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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 ]
Formed in 2001 by Volker Lutz (vocals, compositions, programming) and Oliver Taranczweski (lyrics) in Germany, but this isn't really the beginning...  It actually all began back in 1992 when Volker Lutz and Thorsten Brenda formed Evils Toy.  This was a different page in their history as the band progressed and released 6 successful albums under this name.  The music presented was hard-hitting EBM music and about the time Silvertears was released (Oliver had just joined previously), the music style moved more towards a solid, synthpop sound.  At this time they decided to change their name to match their change in music style from Evils Toy to Toy.  They would soon find out this change wasn't as easy as expected and faced legal issues.  After this they changed the name to T.O.Y. (Trademark Of Youth), and this is where they are today.

Their music still isn't that far off from their Silvertears album and still has a lot of power with it.  While each new album continues to have a lot of variety, they seem to shift more and more to a pure synthpop sound.  Most tracks are quite moving and dance-floor friendly while the vocals and lyrics are clear and intelligent.  Definitely a good move for a band that has evolved over the years from something great into something different and still great, if not better.

As always, I have tracks playing on Gothic Paradise Radio, so go have a listen.


Fairytale MCD - Review

Shortly after the release of White Lights, we are presented with the Fairytale MCD.  This maxi includes 11 excellent tracks as remixes of three of the some of the better selections from the album.  Included are "Fairytale" with four different mixes, "Another Lovesong" with five different mixes and "White Lights" with two mixes.

With the variety and number of remixes and total tracks presented, there is something here for die-hard fans and club DJ's alike.  If you fancy more of the upbeat trancey stuff, Massive in Mensch put their talents and style to work creating the "Trance Mix" of "Another Lovesong".  I think the name of the mix describes it well with the hipnotic trance elements portrayed quite obviously.  If you enjoy a little more laid-back mood, the "Alien#Six13 Mix" of "White Lights" with the very nice piano loops smooth transitional elements from the original track.  Haujobb pulls out the Industrial/Drum 'n Bass sound on the "Dark Room Dub" mix of "White Lights".  This just shows how far in the opposite direction two different artists can mix a track, contrasting these two almost opposite remixes is very interesting to say the least.

Favorites of mine obviously include the "Raio Edit" and "Special Club Mix" of the title tracks done by T.O.Y. which stick very much to the original feeling and mood.  The radio edit is nice in that it takes a little more of a dreamy, pop approach to the track, taking off the very slight edge present in the club mix and original album versions.  Other favorites inclue the "Nueroactive Mix" of "Another Lovesong" with the modern synthpop approach.  I already mentioned the "Alien#Six13 mix" of "White Lights", but that's also a favorite on this album because of the piano and smooth textures added.  Syrian also pulls out their standard driving synth style for their mix of "Fairytale", creating another great club version of this track.

Overall most of the remixes are quite well done.  It's always interesting to see how different artists can put their own twist on these songs and when you have something great to work from in the beginning, I think it's always easier to appreciate the remixes, but at the same time makes it a high target to reach.  I think I can easily commend the remixers on this album with a job generally well-done.

Rating: 3.5/5


T.O.Y. - White Lights - Review

After the successful debut album Spaceradio as the band T.O.Y. we're presented with a new and excellent work in synthpop music in the form of White Lights.  This talented duo pick up right where they left off and begin banging out the danceable rhythms from the very start. An added extra for this album for fans in the states is the fact that it has been released on the nice synthpop label A Different Drum.  This should provide more coverage and availability for fans.

The upbeat electro pop song "fly away!" that should captivate listeners and fans already familiar with the T.O.Y. sound.  With it's catchy synth loops and moving beat it grooves you right into the next moving track "beyond sleep".  But these aren't even the best of the album as you move along through an aural soundscape of pop ballads and dreamy instrumentals you'll come across two excellent dance tracks that are so catchy, you'll definitely be move to the music no matter where you are.  The first of these masterpieces is "Fairytale" starting slow, dreamy and melodic and abruptly breaking into a fast-paced synthpop dance track.  The melodic vocals and catchy lyrics add the full texture to the music.  One of the bonus tracks on this special edition release is also the club mix of this catchy track, bringing up the intensity just a bit with a steady beat and monotonous bass loop, but breaking into that same great melodic chorus.  "Just You & Me" is the other highlight for me along this same style, beginning slow and then building up to this catchy dance track with pop lyrics.

Besides all the typical great sounds described above and what you would expect from these great musicians, we're also presented with a few other treats.  From the remix sessions for the remix of De/Vision's Drifting Sideways single was born the track "the sky is the limit" in which Steffen Keth performs as guest vocalist.  Also included as bonus tracks on this special edition disc are remixes by T.O.Y. of tracks by 18 Summers and !bank Elektronika.  These additions are just gravy for a great album in and of itself.

Rating: 4.5/5


Website: www.toy-music.com
USA Label: A Different Drum
European Label: E-Wave (www.drakkar.de)

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