Stegzy's Music Project

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Darkness & Hope – Moonspell [#340]

Moonspell-DarknessAndHopeSuppose, in your middle age, you met with your musical chums and said, “Hey let’s form a band”. Then suppose they agreed to your request and you then had a meeting to discuss what style of music you would play and write.

Let’s then imagine that you thought you’d do something dark, gothic and creepy to appeal to the disaffected youth of the day. The only problem being, you only have the stereotypical versions of similar bands to go on.

That is Moonspell. About as dark as a stationary cupboard, as sinister as a filing cabinet and as growly as a photocopier, hell they’re probably even
made up of the guys who do your IT. You know, the ones that smell of hamsters and like Lord of the Rings.

This album is not too bad. It’s actually quite amusing because they’re obviously not naturally the sound they are, they’re engineered to sound like they’re dark. In fact if Moonspell ditched the death growls they’d probably be alright and much akin to Scream Silence.

 

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The Best of Gothic Rock – Various Artists [#167]

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Only it’s not.

It’s not what I’d class as “Gothic” anyway. At least with my modern more refined ears. Instead I would call these two compilations “The Best of Big Boobed Operatic Singers Accompanying Euro Goth Metal Bands” . 

Both albums contain a nice introduction to bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. Ideal music for a middle aged wanna be goth to indulge in, reinvent themselves and annoy the wife with.

As we will see, these albums had a profound influence on my own musical tastes and we will be seeing a few of the bands featured, multiple times over the course of this project.

Track listing as follows:

Volume 2 =
1. Within Temptation – Mother Earth
2. Nightwish – Bless The Child
3. Beseech – Illusionate
4. Trail of Tears – Liquid View
5. Lacuna Coil – Swamped
6. Therion – Ljusalfheim
7. Myriads – The Sanctum Of My Soul
8. Flowing Tears – Serpentine
9. Within Temptation – Deceiver of Fools
10. Moonspell – Nocturna
11. Sentenced – Guilt and Regret
12. Divercia – Everlasting
13. After Forever – Monolith of Doubt
14. Tristinia – Tender Trip on Earth
15. Sirenia – Sister Nightfall

Volume 3 =

1 The Rasmus – In the Shadows 4:16
2 Within Temptation – Running Up That Hill 3:57
Epica – The Phantom Agony 9:00
Nightwish  – End of All Hope 3:54
5 After Forever – Intrinsick 6:52
Tristania – A Sequel of Decay 6:31
7 Apocalyptica feat Nina Hagen – Seemann 4:00
8 Tarot – Pyre of Gods 4:34
9 Sonata Arctica – Victoria’s Secret 4:43
10 Sirenia – At Sixes and Sevens 6:44
11 Therion – Enter Vril-Ya 6:37
12 Penumbra – The Last Bewitchment 5:10
13 My Dying Bride – My Hope, My Destroyer 6:47
14 Autumn – Along Ethereal Levels 4:05

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