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) 2013

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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Neva - Fausse Conscience (1989)

Fausse Conscience 
Darkside Records

Before Eat Your Makeup, before Eyaculacion Post-Mortem, before Cinema Strange, in the beginning, there was Neva. The band formed in Saint-Quentin, north of France, at the very start of the 1980’s, with the scary eccentric character impersonated by Jacquy Bitch as lead singer. They launched the Batcave / Deathrock sound in France, and remain a cult band and a great influence on the scene thanks to their bursting creativity and legendary theatrical shows. Fausse Conscience is their last album, released on cassette tape in 1989, and re-issued in 1999 on CD. As a witness of its time, it probably marks the end of an era: shortly after that Neva would disband and Jacquy Bitch would begin a solo career, and the 90’s would see the end of the first wave of Gothic Rock.