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Gothic Arcadia Media Group
Nov 05, 2020
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Yeah... they did it again. The yellow splatter Vinyl it's 'SOLD OUT', which gives us that 'hint' that the ones left available could be equally sold out anytime soon, as well. Sci-Fi Sky album by Lebanon Hanover is hitting hard on the charts, making the new project one of the most successful through FABRIKA RECORDS alongside 'Partners in Hell' by Selofan, 'Part-Time Punks' by She Past Away, and many more. Kuka is having a moment' while listening to this atmospheric aether, and the Monster is about to write all about it... shall we? With hashtags like alternative, darkwave, ice hall, minimal, and even doom, I wonder if those are imposed or a literal hint of what's about to overcome my ears... Let's figure this out! Tracklist: 1. Living on the Edge: Synthetized introduction, pentatonic 4x4 feels with the familiar and yet hooking pattern, perfect for synth themed dancefloor. Lyric wise, 'living on the edge' is nothing but a call and shout to our odds... Sounds familiar? I'm pretty sure is no coincidence. 2. Golden Child: Bass guitar intro, that Joy Division effect. Followed by a syncopated pattern, but keeping the same tempo. Rimshot pattern also gives me a little hint of 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' by Bauhaus. But, it has that amazing distortion which gives me the sensation of going even darker but sublime without overpowering. So enchanting! 3. Garden Gnome: I'm getting the impression that this album is meant to be played entirely like a story to tell since the distortion keeps our legs moving 'till this one. It's like every song has been thought with mixing purposes in mind. This time, with a faster tempo, the bass guitar is a little off-tune on purpose. 4. Digital Ocean: Doom? Ha! The Doomiest of them all, I should say. Dooming with passion, Maybelline uses a voice edging to almost a growl. Words like 'destruction' 'give me a potion', 'evil collides'. This is Lebanon Hanover's second single for this album. If you don't know why 'Sadness is Rebellion' is Lebanon Hanover's mantra, just listen to this track and watch its music video. 5. Last Thing: What a way to transition from a harsh reality biting you to the core, to a much more hopeful reality. This song literally went a tune to let Iceglass send us a message that we're all familiar with. This is the 'Sci-Fi Sky' 1st single. 6. Angel Face: With an acoustic vibe, William goes higher, and more expressive. The lyrics are perfect to tell someone how painful life might be but the company and/or support of a beloved one makes it easier to deal with it. It also speaks of a love that brings us together in pain and in joy. A full contrast to LH's previous projects. 7. Hard Drug: Doom! Larissa and William made sure we have the feeling of not having enough. This song is to watch the sunset, to sing on a firepit night. However, lyric-wise, it takes us to comprehend that toxic drug dynamic 'ease the pain with side effects'. 8. The Eye in Shanghai: 'When I look into the future, I see your face.' William goes deep, that deep resonance we are used to, in a very rebel style. Expect growls, whispers, and a journey of no return. 9. Your Pure Soul: Now you know this is the journey of no return. This track is a 75% instrumental dystopia. It gives like an Asian, oriental vibe with the drums and 4th and 5th intervals. It also brings a ritualistic vibe, almost a religious experience if you're alone, meditating on it with your headphones. 10. Come Kali Come: This intro is a spell, I would definitely open a concert with this. But who knows? Lebanon Hanover is the gloomy dream team, so to set expectations is to make a huge mistake. Now, there's a primitive, jungle sensation, all with synths. This is our jungle, our binary jungle. Minute 2:07 goes heavy doom and keeps that spiritual/ritualistic sensation that leads you to an energetic end. Well, I'm impressed. Even tho' is not the first time they edge with their styles, Iceglass and Maybelline took me to another side of Doom. My first experience with Doom... 'metal' was with 'The Velvet Darkness They Fear' by Theatre of Tragedy back in the early '90s. LOL What a contrast! What satisfaction. Looking forward to going out to a goth nightclub and dance to some of the 'Sci-Fi Sky' album but I'm also happy that I can enjoy them from anywhere due to their fair tagged subgenres that describe them and not the other way around.
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Gothic Arcadia Media Group
Nov 04, 2020
In GAMG Community Forum
The Original San Francisco 80's Deathrock band is back, again! 'May Love Conquer All' was released back in October, the 13th (perfect date) to try to encapsulate this 'unique' year and all we had to learn. We wanted to know more about this album and reached out to Jake, who was more than kind to respond. Here's the quick-3-questions interview: 1. Being a #deathrock band that inspired by the 'gloomy counter-culture' from the 70s', what's with the irony of 'May Love Conquer All', precisely this 'awesome' 2020 year?  Jake: Excellent Question! Thank you. The ironic message of ‘May Love Conquer All’ Is the challenging moral tap dance on a tight rope one must go through when the people’s intolerance of others makes them utterly intolerable themselves. It’s about how all these racist, sexist, homophobia, climate-denying... (etc) -asshats, through their destructive belief systems of hatred require that they be destroyed in love’s name. -Not exactly Love’s M.O. so it’s very ironic indeed. As we wrote and recorded this I had the line near the end “love’s prayer manifest in this world... to cast a death hex on them all” then Covid started so that was really crazy timing! Like “uhoh... this isn’t my death hex is it?!” The whole thing is very 2020 in message'. More so than I was expecting that’s for sure.  2. What's the meaning of 'love'?  Jake: Well, that’s an easy one, everyone knows what love is! Haha! Just kidding. In this song, I’m referring mostly to that kind of love that is compassion and understanding for our fellow beings, mutual respect for each other, and realization of how much we need, and should value each other. Not just humankind but all life. Love is the instinct that preserves and perpetuates life. It is the force of life itself within us demanding we come to a solution. I believe we’re uniquely poised with the collective decision to exterminate all life on this earth or to find solutions to our myriad dire situations within this one lifetime, and I fear love is the only tool available to us equal to this task. Our hatred, fear, greed, despair, etc will all come into play but if love does not helm the ship, all is already lost. Intelligence... it’s important sure but sadly it’s not a base instinct -(at all!) and it’s a base instinct that drives collective human decision making. Love is our only hope. Which is frightening! For a meditation on loves many impossible paradoxes listen to the song “I want it” on this same EP. Love is the most instantly complex and confounding of all our emotions and alas... no one even knows what it means.  3. How's the dynamic at Kempton House?   Skot: Kempton house is my recording studio, run out of where I live. We’ve recorded all of the Altar De Fey albums here. It’s basically all of us crammed into a room, with myself as the recording engineer, while we are tracking the songs.   I’ve been running Kempton House from here for about 15 years. It is also the recording studio for some of our side projects, as well. A very intimate and relaxed setting. 'May Love Conquer All' by Altar De Fey is available at Bandcamp. Just tap/click the album cover and we'll take you there. You can also find out more about any upcoming events, and Vynil availability updates through their Facebook Page and all Gothic Arcadia platforms. Have a good one! 🦇
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