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Παίξε στο σπίτι με τους Siouxsie & the Banshees

Το κείμενο που ακολουθεί μου έδωσε την έμπνευση για να γράψω την ιστορία με την οποία συμμετέχω στο βιβλίο “Ο Κήπος των Κρεμασμένων” το οποίο κυκλοφορεί απο τις εκδόσεις Ars Nocturna.

Λίγο πριν από τις προγραμματισμένες συναυλίες των Siouxsie & the Banshees στο Royal Albert Hall το Σεπτέμβριο και τον Οκτώβριο του 1983, το Channel 4 τους προσκάλεσε να  συμμετάσχουν σε ένα επεισόδιο της τηλεοπτικής σειράς “Play at Home“.

Το “Play at Home” ηταν μια τηλεοπτική εκπομπη η οποία εκτός των Siouxsie & the Banshees φιλοξένησε τους New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen και Virginia Astley και κάθε πρόγραμμα ήταν αφιερωμένο στον συγκεκριμένο καλλιτέχνη ή συγκρότημα με αποκλειστικό σκοπό την προώθηση. Το κανάλι τους εδωσε απόλυτη ελευθερία στο να κάνουν οτι θέλουν ωστε να γίνουν δημιουργικοί.

Ηταν μετά το Pornography των Cure οταν μετά απο ενα βράδυ κρεπάλης και ασταμάτητου αλκοόλ, ο Simon Gallup εγκατέλειψε το συγκρότημα μετά απο εναν μεγάλο καυγά με τον Robert Smith.

Ο Smith είχε ανοίξει παρτίδες με τους Siouxsie & the Banshees οταν το 1979 ο κιθαρίστας τους John McKay τους εγκατέλειψε μετά απο ενα live στο Aberdeen και ο Smith που με τους Cure ηταν η support μπάντα τους, τον αντικατέστησε για τα επόμενα τέσσερα χρόνια.

Αρχισε να κάνει παρέα με τον Steve Severin και απο εκεί και πέρα, παρασύρθηκε στον κόσμο των ναρκωτικών…

Μέσα στις ψυχεδελικές τους αναζητήσεις, οι δυό τους έκαναν ενα άλλο project με το ονομα The Glove και άρχισαν να ψαχνονται με άλλα μουσικά στυλ χωμένοι στο στούντιο τις περισσότερες ωρες απο τις 4 το απόγευμα ως τις 6 το πρωί. Προφανώς το LSD έπαιζε μεγάλο ρόλο στο ψάξιμο αυτό…

Μάλιστα έβλεπαν πάρα πολλές ταινίες οπως την Barbarella, το Yellow Submarine των Beatles οπότε οταν τους έγινε η πρόταση απο το Channel 4 για να κάνουν το επεισόδιο, ο Smith ήταν της άποψης πως οι Banshees αντί για περιοδείες, θα έπρεπε να κάνουν κάτι πιο φιλόδοξο πάνω στη σκηνή, κάτι, ας πούμε… όπως τον Μάγο του Οζ.

Ο Severin αποφάσισε να χρησιμοποιήσει την ιδέα του Smith στο επεισόδιο του “play at home” μόνο που αντί για τον Μάγο του Οζ, θα κάνανε την Αλίκη στην Χώρα των Θαυμάτων, ωστε να υπάρχει σχέση και με την δισκογραφική εταιρία των Banshees που λεγόταν Wonderland.

Εδω μπορείτε να δείτε το συγκεκριμένο επεισόδιο του “Play at Home” και εκτός των τεσσάρων μελών των Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Glove αλλά και των Creatures, εμφανίζεται ακόμα και ο παραγωγός τους, Mike Hedges ως Ντάμα Κούπα καθώς και η συνεργάτης τού Marc Almond, Annie Hogan.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2019 in Goth, Post Punk

 

Beauty in Chaos – Beauty Re-Envisioned (33.33 Music Collective 21 June 2019)

Beauty in Chaos presents ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ LP and new video for ‘Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)’

LA-based alt-rock group Beauty in Chaos present the new album ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ at the same time as unveiling the new video for ‘Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)’. Their second long-play includes a wide array of remixes and alternate versions of tracks from their acclaimed debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’.

Released via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective, both albums were recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Michael Rozon, best known for his work with Ministry.

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, he is perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, as well as playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

“On ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’, I basically handed the keys to the car over to an amazingly talented cast of producers, engineers, re-mixers, DJs and artists, including Tim Palmer, Kevin Haskins, John Fryer, Statik, Ummagma and Marilyn Manson’s Paul Wiley…  giving them near total autonomy to throw the puzzle of ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ on the floor and reassemble it as they hear it. Here we have some extremely diverse re-envisions that run the gamut sonically and stylistically, with a few surprises thrown in,” says Michael Ciravolo.

About the new acoustic version of ‘Storm’, he adds, “This version and the accompanying video are the perfect foil to the bombastic ‘Un-Natural Disaster’, the debut single off this album. It was important to me that not all of the re-mixes and alt-versions on this record where 4-on-the-floor aimed at dance clubs, which some remix records seem to target.”

Mixed and produced by Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), the video for ‘Storm (Acoustic Version)’ was filmed and directed by Vicente Corderoand produced by Industrialism Films.

“When Michael suggested I have a go at re-imagining something for the ‘Beauty Re-envisioned’ album, I knew it had to be ‘Storm’. As the first song we had written together for the first album, it seemed only fitting that it get a loving remake for the new release.  As a big fan of acoustic music, I wanted to try a stripped down, more intimate approach to this version. This meant re-recording it from scratch, as I wanted to re-sing the vocals in a more introspective way, to match the arrangement I had in my head,” says Ashton Nyte.

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).

The new album involves many of these same players, with the addition of acclaimed producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and Rolan Bolan, who joins Wayne Hussey for a rendition of T-Rex’s ’20th Century Boy’.

Earlier, Beauty in Chaos presented the first single ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix), which premiered in Rolling Stone. The second single ‘Drifting Away’ ft. Robin Zander (Synthetic Capricorn Mix) also has Michael Anthony (Van Halen) on back vocals and was remixed by Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson) and Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen).

As of June 21, ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ is available on deluxe CD and limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl. It is also being released digitally, with a Spotify version to appear later. CDs and vinyl can be ordered directly from Beauty in Chaos at www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store. Apart from the 14 core tracks, album orders placed via the website also come with 11 bonus remixes.

CREDITS
‘Storm’ (acoustic version) written by Ashton Nyte and Michael Ciravolo
Ashton Nyte: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drum programming
Michael Ciravolo: electric guitars
Mixed and produced by Ashton Nyte
Video filmed and directed by Vicente Cordero (Industrialism Films)
Edited by Vicente Cordero and Ashton Nyte

TRACK LIST
1. 20th Century Boy ft. Al Jourgensen (MGT Rmx)
2. Man of Faith ft. Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup (Preacher Man Mix)
3. Look Up ft. Tish Ciravolo (Ummagma Mix)
4. ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix)
5. Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)
6. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (Cotton Socks Mix)
7. Drifting Away ft. Robin Zander and Michael Anthony (High Water Mix)
8. Man of Faith ft. Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup (Kitty Lectro Mix)
9. The Long Goodbye (Au Revoir) ft. Wayne Hussey
10. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (IVaD Mix)
11. Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Vampyre Mix)
12. 20th Century Boy ft. Rolan Bolan and Wayne Hussey
13. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (Eclipse Mix)
14. Finding Beauty in Chaos ft. Ashton Nyte (Fall & Sway Mix)

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Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Alternative, Goth, Post Punk

 

A guide to the songs and the artists of The Unquiet Grave 2019 compilation

The Unquiet Grave 2019 is the newest Cleopatra Records compilation.

As the label states: “In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first volume of The Unquiet Grave, Cleopatra Records presents The Unquiet Grave 2019 featuring 25 international Post-Punk, Goth, Industrial, Synthwave and Experimental artists from across the dark music spectrum. The original concept behind The Unquiet Grave varied from Cleopatra’s other highly successful boxed set compilations during that time, such as The Goth Box as well as The Black Bible, that featured bands such as Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes and Legendary Pink Dots along with various up-and-coming bands. Meanwhile, The Unquiet Grave exclusively featured newer and obscure artists, showcasing these unheralded hardworking bands that earned the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience. That said, the original 1999 release included such fledgling bands as Bella Morte, Diary of Dreams, Android Lust and Rhea’s Obsession, to name a few. The Unquiet Grave 2019 applies the same formula as that original volume featuring 25 deserving bands from all over the global dark music underground.”

Released June 14, 2019, the album opens with The Ink Bats and their track “No Other”.

  1. The Ink Bats are part of the exploding Post-Punk scene in Oakland, CA, and “No Other” the opener of this compilation, opens their self-released debut album “Loss” also, that came out in 2017 on CD as well as LP. It’s hard to put your finger on their sound, but their impeccable quality and dark energy has cultivated quite a fast-growing fan base.
  2. Social Station is a post-punk/dark wave artist based in Washington DC that participates with the track “Try (Cross My Heart)“. With influences ranging from new wave and post-punk to jangle and dream pop, they forge an original haunting but accessible sound.
  3. Inspired by the gritty extremes of her new digs in New York, German-American performance artist Kai Irina Hahn founded her EBM band The Sedona Effect in 2013 in Brooklyn, NY as a solo project that involved a number of very talented musical collaborators in the US and Europe. The Sedona Effect song is titled “I Burn”. A sexy voice and hard beats blend into distorted melodies that long for a harmony that the estranged self will never reach.
  4. Only You” is the title of the Future Pop tune by Antidote For Annie. PaTrick and Tracey, hail from Boston MA, begun in the late 90’s. The project has constantly been growing and transforming, covering a range of styles and sounds. The more things have evolved and matured, the more the soul of the project became clear. An intersection of beauty and melancholia, in turns dark and angry or calm and reflective. Antidote For Annie is about finding your own way through, even if the path keeps changing.
  5. Tidal (Panic Lift Mix)” is one more tune made to get you on the dancefloor. Silver Walks happened almost by accident. Born out of Pennsylvania’s seminal Shadowland Lancaster parties, ringleader and primary songwriter Daniel McCullough’s project has blended emotional songwriting with experimentalism and electronics for the last three years. What we have here is a remix of the debut single “Tidal” taken from the EP “Songs of Love and Hate” that came out in May 2019.
  6. New Zero God appear on this compilation with “Broken Halo”. An unreleased track from the sessions of their fourth album “Circus of Tortured Melodies” that came out on March 15. New Zero God is a five piece post-punk band from Athens, Greece and their history is connected with names such as The Mission, Sisters of Mercy, Sex Gang Children (Andi Sex Gang makes a guest appearance on their latest album) Christian Death, New Model Army and Legendary Pink Dots.
  7. The Long Losts are a dark rock duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012. Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic. Their song is “Skeleton Thief”…
  8. Schedule IV is a quintet coming from each of the four corners of Metro Detroit. Featuring Steph Strange (formerly of Strangeling and Venereal Injection), Mike Phipps (Pulse State, ex-D:Konstruct), Don Gransden (formerly of DeLIEN and Siegemachine), Joshua McAllister (formerly of function13 and DeLIEN), and Jervon Molloy (function13), Schedule IV participate with their post-punk composition “Stray”.
  9. Influenced by artists such as KMFDM, Ministry, Razed in Black and others, New Yorkers, Carlos Marzano and Cliff Cage bring the HypoFixx project to the compilation with the industrial tune “Electrified (Cliff Cage’s Minimal Destruction Mix)”. The original version of this track can be found on their “Symbiosis” album that was released in 2018…
  10. Lorelei Dreaming is the brain child of Lorelei from Chicago, to bring theatrical electronic music to the stage and digital world. After touring in 2015 and 2016 with Angelspit, doing live guest vocals with Velvet Acid Christ, and debuting live 2016 performances for St. Griselda, Lorelei is teaming up with the incomparable Zoog Von Rock to release this new self-titled project. They offer to the compilation the Digital Gnosis Remix of their “Edge Of The World”. The original version is available on their 2017 “Banshee” album.
  11. UK’s Fear Incorporated appear here with their “Ouija Board Apparitions”. Fear Incorporated formed in 2008 as a theatre macabre avant garde band. Since then 6 albums two singles,two EPs and a compilation album have been released through various European record labels. Their present line-up consists by William Westwater and Berwyn Waddon.
  12. Metamorph is a pulse driven entry into other dimensions. A global alchemy of music crossing boundaries with enticing blends of electronics and acoustics, and capable of awakening human potential. Margot Day‘s multi-range vocals and mastery of the flute entwine and merge with producer and multi-instrumentalist Kurtis Knight’s guitar, keyboards, synthesizer and beats. Their song is titled “Winds of Durga”.
  13. Angel Metro follows with her “Stranger Times”. Angel Metro hails from Charlottesville, Virginia and she created this project to gate her Music, DJ’ing, Acting and Modeling projects. Focused on Gothic, Pin-up, Horror, SciFi, and Post-Apocalyptic stylings.
  14. Abbey Death is the name of which Abbey Nex and Valerie Abbey (Gentile), from Brooklyn NY, appear on the compilation, offering their track “Trance”. Valerie & Abbey are known for their energetic performances in Combichrist, The Crushadows, Psyclon Nine, Angelspit, Genitorturers & Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
  15. Formed in early 2000, The Drowning Season is a guitar oriented gothic rock band consisting of Matt Slowikowski (vocals, programming), Jason Lee (guitars, programming), and multi-instrumentalist Sideshow (taking on drum and synth duties) that participate on “The Unquiet Grave 2019” with the track “Brighter Than A Thousand Suns”. They view The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission (UK) and Fields of the Nephilim as their major influences.
  16. Mermaids” is the title of the next tune, taken from the album “Monsters” that May May Graves put out last year. The album was produced by Angelspit’s Zoog Von Rock. Billed as the “genderfuck of your nightmares”, May May quit her job as a Church of Christ preacher in 2011 to be in a punk band. It all goes downhill from there. Today, May May Graves has solidified her place in the dfw burlesque and drag scene and has toured stages across America, disappointing billions and captivating few with her dark, witty, and macabre stage presence. In doing that, she was the First Drag Queen to be crowned EVIL QUEEN OF BURLESQUE in 2015 and was even the First Drag Queen featured at the Dallas Burlesque Festival 2014. Her dark, macabre, and campy fetish themed performances have captivated and terrorized audiences across the country. May May can also be seen working as “head queen” at the Dallas School of Burlesque, where she is currently teaching classes in drag, lap dance, and seduction.
  17. Red Lokust were found in 2015 when Lee Lauer of Aslan Faction approached Jim Semonik of Rein[Forced]– at a KMFDM show. They appear on this compilation with their track “Speechless V2​.​0” taken from their album “The Repercussions Of Shedding Your Skin” released in 2016.
  18. Not As Brightly Lit” is the title of this one by Acclimate. Τhis experimental/ambient project from New Zealand, is the brain child of Artemis Kowalski and Martin Bowes of ATTRITION, appears as a special guest.
  19. Traumabond from Chicago, Illinois is the industrial project of Jennifer Jilbert and Nicola Palazzo. Their offering is titled “The Collective You”.
  20. ENGRAM are Martin Bowes and John Costello from the UK. The two of them have created and performed electronic experiments in sound for 30 years apiece. Martin with ATTRITION. John mostly under his own name. Here they participate with their “Hi Teikei No” from their album “Das Kapital” that came out last year.
  21. The brainchild of EBM/Industrial solo artist Paul M. Graham, Tragic Impulse from Pittsburgh, PA, was born from the ashes of the project Eisengeist. “Space Force” that appears on the compilation, is the first single off of Tragic Impulse’s upcoming album “Echoes of the Unseen” on Distortion Productions.
  22. Spider Lillies is a four piece from Washington, DC. This is an electro-goth-rock band led by Stacey Campbell, a former guitarist/backup vocalist of the Cruxshadows. The band’s debut album “In the Light” was released in 2006. A second full-length album, “Cyclogenesis,” released in 2009, followed by a remix disc, “Eyes of the Storm,” in 2010, and the “Error EP” in the fall of 2014, featuring new original songs as well as remixes from Aesthetic Perfection, Ego Likeness, Assemblage 23, Sebastian Komor, etc. They have performed with bands such as Ego Likeness, Bella Morte, Voltaire, Adoration Destroyed, Null Device, Project Pitchfork, Ayria, etc. “The Unquiet Grave 2019” compilation features their song “The Error is You”.
  23. RCH IV aka Richey Rose is a NYC-based musician and songwriter. Originally from Kentucky, Richey began writing songs and playing in local punk bands at age 13. Self-described as ‘dreamy slacker pop with plenty of riffs’, Rose’s songwriting combines his love of Left Coast punk and British new wave with his American South upbringing. His song is “Blodigel”.
  24. Dreamchild from Boston, Massachusetts, brings to the compilation the song “Alone”. Frank Gerace & Cheryl Wanner (Dreamchild) are well-known composers & musicians, who have provided music for several theatrical productions in Boston. They’re also known for the intensity of their own live performances, and use loops/samples, vocal techniques (ethnic ululation, flamenco flourish & operatic power) and unusual instrumentation to create music of ethereal nightmares and fever dreams.
  25. The album closes with the track “Wire” by Moss Garten…

The album is produced and compiled by Athan Maroulis

 

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2019 in Electronic, Goth, Post Punk

 

Dark Nouveau Metropolis Compilation

Metropolis Records announced “Dark Nouveau,” a compilation that brings together 24 international bands from the Post-Punk, Industrial, Synthwave, Goth and Dark Wave genres.

From the beloved Turkish duo She Past Away to the obscure Argentinian duo Balvanera, “Dark Nouveau” showcases both the known as well as the unknown bands that are driving the varied new directions in dark music.

A full year in the making, “Dark Nouveau” is dedicated to the late vocalist Scott Walker (1943-2019) and will be available across all digital as well as streaming outlets from Metropolis Records on June 21st.

Featured Artists…

She Past Away (TURKEY), Antipole (NORWAY), Ash Code (ITALY), Shadow Age (US), Hante. (FRANCE), Balvanera (ARGENTINA), NØIR (US), Skeleton Hands (US), Dancing Plague (US), Push/Button/Press (US), Night Nail (US), FTR (FRANCE), Canter (US), Decedent vs Slighter (US), Dark Door (ITALY), Seeming (US), The Harrow (US), Dead Leaf Echo (US), Twin Tribes (US), Weird Candle (CANADA), Paradox Obscur (GREECE),The Shyness of Strangers (CANADA), IAMTHESHADOW (PORTUGAL), Inopera (US)

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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Electronic, Goth

 

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.

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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!

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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in Goth