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NU.N (Francisco Vaudeville [bass and live back vocals] Pedro Eternal [guitar] and Tarannis M. [vocals, synths, and studio overdubs]) are a band from Portugal formed in 2014. The name of the band was taken from ancient Egyptian mythology, NUN is the meter that represents the cosmic liquid that gave rise to the universe, it’s the liquid abyss, the abyss that we sink while listening to their melodies by their EP called "I will show you fear in a handful of dust". NU.N manage to combine the modern and the old school goth in an excellent way. This Ep is a part from a trilogy, It was only released in vinyl, with three different covers, which make a puzzle of an image. Apart from that, the band will release 2 singles in March, songs that would be included in the last album of the trilogy in September.

The EP begins with the Toutouic, a dark and hypnotic lullaby, with Eve Doyon and her sweet voice travelling us to the unknown.The First official single from the EP maybe is one of my favorites of the band, “Shadows of love...in contempt'', a song of love but not a typical one, the lover is a goddess before his eyes who uncovers and feeds all his sins. The stunning backing vocals of Tarannis transmit to us his tense and the music drives our souls to a higher level.Νext track “Midnight's Inertia” is a dynamic track that really kicks in, with strong and fast guitars riffs.  The song is followed by the “Brave New World” with a fine combination of synth and guitars. Things change on “Tomorrow we will say our goodbyes ( a nocturnal Fragment)”, an atmospheric and hazy ballad and they change again on “Gotas de la remembranza”, originally recorded in the CD "Oblivion" by Remembrance, a melodic song that I loved the first time I heard it.

This Ep doesn't stick to a monochromatic texture throughout the whole album, It’s a combination of 6 tracks that managed to fit all the qualities of the goth genre.





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The Texas duo Delphine Coma returned with their second album "Tortuosa" released in October 2020, on the Swiss Dark Nights label, two years after their debut "Leaving The Scene". Delphine Coma combines elements of post-punk, shoegaze, and darkwave to create their own unique and entrancing sound using lush atmospheres and harsh guitars to create entrancing soundscapes that blur genres. It’s members Ashe Ruppe (former The Elysium Facade, Trance to the Sun, Nocturn) and Amendoa Lizzbeth Tamburri have described their music as "The ideal meeting between Sisters of Mercy and My Bloody Valentine".

 The album begins with the dark and hypnotic "Light And Shadow" where the guitar sonics really bring to the atmosphere. The rhythm kicks in on "Dissolve" although hidden behind their solid wall of sound of synth and guitar with Ashe’s vocal mixed in the misty haze. In the same lines we have the song "Lost All Feeling". While on "Plastic Flowers" the guitar riffs step to the foreground and Ashe’s singing get more melodic. Things change on "Arrival" that features vocals by Eric Cope (of Glorious Din) and has a jumpy bassline. The next track, "Secondary Eyes", a dynamic track that stands out has a more upfront vocal. Although things step back again into more atmospheric more with "Desolation", the track is a treat. As the album progresses, things get more addictive as they enter more gothic rock territory on the desolate "Mirror Of Ice". In similar gothic mode we have "Death Of" with its throbbing bass, icy synths and Ashe’s voice sounding even more like Andrew Eldritch. The album closes in similar vein with "Tension", a bleak track driven by a brooding bass and a minimal stark drum machine with all the instruments building a heavy atmosphere over them.

 This collection of ten tracks has managed to fit all the qualities of the darkwave and goth genre. The band delivers all these known to us sounds and styles with their own personality, bearing fruit to a great record for fans of dark scene. The album "Tortuosa" has been released on CD and 12" vinyl in various colors. In red marble vinyl and white with black splatter.

 

Review by Nick Drivas

 

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The darkwave/post-punk band Push Button Press from Tampa, Florida, have just released their third album "Black Swan" on Cold Transmission. On previous releases, the band provided a catchy, moody blend of '80s synth-goth, in the lines of She Wants Revenge. By listening to them, you are transported back in time to the likes of The Cure, Cocteau Twins and Echo & the Bunnymen. Stylistically the band draws from the early days of guitar driven post-punk from bands like Joy Division, Bauhaus, Christian Death, and The Buzzcocks. They accomplish this while creating engrossing and polished songs that you will listen to more than once.

 On their new album, the band has a more 90’s gothic rock style but still maintain their 80’s feel. All this but still sounding fresh and up to date. Something that is evident from the first track "The End of Time". Catchy guitar driven tunes, with upfront vocals and great glossy production. The upbeat tempo doesn’t stop and continues with "Trace", another dynamic track that brought me back memories of early Gene Love Jezebel. Next is the moody "Vril" with its thumping drums and atmospheric synths. The song structures are brilliantly formed, making the tracks sound very interesting and if anything, they don’t ever let you get bored. The warm vocals are nicely placed and crystal clear. Like on the track "Dim" that follows with its singalong chorus, that to me, could have been something from the Killing Joke in their mid 80’s. The tempo slows down on the darker "Broken Faces" but steps up again on the title track "Black Swan". They deliver another moody track with "Spectacle", where the synths and bass weave together with the sporadic guitar riffs. The thumping drums are back on the guitar driven "Scars (Within Walls)" and without taking a breath the band ends the album by launching immediately into "Cold as the Ground that Lie Above Me", ending with one of their more dynamic songs.

 If you are a fan of post-punk, there will be a song on "Black Swan" that you will love. Every track here can stand out on its own and is a candidate for a single. This is also the band’s first physical release, that comes as a compact disc in 6-panel digipack including a 12-page booklet.

 

Review by Nick Drivas

 

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