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The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
02. Au Champ Des Morts -
Dans La Joie
03. Isenordal -
Shores Of Mourning
04. Heretoir -
The Circle
05. Peter Bjärgö -
Animus Retinentia
06. Au-Dessus -
End Of Chapter
07. Northumbria -
Markland
08. Shibalba -
Psychostasis-Death Of Khat
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Tiberivs
10. Saille -
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2 Love Or 2 Hate - Pain Illusion (2014) - Review

Band: 2 Love Or 2 Hate
Album title: Pain Illusion
Release date: 17 October 2014
Label: Danse Macabre

Tracklist:
01. Bow Down
02. Now I Know
03. Ruin
04. Mind F#**K
05. Whats Left To Say
06. Blow Up Doll
07. Heaven And Hell

Sometimes the expectations of some albums are just to high and when such a weak thing like it's 2 Love Or 2 Hate's debut album gets served the disappointment can't be bigger. 2 Love Or 2 Hate is the new band formed by David Buyense and Nevea Siren, then later joined by a long time live-bassist of London After Midnight, Michael Areklett. On Pain Illusion Michael plays guitar and gets accompanied by David on vocals and synths, plus Nevea as well occasionally behind the microphone. Unfortunately the chemistry in here simply doesn't work out and their blend of electro-industrial, synthwave and gothic rock simply is..., easiest to say boring, uninspired and too much confusing.

Pain Illusion is an album with thankfully short running time just above 30 minutes, and believe me or not those 30 minutes are a huge waste of your time. The band is trying to mix elements of Nine Inch Nails, IAMX, Bauhaus, Einsturzende Neubauten, Christian Death and many other artists, plus making it consciously or unconsiously rather psychedelic, actually it doesn't really matter because in here almost nothing makes sense. There's no cohesive thread, no drive, simply nothing that could suck you into their music, and above all the instrumental side is so very unballanced for most of the time. Maybe only the last two tracks, "Blow Up Doll" with its rather perverse erotic vibe, and a little bit more coherent goth/industrial/wave experiment "Heaven And Hell" makes the things only just to say tasty. Ok, to tell the truth also "Now I Know" has quite strong goth-industrial impact, but even here those unneeded sci-fi/cyber elements make it too much scatty. Otherwise all those scattered around sounds of psyched out guitars, inconspicuous synths and simple chaotic beats are in no harmony at all. If you've expected some cool danceable rhythms or at least some catchy melodies then you'll be very disappointed, because even when they get on the track it's sooner or later everything lost in mediocrity.

2 Love Or 2 Hate are a fine example that not always big names are a guarantee for quality. Add here also very average production, strange mix and tedious artwork, and the result is one hell of a dull release. There's so much better goth/industrial/electronic/... music out there that you simply don't need this in your collection.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 3/10

 

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Band: Syberia
Album title: Resiliency
Release date: 22 April 2016
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

With Resiliency the band documents a mental and spiritual transformation where darkness and light are both essential to the transmission of ideas. The four members of Syberia don't use any words, just two guitars, bass and drums, ok, that's nothing new for post-"xy" genre, but where some of the bands just sink into mellowness, Syberia enthuses with ability to provoke exceptional emotions regardless of the song´s length. The music of this quartet needs your full devotion and relaxation, even though it won't be annoying if played as a background music. Everything is pretty cinematic, Syberia combines swathes of yearning, crashing crescendos with the serene and pastoral. All of the tracks have some kind of a very reliable pathos, everything is well connected, keeping the listener in some sort of a trans and continued suspense.

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