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Sep 9, 2014
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XANDRIA @ Dames of Darkness, The Robin, Bilston, UK – 10/05/2014

Live review  by Abigail Henry

On the 10th May many fans, united by their love and support for German band Xandria, travelled to attend the annual Dames of Darkness Festival held at The Robin 2 in Bilston, England. Armed with a new album and a new singer, the audience eagerly anticipated Xandria’s return to the stage.

The atmosphere was fantastic. Beers were poured, food was served and everyone had gathered to the stage to watch great performers own their set and audience. When Jaded Star had finished their last song, in which I was still in awe at, mesmerized by Maxi Nil’s incredible talent and charisma, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement knowing Xandria were soon to begin. Having been very familiar with their previous work with Lisa Middlehauve and Manuela Kraller, I did not know what to expect from Ex-Libris singer Dianne Van Giersbergen.

The second the music began the audience in unison cheered and displayed their happiness at the sight of the Phillip, Marco, Steve and Gerit taking position, but there was still one person missing. Continue reading »

Aug 27, 2014
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Knifeworld – “The Unravelling” (2014)

Label: InsideOut

Review by Tony Cannella

What do you get when you mix folk, psychedelic music with prog? Well, I am pretty sure it would come out sounding something like Knifeworld. Those three genres are just the tip of the iceberg. With their second album “The Unravelling”, Knifeworld have so much more to offer that it makes classification nearly impossible.

“The Unravelling” is not the type of music that you hear a ton of in 2014. Their songs tend to be progressive, jamming kind of tunes in the vein of King Crimson, maybe a bit of Rush or very early Genesis. I have a great deal of respect for what Knifeworld has accomplished with “The Unravelling”. The opening trio of “I Can Teach You How to Lose a Fight”, “The Orphanage” and “Send Him Seaworthy” are high the musical dexterity scale. Continue reading »

Jun 26, 2014
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Danny Cavanagh – Anathema

Interview by Alessandra Cognetta

Anathema is one of those bands that really need no introduction. This amazingly talented group of musicians has crafted some of the best albums our ears could hope for, ever since they started making music. “Distant Satellites”, their latest release through Kscope, is no exception. For this interview, I had the privilege to speak directly with Danny Cavanagh, and this created the chance for a really nice 30 minutes conversation about in-depth aspects of Anathema’s work and some interesting stories and opinions, dismissing at once all the pressure and anxiety of holding a live interview. Danny had a lot of meaningful things to say about the birth of “Distant Satellites”, but also a really peculiar story about “Weather Systems”, as well as some great analysis on the work he did with different singers throughout his career.
 
You wrote all the songs on the album, except for a few instances, “Dusk” or “You’re Not Alone”, where you’ve been joined by Vincent Cavanagh and John Douglas. What does, in your opinion, each one of you contribute to the music? And how do you all work to bring all those elements together in the final piece? Continue reading »
Jun 25, 2014
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Anathema- “Distant Satellites” (2014)

Label: Kscope

Review by Luisa Mercier

Two years after the masterpiece “Weather Systems”, the British Anathema are back with another album, as always full of feelings. They are among the few artists able to make my eyes water and put me in a peaceful mood all the same. Maybe “Weather Systems” had a more positive vibe overall, while this last release is a bit broodier, melancholic, but always with a hint of hope. As in the previous record with the two “Untouchable”, there are three songs here that form the suite “The Last Song”. First one is the opener and is a beautifully craftet duet between the male voice and female of Lee. As far as music goes, the first half is quieter in order to explode in the second. This is something that may be said of “The Last Song Part 3”, while the “The Last Song Part 2” is a gorgeous ballad with only Lee on vocals. Continue reading »

Mar 27, 2014
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Still Corners – “Strange Pleasures” (2013)

Label: Sub Pop

Review by Luisa Mercier

Still Corners comes from the U.K. and “Strange Pleasures” is their sophomore effort that perfectly finds its place in the dream-pop, shoegaze revival that music scene in knowing in this last year. The opening track has a title that will describe you their music in two words only: “The Trip”. It is a dreamy, mostly instrumental journey throug music made of acoustic guitars and sweet vocals that will go on with a more electro twist in the following “Beginning to Blue” where the female vocals are upfront and will embrace you like a good friend. Following “I Can’t Sleep” is really romantic and even thicker than the previous ones, vocalist Tessa is dreamy and ethereal.

I would listen to these two songs while laying in the grass in a sunny spring day, such is their power to hypnotize and relax you Continue reading »

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