Friday, June 26, 2009

Rome - Flowers From Exile [2009]

I. Reiseherrschaft
1 To A Generation Of Destroyers (1:48)
2 The Accidents Of Gesture (5:10)
3 Odessa (4:37)
4 The Secret Sons Of Europe (3:13)
II. Besitzbegrenzung
5 The Hollow Self (1:58)
6 The Legacy Of Unrest (4:51)
7 To Die Among Strangers (4:02)
III. Ruheverbot
8 A Culture Of Fragments (1:09)
9 We Who Fell In Love With The Sea (4:13)
10 Swords To Rust - Hearts To Dust (3:53)
IV. Verzicht
11 Flowers From Exile (3:12)
12 Flight In Formation (5:36)

Highly detailed arrangements use the sound of the flamenco guitar as well as mysterious samples, pulsating beats and sad melodies. In ROME’s songs there lives a stoic sense of the melodramatic. As well as Cohen, one must look to icons such as Tom Waits and late Johnny Cash in order to be able to describe the lyrics and voice of Jerome Reuter.
"Flowers from Exile" is just as much an emotional as a critical work. The personally stamped album of a modern singer-songwriter which tells of journeys both within and without. Jerome Reuter’s moving vocals and Patrick Damiani’s complex musical arrangements leave the musical roots of folk far behind and send these "Flowers from Exile" to all listeners who are willing and capable of feeling the dignity, the hope and the pride behind the lyrics and who are prepared to recognise themselves in those restless spirits whom the twelve part song cycle conjures up. Into the heart…


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Die Weisse Rose - A Martyrium Of White Roses [2009]

1 A Martyrium Of White Roses (5:52)
2 Im Nebel (1:17)
3 The Solitary Volcano (5:00)
4 Letzter Wille (4:33)
5 Unser Leben Geht Dahin Wie Ein Geschwätz (5:15)
6 At The Doorsteps Of Our Temple (5:59)
7 Nicht Schuldig (4:38)
8 As The Last Of The Petals Are Shattered (4:40)

It might seem strange that a band without a single release to its name has played concerts
and festivals all over Europe. But anyone who has ever experienced Die Weisse Rose on stage
knows why.
More than concerts, Die Weisse Rose's performances are elaborate rituals, caleidoscopic (or
even psychedelic) experiences. Elements such as uniforms, burning torches, snippets of old
schla"gers, segments from documentary films and philosophical proclamations are wowen
together by orgies of live drums and electronic sounds.
Die Weisse strives towards what Wagner called "Gesamtkunstwerke" - total works of art. When
most other bands talk about Gesamtkunstwerke, it sounds pretentious. When Die Weisse Rose do
it, it makes sense.
Die Weisse Rose also like to think of their songs as "audiodocumentaries". Again, such a
seemingly pretentious term makes sense, as Die Weisse Rose's art is just as indebted to the
History Channel as to Throbbing Gristle.
To bolster Die Weisse Rose's lineup (which really consists only of the band's mastermind,
Thomas Bojden) over the years the unit has recruited collaborators to its ranks that makes
DWR smack of an Industrial supergroup. From Marco Deplano (Foresta di Ferro), Gerhard
(Allerseelen), Kim Larsen (Of the Wand and the Moon) to name but a few.
In return, Thomas Bojden has returned the favour and played with a who's who of of the
Industrial and Neofolk underground, from well-established outfits like Rome, Blood Axis and
Foresta Di Ferro to up-and-coming Austrian neofolk band Klammheim.
Now, Die Weisse Rose are for the first time available on record. If you fear that we have
another "martial" clone band on our hands, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The music is
painstakingly crafted and orchestrated to perfection to include electronic elements, field
recordings and real instruments, and its creative merits really stand out in an underground
culture where bands of far lesser talents than Die Weisse Rose would release three albums in
the time Die Weisse Rose have patiently worked on theirs.
Let one thousand white roses bloom, as Die Weisse Rose unleashes "A Martyrium Of White


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FLAC will be posted here when I get it.
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