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New Zero God – Short Tales & Tall Shadows

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New Zero God’s biography reads like the name-droppers guide to goth. The band’s pedigree is connected to legendary names such as The Mission and The Sisters Of Mercy, and in their present guise they have already scored support slots with Christian Death and The Legendary Pink Dots…”

                                                                                   Terrorizer Magazine – UK

 Two years after the release of their album “MMXIII”, and six after their debut “Fun Is a Four Letter Word”, “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” marks the return of New Zero God with a full length album filled with new music compositions.

During this time, however, New Zero God remained in view with tracks being released on several international compilations as well as having issued the digital EP “Zona Pericolosa” – recorded live in 2015 in Italy.

“…New Zero God though is a beast unto itself, distilling the best elements of these groups and giving them a major overhaul.”

                                                                                   Intravenous Magazine – UK

New Zero God is a Post Punk/Goth band founded in 2006 by former members of The Flowers Of Romance.  With several releases through Greek and English labels, and with their live performances in Greece and abroad, they have created a loyal following.

Made out of a world of light and shadows where Gothic elements merge into a psychedelic mood, “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” draws the listener into a sound with a strong touch of theatricality. Some of the songs were brought out of a nightmarish world, such as the one of “King Pest The First” (from the short E.A. Poe story that was published in 1835).  Others, like “Garden of Mazes”, parallels the view from a paranoid world, while a romantic dreamscape is created in “Down the Rabbit Hole”.  It is obvious that New Zero God is attempting to create a pure atmospheric album and experiment with the guitar sounds of Akis Nikolaidis, the melodies of Mike Pougounas on vocals and keyboards, while the powerful rhythm section of bass player Harri Stavrakas and drummer Babis Efthymiou bring down the house to create an album unlike any of their previous releases.

To sum it all up, “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” delivers an album true to the title… a collection of short stories darkened by the tall shadows which embellish it.

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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Goth

 
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New Zero God announced the release date of new album

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Posted by on March 12, 2016 in Goth, etc.

 

Long Night – Sorrow Returns ep

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

I guess that if someone is into goth rock music, the name of Mr. Tommy Olson will sound familiar. This man was responsible for the cult album “There is no Salvation” by the old school goth rockers The Morendoes. Later on, along with Kristian Gundersen and the unforgettable Jan Kenneth Barkved (RIP), he formed the mighty Elusive, Norway’s big guns of goth rock, a band that lasted for about 10 years and attracted numerous people into goth music.

After a long absence and having released just one ep with The River Knows back in 2012, Tommy decided to form a band with a male singer again, doing what he knows best: composing “western goth” tunes and dance-floor anthems! For this purpose, he recruited two great musicians to accompany him on this journey. Osten Bergoy with vocals contributions in Tristania and The Morendoes (during their middle period) and Arni Sorlie, a guitar riff master, ex-member of a various Norwegian underground metal bands.

After a couple of gigs at their homeland and an appearance at Sacrosanct festival in the UK last year, time has finally come for the release of their debut ep, under the title “Sorrow Returns”.

This ep contains 7 songs in total. The opening track “Sorrow Returns” is definitely one of the finest goth n’ roll tunes that Tommy has composed over the years. Catchy riffs, dark lyrics and a powerful refrain, all combined perfect to create an absolute dance-floor hammer! Fans of Elusive and Billy Idol will be blown away.
The atmospheric, Morendoes-like, “Arkham” (totally upgraded in comparison to the old version) is a song of dark moods and even darker passions. Haunting piano melody on this one and great guitar work! Next we have “Ruins”, a slow-tempo song with an epic melody which takes us back in time. I could easily imagine this being a track by The Mission or The Cult . Just brilliant!
Full speed ahead again and “Tell no Tale”. Another dance-floor anthem which reminds me a lot of my beloved Elusive of the “locked doors, drinks and funerals” era! Powerful and sentimental at the same time.
We slow-down again with one of the highlights of the ep according to my opinion, the desert-dusty-acoustic version of “Winter”. Slide guitars create a hypnotic western atmosphere bringing dark americana into a mesmerising goth ballad! Totally addicted to it from the very first time! This is how the desert sounds during a cold winter sundown.

The ep also includes two remixes of “Sorrow Returns” which are quite nice. Nevertheless, I would gladly trade them for another new song of The Long Night.
Credit should also be given to “Eos Designs” for the beautiful artwork and the band logo which portray ideally the feeling of this release!

Can’t wait for the full length album, but this ep is already enough reason to celebrate: Tommy is back!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Goth

 

Υπόγεια Τροχιά (Underground Orbit) – Ο Μάγος (Τhe Magician)

Its been years since we wrote about Greek band Υπόγεια Τροχιά (Underground Orbit) HERE, HERE and HERE.

Now they return with the video Ο Μάγος (Τhe Magician)

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Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Alternative, Rock