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Current Issue: VOL. 3 - NO. 1 January 18th – February 14th, 2006
    

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RED BLOOD
Gothic Radio’s
Reviews for May 2006
  
Diva Destruction:

One of this century's considerations for the mantle of Gothic priestess is bombshell Debra Fogarty of Diva Destruction. This classically trained pianist cut her teeth with Goth punks 'Fear Cult' before launching DD in 1998. Released on the first day of the 21st century, beat laden 'Passions Price' struck the the heart, and in some cases the feet of many combat boot bearing Gothettes. Songs 'The Broken Ones' and 'Enslaved' led the pack of scornful melodies of
bitter love. Inclusion on both of Cleopatra's popular 'Unquiet Grave' CDs, as well as netting Rock City News; Best LA Goth Band' further widen ed their audience. The album was recorded with ex-Fockewolf (now Cylab) vocalist Severina Sol, whose absence on the follow up was sorely missed. Further lineup changes took place prior to 2003's somewhat disappointing "Exposing the Sickness". Keyboardist 'Sharon ' took over for Sol, while former 'Opium
Fine' drummer Jimmy Cleavland replaced Goth veteran Stevyn Grey in Accompanying guitarist Benn Ra, filled With more songs of lament and contempt for romance, Even the hiring of big time producer could not Overcome some of the challenges of topping the first effort given the sameness of the material. To date, DD have not followed up on their promise of a third album, and did not appear in 2005, giving rise to speculation of further changes. Despite this uncertainty, 'Passions Price' stand well in the inevitable shadow of the Goth Queen Siouxse, and whose comparisons can only be Taken favorably.

Collide:

One would have to search to find a band as consistently over-looked as Collide. It must be a
conspiracy. Revered by many, this L.A. duo has churned out three albums of original material, a pair of remixes, as well as last years live album. Core members Statik and Karrin meet by a chance encounter in an L.A. nightclub in the early 90's. Statik had worked extensively on the production end of numerous acts including Love & Rockets and Prince. Working as the literal orchestrater in Collide, his layered electronic tapestries of sound support Karrin's seductive intonations with a 4AD veneer. They didn't intend to form a band, in fact they contend "We don't play music, we create sound scapes..." What ever it is, it is consistent in quality and appeal.
Following the a homemade cassette demo, their first full Fledged album, "Beneath the Skin' was released in 1996. Improved production played a large role in 2000's "Distort", a remix oriented collection. Halloween that same year saw the release of 'Chasing the Ghost', perhaps their most successful album to date, containing the classic song "Wings of Steel". Even this did not garner the attention it deserved, and they naturally grew frustrated with the Mainstream recording industry.
In reaction to this, they formed their own label 'Noiseplus Music' for the 2003 Album 'Some Kind of Strange". While far from a disappointment, it failed to live up to the expectations of its predecessor. 'Euphoria' from that album was another outstanding song that further demonstrated their creative abilities. The following year, all their gems were gathered together for the double album "Vortex'. It included the best songs from their previous albums, along with new re-mixes.
This was capped by last years live release 'Live at the El Rey' which was provided a showcase for the bands live accompanying trio. Collide don't need to stun their fans into submission with sonic pulses, or howl about loves lament they creep almost ooze, like a trail of incense smoke, across dance floors. In some ways, the simplest comparisons are the best. If you were to tear the pop out of the 'Garbage' and replace it with a smart sinewy trance beat, you would begin to approach Collide.
 

Wench:

The Goth/Industrial realm is littered with Acts that for some reason or another fell by the
wayside. Each has their own story to tell. Among the most bemoaned 'one-album-wonders' was the bay Area's 'Wench'. Drawing more than a passing comparison to the aforementioned “Collide”, they also drew comparisons to 'Dead Can Dance' set against a world music beat. The self-titled 10 song debut dropped on the scene in the middle of 1999, and within two years, they
were opening for Siousee and the Banshee's in their home town of San Francisco.
Wench was basically the work of former Gothic clothing retailer Frances Byrne who wrote performed, and produced all of the material on the album. Within a short time of it's release tracks such as 'Radio India' and 'Salome's Dream' quickly drew a following, and filled the floors at many dance clubs.
A percussion driven sound drawn from a wide variety of internationally flavored sounds made 'Wench' singularly identifiable and unique. While the rise to fame was meteoric, the fortunate enough to be enlightened by the mantra of Wench has since been disappointed. To date nothing since has been heard from them and for all intents and purposes they have vanished. Nothing has been said of the current state, and all that seems to remain is a distinct impression, and a longing audience.

Tapping the Vein:

Recording studio lackey Eric Fisher was both floored an inspired when keyboardist Charlie
Clouser showed him just what kind of sound he could coax from and array of wires and diodes. Fisher was sufficiently encouraged to enlist the help of a guitarist and bassist, and set about forming a band to full fill his vision. Fischers quest for a vocalist for his project was a brief one, as Heather Thompson quickly filled the bill, and then some. The band began playing locally, and had just recorded their first demo when both their original guitarist Steve Stagg, and bassist Lou Louvenir decided to move on. They were in turn replaced by Mark Burkert and Joe Rolland, and the new lineup set about recording another demo. The two demos went on to become the EPs "Butterfly" and "Undone".
They continued gigging around their native Philadelphia, and had built up quite a following
before too long. This, along with becoming a favorite on MP3.com exposed them to a much wider audience. Despite this, they seldom tour far beyond Pennsylvania base, which limited their potential to impress With their strong live shows. The inclusion of their stunning song "Butterfly" on the popular 'Unquiet Grave" series saw their fortunes increase further, culminating in the band signing to the largely heavy metal label Nuclear Blast.

Running the gamut between flowing ballads and bonafied black metal, the band was dealt a set back in August of 2004 when bassist Joe Rolland announced his departure. There has been no official word on a replacement. Recording on a Follow up began in September of last year with Neil Kernon producing. Their cover Tori Amos' "Cornflake Girl" is among the most popular tracks on 'Red Blood Radio'.

Rhea's Obsession:

Another boy/girl band, Canadians Sue Hutton and Jim Field is Rhea's Obsession. Following praise for their soundtrack piece 'Tabulae Anatomacae Sex' The pair landed more scoring films and television before setting about actually performing as a band. The decision to become a band required the recruitment of 3(!) drummers, and in 1996 'Initiation' was unveiled, and soon caught the attention of college radio. Hutton, who is versed vocals styling as diverse as Bulgarian to Celtic, could not have chosen a more diametrically opposed partner. Fields work consisted mainly hardcore and experimental undertakings. Together, they produce a hypno-electrobeat Oriented sound that owes as much to Egyptian oriented chants as to any Gothic sound.
Obviously prone to comparisons to the bands above, as well as the veritable template for dual sex duos, Dead Can Dance, they aren't as intricately produced as either. In some regards a smoother, more contemplative style that will find listeners beyond the genre. Their follow up 'Between Earth and Sky' followed up triumphantly on the trusty Metropolis records, who also re-released 'Initiation'. They also found time to release the 'Eclipse', a compilation of their musical scores. It is approaching five years since we've seen any new material, and it appears no new touring plans are afoot. The world awaits to see just how strong is Rhea's Obsession.


 
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RED BLOOD’s TOP 10
as of May 1st, 2006

1) She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart
2) Sisters of Mercy – More Power
3) Juno Reactor – Mona Lisa
4) Chameleons UK – Tears
5) Tapping the Vein – Cornflake Girl
6) Sisters of Mercy – Dominion
7) Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
8) The Haunted – All Living Fear
9) Fischerspooner – Emerge
10) Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl


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RED BLOOD's Top 10
as of May 8th, 2006

1) She Wants Revenge - Tear You Appart
2) David Bowie - Im Deranged
3) Chameleons UK - Tears
4) VNV Nation - Forsaken
5) Type O Negative - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
6) Tapping the Vein - Cornflake Girl
7) Sisters of Mercy - Emma
8) Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
9) Blutengel - Black Roses
10) Lacuna Coil - Swamped