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D
[ 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 ]
E
[ 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 ]
F
[ 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 ]
Existing since around 1993, based out of Denver, CO and started by Michael Smith, Fiction 8 ventures into the world of Gothic, Synthpop and Industrial crossover music.  Their early history was spotty at best, with record deals here and there and with the occasional release that just hasn't made it into the spotlight much, until a few years ago with the release of Chaotica.  This is all surprising, because of the shear talent and excellent music this band creates.  Their current lineup includes Michael "23jAdE" Smith (guitars, vocals, programming), Steven "Tin Mad Dog" Hart (keyboards, programming, additional vocals) and Mardi "Paisli" Salazar (bass, additional vocals, mild violence).

The sound is intriguing and crosses over many genres.  Mostly, I feel the sound captures the excellent dancefloor music of electro-goth, but you can also detect some of their other influences from the pop music scene of the 80's and 90's.  All of this is fused together to make a dark electro-goth pop sound which is very enjoyable.  They are now on the Nilaihah Label here in the states and Cryonica Records in Europe.  They continue to improve on their solid sound with each release.  Their latest work Forever, Neverafter continues to build their legacy.


Forever, Neverafter – Review

After the release of the popular album Chaotica it has been a long wait for something new from these talented artists.  This latest work from them continues on where the previous left off, building on the moving and catchy rhythms and hooks to create a more mature and dynamic sound.  From the first listen many of the tracks caught my attention with their solid foundation making this entire album more enjoyable as a whole from start to finish.

“Too Late” starts off this album with a nice intro of various instruments and noises that builds up to a very solid track which is a great intro and one of my favorites for this album.  Michael’s solid vocals are accented by morphing synths and other catchy hooks.  This is a template of the solid performance and material presented here.  This solid sound of emotional electronic music with a gothic edge manages to permeate several tracks that really catch my ear like “Catch” with a number of solid layers and moving beat.  “Forgive Me” is another that is like a book out of the popular Fiction 8 tracks, with many similarities to the club hit “Let Go” from Chaotica.  I think this is a real plus because the similarities there remind you of something that the listener is familiar with, kind of like seeing an old friend again, but enjoying the new changes that come with time.

Michael gives up the lead vocals on several tracks including Mardi’s smooth vocals on “The Dark Room” with it’s mid-tempo beats and “Around and Around” picking up the pace but losing nothing with female-fronted vocals.  Steven takes up the lead on “Save Me From Myself” and sings alongside Michael on “Nothing More”.  This variety is also a nice touch keeping the album from drifting into any kind of monotony.

With this dynamic album this group has reached new heights, combining the smooth electronics with the darker-edged gothic sound in the form of various guitars, synths and a solid beat which gives the lyrics a stronger meaning as they permeate the air.  A solid example of this dynamic talent and mixing is brought forth in the most stellar track on this album “Stranger in My Skin”.  The synth loops are solid and the percussion comes in almost bombastic, but definitely moving and creating a dance atmosphere that’s hard to beat.  But it’s not all about how club-friendly a track is, but simply how it all comes together from the instruments, beat, vocals and background sounds.  I think this is a perfect example of how genre boundaries are crossed to create an excellent and powerful sound.  This album captures this almost to perfection with little lacking for fans of this and other Electro-Goth groups.

Rating: 4.5/5


Concert Review

I can't believe after all of this time and with a band so close that this is the first time I've seen them perform live.  The show was at the Dark Arts 2002 Festival here in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8.  They were scheduled as one of the final acts and deserve more recognition than they currently receive.

They started on time and performed a short set that lasted about 45 minutes.  It was really a great show with a lot of energy and great music.  The music was just as great live as on the album and the additional energy that a live show brings just made it that much more enjoyable.  They started off with the instrumental "Stasis" with Mardi on the violin.  This track faded right into my favorite track, like it does on the album, with "Let Go" following.  This immediately had everyone at the concert moving and dancing around.

They put on a great show that was a lot of fun and full of energy.  I'm sure they could have had a much longer set, but where it was a festival with a specific amount of time allocated to each band, they weren't allowed to deviate much.  They played some older tracks which I really enjoyed as much as the more popular ones on the Chaotica album.

Here was the full set:

1. Stasis
2. Let Go
3. In The Dark
4. Dangerous Type
5. Set You Free
6. Somnabule
7. Harbingers Of Death
8. Sister Illusion
9. Curse
10. Nothing Undone


Website: www.fiction8.com
Label: Nilaihah Records

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