We are very proud to present you the second single of our Darkpop duo BLACKBOOK from Switzerland!
One half of the duo is responsible for various radio hits which are still among the most played Swiss songs, as well as the title song of a successful international NETFLIX series.
The other half works as a musician for several of the best-known acts in the Swiss music scene. His history as a songwriter and producer includes numerous chart successes, including several best-selling Swiss singles, a number 1 hit in Luxembourg and several top 50 successes in Germany.
"LOVE IS A CRIME" and "I DANCE ALONE" are their first single releases, and we strongly recommend you to check these first two hits and their music videos.
Let's write a new page of the Darkpop history!
THIRD REALM - THE ART OF DESPAIR
Dear lovers of the night and darkwave fans, the new THIRD REALM album will bring you in a wonderful world of darkness. If you like bands such as MARILYN MANSON, PROJECT PITCHFORK, VNV NATION, BLUTENGEL and AND ONE, you should definitely listen to "The Art Of Despair" by THIRD REALM. Here is partly presented catchy, well produced and inspiring composed darkpop album, which is made for the clubbers, as well as for the melancholic darkwavers!
Founded in 2000, the darkwave project of Nathan Reiner looks back on nearly twenty years of material, and they have already shared the stage with acts such as 3TEETH, HANZEL AND GRETYL, VOLTAIRE, AESTHETIC PERFECTION, PSYCLON NINE, DAWN OF ASHES, SEABOUND and more. With some EP's, features and remixes, making a name in the dark scene with ten existing studio albums. Last year, "Decadence - The Best Of", released the band's first retrospective. For Nathan Reiner, however, this is no reason to rest, so THIRD REALM has give us a brand new full-length album, "The Art of Despair"!
With feature guest, CHIASM, THIRD REALM initiates their new album the song Bipolar Pop. Powerful drums, driving synthesizer basses, distorted vocals and a club-compatible electronic soundscape builds up in the listening room, which is not only well produced, but also convinces through an interesting and gripping arrangement and its dark soundscape. The second track "Be Myself" opens with "trancey" synth leads, musically rising towards the opener and not only having a genre-typical sound design, but also proving that THIRD REALM manages to bring their music to life through a variety of melodies. The Arpeggio Synthesizer fits in perfectly with the Undead Dancing Night, sometimes you can hear Nathan Reiner use his clear voice, which sounds a bit like hopelessness and a bit reminiscent of the timbre, if not at least reminiscent of Chris Pohl (BLUTENGEL).
"When The Sun Goes Down" and "Banshee" are doing their genre well and are still meant for the clubs with their medium tempo. Partially, the latter sounds a bit like Industrial Rock through the use of omnipresent, but not exaggerated distorted guitars. Nathan Reiner also proves on this album that he is a very capable songwriter and composer. Even songs like the EBM-esque "Garden Of Lust" and the KMFDM reminiscent "Background Of My Mind", showcase guitars and its sound design (minimalist drums included) in a way reminiscent of Sascha Konietzko and his legendary band. With "Who's Really Listening?", it's back to the soundtechnical beginning of the disc and club suitable Electro Goth is presented, which does not miss the previous tracks. The title track "The Art Of Despair" is one of the longer songs, which at first introduce a very marginal and slow build up. The album is completed with amazing remixes by AESTHETIC PERFECTION, PANIC LIFT and SUBLIMINAL CODE!
A real must-have for Darkwave, Futurepop, Industrial-Rock, and Darkpop lovers!
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THE SILVERBLACK - PROTOTYPE 6:17
A year after the dark and melancholic “Rain On A Wedding Day” the industrial metal stalwarts The Silverblack are back with a brand new explosive album entitled “Prototype 6:17”. The sound has once again evolved if compared to the previous album: the tempos have become more sustained, the guitar-work is more relevant and there's an overall aggression that gives a sense of urgency to the whole work. Clear examples of this new-found energy are pounders like the opener “Prototype”, “Sine Missione” or the industrial smasher “To The Shadows”.
There's still a lot of space for the more melodic moments that usually culminate in extremely catchy choruses (“Embers”, “Hold On To A Whisper”) skillfully layered by NeroArgento's vocals that create a vivid contrast with the more heavy parts dominated by the feral vocals of Infernalizer. There is a particular attention to details when it comes to the synthesizers and the arrangements of the electronic parts, while the song structures themselves are usually essential avoiding being redundant, clearly showcasing the willingness to write direct and immediate industrial-metal anthems.
The dystopian cyberpunk atmosphere of the opus is well portrayed by a stunning sci-fi cover art by Noel Guard, known for having illustrated “The Industrialist” graphic novel by FEAR FACTORY's Burton C Bell, while the album's title itself is a clear reference to the 6:17 verse taken from the Book Of Revelation: “For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it? ”; and there's tons of wrath in the lyrics for sure: the main lyrical themes deal about anger, melancholy and a nihilistic existential approach that leaves no room for hope or a better tomorrow. A slight change of pace occurs when Infernalizer switches from the death growlish vocals to a more deep crooning tone giving songs like “Carnivogue” a more gothic-industrial flavour.
While the album has been recorded at NeroArgento's own Aexeron Studios in Turin as usual the production has been handled for the first time ever by both NeroArgento and his long time friend and producer Travis J Pierson at the White Eagle Sound in Baltimora, creating a more defined and balanced sound, giving more clearness to the usual THE SILVERBLACK signature soundscape.
Dynamic, focused, sharp and with every intention to kick you in the ass: these are THE SILVERBLACK year 2019.
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