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1476 - Wildwood/The Nightside (2016) - Review

Band: 1476
Album title: Wildwood/The Nightside
Release date: 22 July 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

Tracklist:
CD 1 - Wildwood
01. Black Cross/Death Rune
02. Watchers
03. The Dagger
04. Banners In Bohemia
05. Good Morning, Blackbird
06. Horse Dysphoria
07. Stave-Fire
08. Bohemian Spires
09. An Atrophy Trophy
10. Shoreless
11. The Golden Alchemy

CD 2 - The Nightside
01. Mutable : Cardinal
02. Know Thyself, Dandy
03. Good Morning, Blackbird (Alternate version)
04. The Nightside

Classical guitar and piano give the tone of the songs of the band 1476 that began the career inserted strongly in the genre folk/Indie. The first album, Smoke In The Sky, released in 2010 is totally folk with tribal nature. It's a hippie stuff, no offenses. Then the next album, Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope And Despair, is a fine example of the evolution of the band, where elements of gothic side intertwine with what appears to be an announced farewell to the folk style that the band adopted at the beginning. In my opinion this is the best album 1476 did so far when it comes to the gothic style. It's a dense album, extremely melancholic, loaded with dark emotions. This is Gothic.

The 5th and the newest album by the band, New Wildwood/The Nightside is actually a reissue of the anonymous album and the EP released in 2012. The band is young and still in development. The style, although it mixes several genres at the beginning, is crystallizing in a very interesting and melodic genre, which is what we can call dark indie rock. At first listen an untrained ear could get confused and "think" that it is gothic rock, no, not at all the style is this.

Wildwood/The Nightside is an surprising piece of music, mostly because it is visible the growth of the band in the whole of the work and also individually when we analyze music by music. It's dark, atmospheric, creating a surreal realm of dreams, gloomy counterpoint to dense, moving, and sometimes a little abrasive sound. Undoubtedly, a dark indie rock album. Although dense, it is also light and emotional, without being depressive, it's beautiful and sweet. Undoubtedly another option for those tired of all this depressive gothic style variations.

Wildwood/The Nightside is a very original and versatile work of two musicians who shape this project, Robb Kavjian and Neil DeRosa. The band that is from New England (USA) is influenced by the winter weather of its steep streets, covered with mist. This image is visible in the band's songs. The group is original, different and unique. The only "if not" to this album, is the female voice. On some tracks like "Watchers" and “Horse Dysphoria”, this voice would need more excitement, emotion. The impression I have is that the person is reading and this is not good. The music is saved due to the excellent instrumentation and by the voice of original members. I hope that the next album will bring forth even more and more of this dark indie style and leave behind completely those silly folk elements which are still present in the tracks like "Bohemian Spires" and "Know Thyself, Dandy". Congrats to Robb Kavjian and Neil DeRosa.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Sweet Ermengarde
Album title: Ex Oblivione
Release date: 11 March 2016
Label: Équinoxe Records

Everything you ever searched in gothic rock and even more is right here. Ex Oblivione offers thirteen tracks full of dense atmosphere, melancholy, darkness, strange quite modern compositional twists, hellish power and sublime melodies. Sweet Ermengarde made their songs very dynamic, in some of them, for example in the opener "Ex Oblivione" or in epic mourning etherealism of the cinematic "For Your Bodies Are The Temples Of The Holy Ghost", there are significant dark ambient elements, just to give kind of a creepy feeling. Everything well connected with the overall goth rock sound which expands relentlessy in "Into Oblivion" or in powerful groover "From Beyond (Sleep Is Better Than Prayer)". Lovecraftian lyrics, melancholic but yet rich atmospheric sound are just some of the things that make this release an outstanding one.

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