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December 19, 2011

Moon.74 “Newborn”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Gun” * “The Day You Disappear” * “It’s Hurting Me” * “Strange Convention” * “We Are” * “Into My Arms” * “Dirty Mind” * “Oblivion” * “Stalking Horse” * “Moonlanding” * “Breath” * “Newborn” * “Lost

Released in October 2010 with Echozone, the debut album from electronic/EBM act Moon.74 is a recent and very pleasant discovery with Viva Music. Although released last year, we thought about sharing some impressions on the album prior to this Friday’s video release (Dec-23) – the first video by Moon.74, with music written by Dominic Hein and remixed by Rico Huellermeier.

 “Newborn” is a great find, and we thought the sharing spirit of the coming holidays is the best opportunity to share to Moon.74 fans and Moon.74-curious fans Viva Music’s review. In general terms, everything is superlative, but taking a track-by-track approach might open your appetite for Moon.74’s music, since we believe that the feel good continuum of the album deserves all the attention one can get. The opening track, “Gun”, with its alert and alluring beat made us think of Chekov’s gun, the one he said about, “one must not put a loaded gun on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it”. Gunfires will ensure, this is for sure, but their delicate intricacy might be less evident on a first listen. The glorious music of “Gun”, reverently paying tribute to all the music we like, ranging from Depeche Mode to Apoptygma Berzerk, musicians Moon.74’s Dominic Hein counts among his influences, just like the other tracks compiled on the debut album is pretty long, which might be regarded as a shortcoming in the case of some albums, but with “Newborn” it actually is a blessing. More joy to the world! “The Day You Disappear” mellows out on a similar note, but instead of creating premature plateau, takes up the good feel set by the previous track and makes it deeper and less conjectural. “It’s Hurting Me” as well as “Strange Convention” are ampler in scope, and their electronic efficiency is simply startling. With refined emotion and particularly striking openness, both songs speak up about sentiment in a manner which is intimate and general at the same time, and that makes them great above average. “We Are”, a Viva Music favorite soars in dark undertones and carries a very positive vibe, while also being a quite entertaining dancefloor choice. “Into My Arms” takes up with the same musical benevolence an intense emotional experience and creates unsuspected harmony. “Dirty Mind” shifts a little the composure of previous tracks toward a sexier sound and interest, and with its very teasing core it has a persistent aftertaste. Another memorable track, “Oblivion” exploits the same dark streak featured in “Dirty Mind” and does not seem to settle for a definition, with its very charming sound it reaches out a wider audience than the previous tracks. And after a gemstone such as “Stalking Horse”, the time is ripe for “Moonlanding”, an excruciatingly beautiful track with a very atmospheric and historical tinge of a beginning and relevant musicality. Rougher in both intent and musical rendition, it is followed by the milder “Breath”, only to commit seriously to the same realm of music with the onset of “Newborn”. On listening to the track, all mystery around why it was chosen for the title of the album as well is dismissed; it is a great addition to the album layout and a magnificent soundtrack for our contemporary lives. The ending title, “Lost” is, a very prolific piece of music, that adds to the emotions captured by the album a whole script of beauty and resilience. (more…)

October 5, 2011

Soulchasm “All I Have to Give” – Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “So Persistent (Remastered)” * “Love Is Real (Perelandra Mix)” * “So Persistent (Cold Into The Wired Mix)” * “Love Is Real (Remastered)” * “My Facade (See Through Mix) (Remastered)” * “Call Me Back (Remastered)” * “All I Have to Give (Remastered)” * “Carry On (Remastered)” * “Call Me Back (You Make Me Mix)” * “So Persistent (Cold into The Wired Mix) Instrumental” * “Love Is Real (Perelandra Mix) Instrumental” * “Call Me Back (You Make Me Mix) Instrumental

Album orders via iTunes, “All I Have to Givehere | Singles available, “Love Is Realhere, “All I Have to Givehere.

About Soulchasm:

Soulchasm was started by Eric Dillon out of both a love of music, electronic music more specifically, and a desire long held to have a creative outlet of his own. At first, as an anonymous project working under pseudonyms such as Cklay Lee or Klay d. with no hints as to who was really behind it, the material was dark, muddy, and unrefined, yet still managed to garnish glowing and respectful reviews. After a hiatus, Eric decided to compile the “industry demo” material with some brand new, unreleased remixes, give them a nice remaster, and turn it into a proper release, called “All I Have To Give” It was independently released as a digital album on June 22, 2010. Eric is currently writing and recording material for a brand new Soulchasm album, which he hopes to have released Spring or Summer 2012, and Soulchasm is facing a rebirth of sorts again. When asked what could be expected as far as the style of the new album was concerned Eric would only comment, “Imagine if Trent Reznor had produced (Prodigy’s latest album) ‘Invaders Must Die.’ Somewhere around that.” (source: press release)

Soulchasm “All I Have to Give” Viva Music Album Review:

All I Have to Give” is a very interesting album, all the more if you consider the number of mixes and reworks of the songs included. All things considered, it is one more piece of evidence in the heated debate over what creativity and passion can amount to, in today’s technologically evolved scene. And it single-handedly tilts the balance in favor of saying, a lot. Creativity and passion can still work wonders, and here’s one album to prove that. With its great musical scoop, the album succeeds in being convincing, fresh, and a thoroughly good listen.  (more…)

June 10, 2011

Inertia – “Deworlded” – Viva Music Album Review

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Inertia are the best and most aggressive band in London.”Gary Numan

Current lineup: INERTIA are Reza Udhin, Alexys B, Kneill X and Andrew Lowlife.

Tracklist: “Deworld” * “Anticulture” * “Feed” * “Feline Fantasy” * “Repeat & Follow” * “Alien” * “Strange Familiar” * “Gone” * “Fallout” * “Round and Round” * “Capture

About the album: Hot off the back of a daring covers album “Kloned” and a club-hit single “Repeat & Follow”, London’s electro-industrial veterans Inertia are back with “Deworlded”, their first full-length album since 2007’s “Inertia”. Eighteen years and multiple line-up changes have re-shuffled Inertia into a veritable electronic-super-group comprising members from Killing Joke, Electro-Falco, Killer B Movie and Swarf, all of who show off their prowess on this latest offering.  (more…)

May 26, 2011

TourdeForce – Album “Colours in Life” – Viva Music Review


I Am the Phoenix * Modern Affair * Grey Is not Enough * What You Wanna Do with Your Life * Dancing Days * Love Hideout * Masterplan * Psychoanalysis for the Masses * Breathe with Me * We’re NOT Underground * Marry Me * Stagioni * Interrupted Boys * Colours in Life * Consensi (hidden track)

About [TDF]:

TourdeForce is an eclectronic music project from Bergamo, Italy, dated 2004. With a 2010 release of their album “Colours in Life” with Breakdown Records, usually hailed as fresh and original in an overly saturated electronic and alternative scene, and with live performances in 2011 with acts such as Covenant and Frozen Plasma, [TDF] have a message about decadence, loss of tragic sentiment, love and the dark side of love, with a feel for introspection and taking nuanced inspiration from literature, sociology, psychology and cinema.

TourdeForce – “Colours in Life” – Viva Music Album Review:

Artwork By – NON * Electric Guitar – Max Raiden, Samuele Palazzolo (tracks: 14) * Lyrics by – Christian Ryder * Mastered By – Alessio Sogno * Mixed By – Alessio Sogno, Christian Ryder * Photography – Marcello Modica, NON, Vittorio Bedogna * Programmed By – Christian Ryder * Recorded By – Lucky Chiva * Vocals – Christian Ryder, Eric Raven, Roby Bergamini * Written by – Christian Ryder, Eric Raven (more…)

April 7, 2011

Cylix – ‘Alpha’ Viva Music Album Review

Cylix are: plasmaG (aka George Lamparis; synth, guitar, programming & arrangements) and Harry (aka Harry Grypaios; vocals, programming), a Greek synthpop, electro and EBM duo formed in 2000. On and off on the most prominent club venues and on the Greek scene, they took a professional twist until the release of their debut album, “Alpha” with Life Is Painful Records in late 2010, and they are now listed as a top-selling artist on the prestigious merchandiser site poponaut.de.


December 28, 2010

2010 Album Releases You Want to Listen to

A rich and provocative year, 2010 meant the release of many new albums from the relevant names from the gothic, industrial and electro scenes, but also the discovery of new artists, that come, layer upon layer of sound,  to further enlarge the musical spectrum, reconsider the influences, and at the same time remain under the non-mainstream cone of light.


December 25, 2010

Shadow Minds ‘The Arc of Truth’ Album Review

German duo SHADOW MINDS (Charly Barth-Ricklefs and Michael Nielsen) tell us their truth in their latest album “The Arc of Truth” (September 2010, Danse Macabre Records). After one maxi CD entitled “Nemesis” (2006) and one full album called “Extend the Line” (2008) released with Nordlicht Records, SHADOW MINDS go full-blast with their EBM and synth-pop new album “The Arc of Truth” with Danse Macabre Records – home, among others, of BEATI MORTUI, DAS ICH, OTTO DIX or ROSENCRANZ.

The album comprises 14 original compositions, including one collaboration with ISAAC JUNKIE. Overall, the album charms from the very first beats, and does a great deal of moving around techniques and genres, to the extent that no one song resembles the other, and there is pure quality in the album’s composition and musical layout. “Standing Up”, the album’s first thrust, proposes an emancipated sound, which sounds modern and fresh, with Charly’s vocals unobtrusively fitting into the song. “Standing Up” is about the prominence of one’s own opinions in any life situation.


December 14, 2010

Ad Inferna Resurrection Remix Competition

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AD INFERNA, in collaboration with Nilaihah Records, would like you to participate to the official AD INFERNA Remix Contest. To take part on the competition you’ve to download the RESURRECTION Remix-Kit with the link below.


The best remix will be officially released on the upcoming album alongside three big names in the electronic scene. The winner of the competition will be announced at www.adinferna.com and www.nilaihah.com and they will also get a signed copy of the CD.


November 23, 2010

Neuwelt Music Ireland and Viva Music Romania Enter Partnership

Neuwelt Music, Ireland’s one and only Electro, Industrial and Dark Music Webzine, and Viva Music, your local Romanian dark, electro, industrial, Gothic, synth, EBM, aggrotech promoter are happy to announce their partnership for the promotion of music and love of music. ‘We have dreams and beliefs. We love all kind of creativity. Our passion is music, and that’s why we are here for you’, say Neuwelt Music representatives, and this creed is completely shared by their Romanian counterpart, Viva Music.


October 19, 2010

The Autumn Ball Festival with Oomph! this Friday in Hannover!!

The Autumn Ball Festival with Oomph! this Friday in Hannover!!

As the wind whistles its melody, driving the autumn leaves off the trees, a new musical blockbuster event is coming to you at the Capitol Hannover. In tune with the season, the AUTUMN BALL FESTIVAL 2010 on 22. October 2010 is literally going to blow your mind with the perfect line-up for a stormy autumn night:


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