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Mosquito – Interlacing Eternity

(By Fondas Sumerson)

Back in 1998, German Goth Rock legends LOVE LIKE BLOOD released “Snakekiller“, after 3 monumental albums in a row.

With this record, they attempted to enter the realm of “Goth Metal” and present an album that would take goth Rock into the 90’s, adopting elements from the heavier sound that Paradise Lost & Tiamat had established through the years.

According to my opinion they were not quite successful in making an album that would be traditional goth rock in its conceprion and having a metal edge at the same time.

Twenty years later, MOSQUITO, a Greek goth band from Athens-Greece achieved exactly that!

Being in the scene for only 3 years, the newcomers caught the attention of Brazilian label Deepland Records which is proud to release their debut album “Interlacing Eternity“.

But let’s take it from the start… MOSQUITO’s sound is that of a traditional Rock band, without drum machines, electronic loops or any pre-recorded sounds. They use a bass guitar , 2 guitars, keyboards and real drums!

The highlight however, is Lupe‘s vocals.

He is one of the best vocalists in the Greek scene at the moment, with a deep imposing goth voice in the vein of Love Like Blood’s Yorck Eysel.

The great vocals are accompanied by a solid rythm section and an excellent pair of guitarists.

MOSQUITO choose not to follow the usual recipe of the typical Sisters of Mercy sound with an Eldrich-sounding singer.

Their music style is a mixture of old school German guitar oriented goth rock, heavily influenced from bands like Love Like Blood, Dronning Maud Land & Secret Discovery and the “Goth days” of Paradise Lost, Tiamat and Anathema.

 

The album includes songs that could become club hits like “indirect kiss” for instance, but most of their tracks do not follow a commercial dancefloor approach.

The band is not afraid to experiment…

This becomes obvious especially in the 3 last songs of the album (Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse and Interlacing Eternity) which are reminiscent of Like Blood’s and Dronning Maud Land’s Proggressive Goth Rock.

Concluding I feel the need to congratulate these youngsters for releasing an album like that in 2017, while the majority of musicians at their age are trying to sound modern and musically trendy!

This is just the beginning… Beware of MOSQUITO’s goth bite!

Buy “Interlacing Eternity” from the band HERE  
or from Deepland records

 

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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Goth

 

Sounds Like Winter – Sticks and Stones (2017)

Was the charity compilation “For the Bats volume II” is the reason that I became aware of Australian band Sounds Like Winter or was it the compilation “S.I.N.G.E.D. Volume 2” ? (Synthwave Industrial Noise Gothic Electronic Darkwave – Dark Alternative Music Bands from Australia and New Zealand)

The band is fronted by Ant Banister, a musician that has been active since the 80’s doing sound for The Mark of Cain, worked with electronic dance groups Boxcar and Severed Heads, helped establish the Clan Analogue label and collective, while in electronic acts Eidolon, Nanotech, Pempek, The Flow over a period of ten years or so.

His last act Lunar Module being synthpop, brought him back into the Goth/Alt scene again..

Sounds Like Winter started as a project between Ash Rothschild (nowdays with the band Panic Syndrome, he was replaced by guitarist Andi Lennon in 2013), Ryan Mortimer and Rob Finder in 2013 and their sound has roots in the Post-Punk period 1978-1983.

Shortly after they put the band together Ant Banister was invited to join them.

There were some line up changes and In 2016 they put out the album “Initiate” while in 2017 they return with their second album, “Sticks and Stones”.

“Sticks and Stones” has ten songs, full of the ingredients that will bring back the dark atmosphere of the 80’s.

The tribal rhythms, the chorus effect of the bass and the right dose of delay for the guitar…

My favorite tracks are two: “Television Dream” sounds raw, primitive and as dark as Nick Cave’s Birthday Party on the album “Prayers on Fire”.

The other track is titled “Gritar” and according to my humble opinion, it was made to become a dancefloor favorite for Goth clubs.

It has a catchy riff, a haunting guitar sound and stays with you long after it ends.

“Gritar” translates “Shout” in English and from what I hear Ant Banister is singing in Spanish…

I can’t say that “Sticks and Stones” is an album for everyone.

It is a must though, for people that love the darkest sounds of the 80’s, Goths, Bauhaus and post-punk fans.

Order your copy HERE

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Goth, Post Punk

 

Bella Morte – Year of the Ghost (August 2017)

Bella Morte is a Gothic band from Charlottesville, VA that has been around for about 20 years.

The trio of Andy Deane – Vocals, Tony Lechmanski – Guitar & Backing Vocals and Marshall Camden – Bass and/or Keyboards have just released their 9th studio full length release titled “Year of the Ghost”.

This is a 100% DIY album with the band writing, recording, mastering even doing th design work themselves.

“Year of the Ghost” consists of nine originals and one cover version, (VNV Nation’s “Further”).

Although this is a “Gothic/coldwave band” there is a very pleasant and warm atmosphere in the whole album probably because of the beautiful melodies that the lads came up with.

My favorite tracks are: the powerful post-punk “Black Orchids”, the fast paced “Prayers for the Damned” with its hard rocking guitars (gives a whole new sound to the band) and a track with a Joy Division flavor, ttitled “Dead of Night”.

The dreamy “Burn” can spread sweet melancholy in your room while “Break this Cold” is a song with a pop hook on the guitar and was made to make you move your feet…

I some people are saying “there are no good albums made in our days anymore…

Next time someone tells this to you, buy him a copy of Bella Morte’s “Year of the Ghost”.

You can order your copy HERE

THE VIDEO THAT FOLLOWS WAS POSTED BEFORE THE ALBUM RELEASE

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2017 in Goth

 

Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show – Planet Shockorama (Cherry Red Records 2 June 2017)

Third studio album for the horror punk duo of Ratfink (of Alien Sex Fiend fame) and Vince Ripper (of Rippersville legend).

They started in the 1990’s with their rockabilly DJ sets to continue in the 2000’s possessed by the spirit of the CrampsLux Interior.

Coming from the dark swampy wastelands of Blackpool all the tracks of “Planet Shockorama” have one theme: an alien invasion.

Most of these 14 tracks are cover versions distilled through the filter of Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show: “Planet Claire” (B-52’s), “Teenagers from Mars” (The Misfits), “7 and 7 is” (Love), “I Can’t Find My Mind” (The Cramps), “Silver Machine” (Hawkwind), “Rocket U.S.A. (Suicide), “Mystery Plane” (The Cramps), “Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll” (Billy Riley), “Est Trip to the Moon” (Alien Sex Fiend) “Scary Monsters” (David Bowie).

I started my day with this album and I have to admit that it is a great starter.

Great fun.

Thank you for this one  Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2017 in Alternative, Goth, Post Punk

 

Ritual Reaper – Necessary Evil


(by Fondas SumerSon)

Malaise has always been my favorite Swedish goth act. It was the first Swedish goth band that I listened to and it was them who got me involved in the great Scandinavian goth rock scene.
The only problem is that, although they have a lot of new material, they are not so keen on recording a new album. Hopefully this will change in the future, but it has already been 10 long years since their last official release.

I guess this is what drove Juho”Pallbearer” – their guitarist – to form a new side-project in order to express his creativity and put his song-writing talent to good use. Besides, none can forget the great songs he composed on Malaise’s “A world of Broken Images” album back in 1999….
So in 2013 he recruited Mattias”Reverend” (singer of a Swedish “Cowboy-Goth” band O-Kult) and Per”Demonizer”(ex-Malaise bass player at some time) and gave birth to his “occult” goth rock child called Ritual Reaper!

When I first saw the artwork of their debut 12” vinyl, I was quite surprised since it was typical of the old-school “black metal” album covers… Music-wise however, it had nothing to do with this genre… Their tunes are still GOTH ROCK, but occult-themed!
The 5 anthems included to their “Plague Ridden Kingdom” 12” blew my mind away and proved that Juho made a wise decision to form his own band.

Four years after their first appearance, Ritual Reaper are back with a new release and a new label. They signed with Gothic Music Records and released a full length cd which also includes the songs of their debut 12” in a remastered version!

In this album you will find all those things that you loved in their previous release, plus some new elements which show the band’s progress. The songs are equally characterized by power and melody. Their aggressive & riff oriented goth rock is still present (Sunlight Skull) and proves that the band is in top shape. The production is better with more clear guitars and some electronic parts (Sweet Radium).

Some songs could have been easily included in the new Malaise album (Queen Snow Kill), while the addition of female vocals works just perfect (Interstellar Traveler), adding an eerie touch to their sound.
Another song that you should definitely pay attention to, is “Salto Mortal”, a tune that is different from anything they have tried so far, including some atmospheric goth-metal parts which deliver an absolutely haunting feeling!

The vocals reach much higher standards, proving that Mattias is one of the best vocalists in this genre, while the rhythm section pounds like a hammer! The guitar work is excellent, as one should expect.

Concluding, I would say that I am thankful that Juho released a new goth rock album and I hope to see his new incarnation live on stage, because these songs definitely deserve to be performed live!! Long Live the Reaper!

Buy it from HERE

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Goth

 

The Eden House – Songs For The Broken Ones – Album Preview

A preview of the new album “Songs For The Broken Ones” from The Eden House.
The album will be released 16th June 2017 on CD/LP/Digital through Jungle Records. Cover Image by Dracorubio.

Tracklist:
Verdades (I Have Chosen You)
One Heart
Misery
12th Night
The Ghost Of You
Ours Again
It’s Just a Death
Words and Deeds
Let Me In
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Second Skin
The Ardent Tide

Running Time: 68’47”

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Goth

 

New Zero God: new video and gigs

New Zero God is back with the video of their track “Shut Up”.

“Shut Up” is taken from their latest album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” that came out in 2016.

The video was directed and edited by singer Mike Pougounas, in the DIY spirit of the previous ones of the band, “My Reaper” and “Garden of Mazes”.

We had some good laughs while shooting the video. After all, this is what its all should be about… Having a good time and taking the message out to the world…” Mike says…

The band is playing live this coming weekend at the city of Volos and Thessaloniki.

You can catch them playing live on Friday 3 February at the Argoriders Harley Club – Volos Clubhouse.
The show is only for members, friends and supporters, doors open 22:00 and the entrance is free.

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The next day, the band will travel to Thessaloniki for a gig with Remain In Light at the Silver Dollar.
With New Zero God in a good mood, free entrance and Remain In Light playing material from their new album “Splinters In Arcadia” its satisfaction guaranteed…

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Concerts / Performances, Goth