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September 1, 2011

Suicidal Romance “Whisper Goodbye” Out Sep-16! Viva Music Review

Tracklist: “Whisper Goodbye (single edit)” * “”Slave Slave (Die Sektor remix)” * “Whisper Goodbye (CeDigest remix)” * “Whisper Goodbye (Psy’Aviah remix)” * “Whisper Goodbye (Reaxion Guerilla remix)” * “Slave Slave (Incubite remix)” * “Deserving of Our Sadness

Before the release of their third album with Infacted Records Memories behind Closed Curtains”, Suicidal Romance come on September-16 with “Whisper Goodbye” – a digital-only single release. Estonian Dmitry Darling (also of Freakangel) and Viktoria Seimar propose for their new album a lot of expectations, as their killer lineup includes Felix Marc (Frozen Plasma, Diorama), Pete Crane (Shiv-R), VVA (Ad Inferna) and Art (Freakangel). Shortly after the single release “Whisper Goodbye” we will need to wish them happy return for their new album!

Pre-listen on Amazon | Official presentation from Infacted Records

Suicidal Romance – “Whisper Goodbye” – Viva Music Album Review:

Suicidal Romance have accustomed their frequent listeners to quality songs; and their forthcoming single is no exception to this hard rule they set for themselves. “Whisper Goodbye” is clearly a good track, well deserving of its being singled out, although we do not yet know what they have in store for their next full-length release. However, as a stand-alone piece, “Whisper Goodbye” matches perfectly the profile of a single release: it is powerful, clearcut, emotional to a large extent and definitely a song you will keep in mind. With its numerous versions, generously included in the single release, including versions from Die Sektor and Psy’Aviah, the song reaches out a lot more than just its single edit, which is clearly open to more than just one interpretation. Out of the four presented on the digital release, “Whisper Goodbye (Reaxion Guerilla remix)” stands out as a favorite, but this is not to mean that the others fail in any aspect – they are different directions that a song assumes once its raw version is put to good work!

Additionally, the single presents two other tracks, previously unreleased if we are to check against the discography of Suicidal Romance, both appealing sound- and voice-wise, namely two remixes of “Slave Slave” and one particularly persuasive “Deserving of Our Sadness”.

All in all, if the digital single release of “Whisper Goodbye” was meant in any way as an appetizer for the forthcoming album “Memories behind Closed Curtains”, it surely opened our appetite – for their music, but also for the universe of what seems, once again, a very good and presentable effort from Suicidal Romance.

Suicidal RomanceOfficial Website | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

July 20, 2011

Amphi Festival 2011 – 16&17-Jul, 2011 – Viva Music Review


Day One | Day Two | The Aftermath

Amphi Festival: Day One, Saturday, July-16: General Review | Mainstage | Staatenhaus

General Review

The fact that this year’s Amphi was going to be a success was obvious from the very beginning: people teemed in large numbers, and arrived to the venue earlier that last year. This meant that the first act, [X]-RX had an impressive audience for a first act on the main stage. A breathtaking experience, the 2011 edition of Amphi Festival made us yearn for next year’s festival already! And, as a side-note, given the enthusiasm and size of the audience, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen may prove pretty soon to be too small a venue for such an excellent event.

Compared to 2010, the number of 2011 participants was significantly higher – a reason to the point might be the diverse lineup – from electronica to gothic, and from noise to darkwave – add to that the excellent entertainment offered in-between, the 100%-giving, outgoing performances of all acts, and needless to say, the tireless, party-oriented audience – all contributed to the overall success of the 2011 edition of Amphi Festival.

Participants at Amphi Festival 2011 (Day One) – photo gallery (more…)

July 12, 2011

Nordstern Festival, Hamburg, 08&09-July 2011: Viva Music Review


Viva Music wants to thank Neuwerk Music Management and all the participants in the first edition of Nordstern Festival for an awesome experience. Let’s do it again!

Day One (below) | Day Two

Day One: July-08, 2011 Nordstern Festival @Markthalle


The venue

Hamburg’s own dark and electro festival debuted with a first evening in the generous venue of Markthalle. With a good club and concert venue layout, Markthalle proved not only to be a very accessible location (in the immediate vicinity of Hamburg’s central train station and with a myriad of means of transportation within reach of the avid concert-goer), but also a plausible choice for the size of the event and the needs of the audience. Bedecked with a no-wait bar, food stand, coatroom and merchandise stands, the venue was impressive, with good acoustics and a wonderful coordination of sound and lighting, thanks to Neuwerk’s team of skilled professionals. Though the 2-day festival passes were sold out before even the event kicked off, the management made a few 1-day tickets available at the front counter, so that late-comers to the festival could enjoy it, too.  back to top (more…)

June 14, 2011

Felix Marc – “Parallel Worlds” – Viva Music Album Review

Repair” * “Moscow Paris” * “Collector” * “Opposite Sides” * “Life Is Porn” * “Fields of Grey” * “The Muse” * “Modern Talking” * “The Garden of Light” * “Ghost” * “Mystify” * “Parallel World


The charismatic 35 year old Felix Marc started making music since 1994; evolving musically as both a member of DIORAMA with his friend Torben Wendt, and FROZEN PLASMA with Vasi Vallis, whom he met after a VNV NATION concert. Actively involved in both acts, he also pursues his solo career; with a beautiful first album entitled “Pathwaysout in 2008, he now returns with a very melodic and respectable album, “Parallel Worlds”, out June-10 with Infracted Records.

FELIX MARC – “Parallel Worlds” – VIVA MUSIC Album Review:

Parallel Worlds” is a very musically complex album, and unlike albums that strive to be utterly creative music-wise, “Parallel Worlds” is very amenable, easy to listen and really enticing. With a very superior sound, the album, made up of 12 tracks, is definitely worth your time and attention.

FELIX MARC ranges among his influences diverse cultural personalities such as CAMOUFLAGE and FALCO, CASPER DAVID FRIEDRICH and W.B. YEATS. Add to that that he “collects ideas while traveling or spending time abroad”, and you get the idea of his creative processes. Not only he creates music on a constant basis, but he also finds the creative inspiration to cover masterpieces of the past, such as INXS’s “Mystify”.

Repair”, the first track of the album, is a very practical, hands-on beginning for the album: an atmosphere-ridden track, it is energetic and depicts beautifully the notion of renewal through a love without pain that is meant to overcome disasters. “Moscow Paris”, with a name redolent of an air flight, is a very electro anthem, about a mind going berserk while being haunted by depressions and the song is in itself very illustrative of that feeling. “Collector” follows, with a very rational and suave tempo, and then it is time for “Opposite Sides”, a VIVA MUSIC favorite from the album; a hopeful but melancholic piece about separation.

Pedro Almodovar said via his literary character Patty Diphusa that “life imitates porn”. FELIX MARC goes a step further stating unequivocally that “Life Is Porn”. With a Tourette-heavy beginning, the song softens up musically, and what it does is to play upon self-irony. The time is ripe for “Fields of Grey”, another wonderful and very melodic track, with a duo of voices that join in a common search for answers to questions and prayers.

The Muse” is a very club-friendly track and its depiction of a battle of angels of inspiration that are meant to reduce creative challenges is an overcoming of creative challenges in itself. After a prompt and alert “Modern Talking”, the next track, “The Garden of Light” electrifies with its very inviting and intimate nature. A very rich song, both in texture and imagery, “The Garden of Light” makes room for “Ghost”, a very powerful song about the ghost of memory.

The album would not have been so complete or replenishing without the addition of two new tracks. One of them, the afore-mentioned cover for INXS’s “Mystify” was thought by FELIX MARC after hearing it on car radio and wanting to capture what seemed to him a perfect moment, he created the perfect cover. Last but not least, his “Parallel World” strikes as a very majestic, opportune and contemporary track about thought-up worlds and thought-up dreams, both with questions, suspicions and inaccuracies that make life a dream that we can choose to either live or dream up.

Parallel Worlds” is a superb album, and we hope to hear a lot of positive feedback about it; since it deserves it fully. It is a vibrant, healthy album one needs to listen to in order to grasp the quality of FELIX MARC’s work. If you are a fan of DIORAMA and FROZEN PLASMA, you should not neglect to look into this creative side of FELIX MARC; and all your expectations will be rewarded.

FELIX MARC Official Site | on Facebook

March 30, 2011

Ad Inferna New Album Out April-26!

April-26 is the date announced by Nilaihah Records for a new release from Ad Inferna. Eight months after their latest, “DSM“, their new album, entitled “There Is No Cure” goes, according to side-line.com into “much darker and more club-oriented material”. A special appearances from ex-Ashbury Heights Kari Berg and the usual masterful mastering of Vasi Vallis (of Frozen Plasma and Reaper fame) and of Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil and Komor Kommando member) promise an interesting new album that puts next to the core of new Ad Inferna productions a plethora of remixes from Reaper, Alien Vampire, Inline Sex Terror, Terrolokaust, and others.

| Read Viva Music’s Ad Inferna band bio here. | Read Viva Music’s review of Ad Inferna‘s latest album “DSMhere. |

Reviews from early prelisteners of the album, as well as the official tracklist and the networking links for Ad Inferna.

Ad Inferna have reached the next level, bringing their typical sound to perfection – and mixer Vasi Vallis has done a verygood job!” –Kolja Trelle aka SOMAN

It’s an extremely interesting album, one of the most entertaining I’ve heard for a long time. It’s rare for songs to work as well in headphones as well as on the dancefloor in a club but these absolutely does. This album must be successful.” – Magnus Kalnins aka COLONY 5

Influenced by themselves, their life, their experiences, their hopes, they don’t even try to copy other bands but created their own, unique sound. This is very rare to find those days, as the copy & paste generation has entered the music market. Ad Inferna‘s tracks have this special mix of feelings. Harsh/Emotional, Violent/Peaceful, Scary/Hopeful. I had the pleasure to prelisten to “There is no cure” and I have to say, that this album was an inspiring experience in many ways for me. More powerful than DSM, more angry than DSM, very club oriented but still very emotional in its own way. I don’t know where the guys take their ideas from but their source of creativity seems to be unfailing. Unique!” – Vasi Vallis aka Frozen


01. The Presence
02. Angelik
03. Seventh Heaven
04. Under My Skin
05. French Kiss of Death (feat. Kari Berg)
06. Stigma (feat. Zombie Girl)
07. Sex Spell
08. Resurrection


Pre-order the album here.

Ad Inferna on MySpaceFacebookTwitter

Ad Inferna’s official site

Nilaihah Records’s official site

February 28, 2011

6th electro music show on Bucuresti radio (98.3 fm) on Sunday, Feb 28, 2011


Our dear friend and sup­porter, Lau­ren­tiu Rusen (thank you, Laur!), Vivi and Adara are guests of the extremely pop­u­lar A la chart de week-end, with Bog­dan Crutescu show on Radio Bucuresti (98.3 FM) every other Sunday. We are grate­ful to Bog­dan Crutescu for his invi­ta­tion, and we appre­ci­ate his support.

We play electro/industrial music between 7:30 and 8:00 pm and 8:30 and 9:00 pm (GMT+2). You can always watch the show live on http://www.bucurestifm.ro/, they’ve got a good livestream. Vivi is in touch with you during the show on her Facebook page. Royalties on playing the tracks go to the record companies of each band.

Today’s broadcast was really special. Markus (Head-less), Peter (Tenek) and Lars (Violent Back Propagation) joined us on Facebook while we were on air! Thanks to them and to Anca, Simona, Tudor, Ella, Robert, Dani K who listened and encouraged us tonight.

Bogdan had a surprise in store for us: WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER SHOW NEXT WEEK, NOT IN 2 WEEKS! Wow, Bogdan, thank you so much!

6th show playlist, February 28, 2011:

Ghost&Writer – From hell
Combichrist – Throat full of glass
Mortiis – Smell the witch
Apoptygma Berzerk – Shine on
Violent Back Propagation – Violent back propagation
Tenek – Less is more
Frozen Plasma – Tanz die revolution
VNV Nation – Illusion
Imatem – Elegy of angels

All Royalties on playing the tracks go to the record companies of each band.

November 18, 2010

4 New Bands Confirmed at Amphi Festival 2011

New bands confirmed for the Amphi Festival 2011:

The first new entry not only offers a profound measure to give the chills to your neighbour at the next traffic light, AGONOIZE are in any respect on top of their game! Especially in providing adrenaline-pumped electro sound, there are very few to teach the heavy machinery specialists from Berlin a lesson. Reinforced by visual splatter effects AGONOIZE are infamous for their rough-edged stage performances and nothing for the faint-hearted!


All quiet at the Amphi-front? Not in the slightest! The industrial-bombers FEINDFLUG always enjoy to deliver an action-packed show. After literally laying the Amphi stage in ashes in 2009, Felix and Banane are returning with a sonic thunderstorm, to commemorate the horrors of the World War II.


October 18, 2010

Amphi festival news: new bands confirmed: Nitzer Ebb and Covenant

Amphi Festival 2011 – The Orkus Open Air

-Press release-

Dear Amphi Fans,

a big chunk of the Amphi Festival 2011 programme has already been confirmed. Yet there is still lots of powder in the gun for exciting announcements. Since the last update we´ve already gathered two more top-acts to join the line-up and also the festival organisation department has some important news to share…:


August 5, 2010

Ad Inferna: Band Bio

AD INFERNA combines different styles like industrial, metal, gothic and electro to a completely new style. Their sound is not comparable to any other band I’ve heard so far. They created their own genre – Intelligent, melodic and powerful music with beautiful female vocals. They combine the future of industrial, the future of electro, the future of goth-metal to something we have to find a new description for….”





AD INFERNA (Latin: from hell), presently consisting of V. Orias A. (Guitar, Keyboard, Effects) and V.V. Arkames (Voice), formed in France, in 1996, under the name of De Profundis, but in 2000 they changed to AD INFERNA due to the existence of other projects with the same name.


July 21, 2009

Viva Music at Wave Gotik Treffen 2009


WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN (18th edition), the largest alternative festival in the world, took place between May 29 and June 01, 2009 in Leipzig, Germany. Check out the WGT Website for full details.

For many years the Treffen was celebrated as the largest gathering of the “dark family” in the world. All over the city more than 190 bands, projects and single artists performed on about 20 stages. The events took place for instance in the vaults of the Moritzbastei, in the splendid neoantique cupola hall of the Volkspalast, in the crypt of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, a famous monument of the battle of 1813, as well as in large concert halls. The people from Leipzig are familiar with the Treffen after 17 years – the Gothic guests are welcome.


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