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The Danse Society - Futur1st [EP] (2018) - Review

Band: The Danse Society
Title: Futur1st [EP]
Release date: 1 June 2018
Label: Society Records

01. Scream
02. One Thought In Heaven
03. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover)

British legends The Danse Society are back with a new EP. The post-punk/gothic combo became known in the early 80s with their first two albums, Seduction (1982) and Heaven Is Waiting (1983), the two albums made it also on many lists of best post-punk/gothic rock albums from that era, while some singles even reached many high positions on certain charts. Later on many things were going on, the band also released in 1986 the album named Looking Through, but under the name The Danse Society International and soon after that they split up. After a very long hiatus the band reformed in 2011 and even though that quite some line-up changes were made since the reunioun, the band managed to release three new albums with a new, this time a female singer Maethelyiah. Now the only original member that remains is guitarist Paul Nash. The last album and their sixth one was simply called VI and it came out in 2015. Three years after we finally get a new EP with three tracks showcasing three very different sounding versions of the band.

Futur1st consists of three tracks and has a playing time of just around 13 minutes. The first track is "Scream", an old school sounding post-punk/new wave in your face thrown energetic groover that will for sure be a blast when played live. Really nice guitar work here and the whole thing reminds a bit to their beginnings in the 80s, but also those who like Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Smiths, Sonic Youth and early The Cure will be thrilled about it. With strong throbing reverberate bass lines that are the backbone of each song, and together with atmospheric and sparkling guitar riffs, quite playful and as well technical drumming, and of course very dynamic vocals, the band sounds better than ever before. In these three songs you'll find some almost jazzy parts, but fear not, there is also a place for some catchy rhythms and captivating melodies.

The second song is "One Thought In Heaven" and it flows somewhere between raw psychedelia and dreamy ethereal rock with somehow bluesy post-punk vibe all over it. The last one is a cover version of Nine Inch Nails' hit "Hurt". It's so deep, emotional and cathartic version and one of the best covers of this very track that I ever heard. Maethelyiah in this dark, brooding and slowly building up in tension marvelously done cover song gives her very best and the listener must feel all the pain and emotion this song evokes, just like the original one, even though that this one differs pretty much from the original and it has a twist with much more impactful powerful ending. The songs are all very dynamic, have all a nice drive and are a nice foretaste for the next album of which we can expect a lot. The Danse Society might be an old name on the scene, but their music, even if it has many elements that are taken from the 80s, still sounds fresh and on certain segments quite modern. The Danse Society today are approaching more towards alternative rock and post-punk with many unexpected elements than to anything related to gothic rock like in their early days.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8/10


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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: The Dark Side
Release date: 19 September 2015
Label: Black Mara Records

Ugasanie takes a vacation from his often polar dark ambient style, to give us a truly eerie album! White Silence's “To The Lord Of The Polar Desert With Seven Faces” and “Arctic Hysteria” on Call Of The North gave us a hint of some of the creepier territory that Ugasanie was comfortable in. However these tracks were part of greater polar-themed albums. The Dark Side takes us to a whole new place with Ugasanie, down the deep dark corridors of the underworld itself. The Dark Side is an ode to death and eternity, where you will hear field recordings captured in places such as morgues and cemeteries. It is a prayer to Mara, the Slavic goddess associated with seasonal rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of nature. She is associated with death, winter, and nightmares. A very fitting patroness for Ugasanie and a fitting name for the fledgling label Black Mara, which specializes in dark ambient. The darkness Ugasanie portrays here is as cinematic as it is unnerving, yet it is never too harsh or overwhelming for the listener. It holds us tightly in Mara’s embrace and keeps us there from beginning to end. Ugasanie has shown us the darkness of Mara, goddess of death, in a brilliant collection of tracks. This album is highly recommended for any fan of dark ambient with equal amounts of subtlety and aggression.

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