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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: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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