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October 31, 2011

At Sinner’s Day 2011, history was rewritten

8,000 visitors and more attended the third edition of Sinner’s Day on Oct-30 in Hasselt, Belgium. Organizers are thrilled with the outcome of their efforts to promote a neat and classy event. Things were kept to their utmost by the book, but unfortunately not everything is under the organizers’ or fans’ control; therefore the show by John Foxx & The Maths was postponed– but do not worry; an additional concert will be scheduled on Feb-25 next year in Aarschot; Sinner’s Day visitors can use their Sinner’s Day 2011 ticket in order to get in. Also, Psychedelic Furs were replaced by Gene Loves Jezebel – a fine choice and one that really made up for the inconvenience.

Punk, new wave, industrial and gothic music were the key elements of the day and night of Oct-30 in Ethias Arena from Hasselt. The 1980’s with their huge cultural heritage stepped in and major landmarks of the decade were present in the event. Front 242, The Cult, Patti Smith, Diamanda Galas – people without whom music would not have turned out to be what it is today were among the acclaimed acts of Sinner’s Day 2011.

With the huge impact it made with its 2011 edition, Sinner’s Day proved it is here to stay as a firm year calendar date for festival goers. Details regarding the 2012 edition and John Foxx’s Aarschot date will be posted soon on www.sinnersday.com and on the organizers’s Facebook page, so stay in touch if you do not want to be the last to know the good news!

Torul “Partially Untamed”: Viva Music Album Review

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Tracklist: “In Whole (Original Mix)” * “Show Me Your City” * “In Whole (Noir Frais Remix)” * “In Whole (Tenek Remix)” * “In Whole (Bacteria Remix)” * “In Whole (Qualiass Stomp Remix)

About Torul:

With their first single “Try“, Torul managed to launch a first club hit in our scene! The former Low Spirit artist delivers a fine mix of synthpop, electronic sounds and techno influences to create an own musical sound! Often compared to acts such as Sono, Mesh or Iris, the band stands for a unique modern pop sound. “Partially Untamed” is the second outtake of their forthcoming album “In Whole” which will be released early December 2011! This double A-side single is limited to 500 physical units and features the massive tunes “In Whole” + “Show me your city“, as well as various remixes in different musical styles! A true must have for all fans of good electronic pop music! Listen and enjoy! (source: press release)

TorulPartially Untamed”: Viva Music Album Review:

Out at Infacted Records this month, Torul’s newest single, an insolent peek into what their next album, “In Whole”, expected for December this year is going to be, shows alongside the album title track the new song “Show Me Your City” and what’s more, great remixes of the core track, including one by Tenek! Torul sounds resplendent and carefree, and is proposing an intriguing musical experience with “In Whole”, one that builds up with each sound and creates a safe haven of harmonies and emotions, a pretty good hiding place if you’re looking for shelter. The refined instrumental course of the track shapes up against a great vocal experience, and the production of the track shows that it is indeed a title worthy of giving its name to an album. Of equal interest are the reworks of the track included in the single release, as well as the new track. The remixes are all topnotch and you cannot actually single out one that catches the attention more than the rest, because they are all intent on keeping the track’s efficient use of melody and transpose it in different musical surroundings, embellishing it as if showing it around in a museum of mirrors, which instead of distorting the song’s reality, put it in different perspectives, and are all pulling out quintessential elements from Torul’s track.

TorulOfficial Website | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

October 28, 2011

Sin D.N.A. – “Afterlife” Out Today Oct-28! Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Afterlife” * “Now It’s Dark” * “Afterlife (F*** You Pay Me Mix)” * “No God” * “Wasted Passion” * “Plague Wielder” * “Afterlife (Sin Piedad Remix by Dulce Liquido)” * “Now It’s Dark (Soman Remix)” * “Wasted Passion (Reaxion Guerrilla Remix)” * “No God (Dym Remix)” * “All Life Has Faded

Sin D.N.A. – “Afterlife“: Viva Music Album Review:

Sin D.N.A. (Mario Carrasco, Sergio Ramirez) release their “Afterlife” today, Oct-28 on Deathwatch Asia and it is one of the most expected albums of the season. The Texas duo (Mario Carrasco and Sergio Ramirez) met in 1996 and collaborated on various projects, but it was not until 2004 that they actually started working on the concept and music of Sin D.N.A.. Their new album, comprising six original pieces and five fascinating remixes by Dulce Liquido, Reaxion Guerrilla, Dym and Soman, is an outstanding example of dark electro, truly creative and inspiring, with a correct outlook on life and music. (more…)

October 27, 2011

Absent One “Places”: Viva Music Album Review

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I brought myself to town late at night. I cadged a cigarette off a tramp and took a seat on the railings till all that noise and fuss at the station made me want to lurk somewhere in the dark. I was roaming a couple of hours before I managed to find a decent bar which offered booze I could afford to get up to the moment. Down in the cellar among fools and drunkards, trapped between stench of cheap liqueurs and acrid smoke I saw a nice chick who dragged me out in the streets. We hung out for a while and later on made out near a deserted car park on junk. We had a really good time. I lost her somewhere around downtown, crawling there, followed by a police car. Nothing can bring me down. I like this music. I call myself a City Hound. They call me Absent One.”

Tracklist: Splendour Station” * “Night and the City” * “Go Places” * “Hollywood” * “Car Park” * “Wonder Boy” * “Colors” * “Other Side” * “Downtown” * “Dark Corners” | Music by: Alexander Chromov and Nikita Brusov. Words by: Alexander Chromov. Recorded at Absent One studio Moscow in 2010-2011. Vocals by: Alexander Chromov. Sexy vocals by: Elena Fomenko. Arranged by: Nikita Brusov and Alexander Chromov. Mixed by: Nikita Busov. Mastered by: Pavel Zolin (Purple Fog Side).

About Absent One:

Famous Moscow-based, garage-synth duo Absent One came to be in 2009, when friends Nick and Alex decided to get their act together. Public performances, including one at the first Russian goth festival “Dark Entries” followed, as well as their debut “Blowback”. Favorably received by critics, the album uses a wide array of sounds, which are highlighted more prominently on their “Places” album, out with Ionium Records. With new backing vocals from Helen, the album gains in enthusiasm and charisma, and the experience they provide is not without a very personal touch, and twist.

Absent One – Places”: Viva Music Album Review:

Urban artifacts always carry on a decent amount of familiarity, even when they speak about the most squalid aspects of our city life. If this feeling of familiarity is retained in Absent One’s “Places”, it has nothing worrying or demoralizing about it; it’s sheer fun for the sake of fun, inspired by an urban surrounding and covering the blaring sounds of the city with new harmonies, and new unlimited scripts. (more…)

October 26, 2011

Conjure One – “Like Ice”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Like Ice (Marcus Schoessow Extended Remix)” * “Like Ice (Album Edit)” * “Like Ice (Rampue Remix)” * “Like Ice (Chris B Remix)” * “Like Ice (Marcus Schoessow Edit)” * “Like Ice (Sine Here Remix)” * “Like Ice (Drop’s Distorted Implant)”

Conjure One – “Like Ice”: Viva Music Album Review:

Rhys Fulber, the Canadian-born artist and producer behind Conjure One, releases “Like Ice”, the remix EP, the lead single from the band’s third album, “Exilarch”. Formerly of Front Line Assembly and Delirium, Rhys Fulber proposes in his third, exodus-like nomadism of sound, “Exilarch” a musical rendition of the various travels we need to make between past and present, darkness and light, serenity and disquietude. Packed with no less than seven versions of the song, included the album edit, “Like Ice” is chanted in its various versions covering a wide floor space from dance to distort, from edits to extended versions. The collaborations included in the single release take the best of “Like Ice” and show us the multitude of facets of the track, and, last but not least, predict its unfathomable charm. Overall impressive, and still allowing for minor crevices and hidden valleys of sound, the single pack is a good deal for the listener who wants to rejoice the variety, and also substantial grounds to admire the musical arrangements and the voice of Jaren Cerf.

Conjure One – Official Website | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

October 25, 2011

Mona Mur & En Esch “Do with Me What You Want”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Touch” * “Silly Romance” * “Eiskalt (in der Liebe und im Krieg)” * “Flesh & Blood” * “Easy Living” * “My Life” * “Do with Me What You Want” * “Guilty” * “Justice” * “Le Weltanschauung (Les Jeux Sont Faits)” * “New Order” * “Part again” * “Do Widzenia

Read Viva Music’s review of Mona Mur & En Esch’s “120 Tage: The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence” here | Read about Mona Mur & En Esch (Tanz Ohne Musik opening) in Bucharest (promoter: Lux Noctis) here.

Mona Mur & En Esch “Do with Me What You Want”: Viva Music Album Review:

Released on Sep-13 with Artoffact Records, Mona Mur & En Esch’s second album titled “Do With Me What You Want” comes two years after their previous collaboration “120 Tage: The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence” as a confirmation of the strong bond between the two artists and the springing creativity of their respective musical lives; the album is vibrant, powerful, and with the same refined conceptual framework that the two artists accustomed us with in their 2009 collaboration. (more…)

October 24, 2011

Felix Marc – “The Muse”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “The Muse (Video Edit)” * “The Muse (Club Version)” * “The Muse (Vasi Vallis Rmx)” * “The Muse (Torul Rmx)” * “The Muse (Sushiboy Rmx)” * “The Muse (Syrian Rmx)” “Fallen Stars” * “The Muse (Video)” * “The Muse (Video – Making Of)

Other Felix Marc news on darkwave.ro: Felix Marc, “Parallel Worlds” – Viva Music Album Review

Released on Sep-30, just months away from the release of Felix Marc’s second album, “Parallel World”, the single “The Muse” offers a great variety of reworked material starting form one of the pivotal tracks from the album. Included are video and club versions, but also remixes from Vasi Vallis, Torul, Syrian and Sushiboy. The fan edition features a video section in HD quality, including not only the video directed by Klangstabil’s Boris May, but also a making of the video. Making it a collector’s item, a bonus track is provided on the single as well, we are talking about “Fallen Stars”, a very imaginative and musically pertinent movement from Felix Marc, ending the single tracklist in grand style. (more…)

October 21, 2011

Principe Valiente – “Principe Valiente” Out Today Oct-21: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Intro” * “Before You Knew Me” * “One More Time” * “In My Arms” * “New Life” * “Solitary Man” * “Stay” * “Afraid” * “150 Years” * “The Night” * “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow

About Principe Valiente:

Principe Valiente are: Fernando Honorato (vocals, electronic bass, keyboards and piano); Alexander Lehto (guitars); Joakim Janthe (drums).

Principe Valiente‘s debut album finds the band fulfilling the promises of their achievements to date. The Stockholm-based band has in a short time gained a reputation for their live shows and are the subject of an increasing interest in their material in clubs and social networks on the internet. Their sound may partly be the result of a variety of elements inspired by the minimalism of certain post punk acts and the lushness of shoegaze, but is primarily characterized by an ambition to break new sonic ground.

This combination of innovative and inspired material makes for an invigorating listen as it is difficult to pinpoint in regard to genre. As a result, their music has frequently been labeled “dark pop”, a description that sums up the sonic qualities reminiscent of bands as diverse as The Sisters of Mercy, The Sound, Interpol and Suede. The music video for the newly released “The Night” has been rotating on German television (topped the Pop10 video chart week 47 & 49) and the band’s eponymous 2007 EP has been played on the radio and by DJs around Europe. The EP has also received good reviews on the other side of the pond. As the album has been greatly anticipated, the material has been meticulously scrutinized for the full length effort, work that has resulted in a conceptually and sonically consistent album throughout. Songs like “One More Time” and “New Life” are hypnotic, energetic and powerful and even though the songs work very well in their own right the record is structured enough to create a rewarding album context for the songs as well. (source: band site)

Principe Valiente Principe Valiente”: Viva Music Album Review:

Out on Oct-21 with afmusic, Principe Valiente’s album is a great listen, gently moving across musical genres, and unraveling a great deal of emotions within the space granted by the album tracks. Self-titled, “Principe Valiente” may act at the same time as a band manifesto, bringing into the foreground a hermetic, but nevertheless welcoming atmosphere. Sizably empathetic and well-wrought into a continuous sequence of sounds that seem at the same time intimate and outgoing, the album also has to do with the two concepts in the band name: the nobility of lineage, and the valiance of warriors. (more…)

October 20, 2011

KMFDM “A Drug Against Wall Street” Digital Download + Poster

Download KMFDM‘s “A Drug Against Wall Street” music here. Download poster art here. Read Viva Music’s review of KMFDM‘s latest “WTF?!here.

Occupy Wall Street“, regardless of its outcome, will change forever the way we look at peaceful protests around the world. In the aftermath of a financial meltdown with stern measures and with a constant haggling of democracy/kleptocracy, artists around the world showed their support of the movement and the protesters. One fo them is none other than KMFDM, who offer as a digital download on their site a rework of their 1993 hit “A Drug Against War“, now titled “A Drug Against Wall Street“, offering new hues and new power of engagement to their original song, which already had a fame of its own. A 1994 “Beavis and Butthead” feature on MTV, and a song with critical acclaim, the song released in 1993 and reissued in 2009 can now be downloaded from the homepage of KMFDM, together with a poster that ascertains the band’s support of the social protest of recent weeks.

KMFDM – Official Website | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

Aos Crowley – “Hexennacht”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Deconstructing Yoko in the Snow” * “Maldoror and the Delicious Tears” * “Green and Red Shimmering Metal” * “Book of Changes II (for Ai WeiWei)” * “Morven Inuit” * “Hexennacht” * “Arkheion Tongues” * “Rock Fog Rain” * “ER Pulse

Aos Crowley is one of the primary projects of composer and sound designer Matt Dean. His other projects are Chromasonic and Slo Virus. Aos Crowley, the sound necromancer, proposes an album laden with cultural references, and replete with a very eerie atmosphere in his “Hexennacht” (German for Witches’ Night or, Witches’ Gathering), released in early September with Mind Plug Records.

Hexennacht” is a really intriguing album, and one that, it goes without saying, we recommend as a curio addition to your playlists. Falling really smoothly into the safety net of promoters of ‘mystical, obscure, meditative, and noisy tunes’ aka Mind Plug Records, the musical program put up by Aos Crowley enthuses and delights with its very strong intellectual coordinates, but also with its overall genuine discernment of sound. (more…)

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