Dies Natalis – Raunen

The debut of a new talented German neo-folk band, with 3 songs on a 10″, released by Eis & Licht. The openings song, ‘Rain’, sounds heroic and goves you the urge to sing along. Then comes ‘Deine hand zu halten’, a nice melancholic song of which the text is printed on the insert sleeve. Side B is reserved for one long, desperate romantic piece called ‘We Stand’, about a lost love…

Forseti – Jenzig

I discovered this German neo-folk band at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig a few years ago, where I was impressed by their concert. Some time ago finally their first release appeared, vinyl only, on Eis & Licht. Seven songs, all in German language are on this record…

Silent Watcher of Dark Matter – Deep Space & Deep Space II

As the bandname promises, this is dark ambient music. On these two cd’s, distributed through mp3.com as so-called d.a.m. cd’s, we find 3 tracks on each disk, with an average playing time of 20 minutes per track. That means that these two cd’s offer us 2 hours of minimal, very dark ambient. The songs evolve […]

Silent Watcher of Dark Matter – Installation

This is the debut release of this dark ambient project from Sweden, released in June 2000. Some info about this project, taken from the mp3.com page: “The experimental ambient entity Silent Watcher of Dark Matter was formed in 1999 by multi-instrumentalist/sound-sculptor myt; inspired by the atmospheric works of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Pauline Oliveros and Gyorgy Ligeti; […]

Acid Ice Flows – Dol Gurdur

Recently I received a promo cd from this new act. This is a rough version of an album that Acid Ice Flows hopes to release ‘officially’ in the future. According to the website, ‘Acid Ice Flows is the (for now) solo project of Gollum. Gollum listens to and is inspired by the likes of Depeche Mode, The Cure, Coil, Ministry, Front Line Assembly, Godflesh, and a host of other bands…

Caspar David Friedrich

Willem Odendaal

Playlist GRUIS #10

ACU, Utrecht GRUIS website

Playlist Gotham II

Paradiso, Amsterdam Gotham website Gothic/Dark-Wave/Neofolk dancenight With DJs Dave (Exile, UK) & Hans (NL) in the smaller upstairs hall. We played from 01.00 till 04.00 hrs., right after the acoustic gig of Faith & the Muse.

Allied Vision – MMBO

Back in 1995 I listened to a lot of EBM, so naturally I bought “Elektrauma vol. 2”. On that compilation many new bands were present that later would become very popular, like Covenant, VNV Nation, Terminal Choice and In Strict Confidence, but also of course some acts that would never make it to a succesful career. For some time I thought Allied Vision to be one of the later category…

Allerseelen – Neuschwabenland

Some years ago Allerseelen was known for a raw, industrial sound, but things have changed in the camp of Kadmon. His style now can be described as ‘ fin de siècle military pop’. Neuschwabenland is a perfectly produced album, which could not always be said of its predecessors…

Death in June – All pigs must die

A remarkable album consisting of two very different parts. And also the cover and subject matter of the album attract attention: Douglas P. is again on a crusade against the World Serpent (his former label) crew, who he prefers to call the ‘three little piggies’…

Playlist GRUIS #9

ACU, Utrecht GRUIS website

Playlist GRUIS #8

ACU, Utrecht GRUIS website

Playlist Crna Ruza

De Fabriek, Zaandam Crna Ruza website

Amedeo Modigliani

Alphonse Mucha

Playlist Ad Mortem Festinamus

Sophie’s Palace, Utrecht organisation: cybercase Live: Lupercalia from Italy. Hekate had to cancel their concert unfortunately.

Playlist GRUIS #7

ACU, Utrecht GRUIS website live: Grendel

Ame Immortelle, L’ – Wenn der letzte Schatten fallt

“Wenn der letzte Schatten fällt” is their third album. The strenght of the band comes most likely from the mixture of light and dark: classical ballads followed by dark electronic tracks, a beautiful female voice (Sonja) and heavily distorted male vocals (Thomas)…