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01. The Human Voice - Silent Heart
02. Trees Of Eternity
- Hour Of The Nightingale
03. Darkher
- Realms
04. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
05. The Foreshadowing
- Seven Heads Ten Horns
06. NU:N
- Naked Until Noema
07. Cryo Chamber Collaboration
- Nyarlathotep
08. In The Woods...
- Pure
09. Klimt 1918
- Sentimentale Jugend
10. Terra Tenebrosa
- The Reverses

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The Nightchild - The World Unseen, The World Unknown (2012) - Review

Band: The Nightchild
Album title: The World Unseen, The World Unknown
Release date: 2 November 2012
Label: AF-music

Tracklisting:
01. Entrance
02. Dreams
03. Dreammaster
04. Dead Bride
05. The Mischievous Cat From Mars
06. Theatre Of Death
07. The Child Of Madness
08. Masquerade
09. Des Mondes Kind
10. New Ghoul Is Born
11. In Memory of H.P.
12. The Majesty Of Night
13. The Mischievous Cat From Mars (Russian Edit)

Bats from Ukraine are back with their fourth studio opus. This time with even more melancholic and darker sound than ever. The Nightchild have built quite a strong fanbase in goth/post-punk/bat cave circles all around Europe and abroad with their previous records, mostly because of great sense for crafting amazing melancholic melodies which anchored deeply into many hearts of fans of old school goth. Yes, old-schoolish their sound was and it remains, The Nightchild aren't searching for anything new on musical fields. They stick in late 70's, 80's and early 90's post-punk and gothic rock sounds. To tell you the truth I somehow expected more from this release and yes, I liked more their previous two albums, although to be sincere there are among those thirteen tracks some instant classics of the genre.

Don't get me wrong that this is a bad album, it has quite a lot of amazing tracks and truly supreme moments, but it fails in consistency. First of all, the main person and composer behind The Nightchild, Nightchild A. (also in Andromeda Eye and Sociophobia) proves that he is one of those rare specialists who can still take you back in time with his marvelous guitar lines and can create some captivating dark atmospheres. Right after the look at hypnotizing dark blue art on front cover I was pretty amazed by the first track after short intro, "Dreams", which could be expected at the end of the record as it is like a lullaby and it paradoxically calms you down at the very beginning, but at the same time it's kind of invitation into the dark castle of The Nightchild. Also next track "Dreammaster" with amazing vocal duet between Nightchild A. and guest Salomea Wrona from Cabaret Grey, she also delivered some great violin notes right here and only here (unfortunatelly), is amazing. Synths and harmonic guitar lines with a bit more uplifting tempo on "The Mischievous Cat From Mars" can't be overheard and the one must notice slight early David Bowie tone in vocals and guitar work. The melodic vintage guitar riffs on "Theatre Of Death" are breathtaking, but the best is yet to come with the highlight of this album "The Child Of Madness", great sing-along chorus, rather tuned down rough guitars and fantastic drum work make this one a joy to listen and I believe that this must become the peak on their live sets, if they have any. "Des Mondes Kind" sangt in German is nice too and fretless bass played by another guest, Kokel from Lakoma and Gruftschlampen, on short instrumental "In Memory Of H.P." is great. "The Majesty Of Night" is a nice and calm romantic bat-cave ballad which gives some shivers. Everything ends with Russian edit of "The Mischievous Cat From Mars" which I enjoyed even more than English version. So, where are the negative points? Some tracks like "Dead Bride", "Masquerade" and especially "New Ghoul Is Born" are at least to say unnecessary, annoying, if not even disturbing. Then, guitar sound is too much fronted and sometimes other instruments play a background role, there could be also a bit more of emotion implemented into singing and yes, lyrics are ridiculous and there is too much of Russian accent in Nightchild A.s pronunciation, what is not necessary such a bad thing to be honest.

All in all, The World Unseen, The World Unknown is still an enjoyable listen, it offers enough of grand moments if we can forget the bad ones and I believe that this album without some songs and with better production could be a killer. Recommended to all fans of true old-school spirited gothic rock and post punk. It can be downloaded for free from AF-music record label site (HERE).

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

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Band: Antimatter
Album title: The Judas Table
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

Since the departure of one of the Antimatter's founders, Duncan Patterson, (former bassist/songwriter of Anathema), the remaining member Mick Moss brought Antimatter to the state of being one of the essential bands when it comes to melancholic and atmospheric rock. After two stunning albums, the groundbreaking Leaving Eden (2007) and Fear Of A Unique Identity (2012), both albums set new standards for the dark atmospheric alternative rock music, now Mick's Antimatter is back with a new very introspective album, The Judas Table. Following the steps of before mentioned two albums, the new opus is another proof how to blend together melancholic art rock, goth, atmospheric rock and highly emotional acoustic pieces. The Judas Table is a conceptual album in which Mick Moss sings about his personal experiences, about betrayal, disappointment, self-doubt, and anybody who ever suffered from betrayal on a personal level will without doubt relate to this album, but not only... Mick Moss' battle with his inner demons might seem to be now in an equilibrium, but we who love the music this man does will hope that this battle in his thoughts might never end and Antimatter will still be exploring this intimate and sad side of personal struggle to survive amongst all of evil selfish souls who were born just to cause harm and desperation. All in all, Antimatter created another gem full of amazing soul and mind shaking atmospheric songs!

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