Reviews

Spiritual Bats – Sacrament

From Italy come the Spiritual Bats, a formation specialized in ‘old-school’-gothic rock. On this mini-cd called “Sacrament” you find 5 tracks, inspired by the classic gothic heritage. This means no big musical surprises are to be found here, but everything is well-performed. The band is active since 19992 and got good critics with their previous album “Confessions”…

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…..

Solitary Experiments – Final Approach

The German label Maschinenwelt is known for its dark electronic music (like Seelenkrank). Not all their releases have convinced me so far, but now they have a new talented band: Solitary Experiments.

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…

Sepia, the – Demo

Until I received this demo CD I had not heard of The Sepia, but when reading their bio I discovered that this band already participated in vaious projects. They made various music pieces for tv, dance, drama and other media, did some album mastering for Marc Almond and relased already a self produced album. This three piece formation from London also has quite a lot of live experience…

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…

Second Disease – Dogma

In 1996 Second Disease released the album Flame the dark true (on the legendary Zoth Ommog label), an album I rather liked at that time, because it was much darker and less accessible than most electro releases. That was probably also the reason that it wasn’t a very big commercial success…

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…

Red Harvest – Cold Dark Matter

Oslo is the homebase of this Norwegian band, that released the album “Cold Dark Matter” a few months ago. And let’s get straight to the point (just as the album does), Red Harvest makes heavy industrial metal, not suited for too sensitive listeners…

Wumpscut – Blutkind/Bloodchild

:Wumpscut: must be one of the most succesful electro acts of the last years. This double album, called Blutkind (Bloodchild in English), is a compilation with many rare tracks. The cd also has a nice, elaborate multimedia part showing lots of images, sounds, and text, including artwork sent in by fans…

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…

Will – Déja-Vu

Will is the legendary side-project from Rhys Fulber (Frontline Assembly) and Chris Peterson (Frontline Assembly, Decree). Cop Records has released “Deja-vu”, a retrospective album that collects the material from Will’s two previous releases (1988-1992): “Word*Flesh*Stone” and the mini album “Pearl of great price”…

V/A – Lichttaufe 2

Part 2 of a neo-folk compilation, tied to the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig. The sampler is released by Prophecy, of which label a few bands are present, together with some big names from the neo-folk scene that played in Leipzig. Part 1 was of a very high quality, good bands, fine songs, of which a few unreleased…

Ostara – Whispers to the Soul

This time a release from Ostara on the German label Eis & Licht, a 10″ with no less than 6 songs. First ‘The Trees March North’, which I already knew from their mp3 page, a good catchy song that will stick in your head. Then two songs that I already knew from a previous Ostara single, Overworld and never Wepp, both folky popsongs with good melodies…

Gae Bolg and the Church of Fand – Oran Môr

A 12″ in a limited edition of 333 hand numbered copies with luxurious (naughty) insert, on the french label Cynfeirdd. First part of a split vinyl trilogy shared between Omne Datum Optimum, Gaë Bolg and the Church of Fand and Nothvs Filivs Mortis. The first two bands are present on this record, each with two songs…

Sol Invictus – Eve

This single from Sol Invictus comes as a beautiful picture disc (a new part in a series released by World Serpent) with on one side artwork from Tor Lundvall, an artist whose work I admire, and on the other side an old woodcut from Lucas Cranach. On side A of the single we find the song Eve, one of the better tracks of their latest album Hills of Crosses…

Gae Bolg and the Church of Fand – Tintagel

The new LP from this French band is a picture disc with humorous drawings, originally limited to 77 copies for subscribers only, later expanded with 296 copies. Tintagel was a famous castle in the Middle Ages, now only a ruin, in Cornwall, where King Arthur lived according to the legend…

Sophia – Aus der Welt

Shortly after the debut album comes a new 4-track vinyl relase by this solo-project of Arcana’s Peter. This 10″, on brown coloured vinyl, follows the same line as the debut of Sophia, bombastic ritual music, especially the title track is majestic and overwhelming…

Haus Arafna – Fur Immer

Haus Arafna, from the house of Galakthorrö, makes strange analog noise. The ‘band’ consists of Mr. Arafna (electronics, vocals, programming) and Mrs. Arafna (realism, vocals, structuring). The world of Haus Arafna is merciless, full of urban nightmares. Misantrophy and hate are the main themes…

Sturmovik – Feldweihe

An LP on impressive heavy vinyl, released by Tesco, limited to 750 copies. The bandname sounds threatening, and so does the music. War is the theme here, and the musical style is not too heavy industrial, often more ambient/soundscape like. Feldweihe could be the soundtrack to a WWII movie. Many samples are used, from U-boots, aircrafts, military speeches and the like…