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Halfway there: In 2020 Vlimmer will have completed an 18 EP journey through the gloomy genres of atmospheric music. On 1 December the German one-man project is going to release a double EP entitled “IIIIIIII” / “IIIIIIIII” (EP 8 & 9) which comprises of 10 new songs ranging from airy, haunting dream pop, catchy synth  to dense layers of sound, harsh electronic beats, sawing guitars and even a sampled Cossacks choir.    
DIE SEELE exclusively premieres the electronic dream pop-induced motoric darkwave of “Menschenschichten”. It is music for endless night drives leaving behind the bright lights of the city and the shallowness of thoughts. Digging through piles and layers of Friday night out folks the song depicts finding the one true thing in a place where you didn’t expect anything at all.

“IIIIIIII” / “IIIIIIIII” will be available as download, limited edition box set and on CDs and cassette tapes released by Blackjack Illuminist Records.


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It was a great night. Saturday 11 November 2017 took place DeathDisco's MiniFest v1 a mini festival featuring 3 bands for the first time ever in Greece: "iamtheshadow" from Portugal, "Hante." from France, and "Pink Turns Blue" from Germany. Due to early presale and good promotion, the show had already sold out resulting to no tickets available at the door.


According to schedule, the show started with "iamtheshadow", who got on the stage while the venue was still half-full. The 3-member band from Lisbon, fronted by singer/guitarist/keyboard player/composer Pedro Code gave a sufficient 1h performance of their best material. Notably songs performed: "The Winter's Long", "Hurts and Takes", "Everything in this Nothingness", "Tongueless" and at the end "There is Nothing More to See". Their show was mainly built on their frontman, leaving the other two band members to a subsidiary role. In fact, the bass player was set rather far away on stage, giving the impression of being unconnected with the rest of the band. Musically speaking, the band captured their sound relied heavily on Pedro's characteristic voice, a steady ponderous commanding voice that easily drives us to the band's musical universe. Available for purchase on the upstairs spacious merchandising section were: This year's "All Our Demons" gatefold vinyl album and last year's "Everything in this Nothingness" debut cd album.


While the venue started to get fully crowded, Hélène de Thoury (aka "Hante.") appeared on stage, casually dressed in black and feeling rather comfortable upon our inspecting eyes. She gave her show exposing her inner emotions, sometimes sensitive other times outbreaking, singing her emotional lyrics and playing her expressive synth tunes. Strangely enough, she quickly managed to capture our full attention all by herself, filling the stage with her presence and lovingly french finesse. Many songs performed, including my favourite "Éternité" (...je t’aimerai toujours...) a very representative song of Hante's repertoire. Available on the merchandising section were: This year's "Between Hope & Danger" album on both cd and vinyl format, as well as last year's "No Hard Feelings" 12" vinyl EP.



Finally, it was time for "Pink Turns Blue" to enter the stage and continue the show. A band from Germany, with quite a history and discography on their back which sadly I'm not familiar with. Set as a trio, the band gave a solid compact post-punk sound, based on well played live drums, accompanied by compact skillfully executed bass guitar playing, coupled with accurate passionate vocals and guitars. The band performed their songs almost without gaps in between, resulting in a condensed satisfying show, followed by an even more sufficient encore. After all these years, the band proved to be in excellent shape, as anticipated by their Greek loyal fans.



Soon afterwards, the night continued with the familiar DeathDisco dj programme, giving the opportunity for the bands to sign their merchandise and have a drink, while watching the crowded dancefloor. Also worth to mention, is that after the stage was gear-cleared, a birthday party took place there, with a large double birthday cake offered to selected regular DeathDisco fans. As already said, it was a great night and we 're now looking forward to MiniFest v2!

Review by Stefan Stavrides
Photos by Nick Drivas
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The new Antipole's album is an anthology that collects all the former digital tracks along with six new tracks, all fruit of the collaboration among the historical nucleus formed by Karl Morten Dahl and Anne-Christel Gullikstad with Paris Alexander and Eirene, that despite they appear as "featuring" they are likely part of this group, that seems to have finally found, after some collaborations, a stable singer for its music distinguished by the emotional guitars emotional full of reverbs, that swing among shoegaze and the most introspective tracks by The Cure.


The album is opened by "October Novel", where the initial bass line fades into the echoes of the guitars and a duet singing that sounds like the invocation of a deep desire.
"Shadow lover" it is a track full of romantic love, where you will point out the contrast between the words of love and the malinonia of the music, as if the affective  legacy brings a light that shines in the darkness, a sweetness that succeeds in painting a smile in a tenebrous heart. In "Dans the entrée" the guitars become faster compulsive, with the voice that at first appearstimidly  then it's exalted in the central part of the track, and it becomes like the call of siren in the end.
"Summer never ends" is embellished by the contrast among the danceable rhythmic base, the very dark guitar and the almost industrial effects that give to the whole r a sense of dynamism, of movement toward something warm, as precious as a ray of sun in the norther lands.
"Reflected in you" has some riffles that remind of "Faith" without having its gloom; as if this song's faith would be in an almost symbiotic creature and not an abstract belief; the piece has a sweet atmosphere, amplified by the voice that almost obsessively repeats "I see myself reflected in you."
"Magnolia skies" is opened by the voice of Eirene that repeats "catch me" and the guitars that play a crescendo that summons the vision of a run loaded of expectations and dreams toward that call.
"All alone" swings between goth and a rock ballad, with some subliminal reminders to a lot of faces of dark music.
"Le Châtelet" it is one of the tracks closer to the melancholy instrumentals of the band's debut; here the production is light and the intimate guitar  stays in the foreground accompanied by a deep voice that amplifies the pathos.
In "Someday 45" the guitars serve as counterpart to a strong rhyth line that gives a halo of tension to the track, becoming almost close to EBM in the central part.
"Narcissus" is dark and deep, as an exploration of theunconscious  at rhythm of the bassline and of scratching sound of the guitar.
"Distant fall" has deep new wave sound , with bass and guitar parts that pass from a crescendo to a fading sound, embellished by a cold synth that starts from the initial background to become the only instrumen of the last seconds; as if it would represent a fall in an abyss of ice.
"Closer" it has a rythmics base that sounds like an heartbeat, accopained by the guitar and the voice of Eirene are inserted, sweet and distant, like the one of a fairy that talks from an onyric universe
"Please let me sleep" has a rarifed atmospheres created both by the reverberated guitar and from the remote voice that give a dreamy halo to the track.

The intense instrumental cover of "Insight" closes this album, as to remember us that music doesn't need words to express feelings.




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