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March 31, 2019

For the reason that I'd love to continue my ...

 

Music Discoveries Series

 

(which is highly special to me, because I'm a definite Music addict since my earliest childhood),

I'm now presenting an even more precious and more enchanting variety of different bands, artists and individual songs to you, which I've discovered via:

THE OFFICIAL Announcements for this year's WGT

(which will also be my first ever Wave Gotik Treffen ... Absolutely unbelievable, isn't it? - await my - soon to be published - Blog Entry, where all the reasons for me, not having had the possibility to attend this magnificent event for the past years, will be explained ... )

 

But let's rather skip to my precious new Music Discoveries again, instead of succumbing to the power of deriding someone else, just for cringey reasons and continue with what's really important: MUSIC

 

Of course, this Music Discovery Series will focus on my favorite genres such as 80s Gothic Rock / Post Punk / Cold Wave / Dark Wave / Synthie / Shoegaze / Minimal Synth ... (let's not succumb  too much to those labels ^^ ❥), as well as some other genres mixed inside of this whole mess, which is going to evolve in the next few minutes ...

(Let's see if I can mange to create a halfway decent outlook of this entry ... ^^

I'm actually kind of curious about that ... )

 

 

❥ WGT Band-Discoveries ❥

 

 

❥ Let's begin with a purely stunning band,

which I discovered on the official WGT Announcement List: ❥ 

 

𝔊𝔯𝔬𝔲𝔫𝔡 𝔑𝔢𝔯𝔬

I decided to begin my whole Music Discovery Series with this special band, because their songs (let's rather call them TRUE MASTERPIECES) count as my current favorites and I'm stunned by their power to create magnificently dark soundscapes with a highly unique twist on 80s Goth Rock vocal performances.

 

Ground Nero is originally from Belgium, uniting different musicians from the 80s Dark Wave past, by keeping the original sound alive and setting nowadays listeners back to the goth rock venues, where fantastic musical discovered have been made.

When I first listened to the beginning of the mesmerizing tune ...

 

"Run from your Relatives"

 

... my Gloomy Mansion transformed into an authentic 80s underground club, recreating the original atmosphere, BUT including such individual & distinctive soundscapes, that no one could ever draw any comparative lines to other bands !

 

Ground Nero is a true musical experience - both albums contain some of the most stunning musical highlights which I've ever listened to when it comes to the purity of Goth Rock.

And I'm not even exaggerating!

 

I'm aware that there do exist a lot of claims when it comes to the current development of music in our scene, leading more and more towards a certain melting pot of different electronically inclined titles, with an infamously popular dose of trivial thoughts and pseudo deepness in their lyrics ... 

Of course: there do exist those bands and artists, which we (being fond of a certain poetic strength in lyrics) don't appreciate as much as traditional 80s Wave and Post Punk Pioneers ... 

BUT isn't it fabulous, to recognize, that there STILL DO EXIST and constantly emerge new aspiring artists and musicians, valuing the 80s soundscapes and creating uniquely gorgeous music on their own ...? Of course it is!

So far, there do exist two different albums:

  • "BEYOND" (which was released in 2016) and the newest release

  • "SCALES" (officially published last year in June)

I love both of them and there's not a single song, which I don't appreciate as much as the others

(HOW COULD I NOT?! ♡)

 

Let's continue with one of my favorite songs from the "Scales" EP:

"Plethora"

I've never imagined in the final realization of such an addictive atmosphere, which conveys unreal spirits, being so close to the listener, yet unapproachable and haunting ... 

But it still was possible within this precious new song! 

You just have to recognize and appreciate its beauty and it's almost a written statement that "this song belongs to the greatest musical achievements of all time" ...

 

"Parasites"

Another song (masterpiece!) which I perceive as unbelievably addictive and an absolute essential track for your next Goth Rock Event ... ♡

(belongs to the album "Scales", which was released last year)

 

After listened to two albums made up of pure gothic rock and dark wave delight, I consider Ground Nero one of the most fascinating artists in this entire universe - Yes, of course: also in comparison to our favorite Goth Rock bands and musicians from the past.

And it's even more surprising, that music enthusiasts nowadays can still be so unbelievably lucky to watch the musical stories of such a stunning band unfurl.

 

Bands such a Ground Nero still keep the unique twist on our Goth Rock past alive - and all this magic happens apart from the 80s bands' glorious days, far apart from musical highlights being shown in the Batcave, far apart from the times where cassettes have been distributed all over gloomy dark wave venues ... 

 

                  Dark Descend

 

Dark Descend impresses by wondrously dark synth soundscapes and vocals, which could never turn out more striking, than they already are! This song has definitely become one of my most appreciated songs of the past few weeks and I could never get tired of listening to such an outstanding composition with the additional dose of guitar waves towards the end of the song.

 

Not to neglect the stunning musical atmosphere and significance of "Karoshi", I surely have to include this song ... 

 

"Karoshi" definitely counts as a huge favorite of mine and I'm sure it's gonna be appreciated by lots of fellow goth rock enthusiasts, as well ... 

Whereas the previously portrayed songs mainly rely on timeless and preciously atmospherical topics concerning their lyrics, the excellent gothic rock masterpiece "Karoshi" leads to current misperceptions of society and (especially asian - more specifically Japanese) modern day business. We're all aware of the overcharging and overworking stereotypes in most asian countries and quite a large percentage of Japanese suffer from physical or psychological illnesses caused by the intense performance pressure within their companies. Therefore the Japanese term "Karoshi" was evolved, which actually does describe a death due to work pressure - and I'm sure, most of us have already heard of the Japanese "Aokigahara" forest, being preserved for suicidal individuals only, in Japan ... 

It is a truly unfortunate development, which slowly unfurls in European countries, as well - that's why this song has a huge relevance - not only from the *of course* stunning musical perspective! 🖤 

 

 

I'd love to include another gorgeous piece of art: "Bannockburn".

This song lyrically refers to the historical event of the battle of Bannockburn, being part of the Scottish Independent Wars.

The overall wars took place from 1296 to 1357 and have been caused by the striving of power by the English Majesties, who intended to increase their realm by forcing the Scottish population to the absolute English submission

This song's vocal emotionality and yet harshly reverberating coldness, musically leads us to the past and revives the vanished spirits of warfare by its hymn-like character - definitely a phenomenal goth rock performance with almost theatric powers  ... 

 

Let's introduce the other highly recommended songs such as "Arctic" and "The Trouble Beyond"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both songs convey deep dark spirts by the front singer's mesmerizingly haunting voice and leaving them out of this blog entry would be a total mistake! ❥

 

"The Trouble Beyond" was actually the first song, which I've discovered from this special band and which immediately urged me to fall in love with their musical atmospheres of sombreness ... 

 

"Arctic" leads the listener through an imaginary evolved path of coldness via a huge variety of striking soundscapes (and uniquely freezing winds, which will definitely reach the listener), while staying on track with Ground Nero's incredible talent for gothic rock guitar passages ! Another purely stunning piece of art has made it to daylight - or should I rather be using nightlight instead ... 🖤

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Ground Nero

Their Bandcamp page (for the original songs & both stunning albums)

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

𝔖𝔢𝔩𝔬𝔣𝔞𝔫

Selofan is one of the most artistically pleasing musical overall projects which I've ever seen or listened to - Whereas Selofan originally comes from Greece, they even have some German titles (such as "Verboten", "Ist die Liebe tot?", "Vergänglichkeit", "Gummiwände" or "Schwarz"), some with French elements ("Tristesse") and some titles composed of other foreign languages (such as "Un Amor Etterno" or "La Industria Del Sexo") ...

 

But in general, the majority of their titles is written in English, such as "Give me a reason" - being such a mesmerizing and perhaps the most popular title of this band. It appeared on Selofan's latest 2018 album, called "Vitrioli".

 

 That's the full setlist of

"VITRIOLI"

  • Give me a reason

  • Billie was a Vampire

  • Black Box

  • I'm Addicted

  • Ist die Liebe tot?

  • Un Amor Eterno

  • The Language of Love

  • Living Scandal

  • Vitriol

  • Fouchsia Chamber

  • Loneliness

  • Hysteria

 

 

When it comes to the individual albums, Selofan has - as far as I know - released seven different albums, whereas the first one appeared on May 21st in 2013 and is composed of the two songs "Gummiwände" and "Shoot your Gun" - it was not only released digitally but also as a Vinyl Version at the same time.

 

 

     Give me a reason - Selofan

 

So far, I don't own any Selofan Vinyls (because I've just discovered their songs) but my Vinyl Collector Heart will definitely urge me to buy (at least! ^^) one or two of my favorite ones at WGT - because I'm so glad, that I checked out the full band announcement list for this year's Wave Gotik Treffen - otherwise I would possibly have never discovered this amazing band and fallen in love with their lyrics ... ♡

 

But now for the songs: One of my favorite ones is  "Gummiwände"

The atmosphere overwhelms the listener every single time and it just reflects this constant emotion of despair, being trapped in a universe made up of superficialities and shallowness only (especially when it comes to conversational and emotional topics).

Not only by strongly identifying with its lyrics, but also by getting addicted to the vibe, which this special piece of art transmits, I must claim this to be one of the most hypnotizing statements in today's musical world 

 

When it comes to the lyrics of this title: They're entirely taken from the eponymous poem "Gummiwände" by Rolf Dieter Brinkmann - one of the most popular German poets concerning contemporary literature, well-known for his opus magnum "Westwärts 1 & 2" and the earlier collection of poems, letters, newspaper articles or even pictures and  called "Rom, Blicke" (usually being designed for the purpose of a personal inspirational basis, but being officially published later on).

 

 

"Microwave Lovers"  is also something, which left a huge impression after listening ... Even though I'm more the guitar-driven person (growing up with traditional 80s goth rock vibes and playing "The Mission" on my own guitar), I must confess, that those .electronically created sounds  in "Microwave Lovers" as well as the constant and

 

unexpected screaming parts of the main singer Joanna Badtrip, also created this hypnotizing atmosphere for me, leading to me wanting to play this song on repeat while I'm only leaving candle lights on in my Gloomy Mansion (highly recommended, to do so, as well ^^ ♡)

 

Next I surely have another song, which I really want to show you: This time it's a greek one (please check out all the other greek songs, because they are all highly mesmerizing, as well ... but I don't want this blog entry to adapt utterly crazy dimensions, so I should stop right here ^^)

 

"Να φεύγεις (You should learn how to leave)

Whereas most vocals are usually performed by Joanna Badtrip as the main singer, this song's lyrics are entirely sung by the male member of Selofan Dimitris - having one of the most fascinating voices I've ever heard. In general: Do me a favor and listen to the whole "In The Darkness" album - it's one of the greatest musical artistic pieces I've ever tuned in to ... 

 

I could never leave ... 

 

"Mausoleum" 

... out of this blog entry. Have you ever listened to such stunning vocals - of course in combination with this artistically pleasing music video?  

Dancing in a Dark Wave Club in the early morning hours while this song being played in the background must be an absolutely mesmerizing experience ... 

 

 

As well as "Living Scandal" also goes deep under your skin. For me, being the "Sad Lovers and Giants"-obsessed person (defending the magical power of Saxophone solos with all my heart ^^), this song is highly recommended for those, who adore the melancholically beautiful sound of saxophones being combined with Joanna Badtrip's fascinating vocals creating a magical overall composition ... 

 

 

"Shadowmen" is another song, defined by mesmerizing vocals, FASCINATING SNYTHS & a highly aesthetically artistic video:

In general all Selofan Videos are gorgeous pieces of art, but I definitely have to feature this specific YouTube Video, or I'll go completely crazy without it being shown in this blog entry ... (^^)

 

 

Every time when I'm watching official music videos by Selofan, I'm more than fascinated by the lead singer's highly unique and artistically delicate make up skills ... It's beyond amazing how great every single make up look turns out in those videos and fits to the general mood or atmosphere which is meant to be created within the song ....

(and of course I get reminded by my own incapability to properly do my make up in a dramatic version ... ^^ but let's not try it and leave it to those, who are really professional and capable of doing such a mesmerizing artistic work on their own faces ❥) 

 

Let's conclude my Selofan-Adoration with a highly precious piece of music:

 

"Behind the Dunes"

When I first listened to it, I actually thought:

"There must be some hidden trap within this track - It can't be possible, that the lead singers voice has now transformed into the vocals of Larissa Iceglass from Lebanon Hanover ... and then I looked at the picture and in the comment-section: Even though this song has the original Selofan sound, it's entirely sung by Larissa Iceglass herself ... what a precious idea!

 

But you surely have to dive deep into the magical atmosphere of this song, yourself -

Words could never ever describe its full beauty ... 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The official Bandcamp page of Selofan (for the original songs)

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

Next I'd love to continue with ... 

𝔄𝔲𝔱𝔬𝔪𝔢𝔩𝔬𝔡𝔦

 

Automelodi, which I absolutely HAVE TO feature on this blog entry, is an absolute genius project: Automelodi, which is based in Montréal, Canada, conveys marvelously harsh and minimalistic synth waves with perfectly fitting French lyrics (sung in such a precious way, that I don't even want to describe it - I'm not fond of deriding the vocals' magical powers by trying to define them in any way ... ❥)

They've released two different albums, so far (but with an additional album release in May):

 

One of my favorite songs from the debut album "Automelodi" (released in 2011) is called  

 

"Rose AD"

 

Click on the video and discover yourself tangled up between electronically beautiful synth waves and a light-weight voice, which soothes your soul ... (never mind the video, just focus on this beyond magical song ... ^^♡)

 

Let's continue with another true "Synthie-Delight" called "La Poussière" ("The Dust", "Der Staub") which hits your dancing obsession right at the beginning of the song (at least for me, it's one of the most mesmerizing tracks to play in a club past midnight 💜 I'm already practicing with my long velvet evening gown for the time when this masterpiece reaches local dark clubs ^^)

 

"La Poussière"

This gorgeous track belongs to the newest album "Mirages au futur verre​-​brisé", which is going to be released on May, 3 2019 (exactly two songs have been pre-released: "La Poussière" ("The dust") and "Les Métros disparus" ("The vanished subways"))

 

 

Have you ever considered, that a song could ever covey this mesmerizing atmosphere, which even haunts you after having listened to it?

I'm stunned ... more than stunned ... 

 

 

"Digresse"  ("Distract")

has caught my "Depeche Mode" and "The Frozen Autumn" loving heart by the first seconds ... 

 

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢, 𝔡𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔮𝔲𝔢 𝔧’𝔞𝔦 𝔰𝔲𝔦𝔳𝔦𝔢

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢, 𝔳𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔪𝔢 𝔭𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰𝔲𝔦𝔱

𝔏𝔞𝔦𝔰𝔰𝔢 à 𝔪𝔬𝔫 𝔞𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔲𝔫𝔢 𝔪𝔞𝔩𝔞𝔡𝔦𝔢  

 

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢, 𝔡𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔮𝔲𝔢 𝔧’𝔞𝔦 𝔰𝔲𝔦𝔳𝔦𝔢

ℜ𝔢𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔩𝔞 𝔡é𝔱𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔬ù 𝔧𝔢 𝔰𝔲𝔦𝔰

𝔓𝔯𝔬𝔪è𝔫𝔢 𝔢𝔫 𝔩𝔞𝔦𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔫𝔬𝔱𝔯𝔢 𝔣𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔢

𝔄𝔲 𝔣𝔬𝔫𝔡 𝔡’𝔲𝔫𝔢 𝔰𝔭𝔦𝔯𝔞𝔩𝔢 𝔡’𝔞𝔰𝔭𝔥𝔶𝔵𝔦𝔢  

 

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔯𝔢 𝔩’𝔦𝔳𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔡𝔢𝔰 𝔭𝔯𝔬𝔣𝔬𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔲𝔯𝔰

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔠𝔞𝔭𝔦𝔱𝔞𝔩𝔢 𝔡𝔢 𝔡𝔬𝔲𝔩𝔢𝔲𝔯

ℭ𝔞𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 𝔡𝔢𝔰 𝔭𝔞𝔶𝔰 𝔢𝔵𝔱é𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔲𝔯𝔰  

 

𝔇𝔦𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 / 𝔙𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢 / 𝔐𝔞𝔩𝔞𝔡𝔦𝔢

 

I've had this song in my head for the whole week - what about you ... ? 🖤

 

 

"Fenêtres Ouvertes"  ("Opened Windows")

In some parts this song reminds me of a Cure song (whereas the vocals are totally different, of course) but soundscape-wise the listener travels into 80s spirits again ♡

 

𝔍’é𝔱𝔞𝔦𝔰 à 𝔡𝔢𝔲𝔵 𝔡𝔬𝔦𝔤𝔱𝔰 𝔡𝔢 𝔱𝔯𝔬𝔲𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔩𝔞 𝔭𝔬𝔯𝔱𝔢 𝔲𝔫𝔦𝔮𝔲𝔢

𝔙𝔢𝔯𝔰 𝔩𝔢 𝔠𝔩𝔲𝔟 𝔰𝔬𝔲𝔱𝔢𝔯𝔯𝔞𝔦𝔫 é𝔰𝔬𝔱é𝔯𝔦𝔮𝔲𝔢

𝔖𝔬𝔲𝔰 𝔩’𝔢𝔰𝔠𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔯 𝔞𝔲 𝔣𝔬𝔫𝔡 𝔡’𝔲𝔫 𝔠𝔞𝔤𝔦𝔟𝔦

𝔇𝔞𝔫𝔰 𝔲𝔫𝔢 𝔪𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔢 𝔬ù 𝔧𝔢 𝔫𝔢 𝔪𝔢 𝔠𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔞𝔦 𝔭𝔩𝔲𝔰, 𝔱𝔞𝔫𝔱 𝔭𝔦𝔰  

ℭ’é𝔱𝔞𝔦𝔱 𝔲𝔫𝔢 𝔪𝔞𝔦𝔰𝔬𝔫 𝔞𝔲𝔵 𝔳𝔬𝔩𝔢𝔱𝔰 𝔬𝔲𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔱𝔰

𝔏𝔞 𝔭𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔬𝔫 𝔡𝔬𝔫𝔱 𝔧𝔢 𝔫𝔢 𝔳𝔬𝔲𝔩𝔞𝔦𝔰 𝔭𝔞𝔰 𝔪’𝔢𝔫𝔣𝔲𝔦𝔯

𝔈𝔩𝔩𝔢 𝔢𝔰𝔱 𝔱𝔬𝔲𝔧𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔭𝔩𝔲𝔰 𝔭𝔯è𝔰 𝔡𝔢 𝔩𝔞 𝔣𝔞𝔩𝔞𝔦𝔰𝔢

𝔇𝔞𝔫𝔰 𝔪𝔞 𝔪é𝔪𝔬𝔦𝔯𝔢 𝔮𝔲𝔦 𝔰𝔢𝔪𝔟𝔩𝔢 𝔯é𝔱𝔯é𝔠𝔦𝔯 ... 

 

"Geöffnete Fenster"

Ich stand kurz davor, die einzigartige Tür zu finden

In Richtung des esoterischen Kellerclubs

Unter der Treppe in den Tiefen eines Abstellraums

In einer Kiste, in welcher ich mich nicht verstecken wollte, schon gut

 

Es war ein Haus mit geöffneten Fensterläden

Das Gefängnis aus welchem ich nicht flüchten möchte

Es ist immer viel näher an der Klippe

In meiner Erinnerung, die scheinbar schwindet ... 

 

"Opened Windows"

I was right before discovering the unique door

Towards the esoteric cave club

Below the stairway in the depths of a storage room

In a chest, in which I didn't want to hide, never mind

 

It was a house with opened shutters

The prison from which I don't want to escape

It's always closer to the cliff

In my memory, which seemingly fades away ...  

 

 

"Limite malade"

I must confess, that the vocals take you into dreamworlds again (stunningly mesmerizing ! I've never heard a song of this beauty ... ❥)

I'm so looking forward to Automelodi's WGT live performance - I'm sure those synth pop vibes haunt you even more when you're dancing live to fascinating songs such as "Limite Malade" ... 

 

... It conveys the minimalistic atmosphere in such a stunning way and actually might be the embodiment of this synth band we've always been longing for: artistically creating songs, which are not only ideally for dancing sessions in a dark wave club past midnight but also perfectly fitting to our nightly artistic activities (at least, that's which I wondrously discovered, while my nightly sewing sessions ♡)

 

Pour terminer cette partie de mon article, j'ai prepare une résumée courte: Automelodi est une groupe extraordinaire, sensationnelle et c'est presqu'impossible de trouver un certain talent musical une seconde fois!

Automelodi is definitely ONE OF A KIND (to keep it short, in English again ^^)

 

What I adore even more: All lyrics are written in French - which means, that you just have to appreciate those songs. Perhaps it's just me, but I've always been in love with this language (how could I not, I chose to graduate with it ♡) and therefore adore it a lot ... 

 

When it comes to the individual lyrics: Automelodi provides all different "paroles" for their songs on their official WEBSITE to stay on track with the topics and stories of their lyrical masterpieces ( ... and of course: for singing along at midnight while writing your novel such as Sheena ... ^^)

 

Each individual song takes the listener into a virtually emerged synth paradise, which unfolds all its electronically precious details throughout the song ... 

 

Let's tune in to the - perhaps - most popular Automelodi song:

 

"Métropole sous la pluie" ("Large city in the rain")

which has such a gorgeously artistic music video, so that I just HAVE TO show it to you -

𝔐é𝔱𝔯𝔬𝔭𝔬𝔩𝔢 𝔰𝔬𝔲𝔰 𝔩𝔞 𝔭𝔩𝔲𝔦𝔢

𝔈𝔰𝔱 𝔢𝔪𝔭𝔬𝔯𝔱é𝔢 𝔭𝔞𝔯 𝔩𝔢𝔰 𝔯𝔦𝔳𝔦è𝔯𝔢𝔰 𝔡𝔢 𝔤𝔬𝔲𝔡𝔯𝔬𝔫

𝔇𝔢𝔪𝔞𝔦𝔫 𝔦𝔩 𝔫𝔢 𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔱𝔢𝔯𝔞 𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔫

𝔔𝔲𝔢 𝔡𝔢𝔰 𝔱𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔰 𝔡’𝔥𝔲𝔦𝔩𝔢 𝔰𝔲𝔯 𝔩’𝔞𝔰𝔭𝔥𝔞𝔩𝔱𝔢

𝔇𝔢𝔰 𝔪𝔬𝔦𝔰𝔦𝔰𝔰𝔲𝔯𝔢𝔰 ç𝔞 𝔢𝔱 𝔩à...

𝔔𝔲𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔩𝔞 𝔳𝔦𝔩𝔩𝔢 𝔞𝔲𝔯𝔞 𝔱𝔬𝔲𝔱 𝔭𝔩𝔢𝔲𝔯é ... 

 

Eine Großstadt im Regen

Wird hinfortgetragen durch die Flüsse aus Teer

Morgen wird nichts (mehr übrig) bleiben

Außer Ölflecken auf dem Asphalt

Ein Schimmelbefall hier und dort

Wenn die Stadt alles ausgeweint haben wird ..

 

A large city in the rain

Taken away by the rivers of tar

Tomorrow, nothing is going to remain

But oil stains on the asphalt

Mildews here and there

When the city will have wept out everything ... 

 

(So much appreciation for those lyrics - I've always felt a certain magical connection between endless rainfalls and city life but describing it in such a precious way makes it even more beautiful for me to soon arrive in m beloved "second" home Berlin again.)

 


"Aléas Dernier Chances" 

is also one of my favorites and a true Synth-masterpiece indeed!

 

Just tune in to those fascinating synth waves and get into the unique spirit of one of my current favorite songs of all time (I even created a personalized choreography for this specific song - it just isn't possible to not dance for my inner dancing obsessed black heart while this song is played ❥)

 

The next song, which immediately wandered in my heart was:

"Buanderie Jazz"

The front singer's voice is purely precious and I adore the soft soundscapes right at the end of the song, reminding me of phantasmagorical (yet, electronically inspired) bells ... 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Automelodi

Their Bandcamp page (for the original songs)

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

ℭ𝔯𝔢𝔲𝔵 𝔏𝔦𝔢𝔰 

 

If you favor guitar driven Cold Wave Sounds with a marvelously melancholic, yet aspiring atmosphere, then you should definitely check out songs from the band CREUX LIES:

I've discovered them via the official video to their song

 

"Portals"

and immediately fell in love with both: the video and the song ...  

Such a gorgeous title! What can I say: vocals and ideally fitting soundscapes!

Next to the overwhelmingly artistic Cinematorgraphy of this official music video, it's juts a pure appreciation-track, which is definitely wandering on my list of my favorite travel tracks, because it conveys such a strong spirit of individual liberty (at least, that's what I've experienced while listening ... ❥)

 

 

"Eulogy"

Is perhaps my favorite track from their one and only debut album "The Hearth", which was released in August, 2018 - *some days after my birthday, actually, but unfortunately I've just discovered this purely stunning band ... but better late than never! *

 

If you're searching for beautiful instrumental soundscapes between the lyrical passages, then you absolutely have to tune in to

 

"Áine's Song" - beyond magical masterpiece ... 🖤

 

Confession time in my Gloomy Mansion: This is my absolute favorite song from their one and only debut album "The Hearth", which was released in August, 2018 - (some days after my birthday, actually, but unfortunately I've discovered this purely stunning band just some weeks ago... but better late than never!!!)

It's a perfectly composed masterpiece and I'd never want to imagine having my "favorites-playlist" without this stunning title ... 

The vocal passages are truly magical in this one!

 

Another song I absolutely have to feature within this blog entry is called ... 

 

"Silhouette"

I love this song so much! (there does even exist a bandshirt specially designed for "Silhouette" 🖤)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

Creux Lies Official Website

Bandcamp page (for the original songs and where to buy "The Hearth")

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

𝔅𝔯𝔞𝔤𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔫 

 

This official music video to the song "To Hide to Shine to Cross"

got me into Bragolin's mesmerizing music first.

Bragolin is a two-musician based project from Utrecht in the Netherlands with a definite and highly unique Post Punk, Shoegaze, Cold Wave, Dark wave sound - while combining marvelous synths with the front singer's smooth and soothing voice, they've immediately stolen my heart - and yours is perhaps just ready to get stolen, as well:

 

Tune it to ...

"Take us down"

and get impressed by this band's unique technique to let miraculously melancholic soundscapes emerge, which brightened my gloomy days in such a delicately sombre way, that I have to share this masterpiece with you ... 

 

But let's not forget the precious song ...

"Into those Woods",

 

which not only stands out by it's almost magical bass lines, but also fascinates each individual listener by the overwhelmingly soothing vocal passages, which I admire a lot !

 

 

Next I surely have to include the miraculous title ...

"This Grotesque Dance"

 

also featuring highly unique bass driven sounds and the use of an organ in the background 

which suits perfectly fine to the general impression and vibe of this uniquely stunning song ... 

 

Let's terminate my Bragolin appreciation with another highly recommended piece of art ... 

 

"Charcoal Teeth and Lies"

featuring hauntingly marvelous synth soundscapes and a voice, which is purely meant

to fall in love with, as with every single song on their album "I Saw Nothing Good So I Left" 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Bragolin

Bandcamp page (for purchasing their album "I saw nothing good so I left")

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

Last but definitely NOT LEAST I have one remaining NEW discovery,

which impressed me a lot while listening through the official band announcement list of this year's WGT - Especially if you're favoring authentic goth rock vibes over anything else ...

𝔒𝔠𝔱𝔬𝔟𝔢𝔯 𝔅𝔲𝔯𝔫𝔰 𝔅𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔨 

 

Let's return to the purity of Goth Rock again with one of my new favorite bands, called "October Burns Black". Especially the track "With You" reached my huge appreciation for this unique band, but I definitely recommend to check their other songs out, as well.

They've released their debut EP, called "fault lines" last year, including the songs:

 

"Shimmer"

 The passages with "Black Shimmer" will haunt you in such a mesmerizing way, that one could never not appreciate this gothic rock masterpiece ... 

➸ This video also includes their Leeds live performance during the "Carpe Noctum" festival (which took place on 7th April 2018 ... I wish I could have been there!) 

 

"Arrowhead"

... that's the goth rock sound we've all been waiting for: Addictively precious, yet haunting vocals and an absolutely stunning performance, which takes us back to all those 80s underground memories (either if we've really been there, or just by imagining the vibe - such as your online dark fairy Sheena ^^) ... 

 

Another huge favorite of mine is the song ... 

"With You",

whose bass lines will cast a spell on you while listening ... and it's no secret anymore, that the founding member of October Burns Black actually was the bass player of one of my beloved 80s favorite US bands "The Wake" (check them out, if you're not familiar with their fascinating goth rock sounds, already!)

 

For the reason, that I cannot leave out the last officially released song of their new EP "fault line"

 

called "Light on Light" and for the reason, that it's just way too good, to not include it in my blog entry, I decided to share ALL current October Burns Black songs with you ... 🖤

This song has immediately won my heart by the amazing vocal performance and drumming, of course ...

Ger Egan, who is involved in vocals and lyrics writing has created such  a fascinating voice - although the lyrics are of course mesmerizing in this song, I'm more than sure, that he could possibly set any random phrases to music and it would still turn out as a goth rock masterpiece !

 

October Burns Black is soon going to release their second EP next to their first one "fault lines", which will possibly include songs such as:

  • Falling

  • Sail Away

  • Save Me

  • A Need?

  • Abderian

  • Network Down

I'm really looking forward to the new song being played at this year's WGT performance - because as far as the video provides some short demo versions: I can definitely claim that there are a lot of treasures remaining, which have not been officially released, yet ! 🖤

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

 

The Official Website of October Burns Black

Their Bandcamp page (for the original songs)

 

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

❥ Band rediscoveries ❥

No single WGT announcement list without some rediscoveries, which I was able to make!

I especially refer to artists, which I've always adored, but UNFORTUNATELY completely forgot about due to my own artistic devotion and some other time consuming things ... 

 

One of those bands is called  𝔄𝔲𝔱𝔲𝔪𝔫

It's a 90s Gothic Rock mastermind-project out of the US, which has been producing mesmerizing soundscapes from 1994 - till today.

Deep guitar and bass driven melodies, combined with a sense for sublime poetry - vocally performed in a highly atmospherical way, has been fascinating their listeners since "The Hating Tree" (still my personal favorite album of them all), which was first released in 1997.

 

Not only in the masterpiece ...

"Seconds" 

listeners spiritually enter new dimensions, initiated by the lead singer's stunning voice - Julie Plante's vocal talent is like a true treasure, which conveys vibes, so magically beautiful, yet haunting in a very precious way, that we just have to succumb to this band's spell power.

 

 

One of my favorite songs, which belongs to "The Hating Tree"

 

 "The Well"

When I first listened to the introductionary part of this song some years ago, I fully dissolved into their musically precious universes ... It was the first song I listened from this band and I can still sense my excitement when I discovered, that there do exist other uniquely magical bands next to my beloved Mephisto Walz, Faith and the Muse or Corpus Delicti ... 

 

 

Huge recommendation by Sheena:

check out Autumn's latest release with magnificently dreamy titles such as:

 

"The Fall"

I'm so impressed by those newly released titles. Julie Plante's voice sounds just as mesmerizing as it used to do and those guitar driven sounds are created to fall in love with everything about this song 🖤

Oh and the video:

such a gorgeous piece of art! If you've been in a post punk, dark wave, goth rock band in the past and still let such marvelous sounds emerge while keeping the visual aesthetics as preciously alive as the three band members of Autumn, you've made everything perfectly right 🖤

(of course it's not all about aesthetics! What I appreciate first is the music, of course - but let's still appreciate the BEAUTY OF THIS VIDEO !!! Julie Plante is a true Queen 🖤)

 

"A Maiden's Child"

 

... has also been a song, which I immediately appreciated after first listening to it via the new album "Chandelier" on Bandcamp. 

 

ℑ𝔱 𝔴𝔞𝔰 𝔱𝔬 𝔟𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔰𝔱 𝔫𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔦’𝔡 𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔨𝔫𝔬𝔴

ℑ𝔱 𝔴𝔞𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔫𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔦’𝔡 𝔟𝔢𝔞𝔯 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔪𝔞𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔫’𝔰 𝔠𝔥𝔦𝔩𝔡

𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔟𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔨 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔭𝔢𝔩𝔩

𝔗𝔥𝔦𝔰 𝔪𝔞𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔫 𝔰𝔭𝔬𝔨𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔪𝔢

𝔖𝔥𝔢 𝔨𝔦𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔡 𝔪𝔶 𝔢𝔶𝔢𝔰, 𝔰𝔥𝔢 𝔩𝔢𝔱 𝔪𝔢 𝔟𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥𝔢

𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔞𝔰 𝔥𝔢𝔯 𝔳𝔢𝔦𝔩𝔰 𝔣𝔢𝔩𝔩 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔢𝔞

𝔖𝔥𝔢 𝔭𝔦𝔠𝔨𝔢𝔡 𝔪𝔢 𝔲𝔭 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔠𝔞𝔯𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔡 𝔪𝔢

𝔗𝔬 𝔞 𝔭𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔰 𝔟𝔩𝔢𝔢𝔡 ... 

 

 

 

Last but not least: Two precious titles for succumbing to nostalgia again ... 

 

          "Even Now"       "Desert Winds of Jezebel"

Especially "Desert Winds of Jezebel" is one of my absolute vintage favorites of this band

(*let's imagine Sheena not trying to freak out because of "Desert Winds of Jezebel" playing in her record player!* 🖤)

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Autumn

Their Bandcamp page (for the original songs and where to buy "The Hearth")

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

Another rediscovery of mine was

 

ℭ𝔥𝔦𝔩𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔫 𝔬𝔫 𝔖𝔱𝔲𝔫

 

I've adored their music for a longer period of time, when I first randomly discovered the Vinyl "Tourniquets of Love Desire" (which was first released in 1994) in a Berlin Record store two years ago (I still do remember this!) ...

 

Especially the title "Hollow"

 

 

went directly into my music addicted soul back then and I looked for the other albums, some digitally and some as a true authentic Vinyl version:

 

 

"Overland"

was one of the albums which I absolutely had to get as a "Vinyl"-Version - the eponymous song "Overland" which is featured on this album is an absolute smash hit for me (somehow reviving the true Batcave spirit ... at least for me ❥)

 

 

For the reason that "Overland" evolved into my most appreciated album of Children of Stun,

I decided to share two other purely precious track from this album:

 

"Phoenix"         &      "Celebration (80s Revival)"

 

 

 

 

 

Let's dive into nostalgia again with the mesmerizing track  "By the Wayside"

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Children On Stun

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

 

Other Bands, which I've always adored and intend to visit at the WGT are ... 

 

𝔖𝔞𝔡 𝔏𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔰 & 𝔊𝔦𝔞𝔫𝔱𝔰

next to The Damned & The Cure, this magical band has been introducing me to Post Punk and I listen to their music basically every single day.

There is no single album, which I don't appreciate from this band, and their newest release "MISSION CREEP" from 2018 is just as mesmerizing as the 80s and 90s releases ... 

 Listen to this BEYOND MAGICAL MASTERPIECE - I've fallen in love with it since the official release date ... 

And for the nature-loving person, which I definitely am, imagining such uncharted islands in my head leads to the absolute joy ... 

But there's in fact something I never fully understood about this band: Whereas I perceive them as the greatest Post Punk Band of all time (disclaimer: that's highly subjective - but I (in fact) think exactly as I said), they still don't have as much supporters worldwide as all the other famous Post Punk and New Wave bands ... But perhaps that's just how it is and we cannot change anything about it - at least they've stayed on track with their highly gorgeous and soul-soothing Saxophone sounds, which I love so so so so so so incredibly much!

 

I can't properly express my full adoration for their soundscapes, but Sad Lovers & Giants will always be deeply in my heart ... counting as the band which changed my whole perspective of music, back then and giving me the courage to write my own lyrics and melodies on my guitar since I turned sixteen ... ❥

 

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Facebook Page of Sad Lovers & Giants 🖤

 

ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔞𝔫 𝔇𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥

Of course it was a true highlight for me, when I read about Christian Death visiting this year's WGT.

Even though I'd love to have had the possibility to watch their live performance with the contribution of Rozz Williams (whose voice is a gorgeous artistic statement on its own), I still appreciate their newer releases a lot ... which possibly leads me to the decision of visiting their concert this year ( If I have enough time for everything, but music definitely rules for me, personally ♡ I have no need to dive into those consumerism masses and spend hundreds of euros on stuff, that I can actually recreate with my sewing machine (^^) or pose for hours in front of random, unknown photographers ^^ ... )

There do exist so many different Christian Death songs, and I'm pretty sure that most of you are familiar with those releases, but I'd still love to include a song which is highly special to me:

Beneath His Widow"

 

This song has been released as a bonus track on a special edition of "Catastrophe Ballet"

Even though it differs a lot from the other titles on this album, I'm personally feeling a strong connection to the beautiful soundscapes in this song ❥

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Christian Death

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

𝔊𝔬𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔰 𝔈𝔯𝔟𝔢𝔫

For those of you, who know me pretty well: The importance of Goethes Erben (especially Oswald Henkes) lyrical talent for Sheena's own artistic commitment is nothing new ... ♡

I've been following every single record release since my

 

all-time-favorite album "1. Kapitel" has been released and also "Henke", "Artwork", Erblast, Fetisch:Mensch and "Belladonna" have reached my hear's attention ... So let's begin our Goethes Erben journey with "Stumme Zeugen"   ➸

 

⬅︎ continue with

 

"König sein für eine Nacht"

 

(taken from the "Kondition: Macht" album, which was released in 1998)

 

and return to the newest release "Am Abgrund" (with with I've already fallen in love) and include the sublimely poetical masterpiece "Denn es ist immer so" ... It reminds me of so much, leads me back to beloved memories of important beings in my life, which will never ever fade ... 

"Denn es ist immer so"

I'm also looking forward to to the possible live performance of

"Am Abgrund"

 

Oswald Henkes vocals are purely magical (as they usually always are, but this song still deserves a special feature) and I've never listened to any musical masterpiece with soundscapes of a certain special and highly unique beauty ... 🖤

 

 

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Goethes Erben

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

𝔇𝔞𝔰 ℑ𝔠𝔥

Whereas I unfortunately didn't have the possibility to attend last years M'era Luna Live performance of one of my favorite and most appreciated bands "Das Ich", I'm even more looking forward to their WGT performance (simply, because I favor WGT over M'era Luna and all the other common festivals a thousand times ^^) ...

 

 

Since I first watched the official music video to the outstanding masterpiece "Reanimat" (which is one of my most appreciated and admired songs of all time) I've hopelessly fallen in love with Stefan Ackermann and Bruno Kramm and the genre "Neue Deutsche Todeskunst".

With their uniquely expressive vocal phrasing and synth compositions, which have never existed before, they've fascinated individuals all around the globe.

 

Let's dive into nostalgia again with the next song and skip to the debut album "Satanische Verse" ...

 

"Sonne, Mond und Sterne" 

𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔩𝔢 𝔱𝔞𝔤𝔢 𝔰𝔦𝔫𝔡 𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔩𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔫

𝔎𝔞𝔫𝔫 𝔢𝔰 𝔦𝔪𝔪𝔢𝔯 𝔫𝔬𝔠𝔥 𝔫𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔤𝔩𝔞𝔲𝔟𝔢𝔫

𝔖𝔢𝔥𝔢 𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔰𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔫 𝔨𝔞𝔩𝔱 𝔴𝔦𝔢 𝔢𝔦𝔰

ℑ𝔰𝔱 𝔡𝔞𝔰 𝔴𝔞𝔥𝔯, 𝔪𝔢𝔦𝔫 𝔯𝔢𝔦𝔠𝔥

𝔖𝔱𝔞𝔯𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔞𝔤𝔢𝔩𝔞𝔫𝔤 𝔦𝔫𝔰 𝔫𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱𝔰

𝔚𝔦𝔩𝔩 𝔢𝔰 𝔞𝔲𝔣𝔰𝔞𝔲𝔤𝔢𝔫, 𝔦𝔪𝔪𝔢𝔯 𝔴𝔦𝔢𝔡𝔢𝔯

𝔐𝔢𝔦𝔫𝔢 𝔤𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔰𝔠𝔥𝔪𝔢𝔯𝔷𝔢𝔫, 𝔫𝔢𝔥𝔪𝔱 𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔎𝔢𝔱𝔱𝔢𝔫 𝔞𝔟

𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔲𝔢𝔯 𝔦𝔫 𝔪𝔢𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔫 𝔄𝔲𝔤𝔢𝔫, 𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔡𝔞𝔯𝔣 𝔴𝔢𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔫 ... 

 

Let's include another favorite of mine called "Das Dunkle Land"

from the outstandingly fascinating album "Relikt" (2003):

 

𝔚𝔢𝔦𝔰´ 𝔪𝔦𝔯 𝔡𝔢𝔫 𝔚𝔢𝔤

𝔇𝔞𝔰 𝔏𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔞𝔲𝔰 𝔡𝔢𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔯 ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔡

𝔊𝔩𝔢𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔖𝔬𝔫𝔫𝔢 𝔥𝔢𝔩𝔩 𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔟𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔫𝔱

𝔚𝔢𝔦𝔰´ 𝔪𝔦𝔯 𝔡𝔢𝔫 𝔚𝔢𝔤

ℑ𝔫'𝔰 𝔲𝔫𝔟𝔢𝔨𝔞𝔫𝔫𝔱𝔢 ℜ𝔢𝔦𝔠𝔥

𝔚𝔬 𝔅𝔩𝔲𝔱 𝔲𝔫𝔡 𝔚𝔢𝔦𝔫 𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔤𝔩𝔢𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔫

 

and of course "Keimzeit", which has to be featured (regardless the length of my blog entry ^^):

                                                                         𝔈𝔰 𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔴𝔞𝔥𝔫𝔰𝔦𝔫𝔫𝔦𝔤, 𝔡𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔰 𝔟𝔲𝔫𝔱 𝔦𝔰𝔱

𝔇𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔢 𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔫 𝔨ö𝔫𝔫𝔢𝔫 ü𝔟𝔢𝔯 𝔑𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱𝔦𝔤𝔨𝔢𝔦𝔱𝔢𝔫

𝔈𝔰 𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔦𝔯𝔯𝔰𝔦𝔫𝔫𝔦𝔤, 𝔡𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔢𝔦𝔫 𝔑𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱𝔰 𝔟𝔦𝔫

𝔇𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔢𝔦𝔫 𝔐𝔬𝔩𝔢𝔨ü𝔩 𝔦𝔪 𝔤𝔯𝔬ß𝔢𝔫 𝔘𝔫𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔰𝔲𝔪 𝔟𝔦𝔫

𝔈𝔰 𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔴ü𝔱𝔢𝔫𝔡, 𝔡𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔢𝔰 𝔰𝔬 𝔰𝔠𝔥𝔴𝔢𝔯 𝔦𝔰𝔱

𝔇𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔊𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔠𝔥𝔱𝔦𝔤𝔨𝔢𝔦𝔱 𝔞𝔫 𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔫𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔡𝔢𝔫𝔨𝔱

𝔈𝔰 𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔲𝔯𝔦𝔤, 𝔡𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔦𝔫 𝔟𝔦𝔫

𝔇𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔦𝔠𝔥 𝔫𝔦𝔠𝔥𝔱 𝔣𝔦𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔫 𝔨𝔞𝔫𝔫 𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔊𝔬𝔱𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔦𝔱, 𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔪𝔦𝔯 𝔟𝔢𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔢𝔥𝔱

 

But ONE SONG completely stole my heart back then and still does it today:

 

"Bin Ich Es Denn (Dem Ich Den Traum)"

 

 

Especially the whispering passages and electronically inclined elements of this special masterpiece leave me speechless every single time ... 

"Bin Ich Es Denn" is a highly gorgeous but unfortunately a bit underrated piece of art - HUGE RECOMMENDATION by Sheena herself!

 

Another song I'd love to include as a final masterpiece is

 

"Ein Tag Vergeht"

 

from the album "Satanische Verse"

(as always, I simply love this album so much ! ❥)

 

 

 

By the way:

Please take a look at

The Official Website of Das Ich

and of course: LEAVE A LIKE ON FACEBOOK ! 🖤

 

ℑ𝔫𝔨𝔲𝔟𝔲𝔰 𝔖𝔲𝔨𝔨𝔲𝔟𝔲𝔰

Whereas I've always had a profound interest in Paganism and Wicca (especially - more specifically -everything that had something to do with Nordic Mythology, their gods, ancient stories written in the Edda and a general nature appreciation ... - but definitely not those "newly emerging forms of pseudo-witchcraft, being rather a fashion statement instead of a true belief"), I discovered the songs of a special band called "Inkubus Sukkubus" ages ago and fell in love with the unique spirit, which they convey in their individual songs ... 

 

"Prince of Shadows"

Although I adore almost all Inkubus Sukkubus songs, Prince of Shadows is still a special song for me.

It has such dreamy vocals and in combination with those marvelous lyrics I just had to lose my heart to it over and over again ... 🖤

 

 

 

 

 

"Karnayna" 

is a purely enchanting song with a strong and beautiful message ...

𝔏𝔢𝔱 𝔫𝔞𝔱𝔲𝔯𝔢'𝔰 𝔩𝔞𝔴 𝔟𝔢 𝔲𝔭𝔬𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔩𝔞𝔫𝔡,

𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔩𝔢𝔱 𝔣𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔱 𝔟𝔢 𝔩𝔲𝔰𝔥.

𝔏𝔢𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔭𝔬𝔭𝔭𝔦𝔢𝔰 𝔟𝔢 𝔦𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔫,

𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔩𝔢𝔱 𝔲𝔰 𝔟𝔢 𝔯𝔢𝔟𝔬𝔯𝔫 ... 

 

 

Although it's difficult to chose songs from such a huge variety of masterpieces, let's continue with a more popular song ... 

 

"Heart of Lilith" 

This precious song was released on their 1997 album "Vampyre Erotica"  ... 

ℭ𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔣𝔩𝔶 𝔫𝔬𝔴 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔩𝔰,

ℜ𝔦𝔰𝔢 𝔞𝔤𝔞𝔦𝔫 𝔫𝔬𝔴 𝔩𝔦𝔨𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔭𝔥𝔬𝔢𝔫𝔦𝔵.

𝔜𝔬𝔲'𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔰 𝔣𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯,

ℑ𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔥𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔫𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔰, 𝔫𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔰.

ℌ𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔱 𝔬𝔣 𝔏𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔱𝔥!

 

"Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell"

is also a definite favorite song of mine when it comes to the newer ones, because it was just released in 2013 and belong to the eponymous album ... 

 

 

 

"Conquistadors"

Let's succumb to nostalgia again with the masterpiece "Conquistadors" - taken from the 1994 album Wytches, which is still one of my most appreciated albums of Inkubus Sukkubus (although I'm utterly impressed by most of the new songs, as well !)

 

 

 

"Eternity"

(from the album "Belladonna & Aconite", which was released in 2011) is one of the most dreamily gorgeous songs I've ever listened to.

Candia's voice soothes the soul and conveys such strong emotions within this masterpiece ... 

But have I said something about the guitar solo, already? Purely mesmerizing piece of art and lovely chant in one ... 

 

 

 

 

𝔖𝔥𝔞𝔡𝔬𝔴 𝔓𝔯𝔬𝔧𝔢𝔠𝔱

 

 

Another long-term music adoration of mine has been the Rozz Williams side project, called "Shadow Project" - it's Rozz William's second most famous band (next to Christian Death, of course, which I've already featured in this blog entry ... ❥)

 

For the reason, that I'm also favoring authentic 90s Death Rock vibes a lot, I definitely had to include this stunningly precious band ... 

 

 

"Maybe Someday"

Eva O. has one of the most memorably beautiful voices in musical history and especially in this song, her vocal's enchanting power comes to life and reaches the listener. Those calm background sounds and guitar lines give me shivers on and on ... 

 

 

"Forever Came Today"

As always: Rozz William's voice is a treasure, which we - as listeners and musicians - shall keep forever in our hearts. Although he passed away, the impact of the mesmerizing soundscapes he created and the depths of his written lyrics will still wield over the spirit of our love for music ... 

 

 

𝔚𝔢𝔩𝔩 ℑ 𝔪𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔬𝔲𝔠𝔥 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔣𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔞𝔯𝔰 𝔣𝔢𝔩𝔩 𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫

𝔞𝔫𝔡 ℑ 𝔰𝔬𝔲𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔰𝔢𝔢𝔨 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔭𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔞𝔯𝔰 𝔣𝔢𝔩𝔩 𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫

ℑ 𝔪𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔱𝔬𝔴𝔞𝔯𝔡 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔢𝔪𝔟𝔯𝔞𝔠𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔬𝔰𝔢 𝔴𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔰 𝔠𝔞𝔪𝔢 𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫

𝔞𝔫𝔡 ℑ 𝔰𝔬𝔲𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔤𝔩𝔦𝔪𝔭𝔰𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔣𝔞𝔱𝔢 𝔞𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔬𝔰𝔢 𝔴𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔰 𝔠𝔞𝔪𝔢 𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫

ℑ'𝔪 𝔪𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔡 𝔟𝔶 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯...

𝔚𝔢𝔩𝔩 ℑ'𝔪 𝔪𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔡 𝔟𝔶 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔥𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔰 𝔰𝔬 𝔨𝔦𝔫𝔡𝔩𝔶 𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔴𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔡

ℌ𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔶 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔴𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔡

𝔉𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔠𝔞𝔪𝔢 𝔱𝔬𝔡𝔞𝔶 ... 

 

"Static Jesus"

This true death rock masterpiece gets strongly involved in Christian symbolism again and I favor the opening organ sounds a lot - it fits perfectly to the overall composition to this gorgeous song and serves as a precursor for the beyond fascinating lamenting passages of Eva O. and Rozz Williams ... and those overwhelmingly good guitar and drum lines, of course!

 

"Lord of the Flies"

Let's conclude our Shadow Project Music Journey with my perhaps favorite and most appreciated song

"Lord of the Flies" - Death Rock at its finest!

 

ℑ 𝔞𝔪 𝔞𝔣𝔯𝔞𝔦𝔡 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔡𝔞𝔯𝔨 𝔟𝔢𝔠𝔞𝔲𝔰𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱'𝔰 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 ℑ 𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔢

𝔞 𝔟𝔬𝔡𝔶 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥𝔬𝔲𝔱 𝔪𝔢𝔞𝔫𝔦𝔫𝔤, 𝔪𝔶 𝔬𝔴𝔫 𝔡𝔦𝔰𝔣𝔦𝔤𝔲𝔯𝔢𝔡 𝔩𝔦𝔪𝔟𝔰

ℑ 𝔰𝔥𝔞𝔩𝔩 𝔫𝔬𝔱 𝔰𝔭𝔢𝔞𝔨 𝔬𝔣 𝔣𝔢𝔞𝔯, 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔣𝔞𝔯 𝔟𝔢𝔶𝔬𝔫𝔡 𝔦𝔱

𝔞 𝔴𝔬𝔯𝔩𝔡 𝔴𝔥𝔦𝔠𝔥 ℑ'𝔳𝔢 𝔠𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔡 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔦𝔫 𝔴𝔥𝔦𝔠𝔥 ℑ 𝔠𝔞𝔫𝔫𝔬𝔱 𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔢

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALBUM OF THE MONTH:

(NON-WGT-RELATED)

 

Even though the actual ALBUM OF THE MONTH should be

"Death & Flamingos" by Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows (^^ I promise, I'll stop with those further digressions ^^), I'm going to present another REDISCOVERY which I was able to make during my Sewing Sessions, while I was searching through all my old Vinyls ... And my search led to amazing results: I re-discovered the magnificent album "The Great and Secret Show" by Suspiria - one of my favorite 90s Goth Rock Bands of all time ...

 

While trying to seach for this specific album online, I dissolved into a certain state of disappointment: Unfortunately, it's not at all available to be purchase on the Internet.

This makes me even more proud, that I've had the chance to discover this CD it in the local record store of my trust (being located in a city with a very small (perhaps not even existing) dark scene ... )

On the other hand, there's no possibility for me to link this specific album for you (I'm so sorry, I wish it was possible ... BUT: I'll deliver the most precious Bat-Powers to you, so that you get a similar luck to discover this precious masterpiece in your own favorite record store ... Only if you're interested, of course 🖤🦇)

Let's begin with the first track being featured on this special album:

 

"Nighttime" That's one of my absolute favorites & a purely stunning Goth Rock Anthem, as well ...

Suspiria's distinctive sound, mainly defined by Matthew Carl Lucian's hauntingly fascinating voice and one-of-a-kind synth-compositions is mesmerizing in this song ❥

 

Another pure classic track (at least for me) is "Ease"

Especially the beginning with its electronically created opening sounds, leads me down the path to absolute dancing obsession and won't let me stand still until this songs ends ... ❥

 

 

 

 

Non-WGT-related Discoveries:

Although this blog entry is meant to be dedicated to WGT announcements only, I still have some non-WGT-related musical treasures for you ... ❥

 

While I was editing some Videos for YouTube I've been coming across a certain band called "Delphine Coma" - but just as uniquely gorgeous as the Bandname sounds, just as precious their music actually is ... The first song which I listened to, has been "Is This Forever" and believe me: even though the sound has the impression of being recorded in the 80s, as well as the typical guitar rhythms might suppose this song being not at all being created in our current era, it in fact has been released in 2018 ... 

2018 !

... on an album which is called "Leaving the Scene" (available at their official Bandcamp website, and provided by the record label "SwissDarkNights")

 

As far as I found out, Delphine Coma is originally from Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas - creating highly mesmerizing Cold Wave/ Post Punk/ Shoegaze/ Dark Wave sounds, which you definitely should listen to, if you have a certain fascination for harsh electronic elements, combined with deep dark minimalistic synth features ... 

There could never exist a comparison, because those songs create a highly unique atmosphere and haunt you - even when you've stopped listening to them ❥

 

One of my favorite tracks from their album "Leaving the Scene" (which is - so far - their only and first debut album) is "We Never Sleep" because it reminds me of all those late night writing sessions, where I watched the moon fade and sun rise, because I fully lost the sense of time due to the phantasmagorical world of my novel ... 

  

 

Another band, which I highly recommend listening to, is "The Eternal Fall"

Their song "Open Scissors" and "Undead" totally made it into my favorites playlists by mesmerizing vocals, creating a uniquely gloomy atmosphere and contrasting traditional Goth Rock guitar vibes with electronic elements.

Even though I'm not that familiar with Deathrock, I might have discovered my hidden addiction to it via the second song "Undead" (which makes me want to put up a death hawk immediately, even though I also know, that I've always failed while doing it some years ago ^^)

𝔅𝔞𝔶 𝔏𝔞𝔲𝔯𝔢𝔩

Bay laurel is a Swedish Band, which I've discovered some weeks ago ... Their atmospherical goth rock soundscapes overwhelmed me in the beginning (in a very positive way) and I adore the mixture of the lead singer's dark voice with Sofia Svensson's magnificent female vocals.

Next to the obvious musical beauty, I certainly fell in love with the individual lyrics of some songs, which I'll definitely share with you within this blog entry.

 

The first song which I randomly discovered via YouTube has been "Black Candles"- Its soundscapes are purely magnificent 

Unfortunately I must confess, that I've been a bit late with my discovery: Although Bay Laurel was formed in 1993, they only lasted seven years and disbanded in 2000 (exactly one year after my birth ... so perhaps I should have started with my goth rock obsession back then ... ^^)

 

The next song, which I'd love to share with you, is called

 

"In the Arms of Silence"

This song provides fantastic guitar driven sounds, and a dark mesmerizing voice, which we'd all love to listen to during our past midnight art sessions and projects ... 🖤

 

 

 

Absolutely last but also not least:

My current favorite "Cover-Version":

"Loving the Alien" by The Frozen Autumn

This song has originally been written and performed by David Bowie in 1984 and lots of different cover version have been produced and published since then.

Unfortunately it's one of the more underrated and not as recognized David Bowie Songs - which I've never fully understood, because has such an artistic quality and impact on the listener's mood ... 

I still remember buying the Vinyl album "Tonight" (which was David Bowies 16th studio album) and listening to the first track "Loving the Alien" - I was overwhelmed by its magical soundscapes and still love it, when it circles in my record player ♡

The most famous one is probably the version from Visage, but I personally adore "The Frozen Autumn"-Version best, because it's synths are fascinating and it conveys this typical out-of-our-world atmosphere, just like this precious band always magically does! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as precious final* song:

"Lost in a Moment - Forever Grey"

 * when I say it's the end, I really mean it  ... at least, this time ^^ 🖤

Love you so much, Sheena ❥

 

 

 

STAY WEIRD, UNIQUE & OBSCURE​​

 

 

THOUSANDS OF VIRTUAL BLACK HEARTS,

Sheena 🖤

 

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