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- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
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- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
- Shores Of Mourning
09. Phallus Dei
- Black Dawn
10. Au-Dessus
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The Pussybats - PussyPussyBangBang (2014) - Review

Band: The Pussybats
Album title: PussyPussyBangBang
Release date: 31 January 2014
Label: Gunn Records/Bellaphon

Tracklisting:
01. Red Nose On
02. Scary Fairy
03. 4 A Revolution
04. Tunes Of Tragedy
05. Full Moon
06. Any Other Day In Hell
07. Subversive
08. My Name Is Pain
09. Sidney Fears
10. Clownsome

Are you ready to have some fun? If the answer is yes, then please, by all means join me on the road trip through 10 tracks that represent the land called PussyPussyBangBang. The German quartet consisting of young, enthusiastic and talented chaps Sid on vocals and guitar, Hol2y on the second guitar, Mike behind drums and Marple 8 on the bass guitar have gathered under the name The Pussybats and are taking a whole new, fresh, a bit strange and at the same time intensely interesting approach to their music. Their debut Famous Last Words saw the light of the day in 2009, but the band didn’t rest up until now, as their songs have been featured on many different compilations. The band also perfumed numerous live shows, alongside the famous names such as Deathstars, The 69 Eyes, Subway To Sally and Jesus On Exstasy.

Compositionally and atmospherically the band’s second full length harmonizes elements of vintage sounding rock, spiced with goth’n’roll and pure goth rock, while carrying out a special, highly contagious groove. In the essence you will feel the album carries the famous "sex, drugs and rock and roll" vibe, but while the majority of the songs will kick right in with their energy and upbeat melodies, there are some unexpected, but pleasant, slightly darker twists that seal the deal. The opening "Red Nose On" will blow your mind with its raw punk fervency, bringing out the catchy rock guitar riffs and aggressive drumming, accompanied by some screams and shouts. "My Name Is Pain" and "Subversive" follow this path and thus create a great, party-mode and the "I don’t give a flying f#$%" feel, but The Pussybats have a whole other side to show. With "4 A Revolution" the band touched the delicate topic of the current events in Ukraine, showing, it’s not only fun and party what they’re all about. To show a softer side, the album presents its fair share of typically goth rock influenced, slow-paced song, such as "Full Moon" and "Sidney Fears", holding great amount of pensive and thought-provoking ambient. "Scary Fairy" then is an example of The Pussybats combining the goth driven sound with the layers of indie rock, while "And Other Day In Hell" is carrying a heavy post-punk spirit. On the album you will also have the pleasure of listening to Leandra Ophelia Dax, the current live musician of Apoptygma Berzerk on piano and backing vocals. You will hear her impeccable work standing out especially on the album’s closing chapter, the serene and intense ballad "Clownsome".

Sometimes simplicity of sounds pays off for sure and PussyPussyBangBang is the proof of that. This album surely deserves some attention, especially from audience who enjoys some old school sounding garage rock and is not afraid of some bouncing between different music styles. Listening to this album will give you a feeling you’re on a rollercoaster drive; at the moments you will enjoy in the panoramic view that will overwhelm you from head to toe and at other times it will make you scream, because your bloodstream will be flushed with adrenaline. It’s a perfect album to put on, while driving off to the sunset, not knowing, what the night is about to bring.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 8/10

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Band: The Vision Bleak
Album title: The Unknown
Release date: 3 June 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

The Unknown is a very adventurous album, it's musically so very strong and boisterously creative as it can get, but it's still so very dark, maybe the gloomiest album they ever did. Not only from the musical side, also lyrical wise this album marks something new, there's no more talk about different horror classics and fictional legends, The Unknown is more metaphoric and speaks on a personal level while facing the personal demons and fears, it's much closer to musicians personal lives, and so everything reflects in music which became a bit more emotional and lively. The Unknown is a dark metal album that rejects any kind of direct labeling as it is so very diverse, versatile, uniting furious extreme elements on the very edge of death or even black metal with glorious elegance of gothic metal, but there are signs also of doom, medieval, neoclassical, theatrical and horror music. Everything is well packed into one compact dense mass of sound that hits the listener with powerful vibrations.

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