GEOMETRIC VISION: Virtual Analog Tears (SwissDarkNights 2015)...

For some time, Italy has become a swarm of new dark bands, you could almost say that two of every three bands that emerge (and there are a lot lately) come from this country. Specially when talking about minor genres like coldwave, afterpunk, and in general, the 80’s revival. It could be the climate or the water or who can say, but they’re welcome. Mostly because the average level is very high, I don’t know if there are a lot more bands underneath them, but they don’t arrive to me… The italian trio Geometric Vision gave us a pleasant surprise two years ago with their debut, Dream. Then we mentioned that it was some of those bands that had the weird (because of it not being very common) quality of carrying you to other worlds, other times, other atmospheres. I really wanted to check if in the second CD (so difficult, so many times) they were able to keep doing it. And, of course, they were capable of maintaining a very high level, an horizon of insulting creativity, a breaking resounding landscape with mature origin. With class, style and savoir faire. In summary, they were able to repeat the strike they made with Dream. They’ll play again in SwissDarkNights, which is a guarantee, at least in part.   Black Heaven gets back the 80’s atmosphere since the beginning, in the sound and the structure. Deep basses, keyboards and effects, clear and blurry guitars, the voice reminds us of the first The Cure (for example). The elements and features existing in Dreams, repeat the beginning of this album. However, an evolution can be appreciated, the aim of taking those influences beyond. They carry the 80’s style without forgeting that thirty years have passed since then....

WINTER SEVERITY INDEX, 28-03-2015, ROCK PALACE, MADRID...

On few occasions I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a concert of a band that I really love. This was one of them. Since 2011 I follow this great band that makes me shake an vibrate with every composition they make. Finally I had the chance to enjoy their live.   My good friends from De Profundis (who are celebrating their 8th anniversary as event and concert promoters), brought us this girls from Rome during a promising evening. In addition, I was invited to collaborate with them as DJ in the after-show party. It was a night in which we would meet a lot of life-long great friends making the most of this event. The chosen hall, Rock Palace, small, but special for concerts like this one. The night was promising, yes, and a lot… Already on the small stage of the hall and facing the expectant public, even though it wasn’t very numerous, Simona with the guitar and Alessandra with the keyboard, they seemed to be accompained by Giovanni Stacone with his bass, which would give a lot more strength to their songs live. «The Gift», outstanding and touching song from their EP «Survival Rate», is the chosen one to start their concert. True and deep Cold Wave, sounding at last in Madrid.   A spectacular beginning for what promised to be a great performance. Simona’s voice was marvelous and surrounded everything causing a lot of sensations. I wasn’t surprised by them starting with this song, in fact I think it is the one that reflects the band’s spirit.   This expected beginning (for my part, at least), was followed by «Bianca», song which was the beginning of their last and praised work “Slanting Ray”. Songs followed one another facing a public that...

DOUBLE ECHO: La Danza (Gothic Music Records 2015)...

Double Echo. From Liverpool. Name and origin sound good. Created in 2012, they have published 3 EPs so far, but on 25 April, «La Danza», their first LP is going to be released umder the brand of Gothic Music Records. Chris Luna and Ash Lerczack are the members and performers of the project, being in charge of the bases, programming, voices and sythesizers, with Roland in charge of the drums machine. The first song of the album, with the same name as this one, is a good introduction and sample of what we’re going to find throughout the CD; goth sound from the 80’s, with their sythesizers, guitars and emulated basses and lyrics, and a sound that is totally The Cure but with feminine voice. I personally loved it. Even though I couldn’t avoid to remember Joaquín Reyes imitating Robert Smith and saying that his favorite era is the «dindondin» one, but this is because I link weird stuff. I Used To Be In Pictures follows the same line than the classic bands of our little world, but printing their own brand. I know there’s a lot of people who are upset because actual bands sound «just like» and they don’t take a risk with what they call «new sounds», but this doesn’t bother me. And Double Echo are one of those bands that could have sounded 20 years ago and now, and their music would be equally great. The Sentence is another one of those songs that at the 20″ it causes you that pleasurable sensation that can only be provoked by some chords, specific sounds, to those who like this type of music; this few notes make you feel like home, songs that are a welcome sign themselves, enjoy it. The Waiting...

INTERVIEW WITH AEON SABLE: «We smoke, we drink and we do dark rock»...

Aeon Sable will play in October during the Gothic Week in Madrid and they are responsible of some of the best albums of the last years. For that reason, we decided to interview them. Behold the result. (audio, here it is)   I imagine that at this point, everyone who read laletracapital know you, but if someone has been left behind, introduce yourselves please. We are Aeon Sable. We are 4 guys with 2 guitars, 1 bass-guitar, 1 microphone and a drum-machine. We smoke, we drink and we do dark rock. You are one of the bands that somehow lead the goth rock’s Third Wave. We think that we’re living one of the most prolific stage regarding bands but not regarding the amount of public ¿Do you agree? The first Wave was a motley crew of people trying out dark tunes in all sort of ways. The second wave mostly rescaled it to a more “sisters of mercy”-like core, while the third wave is eager to break the boundaries of styles again. So yes, we are in a very prolific stage, where musicians takes a step ahead with the knowledge of the past two waves. The  amount of public is connected to the particular times. Since the internet and it’s overwhelming input of information and bands, everyone has a hard time of getting heard, clubs, musicians and artists alike. . You have maintained a steady rhythm of album releasing, Per Aspera Ad Astra (2010), Saturn Return (2012), Aequinoctium (2013), Visionaers (2014)… Nowadays those are a lot of albums. Making music is our primary purpose in life. We do what we like, and discovered we are good in what we do, since people like it. We try to find a routine in our albums, that...

PODCAST CAPÍTULO 16 BIS: SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AEON SABLE...

GOOD EVENING, VISIONARIES to our podcast’ 16th chapter: SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AEON SABLE. They will play in October during the Semana Gótica in Madrid and they are responsible of some of the best albums of the last years. For that reason, we decided to interview them. Behold the result. Also we’ll listen to some of their songs making a non-exhaustive review of all their discography. We don’t know if the chosen songs are the best ones, but they seemed to be in the moment we chose them. Maybe tomorrow will be other ones. Or not.    You can listen at Mixcloud,   LALETRACAPITAL PODCAST – CAPÍTULO 16 bis – SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AEON SABLE by Laletra on Mixcloud     Or at  Ivoox, just below.     Songs: Dawn Of An Era – Aeon Sable de Visionaers Secret Flower – Aeon Sable de Aequinoctium Agnosia – Aeon Sable de Per Aspera Ad Astra Visions – Aeon Sable de Visionaers Quaalude Tango – Aeon Sable de Visionaers At The Edge Of The World – Aeon Sable de Per Aspera Ad Astra Dancefloor Satellite (Over Russia) – Aeon Sable de Dancefloor Satellite (Over Russia) Exodus – Aeon Sable de Per Aspera Ad Astra Tenfifteen – Aeon Sable de Aequinoctium Star Casualities – Aeon Sable de Visionaers + BONUS TRACK   Covers:...

HAVALINA: Islas De Cemento (Origami Records 2015)...

Many of the people who have seen that I was publishing this review put their hands above their head. Many of you have thought what has Havalina to do with laletracapital or with its regular readers: those who like to listen to gothic rock, neofolk, dark ambient, deathrock, postpunk or any other label you would like to set to the music you like to listen to. Many people have thought that we (I) have gone crazy or that we (I) have changed or that we (I) have pervert all what this ancient webpage means. You can stop reading this, you can stop entering the website when you want to. No one has ever forced you to. But I want to ask you first, just before leaving behing this letters forever; before, a moment before closing the browser and stop reading this site (maybe forever); before choosing the words to curse us (me), listen to Islas de Cemento. Look at the magnificent jacket by Elba Fernández, pay attention to the lyrics (six of the eleven songs are adapted from the «Manual Para Conductores Borrachos» by JJ Cabezalí) or (and) take the trouble to listen to Un Reloj De Pulsera Con La Esfera Rota in Youtube (for example): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyiPZmaNvQY. After doing this you can decide if you’ll keep reading or if you give up on us (me, again). At least it will be a reasoned decision. And that is that Mr. Cabezalí and his trip mates (Jaime Olmedo’s bass and Javier Couceiro’s drumsticks) did it again. They have perpetrated a small musical masterpiece. They have collected some hard-to-label, complex songs, full of shades, songs for anyone who is able to appreciate what those nine lyrics mean. Dark when they have to be. Clear when the chance...

NEW BREED: From The Vaults (Selfreleased 2015)...

The norwegians, New Breed, released in January this old song compilation, only available for direct download and with the intention of releasing songs that, for some reason, have been forgotten. Not so long ago we commented their last album, the Pleasure & Pain remaster eleven years after its releasing. So this is the last snack before an LP with new songs, we wish it will be soon. It urges us. This need is because with this scarce eight songs, the ones from Stavanger show us again how the lifelong goth rock has no secrets for them, and they do it with a song compilation that brings together the best parts of the said style: powerful guitars, deep voices, strong basses and sharp percussion. In such way, the fact that Tilt is almost instrumental or that Rain has in its shattered epic all the coldness of the best tunes of the Scandinavian scene doesn’t really matter. The powerful bass and the tremendous guitar guide a sober, intense and projected voice, that reminds you the great ones without you missing none of them and with the dark key factors (specially in the last third of the album). Outside has in its initial keyboard a differential point, of the noir-rockers’ line Les Fleurs Du Mal, an important detail that doesn’t fog up the guitar’s melody. It has less appeal than Rain, but not less emotion. That’s why we chose it for the sixth chapter of the podcast. Electra is slower, even darker, less impressive in its structure but full of little details that make it great. Kristian Gundersen’s vocal register gets more dramatic and near. Ecstasy is, for me, not the weakest song but the one that touches me less. The choir and the keyboard gives the...

HAR BELEX + DARKWOOD, 28 February 2015, Gruta 77 concert hall, Madrid...

I had the chance to enjoy a concert by Har Belex before and (I didn’t know them) I was impressed. Time passed, I got to know their repertoire and songs that, little by little started to take up some important places of my life and routine. In addition, we had the chance to interview them for the podcast and they showed that, apart from excellent musicians, they were great people. That said, you can get to know how much I wanted this 28 February to arrive and enjoy this duo (quartet live) face to face. Well, the day had come. The concert hall was Gruta 77 again, a guarantee of quality, comfort (normally) and good sound. The company was the best one. I am getting used to go to concerts with people whose only presence is worth the ticket. I hope it lasts. Besides, Har Belex came with Darkwood, another guarantee for a magical night. Punctuality in the opening of the doors, the recital began a little late but in a very prudential hour for what it is normal in this hall. We knew that the repertoire was going to be short: a very recent CD, a shared EP that could provide a song and another one from the Places compilation; if they play everything. Maybe some version that could stretch on the show. It didn’t matter. The weight of the songs was more important than the number. A Ray Of Moon and its ‘bequerian’ lyrics to get started. The sound, perfect. The vocal-instrumental conjunction, flawless. The addition of David Sagastume’s cello or Aritz Uriarte’s guitar (or whatever this guy brought to his hands) for the concert, excellent. Salva’s deep voice (I don’t know where he leaves the accent when he sings) sings every...

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN: VEIL THE WORLD (COLD SPRING RECORDS 2015)...

At the beginning of 2015, we found a new album by Trepaneringsritualen, Thomas Martin Ekelund’s nom de guerre. This time, it is the reedition in CD by the prestigious Cold Spring Records of its great album that was edited by Kości Tape in 2011, on cassette and in a super limited edition of 40 copies with a spectacular packaging. What we have here is their second discography work (brilliantly remastered), three years after their astonishing “Ritualer, Blot Och Botgöring” from 2008. The presentation of this album in digipack seems very remarkable while watching their pictures and the design of the artwork, (b&w) and in limited edition of 1000 copies to reach the true ones of this artist. In its inside we can find 9 songs where the darkness, the mysticism and the pagan rituals are the basis on which the composition is structured. The topic, as usual in T × R × P, is supported by Ritual, Dark-Ambient and Death Industrial foundations. Trepaneringsritualen went deep in this album in the clasic roots of bands like Brighter Death Now. Religion, death, pain, magic, occultism and suffering are the topics that this project covers and its sounds awaken the darkest parts of conciousness. Every composition is remarkable, however I will focus on some of them, the ones that caught my attention or the ones that reflect the concept that this work wants to transmit. «Cherem», song that opens up the album, sounds apocalyptic, and shows us, as an introduction, the shadows and darkness that surround every composition by this artist. “Veil the World”, song that gives name to the album in a brilliant and sensationalist composition; its post-industrial rythm makes it, without any doubt, in one of the best songs of the album. “Lightbringer”, with guttural...

NU:N: Nothing Unveils Nothing (NU:N) (Black Genesis Records 2015)...

The Portuguese scene is quite unknown in Spain. There are bands that have managed to go beyond the borders, but in general they are few and with relative success. For too many years, we have only focused in the UK and Germany (and a little in Italia, France and USA). Thus, for years and years, it seemed that in Portugal, apart from fados, they only made what came from The IDS, Isiphilon, Phantom Vision, Aenima o Poetry Of Shadows. Yes, ok, Moonspell, of course. But little more and, except for the last ones (and more metal) with a discreet success. Being generous.   About all this, we can deduce that I think knowing a Portuguese band capable of changing all said above is a big new. However, the members of NU:N (Nothing Unveils Nothing) aren’t newcomers. That is noticed in the quality of the compositions and in the way of performing them. NU:N practices a more than pure orthodox gothic rock, that one that links with the great ones -specially- 90’s, you know, Love Like Blood, Dreadful Shadows, Garden Of Delight, etc. Canonical but softened by the keyboard, lightly, almost unintentionally, getting that original sound in despite of that influences.   This guys from Oporto must have something special if they got to bring the attention of half of the world with such a short a debut album and without any live. They must have something special when they are even going to play in the Sacrosanct next year. Let’s see what is it:   Entrance To Illumination provides an intro and makes you enter the atmosphere. Smoke, white and black light, the required ingredients to enter the album. In April Of 1984, version from Vestigia (song and band which I didn’t know about)....