Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Draconian Incubus – Ligeia (2014)

Draconian Incubus
Gothic Music Records
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For lovers of Love Like Blood, The Wake, Secret Discovery, and other 90’s Gothic Rock wonders , don’t miss Draconian Incubus’ album Ligeia. Noticeable enough to be highlighted: Draconian Incubus is from Costa Rica, a country not precisely famous for its dark scene. It’s great to be able to (re)discover cult bands, bands that probably didn't receive the attention they deserved in the first place. This is definitely my feeling about this band and album. Originally released in 2006, it has been remastered and is now released by Gothic Music Records.

The album kicks off with “Slave Of My Lust” and you get the feeling to be listening to an outtake of An Irony of Fate. The good thing is that the song is great, musically speaking it is punchy and has enough variations to make it genuinely original and not a Love Like Blood copy. The intensity rises gradually, it’s well written and well played, in two words: GOTHIC ROCK.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Club Bella Morte & Club Underworld: Release The Bats III (2014)

Liian monta viikkoa jäljellä pyhäinpäivään? Ei hätää, Club Bella Morte ja Club Underworld ottavat varaslähdön juhlintaan ja järjestävät yhteistyössä perinteiset Gothic Samhain juhlat jo viikkoa aikaisemmin!

Tapahtumapaikkana on perinteikäs Laterna. Kuten aiempina vuosina, parhaat asut palkitaan. Viimevuosina kilpailijoiden puvut ovat olleet tajunnan räjäyttäviä, joten kannattaa tulla paikanpäälle ihastelemaan, sillä kuvat eivät tee niille oikeutta.

Vaikka naamiaisasut eivät olisikaan sinun intohimosi, näyttävistä puvuista voit silti tulla nauttimaan sellaisena kuin olet. Levylautasella pyörivät niin vanhat kuin uudet EBM/Gothic-klassikot Samhain/Halloween -ylläreillä maustettuna.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Angels of Liberty - Touch The Daemon (EP) 2014

Angels of Liberty 
Touch The Daemon
Gothic Music Records
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Touch the Daemon was first released on Angels of Liberty's record label 'Secret Sin' followed by Gothic Music Record's own release featuring the bonus track With Our Love (Demo). This EP kicks off with the title track: Touch the Daemon, an uproarious anthem of alien encounters, merging life forms and isolation. In classic AOL form, the song is structured to be very dance friendly with all the trimmings. It is no secret that AOL have hit the Goth (capital G) dance floors across the world with it's catchy music, interesting subject matter and Gothic pride. The real genius is how they chose to market themselves with exclusive and limited releases and club friendly songs, all while waving the black flag of the dreaded 'Goth tag.'

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Principe Valiente - Choirs of Blessed Youth (2014)

Principe Valiente
Choirs of Blessed Youth

Surprisingly upbeat and lush, Principe Valiente charges the storm front with absolute demure and charisma. The first song is a sunrise of effervescence as The Son I'll Never Be draws you from beneath 6 feet of soft soil. Fernando Honorato's heavenly vocals envelopes the ears with wall to wall reverb; it's as if Brendan Perry of  Dead Can Dance fronted a shoegaze interpretation of Belong.

Choirs of Blessed Youth is the second full length album (released by Afmusic) from this Swedish post-punk/shoegaze band. For a band to invoke such beauty they sure pack plenty of energy and excitement! Take Me With You, the first single, demonstrates this observation quite lovely with it's catchy chorus and dense guitar/keyboard work. The next stop is She Never Returned, a song that gradually laments of lost love and falling slow motion into the ocean backwards.