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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: Near Earth Orbit
Album title: Trans Neptunian Objects
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Solar Lodge

We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now Artaud Seth (Garden Of Delight, Merciful Nuns, Lutherion) and Ashley Dayour (Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Coma Divine,...) are deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this. It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects. Musically the new effort by Artaud and Ashley differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects is a strong and dark album from every possible point of view, it's a solid and extraordinary release, perfectly capturing the feeling and experience of being in the vastness of space, yet it's very well produced piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.

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