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Rot On The March - Era Of The Penultimate Steps (2013) - Review

Band: Rot On The March
Album title: Era Of The Penultimate Steps
Release date: 6 September 2013
Label: AF-music

Tracklisting:
01. The Fall Of Ecumene
02. My Demon Of Madness Is Getting Weak
03. Tears For The Leaving Sun
04. In Between Days
05. The Song Of Defeat
06. The Outsider
07. I See My World As If I've Died
08. To Joyful & Mad

From "mother" Russia there comes another new gothic rock act named Rot On The March. Actually ROTM started when the only member and mastermind Alex March left the band Fine Time Defeat and songs available on this album are nothing else than songs that were played live by his former band and never got published.

What we got here is another try in playing old good goth from 80's over and over. Nothing wrong with that, but when such uninspired things are beign published the one must ask himself if we really need this,... maybe yes. Don't get me wrong that this is such a bad release, quite some things are done very well, for example guitar lines - sparkly, melodic, melancholic when needed and played with a good feeling. Also bass lines that often take a leading role work out good enough and drum beats are programmed well. The main riff and melody in "The Song Of Defeat" is quite catchy and captivating. Addition of female vocals, for example in uplifting "Tears For The Leaving Sun" and in the last one "To Joyful & Mad" add another dimension.

On Era Of The Penultimate Steps there is almost no time for sweet or emotional songs, the only one with rather more melancholic and emotional touch is "I See My World As If I've Died". This song has a good scheme and composition but unfortunately doesn't reach the peak that you could expect. The rest of the tracks follow similar, uplifting gothic rock and post punk path that in a way reminds me to Ukrainian band The Nightchild. Still, the main reference to Rot On The March's sound must be the whole 80's goth rock company.

Like I said before this album with its 33 minutes of playing time doesn't offer anything enthusiastic. It's too much uninspired and songs are so similar between each other. Predictable compositions ruin those charmy moments that don't get fulfilled to the maximum. Another thing that didn't get my sympathy are the vocals, bland, without any dynamics and most of the time boring. I have nothing against if the band leans to the things that were said and done in the past, but at least there should be some freshness. Era Of The Penultimate Steps is one of those albums that could appeal to those nostalgic gothic rockers that must have in their collection everything that is labeled as gothic rock. Still, I'll follow this act as there is a basis and talent from which we could expect better things in the future.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 6,5/10

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Band: Atrium Carceri
Album title: Archives I-II
Release date: 22 March 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

The dark ambient powerhouse Atrium Carceri is back with something a little different this time around. Archives I-II looks back on the last ten years of the Atrium Carceri project. Simon Heath chose his favorite lost gems and gave them all a makeover by way of re-editing, mixing, and mastering into two long tracks totaling almost an hour and a half. Archives I-II is the first long form album by Atrium Carceri, Simon has used two long tracks, almost a full album length each. Archives I-II has everything that an Atrium Carceri fan could possibly hope to hear. Within these two tracks are many of the hallmarks of the dark ambient and specifically Atrium Carceri sound. While considering this for review I listened quietly with headphones, as well as on the metro, also with larger speakers while gaming, while going to sleep, and while reading. Archives I-II was the perfect companion in each instance. The production value and creative talents are pouring out of this release and I promise it will not get old any time soon.

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