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Cleopatra to release the Unquiet Grave 2019 Compilation

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first volume of “The Unquiet Grave,” Cleopatra Records presents “The Unquiet Grave 2019,” a compilation that features 25 international Post-Punk, Goth, Industrial, Darkwave and Experimental artists from across the dark music spectrum. Our original concept behind “The Unquiet Grave” varied from other Cleopatra compilations we completed such as “The Goth Box” (1996) as well as “The Black Bible” (1998), that included legacy acts such as Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes and Legendary Pink Dots along with a variety of up-and-coming bands. On the other hand, “The Unquiet Grave” (1999) exclusively featured unheralded hardworking new artists that deserved the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience. That original 1999 edition would include 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 by showcasing 25 artists that equally deserve your attention. “The Unquiet Grave 2019” will be available on June 14th via all digital and streaming outlets.

The Unquiet Grave 2019 features:

The Ink Bats, Social Station, The Sedona Effect, Antidote for Annie, Silver Walks, New Zero God, The Long Losts, Schedule IV, Hypofixx, Lorelei Dreaming, Fear Incorporated, Metamorph, Angel Metro, Abbey Death, The Drowning Season, May May Graves, Red Lokust, Acclimate, Traumabond, ENGRAM, Tragic Impulse, Spider Lilies, RCH IV, Dreamchild, Moss Garten

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2019 in Goth, etc.

 

Angel’s Arcana – Selva (2018)

(by Fondas Sumerson)
It’s true that Greece is not famous for producing “goth rock” music, as a few Greek bands choose to play this particular sub-genre of the dark alternative scene. The most important band of this genre – according to my opinion – is Opened Paradise, a band whose latest release “Buried in Rain“, took goth rock to new boundaries. Babis Nikou was the main composer of their brilliant songs, but since his artistic concerns never stop, he wanted to do something different, a bit more experimental.

In Angel’s Arcana he has forged a unique sound combining the dark dynamics of goth rock, the abstract pessimism of post rock, the intricate melancholy of prog rock, as well as the “primitive” feeling of folk, ambient and ethereal music. Add some hints of dark metal to all this and you get an album that will stay with you for a long time. Of course Babis’ guitar playing and composing style reminds of his former band, something that all fans of Opened Paradise (and goth rock in general) will definitelly apreciate! Another asset of “Selva” is Babis’ idea to work with many guests, well-know musicians that have added their own mark to the album.

After the riveting intro-song “Metamorphosis pt. I – Burn yourself with a Flaming Sword”, the album continues with the title track “Selva”. Imagine an atmospheric Aeon Sable song played by Opened Paradise in the context of their “Buried in Rain” album. Nino from Aeon Sable is guesting on this one and -as usually- gives a great vocal performance, adding a sensitive obscure feeling that is typical of him. The beautiful darkness of the song is unquestionable. Excellent!
Babis himself takes the microphone for 2 songs in the album, namely “The Constant Flame” and “Black Roses”, since he has a brilliant voice too (he was the main vocalist of symphonic metalers Visions of Atlantis for a brief period). The first one has a very obscure, heavy sound between Swans, Agalloch and Dead Can Dance with Nephilimesque guitars of the Elizium period. In one word… Masterpiece!
The second one is a fast-tempo tune with a distinct new wave rhythm section and melody, while its dark atmosphere results in a beautiful goth-wave song. Imagine Australian gothsters Ikon jamming with Sad Lovers & Giants. Brilliant!
The variety of songs continues with post-rock oriented tunes like “Moon on Dark Water” with elements of Alchest or Opeth, including a dreamlike narration from Kate West and Eloy’s Volcer Kuinke on recorder playing a beautiful folkish part in the middle that leads to an epic finale. “Ode to Aphrodite” is an emotional shoegaze song based on a poem by the Greek lyric poet Sappho (630BC – 580BC), red by Thomas McEvilley (1939 – 2013).
Metamorphosis pt. II – The Astral Dragon” is probably my favourite track on the album. It is a classic atmospheric goth rock song with the one and only Bob from NFD on vocals. Nephilim lovers will adore this one for sure, somewhere between NFD and the mid-tempo Opened Paradise songs like “Reverence” or “Yemanja”.As all beautiful things always reach an end, “Unhindered” concludes this excellent release. Here we have an ethereal rock song with Chrysa Tsaltampasi‘s (of the band “Spineless“) siren singing, a beautiful track in the vein of bands like ISON and The Eden House.
“Selva” from Angel’s Arcana proves that Babis’ music has no limits, as he can easily step anywhere he wants… I always considered him a multi-talented musician and a great compser. This realese finds him at his best.

Definitely one of the best albums for 2018, released on the very last day of the year. Do not miss this!
buy it from HERE
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in Goth, etc.

 

Kommunity FK 40th Anniversary

California, here they come!

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Via Patrik Mata of Kommunity FK:

“Here we come…..so you come, too. Let’s come 2gether & party like it’s Kommunity FK’s 40th year anniversary, & it most definitely is!
Blessed Be.”

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How cool is that. 🙂  Grab your boots… the party’s just getting started!  Keep up to date with all the latest (and check back on some of the past on tribe4mian) through the official links below.
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And don’t forget, send us your event pictures and we’ll be sure to shine a light on YOU and your captured images.
 

New Zero God – Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac (22 MAY 2017)

After their third album, “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” and 7” single “Redemption”, both released last year, New Zero God return with a digital single titled “Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac“.

In 2006, Mike Pougounas, the singer of the bands The Flowers of Romance and Nexus, formed his current band, New Zero God in Athens, Greece.  They have releases through Greek and English record labels and, in the past, worked on a charity song with international musicians such as guitarist Will Crewdson (Αdam Ant, Johnette Napolitano, The Selecter, Rachel Stamp and others), singer/bass player Chris Tuke (Berlin Black, Screaming Banshee Aircrew), keyboard player Martin Birke (Genre Peak) to name but a few.

According to English music magazine Terrorizer 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…”

The band’s intentions on “Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac” are crystal clear. New Zero God winks to punk rock as happened on the first album of the band, “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” but also flirt with industrial (a genre known to Pougounas from his days with Nexus).

This is what New Zero God like to label as “dark rock’n’roll”.

Last October, Pougounas stated on his interview for English magazine Louder Than War, that “Punk Rock was the main influence in my life. Not just musically but it made me think out of the box. When I was a kid it started with the music. But then, I found my own way of thinking. I believe this is what it was all about.”

“Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac” begins the odyssey by twisting the not-so-obvious ‘Panic Attack’ in its title. Lyrically there is a strong dose of humor with “Hell Bet on Me to Lose”, a song about decisions that we are forced to make. “Under the Radar” is about those who decide to live out of the system while “Shadow of Wealth” wonders if resistance is in vain…

The EP is produced by Babis Efthimiou, mastered by John Psimopoulos. while the remix of “Shadow of Wealth” was taken care of by the Greek electronica band Dark En Ciel.

Music and lyrics by Mike Pougounas.

Mike Pougounas – Vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine

Babis Efthimou – Drums, Programming

Akis Nikolaidis – Guitars

Michalis Semertzoglou – Bass, Guitars

 

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Vanity Noire (After Dusk Festival) – Leipzig-Germany 18.11.2016

By Fondas SumerSon

When I started getting involved with guitar oriented German Goth Rock back in the day, it was 5 or 6 bands that turned me into a huge fan of the genre. Age Of Heaven was definitely one of them!
Having in mind that Age Of Heaven do not play live that often, I quickly decided that their special 25 years anniversary gig, in their hometown Leipzig, was not to be missed. Especially since their special guests would be the legendary goth rock heroes of the underground Still Patient? and Aeon Sable, one of the best new bands of the Goth scene.

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Well, let’s see things in more detail… Although I try to attend gigs and festivals across Europe, I never had the chance to visit Leipzig until now. So this gig was a fine opportunity to explore this beautiful and historic city, with the precious help and guidance of my good friend Ingo from The Escape. I can certainly admit that Leipzig is one of the most beautiful German cities!

The concert would take place at Moritzbastei – a brilliant venue of 150 to 200 people capacity – with a circle-like stone-scared roof. It reminded me of a catacomb, thus being an ideal location to host a real goth gig! We arrived around 19:30, did some merch-shopping and had a little chat with good old German friends before Still Patient? hit the stage…

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Around 20:00 o’clock lights went out, thick smoke filled the stage and a female voice introduced Still Patient? by saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, now Still Patient? are going to play some proper Goth Rock for you”. Needless to say this sent chills down my spine…That was exactly the reason why I was there after all!

One by one the guys came on stage with Andy being the last one. Without wasting any time, they began delivering their killer Goth tunes! They chose “Chameleon” as their opening track, an old school cult anthem that was released 20 years ago. The song had a great effect on the crowd which started to show its appreciation instantly!

They played a 50 min set based on their over-of-2-decades history, including classic goth dynamites like “Agoraphobia”, “God & Satan”, “Anavryn”, “Mascara Osiris” or “The Sun”, along with more recent tunes like “Seconds of Fame”, “Impact”, “All is Well” and of course their latest brilliant video clip “Swallowed”, as well as a very interesting cover on Schwefel‘s classic “Metropolis”.

All 4 guys were in great mood on stage and seemed to enjoy themselves very much! Steve Pogue and Bec Kes – the killer guitar duo – created a strong and solid sound by mixing modern elements with classic old school goth riffs! Guido‘s bass lines made the band’s sound heavier and more groovy, while Andy’s voice and “goth” attitude on stage, is always one of the highlights! He is quite imposing without the need to be over-reactive. A great front man indeed. This was my second SP? gig and I have to admit that these guys are getting better and better as time is goes by!

Their setlist:

Intro
Chameleon
Seconds of Fame
God & Satan
Swallowed
Impact
Agoraphobia
Metropolis (Schwefel cover)
All is Well
Anavryn
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The Sun
Mascara Osiris

 

Aeon Sable

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After a small break, it was Aeon Sable’s turn to spread their “wicked” tunes around the place. While Din, Jo and Quoth were plugging in their instruments, Nino (with a hood covering his head) was moving across the stage, throwing some kind of dust as part of the “ritual” that was about to begin… a “ritual” that started with the mystical “Aequinoctium”. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way.
I have written about Aeon Sable a couple of times in the past, but I’m going to say this once again. I consider them the best band from the new era of “dark” music. They are an absolutely versatile band that combines so many music styles in a unique way. And if you add Nino (vocals) -whom I consider one of the best “performers” of the scene- to the equation, you get an amazing band that will blow you away! Α amalgam of “dark-art” that captures the audience with its dance floor groovy goth songs as well as with its mystical occult themed anthems. This band transcends the boundaries of traditional goth rock.

Since it was a festival, they had a limited time of a 50 min show, so they chose to play more tunes from their latest album (Elysion, Garden of Light, White Snow), which I consider one of the best releases of 2016. That worked out really well for me because this was the first time I had the chance to listen to the new songs, although this was my 4th Aeon Sable gig.

They also played classics like “Dancefloor Satellite”, “Algorythm of None” or “Visions” that were really appreciated by the crowd, but the highlight of their set (according to my opinion) was “Exodus”, a song taken from their debut album which they had only played once in the past! Cracking tune! The guys put up a great show with Din and Jo working wonders on the guitars, Sebbl rocking the audience with his rhythmic bass lines and of course with Nino’s unique performance on and off stage. Of course I shouldn’t forget to give credit to Frank for his great light-show… Outstanding work!!

Their setlist:

Aequinoctium
Elysion
Garden of Light
Dancefloor Satellite
Algorythm of None
Visions
Exodus
White Snow
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Quaalude Tango

Age Of Heraven

Age Of Heaven

Lights went off for the last time and roses-covered microphone-stands appeared before us! Age Of Heaven, the headliners of the evening, were about to conquer the stage.

When the smoke cleared out, I saw Yvonne reciting the lyrics of “The Secret” (intro to their “Garden of Love” album) and Heidi accompanying her on the keyboards! What a feeling! They created a genuine Gothic atmosphere that took me back many years… And when the guys, one by one, filled the stage and started playing the title track of the same album, I thought that I was back in the 90’s!! Ju was dressed like the way he used to dress back in 1996 (“Garden of Love” era). He was singing every word with great passion and expressiveness. He easily mesmerized the audience into following him through a romantic goth rock journey! Torsten and Christian on the guitars were the perfect companions for that goth revival! The goth super team was completed by the one and only Tommy with his distinct and rhythmic bass lines and Heidi whose keyboard-playing added a medieval-ethereal touch to the traditional goth-rock sound of the band!
Since Age of Heaven haven’t released a new album in 20 years, they had plenty of new, unreleased songs to play. I am thrilled to say that their new songs are nothing less than true masterpieces. These songs that could have easily been released 20 years ago, but at the same time they sound fresh and up to date! “To the Clouds”, “Tonight”, “Love is Just a Lie” or “Strangers” offer the same feeling that their “old” songs did! No electronics, no trendy elements, just pure romantic old school goth rock!

They played for an hour and a half, performing around 10 brand new songs without leaving out of the set classic anthems from both their albums. Tunes like “The Providence”, “Armageddon”, “Garden of Love”, “Red Roses”, “Broke the Chain”, “In the Mirror” or “It Comes the Night” (personal favorite from their “Garden of Love” album) were received enthusiastically by a crowd which obviously appreciated old-school goth rock!

One of the highlights of their performance was definitely the amazing cover version on The Mission‘s classic “Garden of Delight”! Many bands have covered this track, but none like Age Of Heaven! Actually they had planed to play an acoustic version of it on their acoustic special set which would take place the next day at darkflower, but after my request Ju decided to play the electric version of it on their Friday gig too… Thanks my friend!

Their setlist:

Ther Secret
The Garden of Love
Broke the Chain
Machinery
Consolation (new song)
This is the Country (new song)
In the Mirror
Your Hidden Mind (new song)
Tonight (new song)
To the Clouds (new song)
It Comes the Night
Armageddon (extended)
Strangers (new song)
Love is Just a Lie (new song)
She was Living for (new song)
Lethal Poison (new song)
Red Roses
Garden of Delight (The Mission cover)
The Providence (extended)
Over the Seas

Concluding I would like to congratulate Age Of Heaven for such a memorable anniversary gig and for choosing 2 great acts as their special guests!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your first 25 years! Thank you for being loyal to Goth Rock all these years, without changing you values! We are eagerly waiting for a new release. Until the next time…. Long Live Goth Rock!

Pics By Oliver Krapp
Videos by Fondas SumerSon & Oliver Krapp

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Goth, etc.

 

New Breed – Break the Silence (2016)

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

It was the May of 2004 when the mighty Elusive visited Athens for the very first time. I remember hanging out with the guys a few hours before their gig and chatting. At some point their guitarist (Kristian) gave me a cd from a band called New Breed and told me: “ Buddy this is my personal project apart from Elusive. I think you gonna like it.” The next day when I listened to “pleasure & pain”, I knew that New Breed was destined to be one of my favourite Scandinavian goth rock bands!

As time went by, Elusive became more famous and Kristian put New Breed to sleep for a while. After the tragic death of Jan (Elusive), he reformed New Breed and now, 12 years after their debut, the band releases its second full length album, a proper goth rock diamond!

In “Break the Silence” we can find 8 tracks of high class guitar-oriented goth rock with a perfect, crystal-clear production. This is an album of great maturity. The songs bear a feeling of intimacy, paired with the usual Scandinavian melancholy. But do not be mistaken that this is a hypnotic slow-tempo record, as the album also features many uplifting goth rockin’ dynamites. Great guitar riffs and bass lines, along with excellent drums and above all Kristian’s distinctive, rough – yet very melodic -vocals! Atmospheric discreet keyboards and even some beautiful female vocals (on “fragile”) complete the puzzle of this great release, which comes in a nice slim digipack.

In this album a goth fan can find pretty much everything: from Mission-like songs (City of Sin) to mid-tempo melodic goth masterpieces (Outside, Fragile), and from re-worked, upgraded versions of old favourites (Neurotica, Memories) to emotional dynamites with unique melodies (Ghost).

A special mention should be made to “Rain”, the closing track of the album, which is my personal favourite. It reminded me of the dark-desert Elusive tunes that made me love this band so much! We are talking about a sublime song!!

This is what I call an outstanding come back. An album not to be missed!

Buy it from HERE

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Goth, etc.

 

Avarice In Audio – Anthracite Nights EP (Alfa Matrix 2016)

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Taken from Avarice In Audio’s successful second album “Apollo & Dionysus”,here comes the final single from this album: “Anthracite Nights”. Avarice In Audio have brought the thunder with this song, and shown to never rest on their laurels. Always working on new content, and always delivering diverse but thought-provoking material each and every time.

Augmented with remixes by label mates Venal Flesh, Junksista and Entrzelle, alongside the Anthracite Remix contest winners Alien:Nation, Antibody and Restriction 9.

The sonic palette varies from harsh aggro tech to more cheerful synth pop, to brooding atmosphere and club bangers, “Anthracite Nights” has a solid pedigree behind it and serves as a fitting send off to the “Apollo & Dionysus” era. The artwork, commissioned by premier artist Tomoki Hayasaka/Sheerheart Design shows a new depth of visual creativity, closing off the orb design used for every prior AIA E.P release. With a new dawn comes new visual and sonic aesthetic.

Finally combined with an original exclusive track “The Temptation & Expulsion”, an orchestral closer for the era of the first two Avarice In Audio albums, the triumvirate are ready to move forward and record their third album, while working on live shows.

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Goth, etc.