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[ Daemonia Nymphe - Psychostasia ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Krataia Asterope ]
[ Dargaard - Rise and Fall ]
[ Dark Orange - Horizont ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - Thoughts: 9 years in the sanctuary ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - L'être las - L'envers du miroir ]
[ Dark Souls Day - X-Lives ]
[ Dawn Desiree' - Dancing, Dreaming, Longing... ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Rag Doll Blues ]
[ Dead Can Dance - Anastasis ]
[ Decoded Feedback - disKonnekt ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Aftermath ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Combustion ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Shockwave ]
[ Deep Red - Relics of Desire ]
[ Deep Red - Chimera ]
[ Deep Red - DarkwaterS ]
[ Degrees - Dream On Dreamy ]
[ Dein Schatten - Das Ewige Eis ]
[ Deine Lakaien - On Film - A Video History (DVD) ]
[ Deine Lakaien - White Lies ]
[ Deleyaman - Fourth - Part One ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Nuclear Sun ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Silencis ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Le Paradise Funebre... ]
[ Destroid - Silent World EP ]
[ Destroid - Loudspeaker ]
[ De/Vision - Popgefahr ]
[ De/Vision - NOOB ]
[ De/Vision - Subkutan ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Ego:X ]
[ Diary of Dreams - (if) ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nekrolog 43 ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Menschfeind ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nigredo ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Panik Manifesto ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Freak Perfume ]
[ DieMazz - In Shatter'd Innocence ]
[ Dies Natalis - Tristan ]
[ Dies Natalis - Abyss ]
[ Diorama - The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits ]
[ Distorted Reality - Daydreams and Nightmares ]
[ Distorted Reality - The Fine Line Between Love And Hate ]
[ Domiana - The Sacred Heart ]
[ Dominion³ - Life Has Ended Here ]
[ Doppelganger - Dancing ]
[ Dreamchild - Lullabies For The Dead ]
[ Dreamchild - La Fee Verte ]
[ Dreamgaze - Sound Colour ]
[ Dreamself - Part 1, The End ]
[ Dreamside, The - The 13th Chapter ]
[ Dreamside, The - Pale Blue Lights & Nuda Veritas ]
[ Dreamside, The - Spin Moon Magic ]
[ Dreamside, The - Open Your Eyes ]
[ Dreamside, The - Faery Child ]
[ Droom - 10 Songs ]
[ Droom - 128 1/2 Days ]
[ Droom - Blood Culture ]
[ Droom - Stay! ]
[ Droom - While We Can ]
[ Drunk With Joy - Sound Living ]
[ Dyonisis - Intoxicated ]
[ Dyonisis - Dyonisis ]
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[ Edge Of Dawn - Whatever Gets You Through The Night ]
[ Edge Of Dawn - Enjoy The Fall ]
[ Ego Likeness - Breedless ]
[ Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile ]
[ Ego Likeness - Water To The Dead ]
[ Ego Likeness - Dragonfly ]
[ Eisbrecher - Antikorper ]
[ Eisbrecher - Leider / Virgissmeinnicht ]
[ Eisbrecher - Eisbrecher ]
[ Elane - The Fire of Glenvore ]
[ The Empire Hideous - Body of Work ]
[ Emplosia - Emplosia ]
[ Empty - Open Aeon ]
[ Endanger - Addicted to the Masses ]
[ Engelsstaub - Nachtwa¨rts ]
[ Engelsstaub - Akashic Recordings ]
[ Estampie - Best Of Estampie (1986 - 2006) ]
[ Estampie - Signum ]
[ Eternal Fall, The - Emptiness Vol. 1 & 2 ]
[ Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud - Self-Titled ]
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[ Fair Sex, The - Thin Walls - Part II ]
[ Fair Sex, The - The Dark Ages ]
[ Faith and Disease - Passport to Kinmig ]
[ Faith and the Muse - :ankokuh butoh: ]
[ Faith and the Muse - The Burning Season ]
[ The Fallacy - Love Division ]
[ Falling You - Adore ]
[ Falling You - Faith ]
[ Falling You - Human ]
[ Falling You - Touch ]
[ Faun - Renaissance ]
[ Fayrierie - Michelia Campaka ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Detach Me From My Head ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Baby Teeth ]
[ Feindflug - Volk Und Armee... ]
[ Fektion Fekler - Into The Sun ]
[ Fiction 8 - Forever, Neverafter ]
[ Final Selection - Meridian ]
[ Final Selection - AntiHero ]
[ Flesh Field - Strain ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Scattered & Buried ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - The Foreign Resort ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Offshore ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - In The Gloaming ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - Hereafter Moth ]
[ FrightDoll - Reference Version ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Monumentum ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Artificial ]
[ Funker Vogt - Blutzoll ]
[ Funker Vogt - Aviator ]
[ Funker Vogt - Navigator ]
Distorted Reality was originally formed in 1997 by Martha M. Arce from Miami, Florida, USA and Christian Kobusch from Bielefeld, Germany. This type of long-distance project is becoming more and more common these days as collaberations over the internet and in other ways take place as the technology evolves. Needless to say, it took five years for the first full-length album by this group to be released on Accession Records.

Since their formation, they've appeared on a number of compilations and have started to receive some worldwide recognition through these works. With the release of their full-length album we started to see more of this attention in magazines, radio shows and clubs all over the world. The band was later picked up by US-based label Nilaihah Records where they re-released their debut album. They followed up with their sophomore album Daydreams and Nightmares in the spring of 2006, again released on Nilaihah Records and this time they partner with Scanner for their European release.

For those familiar with the Florida-based Electro-Goth band Deep Red, Martha's voice will also be familiar. Distorted Reality is much more an EBM/Synth project combining driving club beats with synth loops and solos as well as other electronic music elements.



Daydreams and Nightmares - Review

So it's been four years since the release of their debut album, but it seems this time has been spent touring and writing some great music.  Much like their previous album, this one again features a number of great selections with 16 tracks in all including 10 fresh new pieces, 5 remixes by prominent electronic bands like In Strict Confidence, Das Ich, Daniel Myer and Agonize.  And in many ways this new disc sounds much like their previous release, building on their established synth and electro-pop style.

"Never Change" kicks off the album with a driving club-friendly synthpop piece that will have electronic music fans dancing in clubs all over the world.  This follows closely with another moving piece featuring a duet with Julia Beyer of Technoir which really pushes the beat along at a fast pace.  Much of the album follows this style, but also like their previous work, they maintain a pattern of varying the tempo and overall mood of each song.  This is good, because in many ways without these changes everything would really sound the same and grow a bit monotonous.  As it is though, the moods change featuring some sweet ballads like "I Am Waiting", some groovy hooks in "Those Eyes" along with a bit of a sassy accent and some vocoded vocals which really bring out the "pop" element in this electro-pop piece.

With Andreas Meyer (Forma Tadre) playing a major roll in the production of this album, I guess it would only seem naturally that he pitch in on the minimalistic electro-clash piece "Tag für Tag".  This is another nice addition and change in pace to keep the music interesting.  However, the popular club tracks most likely include the opening piece "Never Change" with it's club hooks and "Something Wicked" which seems to fall closer to the status quo of electro-pop club tracks along with more of those sassy hooks that Martha adds with her vocals.

Before we get to the remixes, this band covers one of those classic tracks that just shouldn't be covered in the form of "Rebel Yell".  They definitely take this piece and add their own style to it which the jury is still out on whether or not this piece makes it into my "should listen" list or not.  Regardless, I'm sure there will be some fans of the original or others that will like this track, so I'll just remain neutral and compliment the band on their own rendition of it.  As a bonus they present a live version of this track in case you really like it.

The five remixes on this disc are a great way to combine the bonuses of a single right onto the album without needing to go out and buy a separate disc that just has the same song repeated several times in similar remixes.  Those present on this album are decent and remain true to the originals while adding some nice accents.  With many of the remixers having a similar overall style to begin with, you can't expect the remixes to go way off track, so fans of the originals should enjoy the remixes as well.

With that said, we wrap up another album that should please most electro-pop fans.  It's fairly standard with few variations, so if you're looking for something really "new" or "different", it's not here, but it's still fairly solid and a good listen.

Rating: 3.5/5



The Fine Line Between Love And Hate - Review

Combining driving club beats, various electronic elements, ethereal orchestration and female vocals, this album contains 14 great tracks. It's no wonder that Accession Records picked up this band for their label. It should also be noted that Bruno Kramm plays a role in the production of this album, which is very high quality.

Most of the album portrays the driving danceable tracks like my favorite and the opening track "Super Crush". This track distorts the vocals a bit and is a definite club hit. But not all tracks are hard-driving club-oriented tracks. Many are more mid-tempo and down-tempo tracks including the very beautiful "Your Only Jewel". "You Want Me. You Hate Me." and "Fear" exhibit a bit more of the harder edge with the latter mixing in some grinding guitar and other edgy elements.

While this album has great tracks, nice features mixed in the music, lyrics and vocals, it also includes some good remixes. Featuring remixes by Propaganda, Sabotage QCQC and Noyce. With all of these elements that contribute to a great recording, nice packaging with a 12-page booklet containing lyrics, credits and some nice art on the front, I can easily give this a 4 out of 5 rating.

Rating: 4/5



Website:
www.distorted-reality.com
Labels:
Accession Records
Nilaihah Records
Scanner - Dark Dimensions

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