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The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas

the show !!!

This Thursday on the Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas: A mini interview with Rob Layton about the new Red Sun Revival EP, as well as tracks from the latest releases of: Wayne Hussey, Cryogenica, Sonik Foundry and Hyena Motorcade.Lots of Halloween songs, on the second half of the show, as well as “The Diary of Jonathan Harker” a special “musical” by The Merger (ft. Mick Taylor).

Time zones:
BST (GMT+1) – 7-9PM
Eastern Time (US) – 2-4PM
Pacific Time (US) – 11AM-1PM

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Semana Gotica de Madrid (24-25. 10. 2014)

spanish goth fest

(by Fondas SumerSon)

I always knew that “Semana Gotica de Madrid” was a great goth gathering, but I never had the chance to attend up to now. It is true that I always had in mind to visit Madrid once again (last time I was there, it was 4 years ago for the Nephilim gig) and be a part of it. This year Mr. BillyPhobia with his SGM’s line-up, made me book my tickets and join them!
So 2 more Greek die-hard goth rockers joined me in this journey to the Iberia goth land and we had a special “goth” weekend, catching up with good old friends and having a lot of fun.

Friday 24.10.2014 – day I
After an exhausting sightseeing day, our very first Spanish mate Harmonika Man came over at our hotel for a few drinks and then led us to the venue. The attendance was quite successful. There were around 100 people each day, which is not bad at all for gigs of this kind of music.
Red Sun Revival, Spiritual Front and the mighty Still Patient? completed the first day’s line up.

Since it was a festival, every band had a limited time to be on stage and all bands played for about an hour or something.

Red Sun Revival were on stage around 21:30 and instantly captured the audience with their very first tune. As I’ve mentioned before, I have strong feelings for this band, having seeing them live 3 times so far. They are giving a new meaning to traditional goth rock, through their unique sound. They played all the hits from their debut album as well as 2 songs from their latest ep. The Spanish fans seemed to enjoy their show and the guys received quite positive feedback and gained many new fans.

Their setlist:
Without You
Running From the Dawn
Mistakes
Lost for Words
Broken
Miracles
Forgive us Now
My Child
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Nothing to Hide

The Italians Spiritual Front were the next act. I admit that I wasn’t into their music so much. I liked some of their songs nevertheless. I don’t know how many members they have on stage normally, but now they played as a trio. Even if I didn’t know all the songs they performed, I have to admit that they gained my attention. Their singer with his guitar was very active on stage and was constantly moving and dancing. Their sound borrows elements from neo-folk, cabaret, Americana and many more styles. The audience participated at their show by clapping and singing along and the guys seemed to enjoy it very much!

Their setlist:
Shinin Circle
Cold Love
Walk the Dead Line
Darkroom
Battuage
Song for the Old Man
Hey Boy
Jesus Died in Las Vegas
Disaffection
Soulgamber
Slave
Vladimir Central
Bastard Angel

After another small break, the time for the legendary Still Patient? had come. These guys were the main reason that I traveled to Madrid. I’m listening to their music for about 20 years, being so addicted to their style. I never had the chance to see them on stage however. So I was more than excited that one of my everlasting dreams would become true. I knew that they would perform as trio since their second guitar player was ill. I have seen many goth bands perform live all these years, but it was the first time that I saw such a passionate performance. They were giving 100% of themselves in every song. Andy’s vocals were amazing, not losing even a bit from the studio versions. Bec’s guitar riffs were absolutely catchy and Guido’s bass lines strong as they should be. I got very emotional during the performance of classics like “Agoraphobia”, “Mascara Osiris”, “God & Satan” or “Anavryn”, during which the Greek Goth team raised a tower in order to honor the band. Still Patient? played a best of show, including hits from their past, current material and 2 brand new songs from their forthcoming release, which both left me speechless.

Their setlist:
The Sun
Chameleon
All is Well
Impact
Agoraphobia
God and Satan
Anavryn
Seconds of Fame (new song)
Mascara Osiris
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We Come in Peace (new song)

After some pics with new and old friends and some pleasant chatting with band members, we headed to “La Leyenda” bar-club, where the after show would take place.
Billy & Nico were spinning great goth rock anthems all night long and they kept us there drinking and dancing till the early morning light…A killer party it was!

Saturday 25.10.2014 – day II
After exploring more of Madrid during the day, the time had passed and we were ready for the second day of SGM. This time Sweet Ermengarde, Pretentious Moi? and Bloody Dead & Sexy were the performing acts.

Around 21:30 Sweet Ermengarde hit the stage with their high class dark tunes. I had seen these guys live before, so I knew what to expect. They are playing a unique kind of “goth rock” mixed with “dark wave” elements. They are one of the very few bands of today that are playing 100% LIVE. No recorded stuff on their performances and this is very important. They played songs from their brilliant debut album, along with a brand new one and an excellent cover version of the Bauhaus classic “The Passion of Lovers”. Remember these guys, because we are going to hear a lot from them in the future.

Their setlist:
In the Time
Kisses
Raynham Hall
A Promise to Fulfill
For This Moment
Near Dark
An Eye for an Eye (new song)
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The Passion of Lovers (Bauhaus cover)
Necropolitan Rest

The next band was one of my all time favorites. This would be the second time for me to see them on stage. According to my opinion, Pretentious, Moi? sound like the way Rosetta Stone should sound after their early days, if they wanted to lead their music in a more modern direction, without neglecting their “goth” elements. They are one of the few bands that manage to combine the “trad goth” style with the electronic sound in such a perfect way. Definitely one of the biggest hopes of the UK goth scene. This makes sense as the band’s line up consists of some old school goth rockers that left their mark in the scene through the years. Gordon Young (Dream Disciples/Seraphin Twin/A Ring of Thorns), Rachel Speight (Die Laughing/A Ring of Thorns) and the one and only Tim Chandler (Manuscript/Sins of the Flesh). They played all the hits from their excellent debut album, along with 2 new songs which were nothing less than masterpieces. People were dancing during their show and generally there was a high mood in the atmosphere.

Their setlist:
Better Late Than Never
The Garden
Turn out the Lights (new song)
Malina
Living Dead and Undecided
Faith and Reason
Haunting
Debutante (new song)
Witchhouse
Overdoom

One last break and the headliners of the evening appeared on stage. Bloody Dead & Sexy are playing an old-school post punk style that is not my cup of tea. I respect them though for being active for many years and making decent albums. During their gig the audience were dancing and jumping around. The singer is a charismatic frontman and is leading the band to a higher level. One of the highlights of their performance was when their singer got off the stage and became a part of the audience, in some moshing action! Overall, a great show.
After a few more drinks we ended up at “La Leyenda” club for the second after show party. Billy, being a long time goth-rock connoisseur, spinned great tunes once again. Unfortunately we had to catch an early flight in the morning, so we couldn’t stay for long.
Concluding, I would like to congratulate the SGM team for all their hard effort to put this really great event together. You guys did a hell of a job. Keep the fire burning!
We will be back to Goth Rock with you again…. This is a promise!

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Concerts / Performances, Goth

 

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Siiiii – “Ancient” and “Modern”

Siiiii ancient coverI’ve heard lots of people saying “you were lucky to experience the 80’s…

I crack a smile cause they believe that living in the 80’s was fun. For sure it was an experience but mostly in a nostalgic sense. Certainly not as fun as they believe…Like many other people of my age, the 80’s carry a blurry reality of my youth.  Faces of people that you can’t fully describe, shadows, black and white photos…I am sure this last one could be “multi-colored photos of people in kitsch dresses” but… I’ve chosen the side that I always consider to be closer to reality.

A music scene of a black and white reality.

There is something so characteristic of this scene, no matter which country the artist comes from: there is a reverb effect to those recordings.  This effect gives you the feeling that anything the artist creates belongs to the past at once. It becomes a memory from the moment it is done.

Ok, I know that I just described the obvious but I can’t find any other effect doing that in music…

When I first played the Siiiii album “Ancient”, memories from the 80’s filled the room.  My memories have nothing to do with Sheffield where the band comes from though… But they were formed in 1983 and this CD is a collection of 13 unreleased tracks recorded between 1983-1986.

Most of them were recorded “in a leaky and damp rehearsal space on a 4 track Tascam Portastudio 144…the soundproofing and insulation consisted of old carpets nailed to the wall and cobwebs festooning the rafters”.

I closed the booklet of the CD thinking that I just read a description of one of the studios where my band used to rehearse…

They supported a number of well known bands of the scene in the 80’s, The March Violets, Inca Babies, Skeletal Family, The Chameleons (which was actually their first gig).

20 years after following their own separate ways, Ange Holmes (Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Violin), Wayne Furniss (Drums, Percussion), Mark Holmes (Guitar, Drums, Tape) and Paul Devine (Vocals, Drums, Harmonica) got together and compiled “Ancient” as a kind of historical archive of the time.  That same year, they played live in New York as well as a number of European cities…

Now, Siiiii return with a new album in 2014 and a live performance at Sacrosanct Festival.

The album is titled “Modern” and holds 16 songs.

“Ancient” had a black cover, “Modern” has a white cover.
So, do the differences begin even from the cover?

If “Ancient” was haunted by the blurry images of the past, in “Modern” Siiiii manage to leave aside the innocence of youth.  The band members grew up and know very well what they are doing.  In the 80’s they were just experimenting. Today they are sure of their sound.  So this is not a different band. It is a modern one…

On this album the band revisits four old songs to give them this “modern” touch…
The titles of these tracks: “Conception”, “Statue”, “Springheel’d Jack”, and “Dust”.

MODERN COVERThere are 12 more tracks here, aiming to satisfy those who were waiting for a new Siiiii release for all these years.

Their guitar sound became more mature and dreamy, the singer sounds more melodic and assured of himself (his voice reminds me sometimes of the turns of Brendan Perry’s), while the bass still provides a concrete spine for the rest of the band to play around it…

I left Wayne Furniss last cause he seems to be a very interesting drummer. He is either focused on playing some tribal rhythm or is being very minimal giving something very special to each tune…

After listening to both albums, I think I came up with the exact word I should use to characterize “Modern”: Mature.  I could also use the words: stable, sure, safe, atmospheric, artistic, sweet, bitter or whole.

You can order your copy of Ancient HERE and that of Modern HERE

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Goth, etc.

 

The Blackout Radio Show

This Thursday 16/10/2014 on the Blackout Radio: A mini interview with Piers Sixx about the new Arcane Winter single and their forthcoming tour, as well as tracks from the latest releases of: Sex Gang Children, UK Decay, New Model Army, Martin Stewart, Terminal Gods and lots more…

Time zones:
BST (GMT+1) – 7-9PM
Eastern Time (US) – 2-4PM
Pacific Time (US) – 11AM-1PM

the show !!!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Goth, etc.

 

A Remixed SSiCk

SSiCk - Shift, TheRemixes (Cover 2014)

PRESS RELEASE:
CLONES THEORY remixes SSICK: “THE END IS THE SAME

London-based Italian producer SSiCk, a.k.a. Angelo Russo, known for his collaboration with Academy Award nominee Virgil Widrich, reveals a NEW song from his upcoming remix-album SHIFT: THE REMIXES.

After the apocalyptic Video-single READY TO GO and “Love Is Not A Sin“, remixed by noise-rock band A MODERN WAY TO DIE, it’s time for THE END IS THE SAME, remixed by synth-wave producer CLONES THEORY!

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Clones Theory

Lucio Leonardi, a.k.a. CLONES THEORY, is a synthesizers and goth-music addict; he had shown his talent at GOTHIC ROOM EUROPA 2013, and by sharing stages with TYING TIFFANY and FROZEN AUTUMN. His version of “The End Is The Same” is minimalist and mysterious; like his author. CLONES THEORY accepted the challenge of – industrial music Godfather – SSiCk and the result is… astonishing! SSiCk – The End Is The Same (CLONES THEORY remix).
Stridente Recs.


SSiCk - LIVE

Formed on Christmas Day in 2003 by Sicilian singer, songwriter, and electronic music producer Angelo Russo, synth-rock band SSiCk has returned with a forthcoming release of remixes off their 2013 album, “Shift” (Zorch Factory Records, France).

Looking for even more SSiCk?  Go here:
Official  |  Facebook  |  ReverbNation  |  Bandcamp  |  YouTube

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SSiCk is a member of the Deadfall Artist/Band Management roster.  Further inquiries can be sent to Damian Gibbs at:  deadfallmanagement@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Music

 
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A Special Blackout Radio Show

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Goth, etc.

 

Malaise live @ Death Disco – 12.9.2014

malaise live @ Deathdisco 12.9.2014

(By Fondas SumerSon)

Malaise has always been one of my all time favorite gothic rock bands. They are the very first Scandinavian band that I ever listened to over 15 years ago and I instantly became addicted to their tunes for. I , as part of the Malaise Greek Street Team, had the pleasure of watching them perform live in Gothenburg (2009) and Malmo (2013), so I had witnessed the Malaise live-experience, first hand. That’s why I had been trying for a long time, to get the guys in contact with the concert organizers in Athens, so that Greek Goths would get the chance to see them perform live.

Finally, Leo Skiadas decided to give it a try and booked them for their first ever gig in Greece. The addition of Come with Reverse as the opening act, made this event even more special in every aspect.

So the most anticipated Goth Rock gig of the last years, finally took place at Death Disco, last Friday. Without any exaggeration, it was the first time that I saw Death Disco so full of people in a Goth Rock gig. Over 130 people had gathered to witness this big music event and they were all in for a treat!

At 22:00 o’clock, Come With Reverse came on stage. This was their third appearance in front of the Athenian audience, since their first gig with Inkubus Sukkubus back in 2012 and their own gig next year. People really waited for their return impatiently, looking forward to the band’s new songs.
The crowd’s reaction after each song, made them feel like they were not just an opening act. The guys were in high spirits, performing in a very intense and passionate way that left a lot of people speechless. I will never stop saying that the band’s singer is one of the most charismatic vocalists of the current goth/dark wave scene. They played a 50 min. show, including mainly songs from their forthcoming album, without neglecting hits like “Mandolism” or “Evolution of Broken minds” from their debut ep.

Their new album, “Composing Serenity” will be out next year, so be alert.

Their exact setlist:

A living moment
Sullen look
Decay
Mandolism
Evolution
Lust pace
Retour an dich
All that love
My way (Frank Sinatra cover)
Crawling in a wire
Waiting for the sunsets

After a small break, the lights went out and a symphonic melody and a lot of smoke filled the club. Juho, Fredrik and Martin, one by one, appeared on stage and the whole club started shouting enthusiastically. The “goth-rock-panic” was about to begin. “Bitter Waters” was the opening track and the fans were quickly driven into a moshing frenzy!

The band was performing so vividly, that Juho broke the strings of his guitar, after the very first song they played. After a 10 min break because of this technical problem, Malaise returned on stage and “Walking through the Wonderland” from their legendary “52 Ways to Die” album was the follow up: powerful electronic beats mixed with heavy guitars made the entire club dance like hell once again.

Martin’s voice is exactly the same after all these years. He is such a great singer and frontman and he is one of the main reasons Malaise are such a unique band. Juho and Fredrik are an amazing guitar duo too. Their energy on stage, as well as their flawless playing, lead Malaise to a higher level. The guys played for 1 hour and 10 min., performing songs from all of their excellent releases, reminding everyone why this band is the greatest electro-goth act of all times.

Special mention needs to be made to the performance of their mega hit “Wait for the Ghost”, during which The Malaise Greek street team raised a tower. The band seemed to enjoy this as much as the fans. This was definitely one of the best and most intense goth gigs ever. It was worth the wait, no doubt.

Their exact setlist:

Intro
Bitter Waters
Walking Through the Wonderland
Paradox
Something Else
Separation
Gods of War
No Confusion
Wait for the Ghost
Hollow Dream
We are Colliders
Assimilate (Skinny Puppy cover)

After the gig, Malaise stayed at the aftershow party, talked with their fans, signed cds and even danced with us until the early morning light… Many thanks to the daring Leo Skiadas for making one of our everlasting dreams come true, by bringing Malaise in Athens.
Until the next time…. WE ARE COLLIDERS !

Photos used in this review courtesy of Asklipios Barbakos
Videos by Eirini Lixivium & Maria Delg (Eos Designs)

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Goth

 
 
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