M!R!M!-Iuvenis

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Artist: M!R!M! Release: Iuvenis Label: Manic Depression This album starts off with one of the most creamy, velveteen sounds that I have ever heard. Way to start, right? The blissful melody is quickly accompanied by stirring beats and vocals that are mostly resembling of whispers. And that, dear readers is “Lotus”, which serves as an opener into this sonic mirage. Strangely so, this is a solo affair, for the most part-indeed, M!R!M! ιs the brainchild of Iacopo Bertelli, also known as Jack Milwaukee.An Italian based in London, actually! The style…

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Schonwald-Night Idyll

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Artist: Schonwald Release: Night Idyll Label: Manic Depression Despite the Teutonic origin of this band’ s name, this is actually an Italian formation, based in Ravenna. Not a newcomer group by any means-they have a somehow extended discography that includes 3 full lengths and one compilation, as well as several eps so far. “Night Idyll” is their fourth full-length effort. The album title is rather poetic and gives an insight on this band’s sonic emanations. In fact, I find that this title absurdly applies on the opening track: a truly…

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Principe Valiente-Oceans

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Artist: Principe Valiente Release: Oceans Label: Afmusic // Manic Depression Records Well, citing Cocteau Twins as an influence is a huge bonus in my book! A strange way to begin this review, perhaps.. Yet it is inevitable to mention this, since Cocteau Twins is a definite, all-time favorite of mine. Also being a great inspiration to some. Such is the case with Principe Valiente. This Swedish band comes out of Stockholm. “Oceans” is their third full-length release. They use the term dark pop, in order to describe their music. An accurate…

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Silentport-Words From The Silence

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Artist: Silentport Release: Words From The Silence Label: Paradox Ethereal Magazine What we have here is an ep, consisting of 4 compositions. Something that could quite possibly be regarded as an initial introduction to this project’s visionary garden. My guess is that Silentport is not widely known, yet-they are far from being newcomers, though. Formed by Roman Rutten, known for his part in Endraum, among countless other projects, so far..Crux Ansata, Lamento, Lucid and many more-the list is rather long, for sure! Quantity is not important, anyway-quality is by all…

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Vacuum Aeterna-Project: Darkscapes

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Artist: Vacuum Aeterna Release : Project: Darkscapes Label: Cyclic Law And yet another Cyclic Law release! Quality is almost guaranteed when it comes to this Canadian label’s releases. This disc is no exception, simply put. I did not know of this project before-nor there are many information to be found elsewhere. Being their first work-or installment, if you prefer, “Project: Darkscapes” is absolutely indicative of the paths and directions that form the personal ethos of this project. The actual basis of this work relies heavily upon the substantial echo of…

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