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Christine Plays Viola – Vacua

Christine Plays Viola - Vacua

Christine Plays Viola is a four piece Italian Dark Wave band formed in Pratola Peligna in 2008.  On March 22, 2014, they released their second full-length album, titled “Vacua”.

Inspired by the “Black Paintings” of Francisco Goya, “Vacua” holds 15 strong compositions, although I am of the impression that the band was inspired by the “Black Paintings” even before recording their EP, “Leocadia”, which was released in 2013.  I feel this way because Leocadia Weiss was Goya’s companion and her name was given to a mural by the painter as one of his series of 14 “Black Paintings”.

Rightfully so, 3 out of the 15 songs of “Vacua” come from the EP “Leocadia”: “Leocadia”, “Whoosing Dissolution”, and “Scattered In The Dust”.

The album opens with the haunting soundscapes of the instrumental “Awakening of the Damned”  followed by the tribal rhythms of “Wrapped In Spiral”.

Slaughter of the Black Sun” holds a cute new wave melody on the verse played by Fabrizio Giampietro’s guitar and keyboards, while singer Massimo Ciampani’s vocals on the final verse of the atmospheric “In Silence Withdrawn” takes the song to another level..

Desio Presutti appears to be a bass player that any new wave band would trust with his nicely crafted bass lines.

Giampietro’s guitar style reminds me of bands such as the Sad Lovers & Giants, or The Chameleons, and I think he is the catalyst of this chemical reaction going by the name Christine Plays Viola, since he also plays the keyboards…

Melancholy pours out of “Vacua” with songs like “Rejecting the Limitations of Fate”, and “Appointment with Death”,  while mysterious figures are dancing on air to songs like the instrumental “Sublime Ravings”.

Christine Plays Viola is a band whose new album, “Vacua”, takes the term “Dark Wave” a few steps ahead.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Music, New Wave / Dark Wave

 

The Daughters of Bristol – The Leaving

coverThe Daughters of Bristol are a goth rock band founded in 2002 and based in Seattle, Washington. The group’s only main stay members are Joseph Ronin (vox, guitars, bass & programming) and Edward Nicholas (guitars, bass & programming). Aaron Brown (guitars, bass & programming) joined them in 2009.

The group has released 5 studio recordings: “Voyage” (EP – 2005), “Jones Hall” (Album – 2007), “Woman at the Side” (EP – 2009), “Holts Summit” (EP – 2010), “The Ave” (Album – 2012) and their new single, “The Leaving” is out today, just in time for the Halloween.

The Daughters of Bristol were featured on various music compilations, and their song “Dance Among The Dead” was played in the independent movie “Haunt”.

“The Leaving” comes in three different versions. The A side, the extended version and a rough acoustic version.

If you enjoyed the previous releases of the band, prepare yourselves to find them experimenting with a slightly different music style…

With its catchy hook on the keyboards, “The Leaving” is a sweet new wave diamond that could find its place next to bands such as Bell Hollow or B-Movies.

An excellent choice for lovers of new wave.

You can find it here.

(Originally posted by  on October 31, 2013)

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Background Noise Suppression

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Background Noise Suppression is a five piece act formed in early 2005, in Thessaloniki – Greece by Kostas Karantzios (Vocals), Elias Panagos (Guitars) and George Xenos (Drums), with help on bass by Kostas Kapetanakis.

From its first year of existence, the band made a lot of live appearances in Thessaloniki and other cities, the most important being the support appearance to the legendary New Model Army in Thessaloniki, in April of 2006.

During the summer of 2006, Background Noise Suppression recorded their first single release, titled ‘Made Out Of Ocean’ which was included (partially re-recorded and re-mixed), in the double RunDevilRun label CD-compilation ‘Little People.. Big Noise’ (RDR006 2007). During that summer of 2006 Johnny Papaioannou became the dedicated bassist of the band, contributing his riffs and inspirations to the whole musical image. Lazaros Sitsanidis (keyboards) and Evripidis Papadopoulos (guitar) joined the band soon afterwards to finalize the band’s musical frame and identity. This new boost to the band’s sound, gave the band the opportunity to create an improved new style and songs which accompanied the band during the gigs in Thessaloniki and other major cities in Greece (Serres, Kavala, Larisa, Athens etc).

The band participated in numerous live presentations and interviews – Rainbow FM89 radio interview and unplugged performance, ERA 958 radio interview and unplugged performance, Coca Cola Soundwave Festival live performance, ET3 TV Oxygono show interview and live performance, ANT1 TV Radio Arvyla TV show live performance and many live gigs in Thessaloniki and other cities, including support gigs to The Wedding Present and New Model Army once more. At that time, a music video for the single “Made Out Of Ocean” was also released – plus a video of the ANT1 TV appearance for the unreleased single “Nothing“.

Recordings for Background Noise Suppression’s debut LP were also held around 2007-2008 for a release under the RunDevilRun label, which were never completed, though. Lazaros Sitsanidis leaves the band to move abroad and the now 5-piece band starts recordings from scratch in 2011 for an independent self-released debut LP. Their self-titled album is finally released in October 2013 in 12″ vinyl format consisting of 8 songs, accompanied by a CD version of the album which includes “Made Out Of Ocean” and “Nothing” as bonus tracks.

A good album for every post punk lover !!!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

The Daughters of Bristol – The Leaving

coverThe Daughters of Bristol are a goth rock band founded in 2002 and based in Seattle, Washington. The group’s only main stay members are Joseph Ronin (vox, guitars, bass & programming) and Edward Nicholas (guitars, bass & programming). Aaron Brown (guitars, bass & programming) joined them in 2009.

The group has released 5 studio recordings: “Voyage” (EP – 2005), “Jones Hall” (Album – 2007), “Woman at the Side” (EP – 2009), “Holts Summit” (EP – 2010), “The Ave” (Album – 2012) and their new single, “The Leaving” is out today, just in time for the Halloween.

The Daughters of Bristol were featured on various music compilations, and their song “Dance Among The Dead” was played in the independent movie “Haunt”.

“The Leaving” comes in three different versions. The A side, the extended version and a rough acoustic version.

If you enjoyed the previous releases of the band, prepear yourselves to find them experimenting with a slightly different music style…

With its catchy hook on the keyboards, “The Leaving” is a sweet new wave diamond that could find its place next to bands such as Bell Hollow or B-Movies.

An excellent choice for lovers of new wave.

You can find it here.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Soror Dolorosa – No More Heroes

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Soror Dolorosa is a post-punk band from France that was formed in 2001.

Their debut EP was titled “Severance” (2009) and their first full length album followed under the title “Blind Scenes” (2011).

No More Heroes” is their new album, released in 2013.
According to them, “In a glance to the Strangler’s No More Heroes’ album out in 1977, Soror Dolorosa gave this title to this release because of a certain detail appearing on the photo session Andy Julia (Vocals) made for the cover Art, where a badge with No More Heroes appears on an old leather jacket…

The album opens with an excellent post-punk track titled “Silver Square”.
“Silver Square” is a song that could be written in the early 80’s although the powerful chorus brings us to the 00’s thanks to the distorted guitars of Nicolas Mons.
This is one of the best tracks of the album.

Sound & Death” confused me a little as the guitar work reminded me of Chris Isaak’s sound on “Wicked Game”. There is a touch of Americana here. It’s a nice ballad with Andy Julia singing with passion every single word.

In the same mood and with a well crafter dreamy guitar is “Dany” that follows.
The guitar melodies work very well with the vocals creating a soundscape of pain and desertation.

Figure Of The Night” present us with the Gothic Rock side of the band.
As the song progresses, it becomes obvious that Soror Dolorosa are mostly interested in melodies that would help the vocals show.
This is a band that uses the guitars and the vocals as a lethal weapon while drummer Frank Ligabue and bassist Hervé Carles are staying behind, providing the basics.

Hologram” is the best example. A down tempo, a lament and an aggressive guitar that bites likes a snake at places.

Motherland” comes to drag out the listener from the darkness of “Hologram” and bring things to light.
It works perfectly as if it was following any other song it wouldn’t have the effect it has now.

A psychedelic beginning and down to the “Wormhole” we go.
Dreamy guitars, mid tempo, far away from Gothic Rock and post-punk, the band experiments with different music genres.

A powerful song follows, titled “A Dead Yesterday” that mixes 90’s melodies with 80’s bass lines and a nice guitar solo played with bottle neck.

The track “Exodus” closes the album.

“No More Heroes” proves that Soror Dolorosa can’t be pigeonholed.
This is a band that is constantly experimenting with different rock genres and one should listen to them with open ears and mind.

Follow them HERE

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

New single/video from Joy /Disaster

Broken Promises” is the title of the forthcoming Joy/Disaster album which will be released on the 3rd of October.

Black Flag” is taken from this album…

 

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Spear of Destiny – Transmission (cover)

Spear of Destiny cover Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ at Strummercamp.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

The Hiram Key – Escape from Tzolk’in

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The Hiram Key is the brainchild of singer and guitarist Gary Clarke.

The new Hiram Key album is titled “Escape from Tzolk’in” (the previous album, “Amerikafka” was released in 2011).

Tzolk’in is the basic cycle of the Maya calendar and by saying that, the journey begins.

Gary Clarke writes, plays and records all of the music with a few contributions from various musicians from around the globe.

Although it is obvious that he is influenced by The Cure (it couldn’t be otherwise as Clarke is also the leader of the Cureheads, the official tribute band of the Cure) the album opens with a superb track titled “Zero Gravity”.

“Zero Gravity” is the post punk jewel on the crown of “Escape from Tzolk’in”.  It can easily become classic.  There is something pure in this song that you could only find in 80’s bands such as The Sound, B Movie, Sad Lovers & Giants.  By adding a nice modern production (with a little help from the singer/guitarist of Stereo Juggernaut, Spooky) to the whole idea, Clarke managed to give us a unique track.

There is one more track which differs from the main sonic body of the album, the song “Sensation”.  A filtered sequencer battles with a guitar riff over a dance rhythm, while Clarke repeats “Sensation Overload”.

“Escape from Tzolk’in” holds 7 more tracks which will make Cure fans very happy ( “The Dark”, “Anything”, “Breathing Ice”, “Dizzy Christmas”, “No more Snow for Sean”, “The Lie”, “Return to OZ”).  All of them good tunes but none of them as good as “Zero Gravity”.

There is also the alternative “Electrostar”.

“Escape from Tzolk’in” finds The Hiram Key more mature and with a hit track that I believe it can stand the test of time.

Click HERE to buy the album.


 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

The Last Cry – Living in Grey

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Although “Living in Grey” is Last Cry‘s second album, the band is active for more than two decades. After massive changes to the line-up they are now a trio, consisting of Andrew Birch, Tim Green and Chris Carey.

The album can be cosidered as alternative and post punk not far from the Editors style but it is also early 80′s pop in heart in the early Spadau Ballet or Flock of Seagulls way.That means that almost thirty years of  musicbritish music only in one release.

Polymorphic yes, but well balanced beetween the past and the present, “Living in Gey” is a must for seekers of  guitar dreamy pop who also own a reasonably good post punk record collection. Not bad for begginers though, since this album is a statement on properly played alternative rock.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Rossetti’s Compass – Tear Garden

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Rossetti’s Compass released their 9 track album “Tear Garden” in 2013 (4 tracks on the vinyl release plus 5 more on the digital one).

This is the debut for the duo Mark Warner and Per Aksel Lundgreen who are not new to the music world.

Mark Warner is a former member of Sudeten Creche and is also a member of Touching the Void with Andy Oppenheimer (formerly Oppenheimer Analysis, Oppenheimer MK II and Major Impact). Amongst Mark’s other works are remixes for bands such as Angst Pop, HNN, Kant Kino and Technomancer.

Per Aksel Lundgreen recorded his first demo in 1987 with his first project, ULL, an industrial-found-environmental objects-noise band. Later on, he formed Angst Pop, and during 1990-1994 he was a full-time member of Apoptygma Berzerk.

Cronos Titan and Chinese Detectives were two more projects of his.

In 2012, he started with production-work and remixes for other artists (bands including Sudeten Creche, Leather Strip, Die Krupps, Attrition, Carlos Peron) and also cooperating with young keyboard wiz Roy-Julian Digre of Technomancer.

Early in 2013, Per Aksel joined forces with Mark Warner in Rossetti’s Compass and also joined Norwegian 80′s synthpop sensation Shatoo as a permanent member.

Rossetti’s Compass were formed in 2010 to allow exploration of different directions in music ranging from pure synth pop to dark and menacing electro and EBM.

This is exactly what one will find, listening to this EP.

The album opens with the song “Tear Garden” finding the two musicians in a dance mood. Old school synth pop with sequencers and a calm voice almost narrating.
An Italo Disco version of this track is available on the digital release only, (titled “Tear Garden – Disko remix by Kant Kino”) where the dance beat is boosted, there is an additional new synth riff, samples and in general a more appropriate version for the dance floor.

In This Together” (written by Stephan Groth, the man behind Apoptygma Berzerk) is a cute pop ballad but I was curious to listen to the two versions of the next track titled “In Your Hands”.

The first version is flirting with the European synth pop sound of the 80’s.
The other version (available only on the digital release) is titled “In Your Hands (Chloral Haze Remix by Clive Pierce HardCORPS)” and it is completely different.
The tempo is kinda slower, the riff on the synth is manipulated differently, the drum loop is more in the spirit of the 90’s and there is a different atmosphere in general.

Bleed” that follows is closer to EBM or as many people call it, “Future Pop”.
As the rest of the 3 songs of the tracks of the EP, this one is produced by Angst Pop too.
This is where Rossetti’s Compass build the bond between 80’s synth pop and EBM so I guess they succeeded covering almost every phase of electro music.

On the digital release one can also find “Desire (Burning Flesh Remix by ATTRITION)”. A trippy little diamond based on sequencers, that stands out thanks to the Lady’s voice on the background.

My Will (Master Slave Remix by Technomancer)” and “Echo” are both available on the digital release.
The first one is a hard techno track aiming directly to the European dance floors and the second one is a constantly evolving electronic soundscape.

“Tear Garden” will satisfy every synth pop fan.

You can order the vinyl version HERE

You can order the digital version HERE

 
 
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