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“Semi Devilish” by Darzamat

Artist: Darzamat
Title: “Semi Devilish”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Darzamat is a Gothic Metal band that’s not only fronted by a dueling male and female vocal but also one who blends the elements of Black and Death Metal together with incredible success. Now you might be rolling your eyes at the aspect of yet another male/female fronted Metal band but before you do that let me explain just how incredible Poland’s Dark Metal group actually is. “Semi Devilish” is the bands fourth album and it all begins with a powerful instrumental mood maker before “Red Iris” begins. The tune serves as your introduction to the band as we hear the guttural growls of Flauros, the male vocalist, and the clean yet brooding at times vocals of his female counterpart Nera. Nera’s voice is the perfect dynamic and she keeps her vocals at one tone for the most part as opposed to doing soaring operatic things and with so many bands doing this these days I found it a welcome change. It continues along with “Era Aggression” and finds a raving Flauros over a machine gun double bass drum pattern while Nera joins in as an almost ghostly chorus. It doesn’t take long before one realizes that this isn’t along the lines of Lacuna Coil or Evanescence but instead more like Dimmu Borgir meets Within Temptation if you needed to form an immediate idea about them. Given this description one can understand also that the material on “Semi Devilish” is rather heavy and it keeps this as a constant across the various dramas that the band plays out all over the album.
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“Dead Again” (deluxe edition) by Type O Negative

Artist: Type-O-Negative
Title: “Dead Again” – CD/DVD Deluxe Edition
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 2/12/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

In 2007 the Metal world found the mighty Type-O-Negative returning in full-force once again with an album that was sure to appease the appetites of those who had waited for them in earnest. It would also be an album that found the band reaching new legions of fans and receiving critical acclaim on numerous print and online mediums across the board. To celebrate the success of the original CD a Deluxe Edition has been fashioned and it arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day so who needs candy when there is some tasty Metal to enjoy instead. The original review text is presented below to remind the readers of our thoughts on the album and we will discuss the DVD once you have refreshed your memory.

“Hallelujah it’s finally here!” Yes readers I can reflect genuine levels of enthusiasm to you as it has been about four years since we heard new material from Brooklyn’s own Type-O-Negative. A sigh of relief will come from all their legions of fans who some of which had wondered if the band was done and now find the Lords Of Flatbush armed with a new record label and material that clearly shows that they are “Dead Again”. It’s an album that finds the band morphing once again in the overall resulting sound but they are also revisiting some elements of their past successes. I found “Dead Again” to be a slight mix of that which we loved about both “Bloody Kisses” and “October Rust” – it’s a hard rocking album but not as heavy as their “World Coming Down” piece, and here we find those elements working hand in hand with the Punk influenced quickness of “Life Is Killing Me”. Fans know by now that while they change a little with each recording that TON has always managed to keep a certain essence in their sound – so why change now. The album begins with the title track and uses a quick tempo and riff showing the bands Punk side right off the bat and finds Steele lamenting the issues around drug addiction with the chorus “I Can’t Believe I Died Last Night, Oh God I’m Dead Again”. Truly, a heavy way to start but it does make a point. Clever wordplay and a dark sense of humor is always par for the course in TON music and you will find this has not changed with the song “Tripping A Blind Man”. While this seems like a cruel thing to do the feeling is lost when the bands Beatles-esque harmonies come into play. Continually labeled as a Gothic Metal band we are treated to that type of atmosphere on the song “September Sun”. This track has resounding power to it and also features Kenny Hickey very upfront in the vocals as well as Tara Van Flower (Lycium) who adds a little more ambience to the song. It is one of the longest of the CD’s inclusions at nine minutes. Silver’s keyboard work always adds the emphasis of doom on tunes like this one. Given this is only the early part of the album the fans can smile with a sinister grin in the knowledge that Type-O-Negative is once again representing Metal that always gave levels of surprise as much as satisfaction.
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“Show Me The Way” by Elis

Artist: Elis
Title: “Show Me The Way”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 11/2/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

When people form a band and hit the road on tours to bring their music to anyone who will listen there are bonds that form and in most cases the group becomes your extended family. You eat, sleep, work and face the trials of every day living as a unit and you all come to realize that there are just as many lows as there are highs in this sort of life. As a band you learn to deal with everything that gets thrown at you and sometimes you even plan for the inevitable member who chooses to move on to other projects and interests but there is one thing that always will take you by surprise and that is the specter of Death. It’s safe to assume that the members of Elis who were rising stars in the Gothic Metal scene never expected that their lead singer, the beautiful and talented Sabine Dunser, would be taken from them at such a young age and in such an unexpected manner. Yet it did happen and the question would be what to do next but lucky for the fans of the band and Metal as a whole they decided to release the masterpiece “Griefshire” in her memory while they debated upon what their next move would be as a group. When “Griefshire” hit the streets it was met with a response that I think even surprised the band in some cases and from there the decision to continue on and find a new singer would be the task at hand. Elis would return to their fans as soon as the best fit was discovered and after a few months of searching Sandra Schleret proved that she was exactly who they needed and what the bands music called for.
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“Nine Destinies and a Downfall” by Sirenia

Artist: Sirenia
Title: “Nine Destinies and a Downfall”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/20/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

It is probably no accident that Sirenia; the band that was founded by Morten Veland in 2001, has a very Tristania-like vibe. I am guessing that his origins with the band from their beginnings have a lot to do with it. Yet with Sirenia there seem to be many levels of accessibility that you don’t get right away with Tristania, and I mean nothing against them for I love their latest release very much. “Nine Destinies And A Downfall” has tracks like “Mind’s Eye” that will have you singing along after the first listen and few bands can offer you this luxury especially when it comes to the Gothic Metal genre. The key lies largely in the skills of Veland as a songwriter and also in the bands new singer Monika Pedersen. She was an exceptional find and while some of the bands original fans might be distressed at the loss of the singer they were used to, I strongly feel that Monika will quickly win them over with her beautiful and passionate melodies. The appeal of this Gothic Metal band has increased based on their ability to use the known formulas in the genre of the siren singer along with the darker male presence, lifting choruses on top of foreboding grooves and pounding rhythms. Yes, I know all these kind of bands use that formula but Sirenia also has made sure to load this working mechanic into songs that are catchy and easy to remember without losing an ounce of their impact or dark appeal. “The Other Side” is the next most accessible track with a pumping chorus that gets bigger the moment you raise the volume on the stereo. As I listened to them I felt that those who like Leaves Eyes and Within Temptation might appreciate them the most and perhaps even a few who enjoy Evanescence.
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“Dead Again” by Type O Negative

Artist: Type-O-Negative
Title: “Dead Again”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 3/13/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

“Hallelujah it’s finally here!” Yes readers I can reflect genuine levels of enthusiasm to you as it has been about four years since we heard new material from Brooklyn’s own Type-O-Negative. A sigh of relief will come from all their legions of fans who some of which had wondered if the band was done and now find the Lords Of Flatbush armed with a new record label and material that clearly shows that they are “Dead Again”. It’s an album that finds the band morphing once again in the overall resulting sound but they are also revisiting some elements of their past successes. I found “Dead Again” to be a slight mix of that which we loved about both “Bloody Kisses” and “October Rust” – it’s a hard rocking album but not as heavy as their “World Coming Down” piece, and here we find those elements working hand in hand with the Punk influenced quickness of “Life Is Killing Me”. Fans know by now that while they change a little with each recording that TON has always managed to keep a certain essence in their sound – so why change now.
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