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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 ]
The Open Diary - Review

As I constantly seek out new music and spend hour after hour listening to samples and submissions, it's great to find a new project that catches my attention. This one was submitted by the band rather than through the larger labels or promo outlets and after first listening I was immediately impressed with the overall style. This project is formed by The Rose Phantom (Ted Newsom) and Whitney Willow and hail from Salt Lake City, Utah. Newsom has been involved with musical projects in the past including his instrumental project Revideolized. With vocalist Whitney Willow they came together to form this great new project. The album comes in a standard jewel case with artwork and credits and ten solid tracks introducing us to their stellar sound.

The musical style on this disc combines several facets of the past that have made the gothic and electro-pop genres what they are today. Accented by piano on most songs, each piece features some heavy percussion, mostly mid-tempo rhythms and layered synths and guitars. Most have a sort of gothic rock flavor, while many hearken back to the highlights of the mid-tempo masterpieces by The Cure. The album starts off in stellar fashion with the first three tracks forming the highlights of the album for me. "Demon Skin" is the perfect introduction featuring all of the previously named elements and the excellent mix of deep male vocals under the angelic siren-like female voice. "Sacrifice Season" continues on with this style, really bringing on the heavy, mid-tempo, angst-ridden rhythms and moods for an extremely moody, yet beautifully captivating piece. As we move on the tempo picks up a bit and the intensity subsides with "Feelings of Truth" which puts more emphasis on the melodic male vocals.

With these three introductory tracks gone, the rest of the album is still great and moves along nicely, but just doesn't quite measure up to these in all aspects. About the only negative for me on the album was the track "The Wind", which seems status quo until the end of the track we're overtaken by an onslaught of percussion that is a bit overbearing. With this out of the way though, I have to say that the rest of the disc moves along nicely each piece building and then giving way, slowing flowing along, mostly with somber moods and rhythms to match. We have some great variety on each piece, piano interspersed throughout, guitar here and there, even some flute on "Dead Love" for example. The layered electronics and synths are well mixed, bringing out the vocals which are in and of themselves dynamic, moving from deep and heavy, mixed with high angelic soprano, to a smooth and harmonic mix.

That about sums it up, the entire album is great, thus the high rating. The style is right inline with favorite classic goth and electro-pop, the vocals are great, the included female vocals provide a nice atmosphere and it all comes together so well. Highly recommended for fans of the great, but mellow gothic-influenced bands of the last three decades.

Rating: 4.5/5





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