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Stereomotion - Days Of Faith (2013) - Review

Band: Stereomotion
Album title: Days Of Faith
Release date: 27 September 2013
Label: Danse Macabre Records

Tracklisting:
01. Prologue
02. Days Of Faith
03. Fallen
04. Divided (Edit)
05. Herzschlag
06. Leave It All Behind
07. The Voice Of Freedom
08. In My Arms
09. Rebellion Of Dreams
10. Requiem
11. True Belief
12. Unbreakable

Even if I'm not such a huge fan of electronic and EBM music it's always a pleasure to give a listen to releases where legendary Bruno Kramm (Das Ich) put his fingers on, on this album he did the mastering and album came out through his label Danse Macabre Rebords. This is my first encounter with German duo Stereomotion who already released three albums before. And what we got here is a pretty decent electronic/EBM release with some nice gothic ambiances. It's sure that Stereomotions music is not meant for your relaxation, but to be played in some dark clubs full of smoke and fog where strobe lights are leading you to insanity.

After the heavy, almost martial industrial intro we get immersed in a very decadent fuse of melancholic EBM beats, interesting samples, distorted sounds and some unlikely used sound effects. Stereomotion are not discovering hot water after all in here, but mostly stick to approved formula that seems to be very popular these days in German spoken countries. Beside the typical danceable tracks that didn't impress me so much, Days Of Faith includes some very atmospheric, dark, gothy, melancholic tracks like is the title track "Days Of Faith" with a very nice melodic line that goes well together with Florians linear, yet obscure vocal style. Then catchy, well flowing rhytm of "Leave It All Behind" won't get out of your mind for a long time, quite addictive. Pumping bass, figured out piano touches, industrial elements, pop melodies and gloomy synths do the job, also some female and male spoken sentences and vocal samples give some dynamics to otherwise non-dynamic, too much linear singing, and with this I don't mean that vocals are bad, contrary, the effect used to implement Florians voice is great. Slow paced "Rebellion Of Dreams" must be the darkest thing up here, great synths make such an obscure ambiance. Use of distorted guitar in "The Voice Of Freedom" is a proof that details matter and this album has lots of interesting details that are there to be discovered if you give it a careful listen. The highlight of Days Of Faith is in my opinion electro ballad "Unbreakable" with such an outstanding nostalgic dreamy vibe.

The rest of the album doesn't reach the heights of before mentioned tracks, but yet it could appeal to all those who prefer danceable rhytms with a hint. Album comes as a nice digipack edition with an excellent production done by bands second half Christian Coburger. Certainly this is a good effort and Days Of Faith is an album that shouldn't be missed by fans of the genre as it gives some freshness to otherwise rather boring electro/industrial/EBM scene.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Draconian
Album title: Sovran
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Sovran is a proof that the combination of gothic metal and doom metal works out perfectly if you have top notch musicians performing and composing it. While the pace of the album is a bit slower and not so direct like on some of their previous albums, the whole gloomy atmosphere is outstanding, songs are catchy, flowing, dramatic and absolutely racked by melancholy. Most of the melodies are stunningly captivating, guitar sound is gentle and heavy at the same time, often we hear those typical slowly gliding evocative trademark Draconian lines and riffs which brings tears in the eye, the rhythmic line is crushing, just right to give that necessary dose of turbulent doom metal and slight aggression into these compositions. The multidimensional ambiance gets often fulfilled with obscure gothy symphonic synths which give to the songs such an unimaginable depth and rich sound. All of the songs on Sovran are nicely building up in atmosphere, there are so many layers and the one who would like to take everything this album offers should be concetrated on the music as much as possible, possibly setting up a perfect mood. Sovran is magical, soothing, melancholic and dreamy adventure, yet it is ponderous, powerful and heavy by partly remaining loyal to the formula from their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), where the band made a deviation from their early death/black metal days into a dark and doomy metal style which convinced fans of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and early Anathema.

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