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Beauty in Chaos – Drifting Away ft. Robin Zander (Synthetic Capricorn Mix) 33.3 Music Collective 21 June 2019

Beauty in Chaos presents ‘Drifting Away’ ft. Robin Zander and Michael Anthony (Synthetic Capricorn Mix) 
Remix by Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson) and Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen)

Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’, LA-based supergroup Beauty in Chaos is previewing the track ‘Drifting Away’ ft. Robin Zander (Synthetic Capricorn Mix). Remixed by Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson) and Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen).

This remix – one of the album’s bonus tracks – has been disassembled and eloquently reconstructed for the new album. In addition to lead vocals by Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), this track also features Michael Anthony (Van Halen)Ashton Nyte (The Awakening)and Marc Danzeisen (Riverdogs) on backing vocals.

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, most recently on ‘Broken Songs for Broken People’ (2017). Perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research, he has also played live and recorded with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

“When Michael ask me to help create a song for an album he was working on I had no second thoughts. This man is a real class act. He and his wife Tish built these extraordinary guitar companies that have created a niche in a very competitive field to say the least. He built my signature Dream Police guitar that was featured on the tonight show. When I told him I was giving instruments to my son and daughter’s school for lack of a music program he and Tish (Daisy Rock Guitars) presented them with 20 instruments,” says Robin Zander.
“We’ve had a great relationship and I was proud to be part of something I new would be great… especially when I heard that Michael Anthony (bass player and my wife’s favorite singer in Van Halen) would also be performing on the record.”

Michael Anthony notes, “It was an honor and a pleasure to sing some background vocals to Robin Zander’s lead on the song Drifting Away. I’ve always been a fan of Cheap Trick and Robin’s vocals.”

Earlier the band presented ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix), which premiered in Rolling Stone. This was the first single from their soon-to-be-released album, which includes an extremely wide variety of remixes and alternate versions of many of the tracks that appear on Beauty in Chaos’ debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’. Both albums are produced by Ministry‘s Grammy-nominated producer Michael Rozon at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio.

The debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ features numerous music luminaries, including Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Evi VineBetsy Martin  (Caterwaul/Purr Machine), Marc Danzeisen (The Riverdogs), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine/ Kommunity FK), Rudy Matchinga (Red Scare), Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), and Tish Ciravolo (StunGun/ Daisy Rock Guitars).

About ‘Drifting Away’, Beauty In Chaos main-man Michael Ciravolo says, “This song has what to me is the truly special element of BIC, putting artists together that on the surface might seem a tad strange. I think Paul and Steven did a great job on this remix, keeping Robin’s catchy vocal melodies and and playing up Michael Anthony and Aston’s parts.  Musically they injected a bit of Manson-inspired electronics along with a cool ‘Sgt Pepper-esque’ twist, taking it to a different place than the original version that appears on the debut ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ album.”

On June 21, ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ will be released via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective on deluxe CD and limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl. It will also be available digitally across online stores, including iTunes, and streaming platforms like SpotifyCDs and vinyl can be ordered from the Beauty in Chaos website at https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store.

LYRICS (Zander, Ciravolo, Matchinga, Christian)
High above the clouds
Looking down upon the sea
Ride a wave of love you gave So tenderly
But now you’re so far away
I hardly know what’s true
The distance in your eyes it fades
My point of view
It’s too late to get it back
The time it slips away
I’m drifting out to sea my love
No light to guide my way
Drifting
Drifting away
Half way around the world
Time goes on and on and on
That ship on the horizon
Its here and then it’s gone
Distance is an open wound
No healing hands can close
Every time I call your name
You’re hanging up the telephone
Too late to get it back
It’s time to make things right
I’m drifting out to see my love
Youʼre almost out of site…

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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Goth

 

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