NECROMANTEION - THIS IS GOTHIC - COMMUNION 78
Intro - Garden of Delight - Necromanteion 2012
* Cranes - Everywhere
* Ikon - Never Ending
* Les Fleurs Du Mal - Nothing
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* Come With Reverse - Yali Tamburism
* Kuudes Tunti - Valamiehistö Nauraa
* Silent Scream - City Highrise (Acustic)
* Ulterior - Body Hammer
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* Christine Plays Viola - Locadia
* Rot of the March - The Fall of Ecumene
* Dead Eyes Opened - Colors
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* The Devil & the Universe - Parvati´s Lament
* Merciful Nuns - God Aeon
* Minnie d'Arc - Nightdrive
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* Yabanci - The Absolute
* Nocturnal Sea - Autumn Mist
* Thermics - Pure
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* Darkside Cowboys - The Pride
* Judith - La Bella
* Golden Apes - Diggin Towers
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* Dreadful Shadow - Though the Mirror
* Diabolique - Yesmine
* Kiss the Blade - Deady Sins
Friday, May 17, 2013
Liberty, Equality, Atrocity
Quasimodo is another really good surprise of the Underground scene, from The New Millennium. This is a new band based in Leeds UK; they started with Quasimodo in 2011, but they have experience with bands such as Action Directe, Rome Burns, and Down Of Elysium. They are doing some really fine Gothic Rock music with a refreshing approach. Quasimodo has a very distinctive sound, which is combined with some really cool influences from underground classics of the 80’s, and the 90’s. They have a good combination of strength, great musicality, and catchy melodies. Joel Heyes is in charge of the vocals and guitar, Daevid Frampton displays his skills in the guitar, and Emma Hedley controls the rhythm section; with her bass- guitar. This release has some really good musical variety; every song is different, and this debut EP is quite enjoyable. “Soldier of love” is sui generis; the rhythm is emphatic, followed by the keyboard, and the guitars are constructing their harmonies around it, the voice has intensity and some slight raw tone. This song is mid-tempo but solid as a wall. “Urbane guerrilla” is an assault of Gothic Rock with great melody, and contagious chorus. This is such a well constructed track; somehow, it made me think in the Lords Of The New Church, in their finest moments. “Precious thing” is simply delicious, this song has great guitar work, and the rhythm from the drum machine, and those bass lines, will make you move; because this is pretty danceable. This song is really seductive.”Be cruel!”has some Neo-classical nuances, and the sound of the piano almost has the main role in this track. “Though love” begins with some synths; and then it explodes with some loud riffs, which sounds like Garage-Punk, leading to those climatic guitar solos .This track has great strength. “Atrocity girl” has an awesome combination of power and melody. They blend darkness and elegance in their music, in the good tradition of The Damned; what a great conclusion for this debut EP. Definitely I want to listen more songs, more releases from this band. This is quality stuff, and it’s so good from the beginning, to the end. They have experience, great ideas, and lots of talent; and that’s because this EP is such a good option for Gothic Rock devotees.
Definitely, Vandel has the essence of underground Dark-Post Punk from the 80’s; taking inspiration in such classics as The Cure, Joy Division, and The Sound. They have a natural talent, and spontaneity when doing this fascinating dark music. Somehow they have done some very well-balanced mixture between the dark 80’s and Gothic Rock; and I say this because of their dynamic rhythms and fluent melodies. The production work is simple because this is a demo; and sounds really honest. Vandel is a band with great talent and potential. This debut release has music of great quality; and because of this, Vandel is such a good revelation. This is a young band, actually is a trio from the Netherlands; they are: Marco van Delden (vocals, shynt,guitar), Rob van Delden (bass, synth), and Arnold van Delden (drums). They started as a band in 2008, after some time working on their songs, they have decided to record this Demo CD; it was released on march in this year (2013)
Since the first track; “Eyes wide shut” we can appreciate their undeniable quality, this has lots of style, amazing musicality, great rhythm, and a very well defined style. “Denial” rises with edgy rhythm, and the keyboards really sound great in this one.”The answer” is back to the guitar oriented sound, and the bass lines sounds really loud and clear displaying a good dose of melody, the rhythm has good strength. ”Far away” is like a mixture between the minimalistic drum-machine rhythm of “Pornography”, combined with the sublime sound of guitars and keyboards in “Disintegration”, by The Cure. The song is pretty relaxing and pleasant to listen. “Look at your life” take us back to the dark Post Punk sound in such a great way; the rhythm is just awesome, very catchy song indeed. “Existence” is very atmospheric with those surrounding keyboards, their melody made me think about some ultra-slow “I wanna be your dog” by Iggy and the Stooges; but later the song develops in their own way, and it is a very introspective conclusion for this release.
Very interesting and really promising band; they have their own charm, and their own way to fascinate to their listeners with their really Dark Post Punk. I want to hear more songs from Vandel. They have vision, style and great potential.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Formed in: 2011
Members: Kuba Achtelik - Vocals, Lars Kappeler - Bass, Danny Elevator - Guitar, Rafael Skudro - Drums, Marco Förster - Guitar
The four founding members of 'Sweet Ermengarde' were the last and best instrumental ensemble from Münster gothic rock band 'Neon Dream', which can look back on two published in Équinoxe albums and numerous appearances at international festivals. However, according to internal differences the band came to the conclusion that Neon Dream was not suitable to provide the right background for future musical output. The four wanted to do more together and started a new project, which should accommodate the full range of musical visions.
So Sweet Ermengarde was born. Within a short time showed a remarkable musical output and you took on the first song. Although still lacking a singer, the online audible instrumental songs erziehlten already a considerable resonance and soon gave Jörg Kleudgen the track 'Kisses', a voice. Although not a regular singer was found, the band will be already on 28.10.2011 in Langendreer station in the interlude of 'The House Of Usher' and 'Golden Apes' their live debut. Jörg Kleudgen is thereby assume the position of the singer. It then took about a year of searching, finally to Kuba was found who now takes over the vocals. Scholli had professional reasons unfortunately left the band in his place Danny came.
Raynham Hall is one of those stately old English manor houses to be found in Norfolk, England. In the 1930s the probably most famous ghost picture of all times has been taken there: the now legendary "Brown Lady" descending the grand staircase in the foyer of Raynham Hall. Just as spirits seem to be haunting Raynham Hall, a new musical entity seems to be haunting the musical underground in Germany: the Gothic Rock band "Sweet Ermengarde". While the term "Gothic Rock" is often used inflationary these days, it falls right in place with this band, but is yet in its simplicity not enough to define their imaginative and varied sound.
Bassist Lars Kappeler, guitarist Marco Förster and drummer Rafa Skudro played a few years with “Rake's Progress” until Lars invited them to "Neon Dream", who had already released two albums and entered, complemented by ex-"Secret Discovery" guitarist Jürgen "Scholli" Scholz, international stages. Some time later they decided to provide a greater platform for their musical potential and thus founded "Sweet Ermengarde". Due to time constraints, Scholli had to leave again and Danny Elevator, who had already recorded some songs with Rafa for "Leaving With Ghosts", joined the band.
At this point of time the conceptually standing debut album was only lacking the right voice. After some experimentation, the band went for former "Rake's Progress" singer Kuba Achtelik.
"Raynham Hall", the result of this highly productive collaboration, is Gothic Rock in its purest incarnation: atmospherically dense, slowly building up with growling bass, elegiac delay guitars and a tight rhythm section. The name dropping of possible sources of inspiration is deliberately omitted at this point. Not only to avoid (false?) preconceptions, but above all to sustain the willingness to engage with these intense compositions at a maximum high level. Gradually crescending anthems like "A Promise to Fulfill" or "Necropolitan Rest", impulsive percussive tracks like "Near Dark" or overwhelmingly haunting midtempo strains in the vein of "Kisses", which in a special version has already been released featuring "The House Of Usher" frontman Jörg Kleudgen on vocals, are evidence to the fact that "Sweet Ermengarde" – incidentally named after a short story by HP Lovecraft – definitely is a band that you should keep in mind (and in ears anyway).
2013 Raynham Hall (Équinoxe Records/Nova Media Distribution)