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Alive - Before The Dawn (2012) - Review

Band: Alive
Album title: Before The Dawn
Release date: 30 September 2012
Label: Self-Released

Tracklisting:
01. Zdes I Seichas
02. Survive
03. Before The Dawn
04. Stain
05. Believe In You
06. Redemption
07. On My Own
08. Navsegda
09. Tears And Scars
10. Dreams
11. Sweet Amber (bonus track)

A recent flood of bands from ex Soviet Union countries has given us some nice surprises, but also some really failed performances and recycles of different genres. Alive are somewhere in the middle, they offer a good performance, but they fail in the sector of showing some original ideas and are settling themselves in many times played and replayed musical formula. Formed in 2009 this Moldavian six piece band plays kind of alternative gothic metal, enriched with nice harsh black metallic screams and surprisingly good guitar work.

What starts in a great manner with the opener "Zdes I Seichas" sangt in their mother tongue, with top notch gothic metal performance, amazing atmospheric keys, diverse vocals, from growls, screams and rather annoying clear singing. A great sense for creating marvelous and captivating melodies, thunderous drumming performance is spoiled soon with poorly performed next tracks, specially because of vocal duties from their main singer who should, rather than sing in English, stick to approved formula from the first track. Still we can enjoy nice screamed backing vocals and I repeat great drumming performance, plus some enjoyable guitar leads. What I was most afraid of comes with the album titled third track "Before The Dawn". A typical so called "love metal" song in the vein, let's guess, HIM. Also "Stain", "Believe In You", "Tears And Scars", "Dreams" and especially "Redemption" show nothing else than many times replayed Suomi formula. Neither black screams from Anastasia Iliciova can save the overall picture, it rather works like kind of forced use of harsh elements to make songs more dynamic, but no, imagine HIM or Rasmus with black metal vocalist in the background and you'll get the image. "On My Own" in its rather alternative rock form and nice but short acoustic ballad "Sweet Amber" are not bad, also another track sangt in Moldavian "Navsegda" gives some nice moments, but not enough to say that this record is above the average "eastern love metal" production. Like I said many times, it's a waste of talent and time of some capable musicians when they recycle music like this. I have nothing to say against the sole production, as you can hear all the instruments very clear.

Alive, nevertheless shows some good compositions, great melodies and you can enjoy in some nice atmospheres created by gloomy keyboards. If nothing is good enough for you then there is still nice and sexy cover photo...

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

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Band: Black Egg
Album title: Melencolia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: [aufnahme + wiedergabe]

The main persona behind Black Egg is the French composer/singer/multiinstrumentalist UsherSan, active in the music business since late 80s, known from before as the founder of the legendary Norma Loy and Die Puppe, this time he teamed up with the Austrian soul mate Corina Nenuphar (Ghost Actor, Vile Oblique, Suicide Potion,...), and the two created an album of highly hypnotizing dark minimalism. Melencolia gives shivers, it's an album with an eerie and cold atmosphere, yet at he same time it's very intimate and somehow schizophrenic. Melencolia is maybe the most minimalistic thing Black Egg did so far, but it offers such a multidimensional sound with many layers and variations that can't be taken just like another minimal dark electro thing, and it's absolutely not. Black Egg on Melencolia created a very dense and perverse sound which drills into your mind and soul with retro psychedelic elements, that could be in a strange way connected with the retro avantgarde rock sound of Velvet Underground and even with most disturbing and provocative things The Doors did back then. Use of different instruments, from synthetic retro beats, various samples, deep pulsating bass lines, piano, rhythmic noises,..., makes the whole thing dynamic, the atmosphere is often very suspenseful, psychedelic, sometimes almost appropriate for a BDSM orgy, everything is yet well produced and arranged, giving kind of a multimensional depth. Melencolia is sickness and darkness incarnated, it's beauty and schizophrenia, it's mysterious, melancholic and perverse.

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