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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 ]
Hailing from Moscow, Russia DoppelgangeR is a long-standing name in the Russian gothic rock scene. However, like the general meaning of the band's name, the lineup is just a shadow of the original. The original lineup was started in 1994 by the duo of Andrey Malinovskiy and Aleksndr Klimov. In 1995 they were picked up by the label Metal-Agen/Soyuz for their self-titled debut album. The band continued to evolve and release music with their sophomore album being release just a year later under the title Serpent's Land. The band took a very long break and finally released the maxi promo CD Love is Like Suicide in 2001. They soon followed with their 2003 album ...Desire Lost Forever? and finally the most recent work in 2005 Dancing. One thing this band has done is change their lineup over the years. Nobody from the original lineup is even in the band anymore. The current lineup consists of Elena Vezuka (keyboards), Dmitriy Flo (vocals/bass), Kirill Borman (drums), Yury Nikniki (guitar).

The music from this band can simply be described as moving gothic rock. They combine smooth, deep vocals with solid percussion, solid bass and guitars along with just a touch of synths to add some extra mood and emotion to their music. Fans of the 90's gothic rock scene should enjoy their music. They have an interesting line on their website that I think most fans can relate to: "We can imagine gothic rock without us, but we can't imagine ourselves without gothic rock." Be sure to check out this band and their solid sound.


Dancing - Review
Despite the fame of this band throughout Russia and parts of Europe, I had actually never heard their music, though I had heard their name mentioned before and had been wanting to check them out for some time. Finally with the release of their album Dancing I got a taste of what this band has to offer. As far as goth music goes, this band manages to release something that is traditional and somewhat expected from a band of this genre.

The album begins with a nice solid number that fans will really love. "Leaves" has that great guitar, solid beat and the vocals to match to drive the melancholy lyrics into the listener's soul. These elements ooze smoothly from one track to another with excellent power whether it's helped along with a solid beat or through a melodic piano loop or grinding guitars. But this first track tells it all, what this band can be and what they've been able to pull of. Unfortunately it's not entirely this easy and solid for the entire album, but it comes close. The next track shows a little interesting twist with a sassy flavor "c'mon". Not exactly fitting for this style but many people may enjoy it with it's strange twist along those lines while still maintaining a solid goth flavor.

"Killing Machine" picks up slightly in intensity and with the nice combination of all of these goth musical elements with a slight edge, but always maintaining those solid vocals over the solid instrumental layers. "10 Years" starts off with some intensity but quickly drops back into something of a depressed and moody piece that the uber-goth can delve into. Along these same lines "Pain of feelings" slowly builds and moves along with extreme emotional complexities brought out mostly through the vocals and lyrical content, but accented by the excellent guitar riffs and grinding bass. "Angel Song" reminds me so much of mid-career music from Nosferatu with the slide on the bass loop and driving guitar despite the mid-tempo beats. Once again the piano picks up and introduces the next track "Dancing goodbye" which is driven along by that moving guitar over the sweet piano. Now we really delve into the extreme goth sub-culture with "Bloody Solution" and all of it's cliche-ridden elements.

"City of sin" is another track right along the same lines of the previous and like the somewhat sassy piece "Looser"... but this brings out one thing that I would like to comment on from these bands that hail from a place as unique or unusual in the goth scene as Russia. You would think that out of a dozen tracks we would have at least one sung in Russian, if not for the interesting twist it would provide for everyone throughout the world, at least it would be something that those in Russia might understand and relate better to than English. The accent from the vocalist on this track stands out a bit more than the others because of the way this track is composed. Not to mention that not-so-perfect english, at least the lyrics are somewhat understandable and better than many other foreign bands. This brings us to another favorite of mine from this album as it begins to wrap up. The title is "Slavery Moon" and is such that the listener will definitely have the title memorized by the time the track is over, but this isn't a bad thing, it's done in a catchy way with a nice rhythm and all the great elements that make gothic rock so attractive to it's fans. Finally we're brought to the bonus track on the album "Winters Misery" which is a remix by electro-goth labels mates Requiem for FM. It's an extremely interesting combination of synths and a super-fast beat (like 200 bpm) layered over a slow, deep and touchingly emotional piece that just works so well in the end and is almost addicting and one that I really enjoy. This just shows what this band and the right mix can really pull off, no matter how strange or out of the ordinary it may seem.
Rating: 4/5


Website: www.doppelganger.ru
Label: Shadowplay Release

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