Reviews

Kirlian Camera – Still Air

A band with a long history, this Italian formation. Kirlian camera has produced a large and varied oeuvre in the past 20 years, from poppy dance hits as ‘Eclipse’ to folky tracks such as ‘Heldenplatz’. A good overview gives the double cd compilation “The Ice Curtain”. On this brandnew album though KC proves to be not just a band with a past, but also one that is still relevant…

In the Nursery – Exhibit

This English formation around the twin brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone was formed in 1981 and has produced an impressive and varied output so far. In the Nursery has always combined classical influences with the possibilities of modern electronic techniques. A good overview of the work of In the Nursery gives this compilation “Exhibit”, spanning their career from 1986 till 1998…

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – Make love and war: the wedlock of equilibrium

Shorty after Make love and war; the wedlock of roses appeared The wedlock of equilibrium, this time with a white cover. There is also a vinyl double album available that contains both records. The album has the same intro and outro as its predecessor, the style of the other tracks is comparable, only perhaps a bit more tranquil…

Orchestre Noir – Eleven

Tony Wakeford should need no further introduction, having made a large oeuvre, mostly with Sol Invictus. Wakeford is especially known for making dark folk music, with well written lyrics…

Of the Wand and the Moon – :emptiness: emptiness: emptiness:

This is the second album from Of the wand & the moon, the Danish folk band around Kim Larsen, who used to be in the metal band Saturnus. The first album, with the ‘hit’ Raven Chant was already very pleasant, but in my opinion this follow-up is a big step forward. The album contains many catchy acoustic folk songs, like the opener Lost in Emptiness or Silver Rain…

November Növelet – From heaven on earth

From the cult house of Galakthorrö came this release in 1999, a project by Mr. and Mrs. Arafna. But don’t expect harsh industrial like Haus Arafna, November Növelet takes us to complete other territories…

Novalis – First Cadence

A new band, with (I assume) their debut mcd. All I know of Novalis is the info found in the booklet, namely that the band consists of Marcel (Keyboards and drums) and Stev (Vocals & guitar). Their label is the German Black Rain, and that the band is of German origin can also be heard through their accent…

Nothing – The grey subaudible

This album by the American formation Nothing has been released by the Italian label Eibon. I don’t know anything about this band, like their line-up or any other releases, but I do know that this album is of a very high quality. Seven tracks are on it, with a total playing time of 52 minutes…

Neutral – Walpurgis Night

Yet another great Russian band, after Romowe Rikoito and The Moon Far Away. This is the debut album of Neutral, released by Brudenia. Neutral makes folky acoustic music, with guitars, violin, piano, drums and percussion. Singer Ash is capable of making a convincing and moving performance. Sometimes a few darkwave influences can be heard…

One for Jude – Figures

One for Jude is a French band, ‘Figures’ is their first full-length album. They released a mcd earlier, from which two tracks are present here in a re-recorded version. Their style is not so easy to describe, One for Jude makes a rather pleasant mix of pop and 80’s wave, with some folky elements. Most songs are quite laid back, acoustic and atmospheric. Sometimes a gothic guitar can be heard…

Noxious Emotion – promo

At the beginning of this year I obtained this 4-track promo cassette of US band Noxious Emotion, and now (it’s about time!) I’m gonna write some words about it. As they say themselves, they make EBM in the style of early Skinny Puppy, FLA & Project Pitchfork. And it’s true, you can hear these influences…

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – Make love and war: the wedlock of roses

After the leaving of Chelsea Krook, Ordo Equilibrio added Rosarius to its name and released this fourth album. The new bandmember is called Rose-Marie Larsen, but her musical contributions seem to be minimal so far. Tomas Petterson though delivered with this album a wonderful release…

Sophia – Sophia

Sophia is the new solo project of Peter Petterson, member of Arcana. Arcana is known for its beautiful, heavenly music, with Dead Can Dance influences, Sophia follows a different path, making more bombastic powerful music, in the vein of The Protagonist or Turbund Sturmwerk, although the sounds still have a similarity to Arcana…

Sound, The – Propaganda

For a lot of 80’s wave I still have a weak spot, and in particular for The Sound. I can’t explain why, but their songs sound just as good and powerful as they did when I first heard them. It took some time, but lately some classic Sound albums have been released on cd, although their best one, “From the Lion’s Mouth”, is still not available…

Sol Invictus – Brugge

Not too long after the release of ‘Trieste’ Sol Invictus comes with a new live album. This time it is an older concert from the archives, recorded in Brugge in 1996. The album is a ‘web only’ release, available through the Tursa website. And they promised it would come with a surprise gift, which turned out to be a…..

Sol Invictus – Trieste

A new live cd from Sol Invictus, in a simple cardboard cover. Not the first live release by Sol Invictus, so is this necessary? Yes, because this is a tremendous good performance. The cd contains an acoustic concert, with a small line-up: Tony Wakeford of course on guitar and main vocals, aided by Matt Howden on violin and Sally Doherty on flute and vocals…

Sephiroth – Cathedron

On the outstanding double compilation cd ‘The Absolute Supper’ there was an unknown project that woke my interest, the track by Sephiroth immediately was one of my favourites of the album. Now a convincing debut album has been released, called “Cathedron”, with a typical Cold Meat sound…

Romowe Rikoito – L’Automne Eternel

A French album title, but a Russian band, that already appeared on the “Edge if the Night” sampler, that was filled with talented Russian groups. This is the second album of Romowe Rikoito, their first album was called “Narcissism”. Their debut was good, but this album is even better…

Régard Extrême – Résurgence

Régard Extrême is a French neo-classical act, a personal project of Fabien Nicault. Songs from this act have been included on various samplers and RE became known through the 1998 album “Vague L’Ame” (released by World Serpent) and the beautiful collaboration with Les Joyaux de la Princesse, Die Weisse Rose…

Psychonaut – Stealing the fire from heaven

Recently I received a promo cassette from Psychonaut, a band from Houston, USA. They hope to release this album (their fourth) “Stealing the fire from heaven” in early 2001. The band was founded in 1998 as a side project of the dark-industrial band Valefor…