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

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News – Views – Reviews

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VIEWS:
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REVIEWS:

By: GothLordJ

She Wants Revenge

In the decade and a half since it technically ground to halt, the Eighties have gradually come to be considered something of a musical Golden age. Responsible for spawning numerous enduring bands and styles, and some remarkably bad hairdos, it has come to be held as perhaps modern music's ideal decade. Now a generation, who were little more than a mischievous twinkle in their father's Vuarnet shaded eyes, have not only come to appreciate the sound of the Eighties, but strive to emulate it. Overtime, styles reinvent themselves to appeal to each new generation. Aspects of some may change drastically, but there always those quick to point out any readily apparent influence with scorn and loathing. The fact of the mater is: precious little is original at all. Some people acknowledge it more than others, but virtually everything is derivative of something else. The only question beyond that is how obvious and to what extent? Where would we all be today if ol' Mick and Keith didn't fancy themselves as Delta Bluesmen? Yet, the contrary can so easily be argued. Nothing is worse than talent-less hacks blatantly capitalizing on the brilliance of others. This brings us to the subject at hand. 'She Wants Revenge' burst into being following air play on a pair of their native Los Angles radio stations. The track 'Out of Control' managed to land them a spot on Fred Durst's vanity label through Geffen, 'Perfect Kiss'. Adam '12' Bravin, and Justin Warfield are the responsible parties for a sound saturated with the flavor of all that was '80's Goth. Bravin's Ian Curtis cum Gary Newman monotone vocals over a looming synthesized aire of mystery and intrigue. "Tear You Apart" picked up where similar sounding 'Interpol' left off, and attained that coveted mainstream FM airplay, despite invoking the sacred video. Leaning on their Hollywood connections, Joaquin Phoenix produced the accompany video, giving them enough momentum to chart their debut, in the Top 40. The follow up single the equally danceable 'These Things", continued the trend. They are a true dichotomy of taste. On one hand, ‘She Wants Revenge’ is one of the freshest sounds to land squarely in the danceable Goth category in years. On the other hand, a pretentious re-tread of tired themes, bordering on hyperbole. They pose a perfect example of the divergence in preference and definition of what was, and what is to be.
She Wants Revenge


Die Warzau

Industrial with an asterisk might be as good a description as one might get in pinning down the multi-faceted Die Warzau. A New Order/ NIN mash up might be another. The duo of Jim Marcus and Van Christie, while resembling a Swedish Milli Vanilli , spin a mosaic of loops, beats and found sound into a funkified mélange. The pair released their debut "Disco Rigido" on the influential 'Fiction' label at the tail end of the eighties. In typical fashion of many entries, it was uneven, tentative in spots, almost jagged ion others. A basic foundation for what was to follow. It spawned several hit singles. The Jessie Jackson inspired "I've Got to Make Sense", "Land of the Free", "Strike to the Body", and "Welcome to America". In something of artistic irony "Land of the Free" jumped to the top of US dance charts, while the salacious video for" America" was banned by most outlets. This brought them enough clout to forsake their meager contract through Polydor. Oddly, they were distributed in the US by Atlantic records for their second album, long the home of the commercial resplendent and musically conservative. "Big Electric Metal Bass Face" followed up nicely in the footsteps of it predecessor, and further widened the band's spectrum, refining their approach while still utilizing a wide variety of styles. The band also enlisted the help of some Nine Inch Nail alumni to round out their sound. Compromise was not something Die Warzau was accustomed to. Sitting on the fringes of Industrial allowed them the ability to experiment to astonishing extent. They were liable to incorporate anything in to their songs. 'Big Electric' was not the knockout follow up they were hoping for, and only the track "Funkopolis" of significance. "Engine", in 1995, was their breakthrough album. Each track, was like a wild ride, on an industrial hip hop roller coaster. It contained perhaps their best single effort, the song "All Good Girls". Following this apparent success, Marcus and Christie decided to put Die Warzau on the shelf. Marcus formed the Funk outfit "Everplastic', while Christie founded 'Eco Head.' Perhaps due to the fruitless efforts of their sole pursuits, they reformed nine years later and released the long hoped for fourth album ‘Convenience’, so named, presumably because it was recorded in their home studios. It was released through the independent Pulseblack label in their home of Chicago. They showed they still had their ambition about them, and return with the unexpected. For their return, Die Warzau skewered and twisted modern pop music. No safe cozying up to the industrial crowd for them! This time augmented with additional members Dan Evans and Abel Garibaldi, it shows just how much they have matured and mastered the art of mixing and production. Built upon some of the same thematic beats as 'Engine', it grows in a completely different slant. It’s an encouraging reprise that awaits compliment. Time will tell what the future holds for Die Warzau.
Die Warzau

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