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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ Schonwald - Between Parallel Lights ]
[ Schonwald - Dream For The Fall ]
[ Screams For Tina - 2003 A.D. ]
[ SD6 - Between Noise and Transmission ]
[ Seabound - Double-Crosser ]
[ Seabound - No Sleep Demon V2.0 ]
[ Seabound - Poisonous Friend ]
[ Seabound - Beyond Flatline ]
[ Second Skin - Black Eyed Angel ]
[ Secret Lie - Pandora ]
[ Secret Lie - Behind The Truth ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Seeming - SOL: A Self-Banishment Ritual ]
[ Sensuous Enemy - Voyager ]
[ Sentinel of Eternity - Sentinel of Eternity ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ Sexy Suicide - Intruder ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ She Likes Winter - A Year In Our Lives ]
[ Sibelian - Gothic Opera 1999-2011 ]
[ Silent Auction - H On Earth ]
[ Silica Gel - Genesis ]
[ Silica Gel - Nada Es Eterno ]
[ Silica Gel - La Mitad ]
[ Silvery - Black Box ]
[ Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor ]
[ [:SITD:] - Ikon:Koru ]
[ [:SITD:] - Rot ]
[ [:SITD:] - bestie:mensch ]
[ [:SITD:] - Coded Message:12 ]
[ [:SITD:] - Stronghold ]
[ Skeleton Trees - Season of Mists ]
[ Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right ]
[ Sleep Slid In - The Open Diary ]
[ Sleeptheif - Eurydice (CDS) ]
[ Sleeptheif - The Dawnseeker ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Mirror ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Purity ]
[ Sol Invictus - Sol Veritus Lux (2006) ]
[ Solemn Novena - Kiss The Girls ]
[ Soman - Mask ]
[ Somnare - Bellum Esse ]
[ The Soil Bleeds Black - Mirror of the Middle Ages ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Eztica ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Atlan ]
[ Soul Flight - Soul Flight ]
[ Soulscape - Grave New World ]
[ Sound Of Eleven - No Artist / No Name ]
[ SPC ECO - The Art of Pop ]
[ SPC ECO - Sirens and Satellites ]
[ SPC ECO - Push EP ]
[ SPC ECO - 3-D ]
[ State of the Union - Inpendum ]
[ State of the Union - Timerunner ]
[ Stereoskop - Electrika ]
[ Stereoskop - In A While EP ]
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[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
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[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
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[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - We Defy Oblivion ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - Edge of the World ]
[ Sykoya - Strange Night ]
[ Syrian - Death of a Sun ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ System Syn - No Sky To Fall ]
[ System Syn - All Seasons Pass ]
[ System Syn - End ]
[ System Syn - The Mourning Ritual ]
[ System Syn - Postscript ]
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[ Tannhauser - a.new.biostate ]
[ Tearwave - Different Shade Of Beauty ]
[ Tearwave - Tearwave ]
[ Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes ]
[ Them Are Us Too - T.A.U.T.
[ Third Realm - Deranged ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ Tolchock - Elements of Rage ]
[ Tolchock - Wipe Out, Burn Down, Annihilate ]
[ Tor Lundvall - Yule ]
[ T.O.Y. - Fairytale MCD ]
[ T.O.Y. - White Lights ]
[ Trance to the Sun - Spiders, Aether & Rain ]
[ Trinity Project, The - The Subtle Movements... ]
[ Tristraum - Gray ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Legends of Blood and Light ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Reverie ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Fairydust ]
[ The Twilight Garden - A World We Pretend ]
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[ Unavox - Angels Dance Upwards ]
[ Underwater Pilots - Tranquil Places ]
[ Unheilig - Zelluloid ]
[ Unto Ashes - Ghosts Captured ]
[ Unto Ashes - Burials Foretold ]
[ Unto Ashes - The Blood of my Lady ]
[ Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow ]
[ Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings ]
[ Unto Ashes - I Cover You With Blood ]
[ Unto Ashes - Empty Into White ]
[ Unto Ashes - Saturn Return ]
[ Unwoman - Blossoms ]
SOL: A Self-Banishment Ritual - Review

Introducing the sophomore album from this band comprised of Alex Reed and Aaron Fuleki. SOL: A Self-Banishment Ritual On this album we see the continued evolution of this band's work through various influences of Gothic, Industrial, Electronic and Pop music. As they dive into an exploration of ideas surrounding social, economic and political themes we are greeted with a nice variety of music and themes. Spanning thirteen though-provoking and powerful pieces we enjoy a good hour of music.

Fasten your seat belts and keep your arms and legs and other body parts inside at all times as we launch into a roller-coaster ride of intense tracks on this album. The powerful music conveys the thought-provoking lyrics through pounding beats and pulsating rhythms and layered instruments as words of "will the world finally get the message if I hide it in a pop song?" From one piece to the next and even within individual tracks we're yanked around from moving beats, intense vocals and powerful noise and other structures. Whether it's the melodic and beautiful violin as the back-drop to the powerful noise and harsh rhythms or the foreceful vocals on "Doomsayer" or the 90 seconds of power noise from guest artist Merzbow, there's something harsh, intense and diverse here. But overall, the anchor to this album as with previous works is the voice and lyrics of Alex Reed, forcefully portraying his ideas and deep thoughts for consideration.

As with many artists that convey their message through music, we definitely see that here on this album with the lyrics presented. However, whatever the case, we definitely have a case for a set of catchy songs that combine with the lyrical messages to create some excellent selections to enjoy. Taking this combination into account there are a few favorites that stand out that listeners on our radio show will definitely be familiar with. The introductory track "Doomsayer" is definitely one of those. It's a great introduction to the album with it's dynamic nature that becomes a pattern and template for the album overall. Another key element that is nice on the album is how each track fades and mixes so well from one piece to the next. This creates a sort of continuous momentum that carries through the album without much of a break except through the inherent variety in the music from piece to piece and even within individual selections themselves. We see evidence and influences from many genres of music from 70's disco and guitar riffs, to 90's industrial and gothic influences to the latest powerful electronic elements. We see a great variety of all of this on "Zookeeper" and later on the slower, grooving piece "Stranger" featuring SAMMUS that provides an excellent contrast not only with the female vocals but also with the difference in overall style and genre that blends so well together. Another definite favorite comes out as the album starts to wind down with "I Love You Citizen". Bringing out a solid electronic music foundation with heavy pulsating electronics and a nice, steady beat we have an excellent electro-pop track with the slightly vocoded robotic vocals providing the crowning touch to it all. Being warm and melodic while cold and robotic all at the same time, helping to portray the overall seemingly ironic message. "Talk About Bones" wraps it all up with a heavy electronic rock piece with pounding beats and intense music to provide a dynamic climax and powerful finale to the album.

For those familiar with this group and Alex's related project ThouShaltNot, this is a simple and necessary extension to their discography and your collection. For those not familiar that enjoy a powerful mix of diverse styles and genres while anchored in the gothic and industrial genres this is a great addition and worth picking up and listening to.
Rating: 3.5/5



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