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Red Sun Revival – Embers (ep)

Embers” is a brand new ep from Londoners Red Sun Revival, following their debut album “Running from the Dawn” released two years ago. They can be considered as a super group since Rob Leyton plays the guitar for The Eden House (his colleague Steve Carey is the producer of this ep as well as their previous album), Matt Helm is the gutarist of the promising Pretentious, Moi?, Panos Theodoropoulos shares his bass talent with greek gothic metal-heads Cloud by Night and The Mayors and violinist Christina Emery who has collaborated with Titan and played keyboards for FutureFrenetic.

The ep is the physical evolution of their 2012 album with four brilliant haunted atmospheric songs with the appropriate touch of folk by the hand of Emery. Do no pass “Embers”, we are talking about ripe melancholic gothic rock which should be filed under “classic”.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Faces of Sarah – Past Life (ep)

The Faces of Sarah | Past Life

The Faces of Sarah is a London based band counting a lot of miles on the road and a quite long hiatus since their formation in 1999. Vocalist Nick Schultz is the only member of the founding line up accompanied by Lucas P. and Dave “Allen” Turner on guitars, bassist Danny Wintringham and drummer Steve Higgins.

Made up of five brand new songs, “Past Life” marks the return of the of the band after four years and will certainly elate their followers worldwide. Their amalgam of hard rock/metal and gothic rock with a touch of pop can easily thrill old-school hard rock fans who also appreciate a little bit of dark ambience and vocals that skillfully move from epic to goth. And yet this band handles all the hard rock cliches so cunningly that after a couple of listenings you have to admit that what you’ve heard, you have heard it before but not The Faces of Sarah way.

 

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Peter Murphy – Lion

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It is ten solo albums since the godfather of goth departed Bauhaus and the music world has gained a lyrical persona missing, after David Bowie killed Ziggy Stardust. Every recording attempt was brilliant and “Lion” does not escape the point.

Murphy walks hand by hand with Martin Glover aka Youth, the Killing Joke bassist who has been transformed into a multi-producer. Although it was recorded within days, the production sets high standards and elevates Murphy’s vocal abilities to the stars.

Hang Up” introduces the new trend far from his experimentation with bleeps and eastern music. It goes close to the roots utilizing industrial sharpness and power pop intensity (luckily, not the arena way).

I am my Own Name” is not a hymn to his ego, it’s a song that travels from the symphonic orchestras to the haunting industrial chills, enough to be credited as the most theatrical track of this release.

Low tempos of “Compression” incorporate dandy attitude and somber soundscapes and end up to a dramatic guitar crescendo, while in “Eliza” he sings like there is no tomorrow reminding us his Bauhaus era and his gothic coronation.

With the maturity of the 57 years he stands on this planet, Peter Murphy can now feel that pleased with his accomplishments. He has defined his art, he has painstakingly handled his talent and built his career gracefully. For these reasons, “Lion” should be considered as an excellent album.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Echo and the Bunnymen – Meteorites

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Thirty six years later, and only Ian McCulloch and Will Seargeant left to promote the Echo and the Bunnymen legacy. “Meteorites” is their 12th studio album five years after the weak “Fountains“. According to McCulloch, symbolizes what the band is: up in heaven, untouchable, celestial, beautiful and real.

Up in heaven? Maybe “Heaven up Here” is closer to this statement. Echo and the Bunnymen are very down-to-earth and their music has lost the spark and it is limited to the “good pop music” side. Not bad at all, we are talking about experts with the ability to transform a piece of music into an elegy.

Untouchable? Hmm, this applies to McCulloch’s attitude; he thinks he has formed the greatest band on earth which is absolutely acceptable for every band member on this planet but this guy spices it with extra inflated self-confidence and arrogance.

Celestial, beautiful and real? British pop has always been celestial and Echo and the Bunnymen were one of the pioneers. The message has been spread to current bands that know how to handle it to the next generation. Coldplay for instance; sometimes they can remind us Echo and the Bunnymen but it’s sour when this works vice versa.

But yes, they are still capable of writing beautiful and real songs. “Constantinople” is a 5-minute masterpiece, a shaking reminder that they are masters of virtuosity. “Is This a Breakdown?” is a groovy theme, great before a Saturday night out and “Lovers on the Run” with its ethereal guitar, goes back to the good old days nostalgic as ti is meant to be.

It is more likely to stumble on a meteorite than to find good music nowadays. After all “Meteorites” is not bad. And it is a good effort.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Ceremonial Landscapes festival @ Death Disco (Athens – Greece) – (31.10.2014 – 01.11.2014)

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

It has become quite common to attend great “Goth” gigs in Greece the last years, but it has been a long time since we last had a 2 days “Goth” fest in Athens. Leo Skiadas did it again. He booked 2 great bands, plus 2 really promising Greek bands as support acts and thus created the “Ceremonial Landscapes” festival at Death Disco.

On Friday our beloved Star Industry would be the headlining act, plus the Greek goth metalers SadDolls. The really unique The Beauty of Gemina would be the headliners of Saturday’s gig, supported by the Greek wave/goth act Drama Queen.

Friday 31.10.2014 – day I

The Greek goth metalers SadDolls appeared on stage around 22:00 o’clock and they played a short set of 35 minutes which included songs from their last two releases and two covers versions. Especially the one on Johnny Cash’s classic “thirteen” was brilliant. They had a very good sound, performed their melodic songs in a powerful way and generally succeeded to warm up the audience with their well worked tunes. The guys have a lot to offer in the scene and they will probably become more famous in the future.

Their setlist:

Intro – Rave to the Grave
Lady Cry
Criminal of Love
For you (HIM Cover)
Watch me Crawl Behind
Terminate me
Thirteen (Johnny Cash cover)


After a few drinks the time had come for the 5th appearance of Star Industry in Athens. Their last show here was four years ago. We have built a strong bond with these guys over the years and we knew exactly what to expect. They are one of the few bands nowadays that can easily deliver dancefloor goth rock anthems to their fans. Due to a last minute problem, the band’s drummer could not travel with them, so they had to replace him with a drum machine. Nevertheless, this unexpected incident didn’t make them loose their energy on stage at all. Star Industry gave us another extraordinary performance full of passion, rhythm and melody. The guys satisfied their fans with their show and stayed on stage for about an hour (I wish they had played for a little longer though). They played a best of show, including, as always, their mega hits, plus three fantastic new songs from their much anticipated forthcoming album, which will be released in January. Can’t wait to see them on stage again. Their shows are a true bliss for goth rock fans.

Their setlist:
Pray
Ceremonial
Eilyne (new song)
Sin
Bloodmoon
Selling Icons (new song)
Like a Ghost
Kids (cover version)
New Religion (new song)
Lost Generation
Nineties
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City of Light
New Millennium

After the gig we left the club delighted and impatient for day II.

Saturday 01.11.2014 – day II

People started gathering from early and everything looked promising for another night of musical pleasures. The Greek wave/goth rockers Drama Queen came on stage around 22:00 o’clock and played for 45 minutes, performing songs from their excellent debut album, along with some new ones. I had seen these guys on stage once before and they had instantly attracted my attention. In my personal opinion Drama Queen is one of the most promising new bands of the Greek dark rock scene. Their sound successfully balances goth and dark wave with ethereal. Special mention should be made to the brilliant female vocals and the guitar work. They gained the audience for sure and were the perfect opening act for The Beauty of Gemina.

Their setlist:

Cassini
Regrets
Nuclear Winter
This Narrow Place
Going Nowhere
Stories of Fog
My Rain
Questions to be answered
Humans
Echoes


After a small break everything was ready for the first ever appearance of The Beauty of Gemina in Greece. These guys are around for about 10 years, having released six albums and have become quite “big” in the international dark scene. They have toured a lot across Europe through the years and have appeared in many important festivals. The Beauty of Gemina is a special band that combines elements from goth, wave, electro, even americana and country music, in order to built an intricate dark atmosphere. They are really professional in what they are doing and their charismatic singer is an amazing performer. The Greek fans waited impatiently all those years for their first visit in Greece and finally the time had come. The guys conquered the stage around 23:00 o’clock and stayed there for about an hour and 15 minutes. The band played songs from all of their releases, fulfilling their fans’ expectations. Concluding, I could easily say that their performance was one of the best that I have experienced for a long time and hope these guys return to Athens soon.

Their setlist:

Run Run Run
This Time
Haddon Hall
Kings Men Come
I wish you Could Die
Fight Song
Suicide Landscape
Last Night Home
Dark Rain (acoustic)
Mariannah
Rumors
Seven Day Wonder
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Victims of Love
The Lonesome Death of a Goth DJ
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One Step to Heaven

So this is the chronicle of “Ceremonial Landscapes”. A festival that turned out to be one of the most successful events of the year.

All photos courtesy of Asklipios Barbakos.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Concerts / Performances, Goth

 

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