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Remain in Light – The Sentinel Diaries (2018)

(by Fondas SumerSon)

With their new album, Remain in Light from Thessaloniki become a synonym for “musical progress”. I still remember when I first got in touch with their music 5 years ago. Back then, I could not imagine their future evolution in terms of music and lyrics. I guess that their course in time has led one of the most active underground goth/wave labels (DEEPLAND RECORDS) to offer them a contract for the release of their third and best album so far!

In “The Sentinel Diaries” the band’s music still files under post punk/new wave mixed with 80’s goth, but is not restricted to that…. From new wave songs rich in trad goth guitars in the vein of Children on Stun and Vendemmian (Green Book), to Smiths/ Morrissey-inspired tunes with an epic goth refrain (Mercury Walk) and from there to old school aggressive goth rock with a touch of The Damned (Sons of Terra) and dark wave/post punk tracks with a haunting singing performance which reminded me of the Finnish vamps Two Witches (The Core/The Void).

Their “punk/hardcore” influences are also present on the album. In “Hollow Mountain” for instance, they combine a punkish rhythm section with a melodic Sad Lovers & Giants-like refrain. And since their guitarist Y is a huge Nephilim fan, they’re paying their own tribute to them with “Sailing to Empty Skies“, a slow tempo atmospheric tune balancing among the Nephs and Bauhaus with a speedy, brilliant, ending.

They also made a wise choice by including “The Kiss” in the new album, a song that was released as a single before the release of their long player. This is a Sisters of Mercy/ The Chameleons-like tune with well worked guitars and goth rock attitude.

Urban Traitor” is a song worthy of a special mention as it is styled after the modern era of new wave (as played by bands like The Rope or Principe Valiente), while maintaining elements from old legendary wave favorites like Pink Turns Blue.
Last but not least, pay attention to their cover version of John Cambell’s “One Believer“, in which the band transforms a classic blues tune into a dark wave hymn! Excellent!

Finally, I would like to point out that their singer (Elder K.) displays a fine ability to perform every song in a theatrical way, bringing various emblematic vocalists to mind like Peter Murphy, Carl McCoy, Nick Cave and Garce Allard! Talented indeed.

Buy it from HERE

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Goth

 

Long Night – Barren Land (2018)

(by Fondas Sumerson)

Tommy Olson has always been a very talented song writer, who -in addition- had the ability to transfuse his influences into new fresh ideas by adding his personal touch. It was Tommy’s “trademark sound” along with Jan’s legendary vocals that made Elusive a gothic rock favorite.
Two years after the release of their debut EP “Sorrow Returns“, LONG NIGHT are back with their first full length album. To be honest I was expecting a killer “goth rock” album, since Tommy and his boys are very good in composing dynamic songs in the familiar and much loved Elusive-style, but the band surprisingly decided to take their music to a new level, showcasing many new interesting influences in their sound.
Barren Land” is an album characterized by variety. It opens with “East of the Sun West of the Moon“, a song that Tommy and Jan (RIP) were working on since many years ago and which was supposed to be part of the next Elusive album that never saw the light of day, due to Jan’s tragic loss… We are talking about a song that would have been an instant Elusive “classic”. Mid-tempo rhythm section, well-worked guitars and amazing vocals by Mr. Osten! Totally addictive from the very first listen!
Of course, the Mission-like songs are still here (“The Night’s Ablaze“), as well as the Sisters of Mercy goth n’roll hits (“It’s All Gone“).

And they didn’t omit Elizium-like diamonds (“On a Little Snowy Field“), using drowning/slide guitars and expressive vocals, reminiscent to Fields of the Nephilm‘s “wail of sumer/and there will your heart be also”.
Black River” is a song full of southern guitars and “desert atmosphere”, in the vein of dark americana bands like the great Woven Hand. Indeed, the band’s influences are far from being strictly “goth rock” and this also becomes obvious in “The Rain Still Falls”.

While melancholic tunes like “Cold Light” add another sentimental touch to this outstanding release, I would like to focus on the last track of the album: “Flickering Lights” is a slow-tempo masterpiece that reminded me of the depressive sound of indie rock heroes Madrugada…. Splendid!
Last but not least, I shouldn’t forget to mention the amazing cover art of the album (made by Maria Delg who has also worked with Angels of Liberty, Aeon Sable, Rhombus,The Upper Classes, Sunfrost etc), which fits perfect this great release!
Summarizing, Long Night have released an absolutely beautiful album that will appeal not only to goth rockers, but to all the lovers of quality melancholic rock music. Well Done!

Buy it from HERE

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in Goth

 

Peter Murphy with David J -Athens 2018

pic by Vasilis Kosmidis

It’s a few minutes after the end of “Peter Murphy 40 Years of Bauhaus Ruby Celebration Featuring David J”and we are in Athens, Greece having a beer with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite while the roadies are packing the gear.

They are flying to the next city tomorrow for the last gig of the European leg of the tour and he will be happy to spend the holidays back home.

The American tour will follow in January so a few days of rest will refill their batteries…

It was a good crowd tonight” he says to his old pal Andi Sex Gang.

How many people do you recon were there tonight, Mike?” Andi asks me…

I look around as there are some people swiping the floor gathering trash into a small hill “I estimate a good 3000…” I reply.

It’s been 35 years since I saw Bauhaus on stage and for sure tonight’s setlist was as great as it was in 1983.

It was a trip down memory lane for every fan of the band.

Round 10.30, the first notes of “Double Dare” made the audience go wild and it was followed by all the tracks of the first Bauhaus album, “In The Flat Field“.

The light show was outstanding and the band was in high spirits.

I turned to Sex Gang Children manager Lara Mcelligott, who was behind me taking photos and shooting videos, and asked her to give me some of them.

Murphy’s baritone voice started singing about the bats that “have left the bell tower” taking us back to 1979 when every record label turned down their “Bela Lugosi’s dead” except from Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder, a record store in Walthamstow, London, that believed in it and released it as a 12” EP.

David J, who earlier this year re-released the pivotal ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ LP on Glass Modern,  stands as a rock, perfectly weaving the sound of his bass guitar with the sounds of Marc Slutsky’s drums.

Slutsky is perfect on “She’s in Parties”. He is a very experienced drummer and has toured with Third Eye Blind, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Vertical Horizon.  He recorded two albums with Splender; 1999’s “Halfway Down the Sky” produced by Todd Rundgren, and “To Whom it May Concern” in 2001.

He has also toured and/or recorded with Kylie Minogue, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship),Todd Rundgren, and Pink to name but a few.

pic by Vasilis Kosmidis

Mark Gemini Thwaite nails it on “Passion of Lovers”. I knew how good he was since my band opened for The Mission UK back in 2000 when Mark (aka MGT) was playing the guitar for them. He has been strumming his guitar for Spear of Destiny, Tricky, Gary Numan, toured with Ricky Warwick and The Fighting Hearts and also recorded with Primitive Race.

What can one say about Peter Murphy?

His latest solo studio album, “Lion” that was produced by Martin Glover, aka Youth, came out in 2014 (“Wild Birds Live Tour” and “Remixes from Lion” followed in 2015 while his fourth solo live album “Bare-Boned And Sacred” recorded at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge in April 2016, came out in 2017).

He shared the stage with Trent Reznor, founded Dali’s Car with the late Mick Karn and he is as cool as he was when I first saw him back in 1983, but now he is more mature.

When he is on stage, he looks like he is at home…

Don’t miss the opportunity to see them playing live.

You won’t believe how quick 90 minutes can pass…

I’d like to add here that the Greek heavy psychedelic band The Steams opened the show, playing for about 30 minutes, tracks from their debut album “Wild Ferment”.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2018 in Concerts / Performances, Goth

 

She Past Away sign deal with Metropolis

Metropolis Records is proud reissue both “Belirdi Gece” and “Narin Yalnizlik” from the beloved Turkish band She Past Away.

This unique band balances moody Darkwave sounds with strong 1980’s flavored post-punk guitars and minimalist poetry sung in their native Turkish.

Both of these albums will be released on January 18, 2019 on CD, limited edition vinyl and through all digital formats.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2018 in Goth

 

SUNDAY RADIO INTERVIEW: The Danse Society

On the 25th weekend of 2018 I had the honnor to have on the Blackout Radio Show, the English gothic rock band The Danse Society, for an exclusive interview. Guitarist Paul Nash and singer Maethelyiah reveal details about their new EP “Futur1st”, their influences, their past and their future.

Click HERE for the show

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2018 in Goth

 

New Front Line Assembly Single feat Robert Görl of D.A.F.

The legendary Front Line Assembly returns with the crushing new single Eye On You!

Taken from the album “Wake Up The Coma”, coming early 2019.

Featuring Robert Görl of D.A.F. and smashing remixes from Terence Fixmer and Orphx.

The following is taken from the band’s Official website

“Front Line Assembly (FLA) celebrated its third decade in the music industry last year in 2016. Since then the company has gone through many changes. That includes different sounds and members. For example, band members like Michael Balch and Rhys Fulber have played in FLA and several other bands during their musical history. This shows the big influence the band has had on the genre.

Then there’s the history of the band itself. There includes the band’s formation, as well as the eras of Balch, Fulber, Peterson, and the recent years. We provide lots of information about all of these eras so you can learn about the different periods of the band’s history. Our goal is to provide fresh and detailed information so you can better appreciate the band in terms of its past/present members, changes in musical sounds, and so on.

One of the interesting things about FLA is the band has been around for several decades. This makes it more likely you can find some information that you weren’t aware of. That’s one of the main goals of our site, which is keep providing our visitors with new info they can’t find on other sites. This explains why we’re always adding to the site and making posts. So it’s important to keep visiting the site so you can learn the newest information about the band.”

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2018 in Electronic, Goth

 

Evi Vine – Black Light White Dark (Solemn Wave Records 6 December 2018)

Evi Vine announces new LP, previews single ‘Sabbath’ feat. Simon Gallup (The Cure)

Ethereal alt-rock outfit Evi Vine presents ‘Sabbath’, a sweet and heavy preview of their long-awaited long-play ‘Black Light White Dark’, due out in early 2019 on vinyl and CD, as well as digitally. This powerhouse track features Evi Vine’s gossamer vocals and precise orchestration, cleverly woven together with bass guitar by Simon Gallup of The Cure and guitar by Peter Yates of Fields of the Nephilim.

Produced by Dave Izumi (Nordic Giants, Ed Harcourt, Magic Numbers) and mixed by Phill Brown (Talk Talk, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Martyn, Robert Palmer), this album also features contributions from several other celebrated artists. Apart from Simon Gallup (The Cure), this album also involves Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Billy Bragg, Marianne Faithfull, Goldfrapp), Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephilim), and Geraldine Swayne (Faust).

As a group, Evi Vine is joined by Steven Hill, Matt Tye and David ‘GB’ Smith. Their music explores the dark elemental nature of the human heart, as well as environmental and post-apocalyptic themes. Evi Vine’s sound is both sublime and haunting. Creating a unique and uncompromising atmosphere, the effect is reverential, physical music, evoking a rare experience that is beautiful, sparse and deeply intimate.

“I know a lot of people are being shaped by experiences in our lives, ghosts of childhood, self-destructive pain and sorrow, all our personal struggles, doubt, and change. I can feel the earth dying and it makes me so sad. We write reflective songs about the circular patterns of man, and reflecting beauty and violence in the world,” says Evi Vine.

“We recorded live for the first time, which meant we were perhaps able to express the energy in the room together, vibing off one another and experimenting with new sounds, in a new space. Writing in the room was a new experience for us. Its the first time we’ve gone in with no finished songs. We had a few ideas and riffs but took the time to let them breath and worked on them until we felt we had captured a special moment. After producing two albums essentially at home, this feels like a re-birth for the band.”

Evi Vine’s debut self-released debut album ‘..And So The Morning Comes’ was heralded as “the underground gem of 2011” by Drowned in Sound, and championed by Simon Raymonde (Bella Union, Cocteau Twins) as his album of the year. Directed by Oscar winning Nick Brooks (Fight Club, The Matrix, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Evi joined with internationally acclaimed photographer Patrick Fraser to make the stunning video ‘For the Dreamers’.

Their second album ‘Give Your Heart to The Hawks’ (2015) was co-produced by Richard Formby (Mogwai, Spacemen 3, Wild Beasts) and mixed by the legendary Phill Brown (Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Beth Gibbons, Throwing Muses). The album also featured Martyn Barker, Peter Yates, Tatia Starkey (My Vitriol/Lola Colt), and Billy Cote (Madder Rose).

Evi’s career has been filled with colour. She formed this band while living in LA, quickly getting a support show opening for Slash at the Whiskey-agogo. She has collaborated with Graham Revell (SPK, The Crow Soundtrack), The Eden House, Tony Pettit (Fields of the Nephilim), and Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephilim).  In 2016, Evi sang on Phillip Clemo’s ‘DreamMaps’ album, together with Talk Talk’s Simon Edwards and Martin Ditcham, subsequently making appearances on BBC6, BBC3 Late Junction and Jazz FM.

Most recently, Evi Vine contributed backing vocals on The Mission’s 2016 album ‘Another Fall From Grace’, which hit the UK top-40 album chart, and collaborated with Michael Ciravolo on the debut album from LA-based Beauty in Chaos, involving members of The Cure, Ministry, The Mission, Cheap Trick, The Offspring, King’s X and Ice T, among others.

In recent years, Evi Vine has toured with The Mission, Chameleons Vox, Wayne Hussey, And Also The Trees, Phillip Boa and The Voodoo Club, and Her Name is Calla. After hearing Evi Vine’s debut album and including it among his top five albums, Wayne Hussey invited them to tour with him in 2016 and subsequently with The Mission in 2017. Invited on stage to sing three songs by The Mission, the seed was sown and Vine joined The Mission as featured vocalist for their 30th Anniversary Tour.

“The new album is intense – dark, layered, wonderfully atmospheric, fragile, and at times stripped bare – an album to get lost in….and then surface with Evi’s haunting and delicate vocals and the endless space,” explains Phill Brown.

The Cure’s Simon Gallup elaborated on his involvement in this project: “Hammersmith …me drunk …meet Evi for the first time I mumble that I’d love to play on a couple of tracks …don’t hear anything for ages then an email out of the blue …Three songs …feel nervous but really enjoy the songs …a day trip to the coast  and a lovely welcome with dogs ..have beer and made to feel even more welcome ..worry that what I’m playing isn’t right or not going to fit in but enjoy myself and the warmth of everything ..have to dash as there is a prom on …a very bad hill start and a dash back down the motorway ..a quick day that had started 20 months before.”

‘Sabbath’ will be released on December 6 via online stores and streaming platforms, including SpotifyiTunes and Bandcamp. The full ‘Black Light White Dark’ album can now be pre-ordered via the band’s website. The first pressing is limited to 300 copies worldwide.

TRACK LIST
1. I am the Waves
2. Afterlight
3. Sabbath
4. My Only Son
5. We Are Made of Stars
6. Sad Song No.9

CREDITS
Written by Evi Vine, Steven Hill, Matt Tye, David Gb Smith
Evi Vine – Vox, Guitars, Production
Steven Hill – Guitars, Keyboards, Production
Matt Tye – Bass
David ‘GB’ Smith – Drums
Simon Gallup – Bass
Peter Yates – Guitar
Produced & mixed by Dave Izumi @ Echozoo Studios, Eastbourne
Engineered by Phill Brown
Mastered by Aneek Thapar
Artwork by Nejc Janzekovic

Keep up with Evi Vine
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Posted by on November 8, 2018 in Goth