Genre/Influences: Cold-wave, dark-rock, post-punk, gothic.
Background/Info: This is volume number eight from the “Zeitgeist”-compilation series set up by German label Cold Transmission Music. It’s an opportunity to (re)discover 30 bands mainly dealing with cold-wave, dark-rock, post-punk and related music genres.
Artists: Visions In Clouds, Your Life On Hold, Ist Ist, Monographic, European Ghost, Angel’s Arcana, The Bluebeard’s Castle, Icy Men,
Content: This compilation is a perfect summary of contemporary dark-wave and related music genres. Next to several label bands you’ll also discover bands active at other labels and an important number of unsigned and upcoming formations. This sampler is an interesting canvas from dark-cold-wave music. Most of the bands are clearly inspired by the 80s while adding their personal touch on top.
+ + + : I like discovering compilations with an important amount of young and unknown formations. That’s precisely what this sampler stands for and I can assure you the cold-wave/post-punk fans will be delighted. This is modern cold-wave music. The compilation brings an interesting amount of formations and I was especially seduced by Cruel Reflections and Mark E Moon. Both projects aren’t exactly the most familiar names from the list and that’s precisely what I like.
– – – : 30 (!) bands is a serious number of bands and songs so you definitely have to love this kind of music otherwise you’ll be rapidly saturated.
Conclusion: This is a highly recommended compilation for cold-wave music freaks and especially for those in search of new talents. This is the kind of compilation I highly respect!
Best bands: Cruel Reflections, Mark E Moon, The Bluebeard’s Castle, Monographic, A Transition, The Ghost Of Bela Lugosi, ROSI.