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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ Schonwald - Between Parallel Lights ]
[ Schonwald - Dream For The Fall ]
[ Screams For Tina - 2003 A.D. ]
[ SD6 - Between Noise and Transmission ]
[ Seabound - Double-Crosser ]
[ Seabound - No Sleep Demon V2.0 ]
[ Seabound - Poisonous Friend ]
[ Seabound - Beyond Flatline ]
[ Second Skin - Black Eyed Angel ]
[ Secret Lie - Pandora ]
[ Secret Lie - Behind The Truth ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Sensuous Enemy - Voyager ]
[ Sentinel of Eternity - Sentinel of Eternity ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ Sexy Suicide - Intruder ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ She Likes Winter - A Year In Our Lives ]
[ Sibelian - Gothic Opera 1999-2011 ]
[ Silent Auction - H On Earth ]
[ Silica Gel - Genesis ]
[ Silica Gel - Nada Es Eterno ]
[ Silica Gel - La Mitad ]
[ Silvery - Black Box ]
[ Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor ]
[ [:SITD:] - Ikon:Koru ]
[ [:SITD:] - Rot ]
[ [:SITD:] - bestie:mensch ]
[ [:SITD:] - Coded Message:12 ]
[ [:SITD:] - Stronghold ]
[ Skeleton Trees - Season of Mists ]
[ Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right ]
[ Sleep Slid In - The Open Diary ]
[ Sleeptheif - Eurydice (CDS) ]
[ Sleeptheif - The Dawnseeker ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Mirror ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Purity ]
[ Sol Invictus - Sol Veritus Lux (2006) ]
[ Solemn Novena - Kiss The Girls ]
[ Soman - Mask ]
[ Somnare - Bellum Esse ]
[ The Soil Bleeds Black - Mirror of the Middle Ages ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Eztica ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Atlan ]
[ Soul Flight - Soul Flight ]
[ Soulscape - Grave New World ]
[ Sound Of Eleven - No Artist / No Name ]
[ SPC ECO - The Art of Pop ]
[ SPC ECO - Sirens and Satellites ]
[ SPC ECO - Push EP ]
[ SPC ECO - 3-D ]
[ State of the Union - Inpendum ]
[ State of the Union - Timerunner ]
[ Stereoskop - Electrika ]
[ Stereoskop - In A While EP ]
[ sToa - Silmand ]
[ sToa - ZAL ]
[ Streeturchin - Native ['neitiv] ]
[ Stromkern - Light It Up ]
[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
[ Subway To Sally - Bastard ]
[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
[ Suicide Commando - Bind, Torture, Kill ]
[ Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil ]
[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - We Defy Oblivion ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - Edge of the World ]
[ Sykoya - Strange Night ]
[ Syrian - Death of a Sun ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ System Syn - No Sky To Fall ]
[ System Syn - All Seasons Pass ]
[ System Syn - End ]
[ System Syn - The Mourning Ritual ]
[ System Syn - Postscript ]
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[ Tannhauser - a.new.biostate ]
[ Tearwave - Different Shade Of Beauty ]
[ Tearwave - Tearwave ]
[ Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes ]
[ Them Are Us Too - T.A.U.T.
[ Third Realm - Deranged ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ Tolchock - Elements of Rage ]
[ Tolchock - Wipe Out, Burn Down, Annihilate ]
[ Tor Lundvall - Yule ]
[ T.O.Y. - Fairytale MCD ]
[ T.O.Y. - White Lights ]
[ Trance to the Sun - Spiders, Aether & Rain ]
[ Trinity Project, The - The Subtle Movements... ]
[ Tristraum - Gray ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Legends of Blood and Light ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Reverie ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Fairydust ]
[ The Twilight Garden - A World We Pretend ]
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[ Unavox - Angels Dance Upwards ]
[ Underwater Pilots - Tranquil Places ]
[ Unheilig - Zelluloid ]
[ Unto Ashes - Ghosts Captured ]
[ Unto Ashes - Burials Foretold ]
[ Unto Ashes - The Blood of my Lady ]
[ Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow ]
[ Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings ]
[ Unto Ashes - I Cover You With Blood ]
[ Unto Ashes - Empty Into White ]
[ Unto Ashes - Saturn Return ]
[ Unwoman - Blossoms ]
Soulscape hails from the Chicago area and was originally formed in 2002 by Mel Draper and Dan Precision as a studio project.  As with many projects, the lineup changed over the next few months including the addition of Sam Ruppert on bass guitar and Dan parting ways to work on his punk project and was replaced by Michael Verzani.

As this band has progressed the embarked on creating their debut album.  Along this path they started performing live and released a three-track EP titled Dreamfree.  This introduced the band to the world and they were received with positive reviews and started receiving club play across the country.  They finally took the time in 2004 to finish their debut album and Grave New World was the result.

Fans of 90's gothic rock will be the most likely to enjoy the music from this band.  The similarities of this band fall most closely in line with The Last Dance with their style of mixing goth with electronics for a full and rich sound.  The melancholy vocals, prominent bass and rhythmic guitars bring out the darker gothic sound while the layered synths make it more accessible to fans of the electronic scene.

This band is just embarking on what could be an exciting career with their debut album setting the stage.  Check out selections on the club radio show.


Grave New World - Review - (03/22/2005)

I was first introduced to this band not too long ago and listened to the samples on their website.  Being a big fan of The Last Dance, Grave New WorldI felt there was enough similarities to this band that they were worth checking out.  I was very pleased to hear the gothic rock roots come out in their music in addition to the layered electronics on several tracks.

The entire album varies slightly with this style, mixing electronics in or making the guitars the prominent backbone to the music.  Even the slower ballad-like tracks feature the guitars quite heavily.  The solid vocals are clear and natural, no forcing to be too low, too high or too harsh.  In fact on the slower tracks I can't help but be reminded of Metallica on their slow ballads with the intense vocal work mixed with the solid guitars.

Most of the selections on this album follow a solid goth rock pattern of rythmic guitars and a real solid, prominent bass.  These also have quickly become my favorite tracks, including the fast-paced, but hybrid opener "First Blood".  After the short piano intro, the pulsing synth-line picks up and moves the tempo along as the drum kicks in creating a solid beat.  "Rise Again" is a stellar anthem featuring an excellent rhythm, vocals, guitars and catchy lyrics.  The politically motivated "We Are Your Kings" follows this same pattern and has quickly become another favorite.

The bass on many tracks is absolutely captivating in the style of classic goth rock icons.  Besides the above-mentioned tracks, those featuring this solid bass like "Under The Sun" have really caught my attention.  At the same time, as a huge synthpop and EBM fan, I mostly enjoy the addition of various electronics when used well.  With that said, it seems that "The Crossing" takes it a little far, mixing goth with techno vocoding or something that seems to throw off the vocals, definitely not one of my favorites but can easily be excused with the quality of the rest of the album.

The title track of the album wraps it up in a solid goth fashion that is truly an excellent track.  It moves along slowly and steadily as a nice finale to the album.  Overall, this is a nice work, great for a debut album.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.soulscape.org

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