Passion Play – Dreaming Spike

Passion Play is a UK based (goth) rock band that plays music that has its roots in the 80’s new wave sound. Certainly acts like The Mission UK and The Cult have paved the way for Passion Play. This doesn’t mean Passion Play sounds old fashioned. Their music sounds very up to date due to their powerful playing style…

Lupercalia – Florilegium

Lupercalia is a neo-classical/folk act from Italy. Their music is like other bands in this genre for a great part only known among a gothic audience. “Florilegium” is their second full-length album. After some delay, first it was announced as a World Serpent release, it will now be availbale through Equilibrium Music from Portugal…

FeaTurE – Conception

Feature is new industrial act operating from Belgium. Although “Conception” is a cheap demo recording, the raw production fits the music style very good. Feature calls their music ethnic industrial, but it sounds nothing like the ethnic industrial techno of This Morn’ Omina. Feature is just plain industrial combining electronics and guitars…

In the Nursery – Cause + Effect

After looking at the tracklisting I was a bit disappointed. This is not a new In The Nursery (ITN) album but rather a tribute to them. There are twelve different acts featured on this disc with an interpretation of a ITN song. The band themselves is only featured with one song. All bands pay homage to ITN as their inspirers (Cause) and display what they have done with their heritage (Effect)…

V/A – Terrorification

Although this record has been released some time ago I still want to give this release some attention. This is the ninth release of the French Invasion Planete label and is a wonderful introduction to the sounds of this label. Invasion Planete is a specialized record label that releases electronic music. But they don’t put out just any kind of electronic music…

IT & My Computer – Musiques Pop!

Musiques Pop! is a six track LP by the mechanical pop duo IT & MY COMPUTER. This record is released by the Citizens Paralleles record label. Which is a side-label from the French Invasion Planete label that is specialized in minimal/electro/wave/synth/body music. Rollinka, another Invasion Planete artist, is featured on three tracks of this release…

Hak & Heytze – Icarus

This production is a collaboration between Dutch poet Ingmar Heytze and musician Lilian Hak. Ingmar Heytze has already gained recognition as a poet in the Netherlands due to the publications of two volumes of poems and his live performances with and without musicians. Icarus is a selection of his poems written between 1997 and 2001 that are put to music…

Mechanical Cabaret – We Have An Agenda

This is the debut album from the English electro act Mechanical Cabaret. They mix harsh electro sounds with some softer touches drawn from synth pop. Besides that the songs on this album display a wide variety of other influences without being eclectic or incoherent. Much of this coherence is due to the production, which creates an overall lo-fi feeling, mainly because analogue tapes were used…

This Morn‘ Omina – 7 Years of Famine

Among all the new records that are released there are always some good ones or quite original ones. But only seldom there is a record that really excites me. This album by This Morn’ Omina is one of those few records that really impresses and fascinates me. “7 Years Of Famine” is also not just a record, it is much more an experience or a journey through uncharted territory…

Katscan – Feral Bios

This is the debut album by English electropunk duo Katscan. They produce electronic mayhem of the highest quality. From the opening track Bone Saw till the last track it is evident the listener is in for some electro shock therapy. Katscan, although their music is quite original, has some similarities to KMFDM, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry and Sheep on Drugs…

Lowtechnicians – Random event

‘Random event’ is a three track promo cd from the American group Lowtechnicians. The group makes electronic dance music that is inspired by (modern) EBM, electro (pop) and (80’s) synth pop. Although Lowtechnicians is a relatively new group this is not their debut. They have already released a split e.p. with another band, The Alpha Conspiracy, called ‘Forward rewinding’…

Spiral of Silence – dEcAdEnT

Spiral of Silence consists of a group of musicians who have been playing together for more than ten years. This Belgian band first started in 1991, than called Theatre of Pain. Their music was in the new wave / cold wave vein of Joy Division, but there are also some goth rock influences. After the suicide of one of the band members they changed their name to Spiral of Silence…

Erato – The Irreplaceable One

Erato is a Belgian wave / gothic band that has been around since 1993. They have had some changes in personnel and sound over the years. The band describes their own music as ‘bat rock’, which calls to mind an association with the bat cave sound of the 1980’s. This is only partly true. Erato’s music is a blend of 80’s wave and goth rock with electronic influences…

Yrrwe Zsuzyrrwe – Xytrobuzyrrwe

Yrrwe Zsuzyrwwe is a new Dutch industrial/noise project. This 8 track cd-r is released by The Noise Department, an Industrial Noise Promotion Agency. Mainman behind both Yrrwe Zsuzyrrwe and The Noise Department is Marco V. Before YZ started he has been involved in other industrial projects like Legal Injury and Hydlide (now known under the name Ex IQ)…