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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ 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 ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ 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 ]
[ [: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 ]
[ 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 ]
[ 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 ]
[ sToa - Silmand ]
[ sToa - ZAL ]
[ Streeturchin - Native ['neitiv] ]
[ Stromkern - Light It Up ]
[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
[ Subway To Sally - Bastard ]
[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
[ Suicide Commando - Bind, Torture, Kill ]
[ Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil ]
[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ 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 ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ 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 - 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 ]
This band originally formed in 1999 and hail from Germany where they provide their signature Gothic sound with a harsh edge.  The members consist of Rico on keyboards and programming, Rosa providing her strong vocals and thoughtful lyrics, Jens on the powerful bass guitar and Falo driving things with his grinding guitar.  They struggled over many obstacles over the years to finally come together and release some material.  I first became acquainted with their material with their cover of “Into The Light” on the Rozz Williams tribute album The Tongue Achieves the Dialect.  And now, in 2004 they have signed with the Dark Wings label and have released their debut full-length album Black Box.

This album introduces many people to their full range of powerful styles in Gothic Rock, Dark Wave and Gothic Metal.  They combine harsh, driving guitars with powerful beats and beautiful, yet edgy female vocals with a definite attitude.  The pulsating and grinding bass and guitars provide the music foundation for the music, lyrics and vocals.  Fans of all of these genres should enjoy their work and will find it unique in many ways.

Though their history is relatively short, with this release they are off to a good start, and so we hope to see and hear more of them in the future.


Black Box – Review

After hearing about this band and hearing a bit from them on the Rozz Williams tribute CD, I was looking forward to what they could bring in the form of their debut album Black Box.  The front cover portrays a sassy, possibly angry young woman with an attitude, and so the music further paints a complete picture with the angry, yet beautiful vocals and driving guitars and drums.  The entire album shapes and molds this style and attitude further with each track.  Each powerful guitar rift, each powerful drum beat and Rosa’s dominant vocals command the listener’s attention.

The album drifts in and out of powerful Gothic and Wave influences to the stunning Metal styles with the grinding guitars and heavy drums.  The vocals, full of rage and emotion manage to churn and bring each musical element to life.  From the mid-tempo beats of the introductory track “more than a 1000 years” to the driving and raging track “Sequel”, it’s all there, the energy and passion throbbing and swelling, ready to burst.  It all remains in check though, powerful and frenzied as it may seem, the control is what keeps the music mature-sounding and inviting.

As I listen to the album in it’s entirety, nothing really stands out above the rest, it seems to all flow along all twelve tracks quite well.  The tempo varies enough to provide a good variety, a little rage and anger at times that gives way to some slow passion and thoughtful elements.  “Paralyzed” manages to mix it all up right in one song, starting off slow and easy, the vocals full of sass and spice and it all builds to the driving climactic points of grinding guitars and crashing drums.  Then it all fades again to that slow minimalistic beat and it repeats all over again several times.  That’s just an example of the intensity and variation that still has a smooth and acceptable transition.

In short, there’s a bit of something here for everyone.  Mainly those that can get into a little of the harder, driving Gothic music with a little more of an edge and some spice in it.  Fans of Gothic Metal should really enjoy this, especially with the number of smooth, yet powerful female-fronted bands there are out there, this is another one that measures up to some of the better bands along these genre lines.

Rating: 3.5/5


Website: www.silverysounds.de
Label: www.dark-wings.com

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