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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 ]
Anything That Gets You Through The Night - Review

After a couple of years since their debut full-length album, we're now presented with this solid sophomore release. As in the previous work the album takes on a thematic approach of a number of tracks focusing on the album title, themes of things that get one through the night, or nightmares as the case may be. With a dozen solid pieces, this music should get any fan through the night with an excellent mix of dance-friendly beats and layers of electronics.

On this album the moving beats kick off right from the start after a few seconds of a building symphonic intro on "Beyond The Gate". We're presented with the style and sound that we've grown accustomed to in the music with a solid bassline, a beat that's more than just the techno-driven "four-on-the-floor". This track also stands out well as we're presented with guest vocals by another favorite in the scene with Reagon Jones from Iris. This approach is no surprise and throughout the album we're presented with many of these excellent pieces that stand out amidst the saturated electronic music scene. "Lucid Dreams" is another excellent piece with all of the right elements pulled together, featuring guest female vocals from Christa Belle of Hungry Lucy. These added bonuses provide more variety across the already dynamic track for something truly captivating. There are several other favorites that listeners have grown to love on our radio show including a definite outstanding piece "All The Time". The lyrics of the chorus are catchy and have the listener singing "all the time to come" over and over while the smooth, sort of groovy beats and bass carry things along.

One thing we've grown to enjoy with this band is the variety and quality of the music, staying away from the over-used, saturated sounds and keeping things interesting with everything from the bass compositions, the mix of beats or the dynamic use of staccato synths or bombastic, symphonic orchestrations. "In Your Sleep" is a good example of this mix and further use of more dynamics with grinding guitars and smooth vocals over the sharp synth structures and break-beats, held together with heavy pulsating bass. The dynamics go far beyond the mixture of music, but also across the tempo and intensity of various tracks. "Denial" is heavy and slow, intense but not a club track, while many other tracks lend themselves very well to the dance floor, yet are more somber in their moods and intensity, forming a kind of ironic mix of music, moods and styles. The inclusion of the instrumental piece "Capture" allows Mario to shine with his talented compositions with this piece that sounds like it's out of a movie soundtrack. As the album wraps up we're brought to two excellent pieces that form a perfect finale to the album. "Falling" starts off with an incredible mix of pulsating, bombastic electronics that slowly give way to a driving dance beat, this once again includes a catchy chorus that keeps it fun at the same time as creative and intelligent. "Capsized" is the final piece and is another favorite here on Gothic Paradise, again beginning with bombastic elements that slowly build up to the driving piece and brings the album full circle.

So there you have it, another excellent work from this duo along with their various guests that help to truly complete the album packed with plenty of great music that should please any dark-electro fans.

Rating: 4/5



Enjoy The Fall - Review

This project is comprised of the duo Mario Schumacher and Frank Spinath and hail from the german electro-pop scene. Many people will recognize the name of this group from their EP The Flight [Lux] which was released nearly two years ago.  Now we finally have the full-length album which is a sort of concept work following the protagonist who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP) and his girlfriend who is driven insane ending the nightmare by pushing him out the window... "enjoy the fall".

On that macabre note we jump right into the album and theme with "All Coordinates Are Wrong" which is a sort of eerie dark ambient piece with spoken word about the BDP diagnosis and the phrase "what if we simply fall".  This leads us into the dance-friendly and emotional piece "Black Heart" which builds on all the solid EBM and electro-pop foundations of a driving beat and looped electronics with Frank's recognizable schizophrenic vocals portraying the message through the lyrics.  I speak of schizophrenic vocals because it seems like at least three different vocalists appear varying between sinister half-whispers, robotic vocoding and smooth melodic vocals.  This is a great mixture found on this album throughout on several of the uptempo tracks.  Needless to say that this piece quickly become a favorite of mine with it's solid vocals and dance-friendly music.  Other tracks along these lines include "Damage", the popular track from the EP "The Flight [Lux] (Version)" and "The Nightmare I Am".

The variety on this album is great but stays within the solid electro-pop genres with a bit of experimentation that you might find in some of the drum-n-bass or EBM bands.  However, the tracks that really caught my attention besides the dance-friendly pieces already mentioned include the ballad-like pieces "Descent (Version)" with it's eerie lyrical connotations and the smooth and beautiful piece "Beauty Lies Within".  This latter piece breaks the mold of the album by including some acoustic guitar in addition to the smooth electronics, somber beat and elegant smooth melodic vocals.  "Chamber Six" also stands out slightly with it's bombastic orchestrations amidst the angst-ridden vocals.

The experimental pieces are nice as well and the album flows well and brings out the thematic message for an excellent work.  We're finally brought to the final piece as the album ends much the same way it began with some ambient music and spoken word on "What If".  Attention electro-pop fans, don't miss out on this album!

Rating: 4/5



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