1987 - Haiko Herden - numberless tapes were recorded - This CD offers an overview on the releases of the early 90s - dark romantic - sometimes quite chaotic - self-willed - the disc includes very good songs as well as less accessible ones - variation - monumental - bombastic and energetic - hints to The Cure - the album will be followed by Part 2 recommended tracks : Waiting, Stability & Gossip score : 6 Go to top
band : Charlotte's Shadow CD : Hush label : The Art Records style : goth rock tracks : 11+bonus release date : 01/06/06 comments : 2nd full length release - good meldies - recording quality could be better - touched by the hand of Sisters Of Mercy - melancholic - trio - romanticism and melancholy - including Ramones cover recommended tracks : Hush score : 6 home : http://www.charlottesshadow.com Go to top
band : Das Institut CD : Zukunftmusik label : Herden Media style : electronic tracks : 5 comments : gentle electronic dance music - subtle melodies - electropop - eighties touch (or even earlier) - even jazzy from time to time - seducing from the first listening session - only 20 minutes, only 5 songs - female vocals - CD comes in a special black box recommended tracks : Das Kraftwerk, Transworld Deluxe, Zukunftmusik score : 8 home : http://www.institut-schuster.de Go to top

08-12-2006

band : De/Vision CD : Best Of ... label : Drakkar style : electro pop tracks : 17+14 comments : after 18 years of De/Vision - great melodies - different styles of electronic music - plus new song - emotional - sometimes with guitar - synth pop / EBM - high quality - variation - the limited version of the album includes another CD with special remixes - no pounding beats, but subtle melodies and excellent vocals - sweet pop melodies - this is for your ears, what champagne is for your tongue recommended tracks : Foreigner, Unputdownable, Still Unknown, Sadness (The Sad Death Of Mix) score : 10 home : http://www.devision-music.de Go to top
band : Legion Within CD : The Empty Men label : self released style : death rock / goth rock tracks : 7 release date : 13/02/07 comments : founded in 2000 - third album - solid sound - seducing guitars - creepy vocals - melancholic as well as fine rock melodies - balancing on the edge between goth rock and industrial dance metal - well balanced - hints to Bauhaus, The Empire Hideous - recommended tracks : Wrath Of The Empty Men - Led Astray score : 7 home : http://www.legionwithin.com Go to top
band : Transzendenz CD : OuiJa, Incantation label : Legatus style : electro tracks : 10 release date : 31/10/06 comments : guest vocals by Betty Piel - since 2003 - use of unconventional instruments - brother and sister - eight songs plus intro and outro - their own special approach - straight forward beat with other layers - some digeridoo - unique style recommended tracks : Calling, Schwarzkraft score : 7 home : http://www.transzendenz.org/ Go to top
band : The Organism CD : New World label : self released style : dark wave tracks : 13 comments : leaves mixed feelings - good ideas, good approach, nice structure, intelligent melodies - recording quality could be better, poor vocals, low sound quality recommended tracks : Angels Of Fashion, Darling, Seaward, Liquid Sky score : 5.5 home : http://www.theorganism.org Go to top
band : Siva Six CD : Black Will label : Decadance style : dark EBM/industrial tracks : 13 release date : 06/11/06 comments : second release - obscure - after seven moths in the studio - dark harsh vocals - dark electro - Nine Inch Nails for the dancefloor - strong melodies - catchy tunes - high quality - samples - plus an instrumental interlude recommended tracks : The Seal, Her Eyes Black, Pig score : 9 home : http://www.sivasix.com Go to top
band : Floating Stone CD : Arco's Third Eye label : NetMusicZone style : rock/pop tracks : 14+6 release date : 29/09/06 comments : 2CD - guitarist and percussionist from Anne Clark - formed in 1999 - great fingerstyle guitar - disc one holds the pure acoustic instrumental songs (one features guest vocals by Anne Clark) - other guest appearances are by Engel (cello) and Murat Parklan (piano) - recognisable - intimate - special - people who play the guitar should listen to this album, not only because it holds great songs but also as a lesson in technique - second disc holds remixes by ambient noise produces Xabec - funk grooves - ambient / trip hop remixes recommended tracks : Dittany score : 8.5 home : http://www.jeffaug.com Go to top
band : Cromax International CD : untitled label : Wannsee style : cyberpunk tracks : 12 comments : fun music project - vocals reminding of Sex Pistols - easy lyrics - straight forward - uncomplicated melodies - steady - catchy sing-along's recommended tracks : Electro-Cop, Electric Pussy Boogie score : 7 home : http://www.cromaxinternational.de Go to top

17-11-2006

band : Re/Move CD : Uppercut label : Decadance style : EBM tracks : 12 release date : 30/9/6 comments : debut album – from Tenerife, Spain – first track is an intro – dancefloor attack – honest, catchy melodies – accessible sounds – in the style of VNV Nation, Genetic Variation, Digital Factor, Dupont – a good balance between seducing synth rhythms, guitar and vocals recommended tracks : I’m Over Again, Are We Here, Hot Skins score : 7.5 home : http://www.re-move.com/ Go to top
band : Misstrip CD : Sibylline label : Prikosnovenie style : experimental rock tracks : 12 + 1 video release date : 09/10/06 comments : excellent intriguing vocals – after a 4 track self released CD – the songs hold you attention in a special way – for people who like Sonja Kraushoffer, Cranes, Curve – emotional and rough at the same time – modern unique approach – variety in structure and sounds – after an explosive start, building up a lot of energy for the rest of the album recommended tracks : A Ticket To Death, Marvellous Pills, Inside And Beyond, Exhibition Room score : 9 home : www.misstrip.fr Go to top
band : Snake Skin CD : Bite Me / Etterna label : Hall Of Sermon style : EBM/electro tracks : 4 comments : Tilo Wolff’s electronic counterpart for Lacrimosa, where songs are not born out of poetry – plus vocals by opera singer Kerstin Doelle – the second full length album Canta’Tronic was released on October 6th – danceable yet cold – a fight between vocal styles – strict straight forward beats – strong catchy melodies recommended tracks : Bite Me score : 7 home : www.snakeskin.ch Go to top
band : Vidharr CD : Rising From Abyss label : self released style : black metal tracks : 4 comments : first official demo – dark vocals – heavy guitar riffs – little gothic influences – variety in tempo – from Rome, Italy – pure black metal recommended tracks : Evil Glory score : 5.5 home : www.vidharr.tk Go to top
band : Ran CD : untitled label : Decadance style : experimental, romantic dark pop tracks : 10 + 1 video release date : 30/9/6 comments : reminds me of early Cranes, Ivoux and hints of Curve - heavenly yet experimental - needs several listening sessions - always building up the tension but never letting it go - new and innovative project – first CD by Ran - violent noises, soft noises – balancing on the edge of rock, industrial and pop – eccentric – original outsider recommended tracks : Call, Foggy, Anatomy, Collyrium score : 9 home : http://www.decadancerecords.it/ran/ Go to top
band : Cancrena CD : Fears label : self released style : trash metal tracks : 7 comments : from the south of Italy – screamy vocals – cutting guitar sounds – producing quality could be better recommended tracks : Fears score : 4 home : www.cancrena.cjb.net Go to top
band : Shed CD : At The Crossroads label : self released style : romantic pop tracks : 14 comments : formed in 1999 – trip hop – also instrumental tracks – more professional – calm romantic melodies – close to dark wave – reminds of End Of Orgy – peaceful recommended tracks : Outside, Ordinary Binary Man score : 7.5 home : www.shed.fr Go to top

01-09-2006

band : Sinbeats CD : Sinbeats label : Finest Noise style : rock/wave tracks : 13 comments : trio - eighties minded goth rock - strong guitars - good charismatic vocals - not heavy, yet a solid sound - recognisable - accessible and melodic - a calmer second part of the CD recommended tracks : Down The Line, Farewell score : 8 home : http://www.sinbeats.net Go to top
band : Shivan CD : When Wishes Sicken label : self released style : gothic metal tracks : 11 comments : three track demo - since 1996 - needs several listening sessions - ode to the guitar - hard screamy vocals - rather long tracks - excellent Italian band recommended tracks : Kingdom Of Deceit, Hoarder Of Illusions score : 7 home : http://www.shivan-ve.com Go to top
band : Glenn Love CD : Belle Epoque label : Sonic X style : EBM/darkwave tracks : 14 comments : Canadian underground artist - dark electronic loops - including danceable remixes by AntiStasis and TH Industry - easy, but catchy melodies - mainly instrumental recommended tracks : Iceland, Darkroom, Landwehr score : 6 home : http://www.glennlove.com Go to top
band : Skorbut CD : Access All Areas label : Sonic X style : electro tracks : 12 comments : trio - well balanced - lyrics in German and English - raw vocals - rough approach - also calm dark atmospheric tracks - since 1993 - recommended tracks : Hypostase, Toxic Jesus, Morbid Greetings, The World Is beautiful, Moment Of Clarification score : 8 home : http://www.skorbut.net Go to top
band : Adversus CD : Einer Nacht Gewesenes label : Sonorium style : gothic renaissance tracks : 17 comments : second album - seven musicians - orchestral - from gothic to electro, from folk to metal - male and female vocals - the CD is divided in three parts - bombastic - creepy - a lot of variation that never gets boring - calm parts and heavy passages - plenty of influences - mainly long tracks - recommended tracks : Di Nihilistenhymne (Seelenwinter II) - Spinnenbein Und Falkenherz score : 8 home : http://www.adversus.de Go to top

24-08-2006

band : Blind Before Dawn CD : Distance label : self released style : EBM, synthpop tracks : 11 comments : all songs written by D. Lovatt - light up beat melodies - Manchester, UK based gothic rock act, relocated to Amsterdam in the Netherlands during 2005 - poppy sound - accessible melodies recommended tracks : Futurist score : 5 home : http://www.blindbeforedawn.tk Go to top
band : Cindergarden CD : Underground Light Machine label : Looking Glass Records style : tracks : 12 comments : subtle approach - well balanced - mysterious - undefined attractive parts - makes you long for more - poetic - dreamy goth pop recommended tracks : One By One - Dirty Ritual score : 8 home : http://www.cindergarden.com Go to top
band : Wings Of Reality CD : Surrounded By Darkness label : self released style : prog rock tracks : 3 comments : a mix of styles - guitars - long tracks, holding a lot of variety - 5 band members - experimental recommended tracks : Surrounded By Darkness score : 6 home : http://www.wingsofreality.com Go to top
band : Impulsive Lust CD : Gothic Reggae label : self released style : pop tracks : 12 comments : simple compositions - little variation in structure and sound - pour arrangements - honest - straight from the heart - I think you have to be stoned to listen to gothic reggae recommended tracks : score : 1 home : http://www.impulsivelust.com Go to top
band : Qntal CD : Von Den Elben label : Drakkar style : goth pop tracks : 3 release date : 25/8/6 comments : taken from the album Silver Swan - founded in 1991 - roots in classical music - trio - 2 ballads and one danceable track - harmonic compositions - medieval touch - crystal clear vocals score : 8 home : http://www.qntal.de Go to top

07-08-2006

band : Libitina CD : Parhelion label : Libation style : electro goth tracks : 12 release date : 05/05/06 comments : co-produced by Rez Udhin (Inertia), who also adds backing vocals - a mix of classic gothic guitars and modern electronics - recognisable sound - the band has matured - danceable - they also added German lyrics (the English talk German!) - ambitious trio recommended tracks : Memento Mori score : 7 home : http://www.libationrecords.co.uk Go to top
band : Ador dorath CD : Symbols label : self released style : black metal tracks : 10 comments : strong sound - dark male and clear female vocals - heavy - 2nd album - well balanced - little goth elements - fast tempo - recommended tracks : Rosa, Earth, Balance score : 7 home : http://www.adordorath.com Go to top
band : Propulsion CD : Mercury Skies label : self released style : EBM tracks : 4 comments : introducing female vocals beside the well known male voices - steady beat - music to dance to - Belgian band - reminds me of FAQ - one track with Spanish lyrics - melodic - again one step further recommended tracks : Mercury Skies - Virtual Conflict score : 7.5 home : http://www.propulsion.org Go to top
band : Cyborg Attack CD : Stoerf***tor label : Black Rain style : electro tracks : 13 comments : hard steady beat - rough vocals - besides German lyrics also English spoken songs - foursome - good compositions recommended tracks : Stoerf***tor, Verlierer, Alptraum Leben score : 8 home : http://www.cyborg-attack.de Go to top
band : Midnight Syndicate CD : Out Of The Darkness (retrospective 1994-1999) label : Entity style : tracks : 24 comments : features over one hour of re-recorded and re-mastered music - classic horror music - also four previously unreleased tracks - 2 men write separate tracks - Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka - nine years hence and eight releases - piano - creepy atmosphere - funeral procession music recommended tracks : Legions Of The Night, Prisoner Of Time score : 8 home : http://www.midnightsyndicate.com Go to top
band : Massiv In Mensch CD : Klang Der Unsterblichkeit label : ArtOfFact style : electro tracks : 6 release date : 20/06/06 comments : darkravers - dance floor fillers - restless groove - remix by The Promise - including another remix, a b-side and a live version of ABBA's You're The Greatest lover - catchy - pounding beats recommended tracks : Klang Der Unsterblichkeit score : 7 home : http://massiv-in-mensch.de/ Go to top

02-06-2006

band : Bloodflowerz CD : Dark Love Poems label : Silverdust style : gothic rock/metal tracks : 11 release date : 23/06/06 comments : female singer songwriter - after two years of silence - a new line up - solid sound - well balanced - mid tempo, up tempo and easy tracks - heavy sound - orchestral compositions recommended tracks : The Last Dance score : 8.5 home : http://www.bloodflowerz.com Go to top
band : The Divine Madness CD : Precious EP label : self released style : dark pop tracks : 5 comments : LA based - difficult to put a style on this music - special - unique sound - pop music touched by dark influences - well produced - not calm, not hard, and not even in between - good female vocals - romantic - with a hint to the eighties - a fresh wind in music land - excellent - already curious for more recommended tracks : Crawl score : 9 home : http://www.thedivinemadness.net Go to top
band : Kaniget CD : Kaniget label : self released style : gothic rock tracks : 10 comments : bad recording quality - dark rock - slow tempo tracks - LA California - gloomy recommended tracks : Night Crawlers score : 2 home : http://www.kaniget.com Go to top
band : Shhh... CD : - label : Thisco style : experimental tracks : 12 comments : unusual tempos - spoken words - harsh sound - rhythmic - electro industrial - nervous beat - well arranged - sometimes calm, sometimes strange, sometimes catchy, experimental recommended tracks : Don't Panic, Mathematics score : 7 home : http://www.shhh.no.sapo.pt Go to top

19-05-2006

band : Conil CD : Dog Meat Stew / Time Settles label : Great Hare Records style : singer songwriter tracks : 2 comments : intimate - acoustic guitar ballads with balls - nice melodies - good arrangements - calm and yet holding a lot of energy - good vocals score : 8 home : http://www.conilmusic.com Go to top
band : Lacrimosa CD : Lichtgestalt label : Hall Of Sermon style : gothic metal tracks : 8 + 1hidden release date : 02/05/05 comments : orchestral gothic metal - calm as well as strong tracks - unmistakable Lacrimosa - obviously Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi - holding exploding emotions - lyrics in German and English - some lyrics were taken from the bible - extra track is a special version of The Party Is Over - well produced - excellent arrangements - gentle dreamy parts are combined with bombastic compositions recommended tracks : Kelch Der Liebe, Lichtgestalt score : 9 home : http://www.lacrimosa.de/ Go to top
band : Spies Under Von Magnet Influence CD : Shape Your Shade label : Thisco style : electronics meets flamenco tracks : 4 release date : 05/04/06 comments : Spies, electronica hybrid project of Holeg meet the creators of magnet flamenco Von Magnet - about 30 minutes of electronic music from France - two songs together with Von Magnet - an unusual combination recommended tracks : Nostalghian's Shape - calm, floating melodies - experimental, meditating ambient gets powered by flamenco guitars score : 7 home : http://www.spies.tv Go to top
band : Snake Skin CD : Melissa label : Hall Of Sermon style : electro tracks : 2 comments : side project from Tilo Wolff (Lacrimosa) - danceable - steady beat - labeled with electro music - takes some time to get used to it, but then you can not sit still - Meissa keeps spinning in your head for some more days score : 7 home : http://www.snakeskin.ch/ Go to top
band : The Empire Hideous CD : Body Of Work label : Middle Pillar style : deathrock, gothrock tracks : 15 comments : holds the first releases (Empire Hideous 12" vinyl EP, This Evil On earth EP (previously only on cassette) and Only Time Will Tell (first full length)) - plus the previously unreleased track, Locked Up Inside - since 1988 - front man Myke Hideous - dark vocals - solid rock sound - old songs but still great music - unique aproach recommended tracks : Wild Life, Letters From Puppets, To Thread A Needle, November score : 7.5 home : http://www.empirehideous.com Go to top
band : Myk Jung CD : Zenith Is Decline label : Endless style : goth rock ballads tracks : 15 release date : comments : so far known as voice of The Fair Sex and Nice Gods Bleed - first musical project under his own name - melancholic - gentle - sad songs he created throughout long years of secret composing - two ballads hold Allegra, his ten year old daughter, on lead vocals - emotional - dark ballads - variations on one style recommended tracks : The Ancient Moon, Beyond All score : 6.5 home : http://www.mykjung.de Go to top
band : compilation CD : Sick Twisted Individual vol.2 label : Nightbreed/Dark Reality Records style : all tracks : 15 comments : dark and heavy - from industrial dance metal to gothic rock - experimental - al lot of variation - F**k the mainstream - the soundtrack of the underground - nice album to see what's going on in gothic UK recommended tracks : Skinwalker (Moriarti And The Sith), War Of The Pygmies (Rome Burns), Insomnia (All Living Fear), Raptured Saints (Deviant UK), Day After Never (Pro-Jekt) score : 7 home : www.pure-power.co.uk Go to top
band : Lacrimosa CD : Lichtgestalt label : Hall Of Sermon style : gothic metal tracks : 2 comments : two tracks are a bit short to enjoy Lacrimosa's compositions - as an example to many gothic metal bands - melodic - strong melody - taken from the Lichtgestalt album score : 8 home : http://www.lacrimosa.de/ Go to top

14-04-2006

band : Angel Theory CD : Re-Possession label : GUP/Endless style : EBM/dark wave tracks : 12 comments : second album - solo project of Charles Fenech - catchy - different tempos - seducing melodies - excellent producing - good opening track makes you longing for more - from danceable to highly danceable - dark wave blended with EBM - fine EBM with hints of industrial - encourages the use of the replay button recommended tracks : I Feel Disease, Black And Blue score : 9.5 home : http://www.angeltheory.com Go to top
band : Mindless Self Indulgence CD : Straight To Video (The Remixes) label : Metropolis style : electronic punk tracks : 17 comments : since 1997 - seventeen different remixes by Frontline Assembly, Assemblage 23, Front 242, Combichrist, KMFDM, The Birthday Massacre, Combichrist, Velvet Acid Christ, Noise Unit, PAL and many others - also included is the acapella and instrumental tracks for Straight To Video so that fans can create their own remix, good but it is 17 times the same track - by the time you know the lyrics by heart you've reached the instrumental versions - high quality recommended tracks : KMFDM, Combichrist score : 7 home : http://www.mindlessselfindulgence.com/ Go to top
band : Sumerland CD : Imaginary Ways label : Middle Pillar style : dark alternative tracks : 9 comments : second album - quartet - haunting vocals by Dorien Campbell - additional vocals by Tiffany Lee Brown - strange ballads - gloomy - dark arrangements - guitar minded recommended tracks : So Many Selves score : 7 home : http://www.middlepillar.com/sumerland Go to top
band : Pro-Jekt CD : Defiance label : Pure Power style : industrial dance metal tracks : 11 comments : from UK's dark alternative scene - a danceable beat is combined with a heavy guitar line - strong and creepy - rough, still holding catchy melodies - good vocals (reminding of Suspiria and such) - not for the main stream - well balanced - good production - gothic touch recommended tracks : Evilution, The Day After Never, Drowning In Someone Else's Soul, Avenues Of Defiance score : 8 home : http://www.pro-jekt.org Go to top
band : Kirlian Camera CD : Coroner's Sun label : Trisol style : electronic tracks : 10+7 (2CD) release date : January 2006 comments : the band really was born in 1979, called Suicide Commando, but this name was dropped for the existence of a namesake band - founded in 1980 by the keyboardist/vocalist Angelo Bergamini - Elena Fossi joined the band in 2000 - fathers of Italian electronic music - limited edition (including a full-length Bonus CD with exclusive material) - remixes by Punto Omega, Wumpscut and others - 2 bonus tracks - a lot variation while maintaining the own style - calm melodies, heavy structures, danceable and sometimes even techno minded recommended tracks : Coroner's Sun (official version), No One Remained score : 9 home : http://www.kirliancamera.com Go to top
band : Concept 7 CD : The Undeniable Constant label : self released style : industrial dance metal tracks : 11 comments : opening track as intro - also instrumental tracks - heavy sound - dark vocals - samples - distorted guitars and a strong beat - unusual melodies recommended tracks : Functional Concrete, Seven States Of Panic score : 5 home : http://www.concept-7.net Go to top
band : Skeletal Family CD : Sakura label : Gepek style : alternative rock tracks : 12 comments : female vocals - sometimes reminding of Siouxsie - gothic rock roots - including Iggy Pop's cover Nightclubbing - guitar orientated recommended tracks : Lies, Hearts Beating, Freak score : 5 home : http://www.skeletalfamily.com Go to top
band : Resurrection Eve CD : Ascension label : GUP/Endless style : EBM tracks : 12 comments : dark electronics - duo - starts slowly - synthpop influences - with dancefloor appeal - makes your feet move - for fans of VNV Nation - guest musicians for flute and bowed bass recommended tracks : Through The darkness score : 8 home : http://www.resurrectioneve.com Go to top
band : Suicide Commando CD : Bind, Torture, Kill label : Dependent style : EBM/electro tracks : 11 release date : 28/03/06 comments : Belgian electro - central theme is the psyche of a serial killer - Johan Van Roy - typical recognisable sound - well composed - dance floor fillers - catchy melody, cold hard sound, creepy vocals - samples - needs re-listening - exactly 59 minutes - 59 seconds recommended tracks : Godsend (Deceased Part II) score : 8 home : http://www.suicidecommando.be/ Go to top

07-04-2006

band : Moopo CD : The Only Word Of My Prayer label : Seahorse style : melancholic pop tracks : 13 comments : gentle approach - calm - relaxing - ballads - honest sound recommended tracks : Above Me score : 7 home : http://www.seahorserecordings.com Go to top
band : Compulsion CD : Machines label : Decadance style : industrial future pop tracks : 11 release date : comments : this trio began in 1997 as a Depeche Mode cover band - making music that is not quite synthpop, is not quite electro, is not quite dance, and yet possesing all of these qualities - industrial orientated mid-tempo dark pop - even danceable - special own style - spacey sounds - diversity - professional approach recommended tracks : One Day, Doors Of Sin, Hung Of A Thread score : 9 home : http://www.decadancerecords.it/compulsion Go to top
band : compilation CD : Carpe Noctem Festival - Sturmgewitter Ziehn Durchs Land label : Carpe Noctem style : ritual, industrial tracks : 10 comments : this compilation gathers contributions from HERR, The Days Of The Trumpet Call, Dead Man's Hill, Von Thronstahl - a lot of variety - from classical to ritual - with or without vocals - guitars and electronics - recommended tracks : Tanz Konstantinopel (HERR), Honour (The Days Of The Trumpet Call), Vesterbro (Dead Man's Hill), Wider Die Masse (Von Thronstahl) score : 8 home : http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/carpenoctem-beatnation Go to top
band : The Dogma CD : Black Roses label : Drakkar style : metal tracks : 10 release date : 31/03/06 comments : debut CD - from Italy - progressive elements with a touch of melancholia - five musicians - powerful, melodic guitar lines - strong compositions recommended tracks : Black Roses, Temptation score : 6.5 home : http://www.thedogma.net/ Go to top
band : Fear Falls Burning CD : He Spoke In Dead Tongues (double CD) label : Projekt/Ikon style : electro acoustic industrial tracks : 5+4 comments : debut album - performances on the electric guitar - lo-fi instrumental - experimental - dark soundscapes are formed by guitar experiments - long compositions - nameless tracks - unique approach - also involved in Vidna Obmana score : 7 home : http://www.fearfallsburning.be Go to top
band : Blessed Child Opera CD : Looking After The Child label : Seahorse style : melancholic pop tracks : 13 comments : special CD box - dark pop ballads - sad, melancholic atmosphere - mainly classical instrumentation - sometimes a bit chaotic, without loosing the melody - quartet recommended tracks : Flashing Lights, Escape Song, Kill The Moment, To Reach Peace score : 8 home : http://www.seahorserecordings.com Go to top

29-03-2006

band : Edward Artemiev CD : Shadows Of A Theater label : Electrshock style : classical tracks : 24 comments : Russian composer - music from films and theatre plays - produced by his son Artemiy Artemiev - classical - instrumental - working with a returning melody - sometimes with baroc influences - even a strange approach in Moliere's Last Role recommended tracks : Actors score : 7 home : http://www.electroshock.ru/eng/edward/index.html Go to top
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band : Psychopunch CD : Kamikaze Love Reducer label : Silverdust style : rock 'n' roll tracks : 10 release date : 20/01/06 comments : energetic, fast guitars - heavy and melodic - first songs make your feet move immediately to the drum and before you know, your head is following the guitar line - sing alongs - rock 'n' roll baby, rock 'n' roll - good album but very little goth elements recommended tracks : Poison Alley Groove, Overrated, Everlasting, Like A Fake Heart Love Reaction score : 7 home : http://www.psychopunch.com Go to top
band : Steril CD : 400 Years Of Electronic Music label : ArtOfFact style : electronic industrial tracks : 13 comments : best tracks of their career - remastered - three man - electronic attack - synths combined with guitars - energetic - new album in May 2006 recommended tracks : Strange Pusher, No Remission, Guess, Connected, I Get Closer score : 8 Go to top
band : FAQ CD : Is pornography art? label : Synthetic style : EBM tracks : 16 release date : comments : EBM,synthpop - three remixes as bonus tracks - combining male and female vocals - songs to dance upon - melodic - One Trip One Noise from Noir Désir - the song Heartbreaker features porn star Jenna Jameson recommended tracks : The World Is Cold Enough, Minor, We Come In Pieces, Second Skin score : 6.5 home : http://www.f-a-q.ch Go to top
band : Edward Artemiev CD : So Weit Die Füsse Tragen label : Electrshock style : classical electronics tracks : 38 comments : well known artist in electroacoustic and electro avantgarde music - music for the motion picture of Josef Martin Buaer's novel - short instrumental tracks - calm atmosphere - variation in the music score : 6 home : http://www.electroshock.ru/eng/edward/index.html Go to top

24-03-2006

band : Schattenschlag CD : Twisted Mind Of Perversion label : Pandaimonium style : electro tracks : 12 comments : second full length album - limited edition with bonus remix CD - dark - pounding beats - hard cold melodies - distorted vocals recommended tracks : My Fault, Sentenced To Death, Dreaming Evil score : 7.5 home : http://www.schattenschlag.com Go to top
band : Stateofbeing CD : Haywire:Remixes 2:2 label : self released style : electro rock tracks : 7 comments : lead singer Christhopher Földi - 4 mixes by Andy Kubiszewski (who produced the album Haywire) - blend of guitar and electronic elements - energetic - since early 90's - danceable rock sound recommended tracks : Losing It (vcr mix) score : 6 home : http://www.stateofbeing.com Go to top
band : Songs Of Lemuria CD : Shake The Disease label : Wannsee style : Depeche Mode tribute tracks :5 release date : 20/01/06 comments : vocals by Michaela Laubach - additional vocals by Nik Page - piano and cello - classical interpretation of Depeche Mode tracks - peaceful recommended tracks : Shake The Disease score : 6.5 home : http://www.songsoflemuria.de Go to top
band : Caprice CD : Tales Of The Uninvited label : Prikosnovénie style : neo classical, heavenly voices tracks : 12 release date : March 2006 comments : intense - Inna takes care of the classical vocals - with harp, flute, violin, clarinet, contrabassoon, cello and other classical instruments - their own typical style - daring - this album is an attempt to show what the music of faeries sounds like - most lyrics are sung in the language of Laoris (which was specially created for this album) recommended tracks : Enter Laoris, The Court Of Faerie score : 7.5 home : http://www.caprice-music.com Go to top
band : compilation CD : Electronic Thisturbance label : Thisco style : electro acoustical tracks : 10 comments : from weird to relaxing - from peaceful to catchy - a wide variation in ambient electronic music - sound poetry recommended tracks : Value (by Jarboe), Le Corps & L'âme (by Wild Shores) score : 6 home : http://www.thisco.net Go to top
band : Silvery CD : High-Class High On label : Dark Wings style : alternative gothic, death rock tracks : 12 comments : founded in 1999 - female vocals by Rosa - from Bielefeld, Germany - a modern approach of rock music - combinations of piano and guitar - the album brings variety recommended tracks : No Way Out, Hollow score : 8 home : http://www.silverysounds.de Go to top
band : Artica CD : Plastic Terror label : Decadance style : industrial gothic-rock tracks : 11 comments : formed in 1989 - third album - from Rome - powerful - a lot of variety - dark dramatic touch - catchy recommended tracks : Black Eyes, Plastic Terror, Engel score : 8.5 home : www.articaweb.it Go to top
band : Midnight Syndicate CD : The 13th Hour label : Entity Productions style : instrumental tracks : 25 comments : short tracks - dark atmosphere - creepy soundscapes - Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka - gothic horror - bombastic to gloomy - Halloween soundtracks - formed in 1997 - gothic orchestration - next Midnight Syndicate disc set for early 2007 which will explore a haunted carnival theme score : 7 home : http://www.midnightsyndicate.com Go to top
band : Allergy CD : Side Effects label : Granaten style : synthpop/EBM tracks : 13 comments : since 1995 - energetic and mid-tempo are presented - catchy melodies - danceable recommended tracks : Teufelkreis, Endless Journey, Ignorance score : 6.5 home : http://www.allergy-music.de Go to top
band : Kindred Spirits CD : No Room For Laughter label : M&A style : gothic tracks : 14 + 1 video comments : debut album - formed in 1996 - current line-up since 1998 - one girl (bass); three guys and a drum machine - from Sweden - containing covers from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and The Sisters Of Mercy - dark vocals - strong tempo - good melodies recommended tracks : Coming, Lost Souls, Valediction score : 8 home : http://www.kindred-spirits.tk Go to top
band : Venus Fly Trap CD : Zenith label : Big Blue style : future rock tracks : 11 comments : duo - 6th studio album - up-tempo as well as calmer tracks - their own special, unusual style - personal sound recommended tracks : Metropolis, Zen score : 4 home : http://www.spiralarchive.com Go to top

03-02-2006

band : Reactivate CD : Reactivate Your Mind label : Synthetic Productions/Epopland style : future pop, synthpop, EBM tracks : 12 release date : comments : newcomer - melodic - up tempo beats - reactivate your mind is the band's slogan, open your mind for new music - lyrics in English and German - duo - debut album - beats - danceable - good tempo - even for pop minded people recommended tracks : Be My Pride, No Way Out, Dream In Silence score : 7 home : http://www.reactivate.de Go to top
band : The Frozen Autumn CD : Is Anybody There? label : Pandaimonium style : dark wave tracks : 12 release date : 12/09/05 comments : Italian cult band - new release after more than 2 years - duo - composed by about 35 synths and samplers without using factory preset sounds - remixes by Ronny Moorings (Clan Of Xymox) and Sven Wolf (Dust Of Basement) - electronic - male and female vocals - wave as it should be - modern sound - dark atmosphere recommended tracks : Faceless Names, Static Cold, Venetian Blinds, Guardian Angel score : 8 home : http://www.thefrozenautumn.com Go to top
band : Theatres Des Vampires CD : Pleasure And Pain label : Dreamcell 11 style : gothic metal tracks : 11 comments : Italian - 7th album - now fronted by Mistress Sonya Scarlet - guests like Bruno Kramm (Das Ich), Flegias (Necrodeath), Dhilez (Ancient) and Giampaolo (Stormlord) - since 1995 - dark and heavy - reminds of Christian Death - orchestral recommended tracks : Pleasure And Pain, Black Mirror score : 6 home : http://www.theatres-des-vampires.com Go to top
band : Francesco Banchini + Louisa John Krol + Lys CD : Love Sessions 2 label : Prikosnovénie style : ethereal voices tracks : 16 release date : March 2006 comments : Love Sessions 1 was released in 2002 - artistic encounter - Francesco Banchini (from Italy) is front man of Gor - Australian Louisa John Krol - following their meeting during their Europeen tour in 2003 - with short interludes - classical instrumentation - + video - relaxing - medieval orientated recommended tracks : Shofar (inner mix), Emeraude, Dendrophori, Yahil score : 8 home : http://www.prikosnovenie.com Go to top
31-01-2006

band : The Breath Of life CD : Everlasting Souls label : Dark Wings style : gothic rock / dark wave tracks : 15 release date : 09/05/05 comments : Belgian band - recognisable voice - typical sound - + live tracks recorded in 2002 in Czech Republic - seventh album - 20 years of existence recommended tracks : Lost In Myself, Forgotten World score : 9 home : http://www.the-breath-of-life.com Go to top
band : Noise Unit CD : Voyeur label : Metropolis style : dark ambient tracks : 9 comments : side project from Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delerium) - since 1989 - atmospheric, smooth melodies - sometimes long intro - whispering vocals - drum n' bass vibe - gets you in trance recommended tracks : Strapdown, Tighten Up score : 7 Go to top
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band : Pinkruby CD : Garden label : Prikosnovenie style : ethereal voices tracks : 10 release date : November '05 comments : use of exotic instruments, such as the sas, psaltery, dulcimer, harp and double bass, as well as the more familiar guitar lines - lyrics are in Slovenian - second album - good atmospheric music - unique approach - peaceful harmonic melodies - +video recommended tracks : Kislica, Lusima, Zanamayo score : 7 home : http://www.pinkruby.com Go to top
band : The Machine In The Garden CD : Shadow Puppets label : Middle Pillar style : dark wave tracks : 11 release date : May 2005 comments : fifth release - dark and calm - ethereal melodies - dance friendly as well as subtle ballads - Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman - Texas USA recommended tracks : The Inside World, Winter Fell score : 8 home : http://www.tmitg.com Go to top
band : Sci Fi Industries CD : The Air Cutter label : Thisco style : dark ambient tracks : 12 comments : third release - Portugues - calm and yet danceable - catchy melodies - sometimes nervous - strong rhythms recommended tracks : Theory Of Disease, Murnaus Absistencia score : 8 Go to top
band : Elusive CD : The Great Silence label : Pandaimmonium style : gothic tracks : 11 release date : 27/06/05 comments : after 5 years of silence - follow-up to the debut album - powerful vocals - melancholic - not immediately overwhelming but convincing after a few listening sessions - rocking guitars and ballads - songs Coming Home reminds me of Billy Idol's Shock To The System recommended tracks : Ride, End Of Trail, Coming Home score : 7 home : http://www.elusive.no Go to top
band : Atrium Carceri CD : Kapnobatai label : Cold Meat Industry style : dark industrial ambient tracks : 14 comments : third album - creepy atmospheres - samples - industrial soundscapes - yet rhythmical recommended tracks : Impaled Butterfluy score : 7 Go to top
band : Louisa John Krol CD : Apple Pentacle label : Prikosnovénie style : fairy pop tracks : 12 release date : November '05 comments : fifth album - for fans of Kate Bush and Loreena Mc Kennith - typical Louisa John Krol style - calm and dreamy - Australian artist - album is divided in 3 parts recommended tracks : The Windrow, Escalder's Tree Ride score : 8 home : http://www.louisajohnkrol.com Go to top