Oct 2011 12

Popol Vuh - Revisited & Remixed 1970-1999Popol Vuh
Category: Industrial
Album: Revisited & Remixed 1970-1999
Stars: 3
Blurb: A retrospective that definitely gives the listener a sense for the highs and lows of this legendary act.

 

 

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Oct 2011 12

Various Artists - COMA Music Magazine: GCS2Various Artists
Category: Compilations / Industrial / EBM
Album: COMA Music Magazine: GCS2
Stars: 3
Blurb: Full of more hits than misses, this compilation is certainly worth more than the small initial asking price.

 

COMA Music Magazine’s second installment of its band-promoting release series is a digitally-available compilation that features a wide variety of artists from gothic, industrial, and other related genres. All of the tracks are available for free preview via COMA’s BandCamp page, which is also where the entire album can be purchased for whatever the listener is willing to pay for the album, starting at as little as $0.50. It seems amazing that an entire album worth of music can be obtained for such a small amount, but it is completely understandable as the exposure such a compilation can bring about for each artist is immense. This particular distribution tactic is very favorable, and brings such a decent selection of music to a wider audience than the average listener might not otherwise be exposed to. In light of the small amount that one can purchase the album, the selections certainly do not disappoint.

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Oct 2011 12

Siva Six - The Twin MoonsSiva Six
Category: Industrial
Album: The Twin Moons
Stars: 3
Blurb: Siva Six proves to be heavy on personality but light on variety.

 

With two full-length albums and a remix album under its belt, Greece’s electro duo Siva Six returns with their third album and a slightly altered lineup. A beat heavy electro assault, The Twin Moons offers an energetic experience flavored with epically scaled orchestral moments and a blistering vocal style that offers some much needed personality to straightforward and simplistic song structure.

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Oct 2011 12

Omega Lithium - KinetikOmega Lithium
Category: Gothic / Industrial / Metal
Album: Kinetic
Stars: 3
Blurb: Solid gothic metal from Croatia, with potential for greatness.

 

Croatia’s Omega Lithium call themselves goth metal, but only a few tracks on this album, like the heavy pulsing guitars on “I Am God” and the pounding drums and pulsing rhythm on “Cut Forget,” warrant that label. The rest is more gothic/industrial rock, which, while there are many standout moments, lacks the sweeping grandiosity of metal.

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Oct 2011 12

Clan of Xymox - Darkest HourClan of Xymox
Category: Alternative / Electro / Gothic
Album: Darkest Hour
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Another solid gothic/electro offering from the Clan, and a few pleasant surprises.

 

The opening track on the latest Clan of Xymox release is not promising. “My Reality” has a pleasant though static basic melody, but it’s buried under blips and beeps and an intermittent hard fuzz blast. Even the usually strong vocals sound strained.

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Oct 2011 12

Displacer - Night GalleryDisplacer
Category: Ambient / Trip-Hop
Album: Night Gallery
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Ambient trip-hop heavily coated in a sheen of sorrow.

 

Toronto’s ground breaking dark electronic artist Displacer returns with its first full-length album of new material in five years. With Night Gallery, Displacer seemingly built its concept around its title, producing a dark and varied ambient trip-hop work that conjures visions of rainy streets and bustling activity in a nighttime metropolitan cityscape, all viewed through the eyes of grim isolation.

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Oct 2011 12

Malakwa - Street PreacherMalakwa
Category: Electro / Punk
Album: Street Preacher
Stars: 3
Blurb: Hard electro-punk has moments of heavy glory, and moments of plodding noise.

 

This French group refers to their sound as digital punk, which turns out to be a fitting description. The album’s best tracks could get rivetheads stomping on the dance floor, and punk and metal kids moving in the pit. When in their element, Malakwa offers a perfect blend of hardcore guitar riffs and equally heavy synth rhythms. The album’s opener, “Make Up Your Rules” kicks things off with a rough industrial jolt, leading into a heavy rhythm that starts and stops in the right places with shouted vocals that fit the controlled chaos of dueling sounds.

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