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Hailing from Athens, Goergia, this band formed in late 2004 with the four members Reid Rainwater (lead keyboards), Michael Murray (vocals), Meggan Cooper (bass, backing vocals, backing keyboards) and Steve Fogle (guitar and backing vocals).  The band quickly launched their debut EP Angels Dance Upwards EP in the middle of 2005 amidst positive reviews and feedback.  They continued hard at work and put together the added tracks needed and in 2006 released their debut album Angels Dance Upwards again receiving positive reviews.  The band was formed and creates music with the idea in mind to be able to play their music live and so they do manage to get out and play several shows.  Also, with this goal in mind they manage to pull together a nice sound full of life, body and textures.

The music from this band is a really nice blend of the powerful, emotional elements of gothic rock with the moving, dance-friendly beats and electronics from today's electro-industrial and EBM music.  It's unique in the cross-section of these genres, yet not cookie-cutter in any way while still remaining accessible and enjoyable to many fans of all related genres.

As a newcomer band, this is a great group to keep your eye on as they continue to progress and release new music and perform live as opportunities allow.  Since their albums are released on their own label New Army Studios, they may not be as readily available in the larger music stores, but independant online shops should carry them, or you can contact the band directly to purchase a copy.  Many bands in this scene release their music this way and many are quite successful in doing so.

Angels Dance Upwards - Review

After the promising EP was released last year, I was excited to hear that this full-length album was done and ready to be released to the masses.  I think that based on the taste we were given from the EP, this disc is everything that could be expected and so I wasn't disappointed when I put it on for the first time. Like many releases that follow singles or EP's, this album does contain some previously released tracks and so a few will be easily recognized by fans.  With a dozen total tracks, there is plenty of material here to run the gammut of the related genres from the more emotional goth, to the harder industrial and even including a bit of electro-pop in the mix for a nice variety and good mix of music.

All of the five tracks from the previously released EP appear on the album, so for those already familiar with the EP have a solid taste of what's on this album.  Check out the review below for a more detailed description of these pieces.  The new material starts right from the beginning of the album with "Discussion" including various samples and a hard-driving beat.  This is a great piece to introduce the band's style to the world as an emotional, aggressive crossover sound.  This gives way to "Her Life Blood" which follows a style and pattern similar to "Angels Dance Upwards" and is another great, catchy piece and has quickly become a favorite.

The pace varies enough as we get to a few different pieces for further variety and a melancholy mood.  "Don't Catch Me" is the first of these while still having a moving beat and the overall synth style, it's a great diversion including more of Meggan's backing vocals.  As the album nears the end we're brought to the track "Eternity" with it's almost "happy-go-lucky" feeling.  It's not necessarily bouncy, but the way the music is mixed is fun and brings a smile to my face when I hear it even though the vocal arrangements remain somber and moody.  It's this type of mix that this group can pull off that demonstrates how talented and promising their music is.

Besides these pieces the album remains fairly homogenous and always maintaining the attention of the listeners.  "I Hate" stands out as the odd piece on the disc being overly aggressive as the title would suggest and I would just as soon not have it on the disc.  It's not necessarily a bad track, but on this album that's full of excellent pieces, it falls short.  With that said, I look forward to many more albums of this calibur in the future.

Rating: 4.5/5

Angels Dance Upwards [EP] - Review

I recently became acquainted with Unavox through their Myspace page and was intrigued by the samples I heard there.  This project consists of the quartet of Reid Rainwater (lead keyboards), Michael Murray (vocals), Meggan Cooper (bass, backing vocals, backing keyboards) and Steve Fogle (guitar and backing vocals). The band's intent is to create a style of darkwave / electronic music that they can perform and provide dynamic live shows.

This EP is the band's first offering to the world besides their live performances.  It was released in later 2005 and has received positive reviews for the dynamic and powerful content of the five tracks contained therein.  The band is working on the official debut album tentatively of the same name.

"RITR" kicks off the album with it's powerful, driving force and dark vocals.  First impressions lean toward the popular Nilaihah recording artists Fiction 8 with their prominent goth/industrial crossover sound.  There are obvious gothic rock tendencies, but there are plenty of electronics that provide some great dynamics to the music.  As far as overall styles, this mix has long since been a favorite of mine ever since I discovered gothic music in the form of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy after being a fan of early New Order, Depeche Mode and Information Society.  This mix of grinding guitars, deep, heavy vocals, emotional and mystical lyrics combined over layered electronics for extra body and driving dance-friendly beat are a definition of great music.

Every track on this EP is a powerful piece that could easily make a lasting impression on the goth/industrial scene if given a chance.  "War of Attrition" carries on the powerful tempo, while missing the excellent backing female vocals of "RITR".  We're then led to the powerful and promising title track that has quickly become a favorite of mine on this disc.  Following much the same pattern as previous tracks, the solid vocals form a nice foundation for the music.  We're led to "Laden Conscience" as we start the descent from the previous track which is the pinnacle and highlight to the album.  While the tempo and solid percussion backs off a little, the intensity picks up slightly in the guitars and synths on this piece still providing a solid piece for this disc.  "What Still Remains" becomes the final piece on the album wrapping up a great introductory work from this band.  The percussion is a bit "cookie-cutter" drum machine work, but the underlying electronics and compositions remain solid along with the vocals that manage to remain strong, unpretentious and unrestrained.

That pretty much sums up what's on this disc.  It is a great introduction for this group and I look forward to the full-length album the band is working on and should release soon.

Rating: 4/5

Website: www.unavoxmusic.com
Label: New Army Studios

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