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  • The Cruxshadows As The Dark Against My Halo

    Wishfire Records

    2012

    It is now about 5 years since the Cruxshadows last full length album and about 4 since I interviewed the band live on air for Ace Radio. During the interview we discussed where the bands plans would lead them given that thier record Label – Dancin Ferret Disks, had announced they would no longer be able to release new material or bands in their label.

    Rouge answered the question by announcing the bands intention to form it’s own label and plans to spend the next 4 years writing and recording new material ready or the first full length album. So, the four years are up, the album is here… did it live up to Rogues promise to be the best Cruxshadows album to date? Read on dear reader, and see.

    As with previous Cruxshadows releases, “As The Dark Against My Halo” draws upon themes of mythology, God, spirituality and personal sacrifice to weave an emotionally rousing neo-parables in true Cruxshadows tradition. It is difficult to listen to the album and not to feel a lump forming in your throat at some point.

    Musically the band have turned in another excellent fusion of synths, electric violins, male vocals and guitar. This time however some of the tracks seems slightly more weighted to the electronica than in earlier releases. Not necessarily a bad thin, especially with a band so able to get the best out of such elements and who steadfastly refuse to sink to the usual, predictable and overused synth lines.

    ATDAMH is an album that melds powerful, danceable tracks like “Valkyrie” and “Halo” with slower, more introspective tracks such as “Porcelain” and “Angelus Everlasting” thrown into the mix.

    The album is an absolute must have for any fans of he band, and indeed for anyone who likes intelligent, well crafted and multi levelled electronica coupled with other elements.

    Did did it live up to Rogue’s promise to be the best Cruxshadows album to date?
    Well, “best” is a subjective measure, and everyone will have their own opinion about what CXS album is their personal favourite – but for me, this is the one.

    4 out of 5
    DJ Ghost

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  • Joy Disaster – Sickness

    I’m a little late with this one as it was released in February 2012 but is currently enjoying a renaissance in publicity thanks to those nice people at AFMusic.

    “Sickness” is the latest Album by French dark Indie rockers Joy/disaster. Now I refer to them as Dark Indie rockers, but ask any ten people how to categorise Joy disaster and you will get at least 5 different answers. With their roots in a fusion of Rock and Post Punk the band have been categorised as everything from Goth the Death Rock, Indie to Post punk revivalist since their inception in 2005. don’t let genre pigeon-holing bother you too much though, Joy disaster straddle a few genres with some tracks leaning more heavily towards post-punk and other tracks showing a more “Type O negative” like influence, the overall effect being you really do need to take the band on their own merits and not worry too much about what pigeon hole they belong in.

    Now that said, they are very much a band I can usually take or leave. Their performances are always tight and well honed without sounding too contrived or overproduced but on the whole a lot of their tracks just don’t quite grab hold of me the way some other artists do. This however, is very much a taste thing, and there are certainly other reviewers and DJs who find their work appeals greatly.

    With that in mind “Sickness” was very much an album I expected to like, but not love. Well, as it turns out, I did like it – a lot. Although it still contains some songs that I’m largely ambivalent about the album leans far more towards the dark indie and post punk end of the spectrum and is a damn good example of the genre. With catchy percussion and guitar work married up with dark, angry bass and vocals that perfectly compliment them this album does hint at a wide range of influences from across the alternative rock, indie and post punk genres without ever becoming derivative or suffering too much for it the way some albums can do.

    The guitar and bass work do occasionally dip into overused rock clichés but rarely for long, and just as my inner snob was beginning to groan, I’d be treated to something else to break it up and I’d forgive them for it.

    All in all a very good album, I’m especially fond of opening track “Shinning Monday” which invokes memories of nights in darkened goth clubs in the 80s without being too formulaic, and “It makes me sick”. If the album has a week track for me it is “Between us” which is a little too commercial rock for my tastes I must admit, but some of you are going to love it I’m certain.

    Some times a wide range of influences can make a bands work seem disjointed and lacking in focus, this is not the case with “Sikness”, it lends it a depth and breadth sadly lacking in a lot of releases.

    Should appeal to fans of Type O negative, Former Ghosts, O Children and Pete Murphy and I would be surprised if this release does not win the band a few new fans as well as keeping old fans very happy.

    Good 3/5
    Ghost

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  • Tongue – At the Beginning, Review

    Released ;- March 23rd, 2012 Label;- AFMusic

    “The first Czech Deathrock band with a Goth/post-punk/occult attitude” (from their FB page)

    Tongue T – vocal, guitar, bass, lyrics Tongue J – vocal, drums, lyrics, production Sudlice – artworks

    The Czech Republic isn’t usually somewhere one thinks of when talking about Goth, post punk or Death rock, but this is something that Czeck duo Tongue hope to change with their impressive début release “At the Beginning”, a 7 track affair release on Germany’s AFMusic label.

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  • The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Can Not Be Harmed By Conventional Weapons

    The Men that Will Not be Blamed for Nothing return with another album, this one with an even longer title than the album we can no longer name for legal reasons.

    Inspired by the UK Steampunk scene this a bawdy romp through the comical interpretations of working class Victorian life and music with added influences from modernity, punk, Oi! And heavy rock, oh and erm… H P Lovecraft’s Cuthulu Mythos.

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  • The Beauty of Gemina – Iscariot Blues

    The Beauty of Gemina
    ‘Iscariot Blues’
    Danse Macabre

    The fourth album in 6 years from Switzerland darkwave trio The Beauty of Gemina adds further value to their stock. They’ve always been pretty consistent in their releases and are a proven quality live band, but perhaps their consistency did sometimes lean on “predictable” at times. Continue reading 

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