A HUGE Thank you to NorthernNephilim for sharing his recordings here!
Dark Spring Festival V with following bands:
- The Wars
- Christine Plays Viola
- Red Sun Revival
- Golden Apes
- She Past Away
- Church Audio CA-11 (Omni Caps) mounted on glasses
- Tascam DR-05 @ 24 Bit / 44 kHz
- Cubase (Master, Tracksplitting, DC Offset Remove) -> WAV 16 Bit / 44 kHz
- Trader´s Little Helper 2.6.0 (FLAC Level 8, SBE Fix, Checksum)
- including artwork for Jewel Case
01 - Atlantic
02 - Death By Interstate
03 - 30 Torches
04 - The Oldest Light In Heaven
05 - Don't Wait For The Sun
06 - I Ain't Gonna Stop This For You
07 - Succubus
08 - The End
Chris Kowski - Vocals, Guitar
Gernot Pohle - Bass
Felix Roll - Drums
The Wars is a New Wave band from Berlin formed in 2008 featuring Chris Kowski on vocals/guitar, Gernot Pohle on bass and Felix Roll on drums.
The three-piece is considered a 2nd generation Post-Punk Revival project that took its cues from bands like The Chameleons, NEU!, Joy Division and Bauhaus but is also influenced by groups like U2 or My Bloody Valentine.
Following the success of their late 2009 released EP "Rift" (Wintergrain) which earned The Wars Band of the Month/Album of the Week on New York based KoolRockRadio.com, Act of the Month on Popmonitor.de and Top 10 entries on various internet radio stations the band received features on many indie rock sites (djbynar.com, darkerradio.com, schallgrenzen.de, coast-is-clear.blogspot.com etc).
Early 2010 the album's track "Sequence" appeared on Thomas Thyssen's compilation "Darkness Before Dawn 2" (UpScene/Indigo) which featured artists like John Foxx (Ultravox), The Invincilbe Spirit and The Exploding Boy.
Within the same year The Wars were invited to support shows for UK Decay, Ulterior and Erland & The Carnival.
Fall 2010 saw their latest release "Succubus" (Wintergrain) which instantly became Single of the Week on KRR and appeared on "Advanced Electronics 8" (SPV/Synthetic Symphony) featuring acts like KMFDM, Deine Lakaien und Covenant.
Chris Kowski, former lead singer of Lunar Bay who had worked with various known artists like Gunnar Spies of “MIA.”, Christian Neander (Selig) and the Steve Albini-produced Band “Spitting off Tall Buildings” grew up on the island of Sylt - an atmospheric place well known for its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides. He would spent most of his time exploring the impressionist landscapes getting increasingly fascinated by the natural beauty and violence surrounding him.
Reflections of these bizarre images are heavily present in his sweeping guitar sounds and cold nihilistic lyrics building a strong synergy between Kowski’s interpretation of New Wave and Pohle’s droning overdriven bass guitar.
Pohle and Kowski were introduced to each other in early 2008 during a recording session in Berlin of Wave Pop band Lunar Bay. During breaks the two soon discovered they had a lot in common concerning favourite bands, arts and movies. They decided to write and record some tracks at Kowski’s Wintergrain Studio.
Multi-instrumentalist Gernot Pohle, a legend of the late 90s Potsdam scene, took the part of playing bass guitar using a very unusual set up. Supporting his style of playing bass like a lead guitar he composed a set up of pure guitar amplification. This has become one of The Wars’ trademarks and has turned out to be a very popular element at their shows hypnotizing the audience.
In contrast to Pohle’s purist analog sound Kowski used no guitar amps at all. His signal was processed by the computer based Guitar Rig technology and Guitar synthesizers giving the guitar unlimited options of creating rich layered textures. This and his unconventional playing style gives their live performances a unique, stereophonic and ultra-wide sound and the impression of invisible extra guitarists and keyboarders being involved.
The resulting strong material convinced the duo to start a band and to release their favourite four tracks as the “Borderline EP” on their own label.
Due to many analogies to World War II and Cold War era in Kowski’s lyrics they decided to name the band The Wars. It also refers to the Bran Theory and its aspect of the universe eating itself.
In late 2009 The Wars recorded their second effort – the 8 track “Rift EP” and released it again on their own Wintergrain label. The Songs turned out to be more melodic and the overall sound included a big touch of psychedelia earning the record an Album Of The Week slot on Kool Rock Radio in May 2010. Its song "Sequence" also appeared on "Darkness Before Dawn 2" (UpScene/Indigo).
The spin off single Transit topped KRR's charts and The Wars subsequently became their Band Of The Month/Most Played Act.
Follow up release "England" received Beauty of the Month on Radio Shadowplay.
Early 2011 drummer Felix Roll joined the Band as a full member replacing session drummer Bruce Pankowski. The now trio instantly recorded "Succubus" a driving electronic oriented dance track which became Single of the Week on KoolRockRadio.com again and also appeared on "Advanced electronics 8" (SPV/Synthetic Symphony).
Christine Plays Viola
01 - Appointment With Death
02 - Permutations
03 - Wrapped In Spiral
04 - Scattered In The Dust (Slay With Dismay)
05 - Slaughter Of The Black Sun
06 - Witch Of Silence
07 - Swallowed Cold Insanity
08 - Failed To Connect To Heart (Endline)
Massimo Ciampani - Voice
Fabrizio Giampietro - Lead Guitar, Synth, Programming
Desio Presutti - Bass Guitar
Daniele Palombizio - Drums, Synth
Christine Plays Viola are a Darkwave / Goth Rock Italian band , formed in Pratola Peligna in 2008. After appearing on some compilations and after publishing a self-produced EP , the boys have successfully participated in several local competitions , reached the top spot of the " Orquestra 6 Alternatives Contest" , the most significant event for the Italian alternative music and first place for central Italy in the selection " Italy Wave Love Festival" 2010.
All this and their decent work have done so quickly that would increase the band's reputation at home and abroad , crowned by an agreement with the German label Af -Music for the release of their first full-length album " Innocent Awareness. "While listening , the music seems to be a reflection of moods and effects, tissue in anatomy of the songs , the sound shines with its many layers , each of which seems full of different details , flowing in a lovely combination , a variety of feelings and conditions that seduces your acoustic perception in a vague tide of genres. "
The album of the band since its release has a remarkable success in the landscape dark : there are many songs on the album being played by DJs in their playlist, and some of these songs can be heard in Europe in the most popular night clubs . Meanwhile, the album is considered one of the best productions of the year 2011 in the scene dark / gothic polls by year-end radio , websites and magazines; particularly noteworthy is the quote from one of the gurus of the scene, Mick Mercer, that celebrates the album as one of the top 30 of 2011.
In June 2012 the band released a new promo of 4 tracks which includes the song " Keep My Warm Scorn " a great collaboration with vocalist Rosetta Garrì from The Spiritual Bat .
In January 2013, CPV has been band of the year in Static Magazin Germany and the song " Keep My Scorn Warm" is the most played in the contest VIRUS G and is consistently in the top ten of European alternative , in fact reaching the top spot in December 2012 .
The band has achieved a good experience live mainly abroad (Germany, France, Austria, the areas most trodden ) and has shared the stage with bands such as Golden Apes, NFD, She Past Away, Rhombus , Distorted Pictures , Pretentious Moi ? , The Last Cry , Lotus Feed , Vendemmian , Twisted Nerve , ChameleonsVox , Aeon Sable , Grooving in Green , The Stomprash , Red Sun Revival, The Last Cry , Berlin Black and many others.
After realizing the new E.P. " Leocadia ", in december 2013 CPV reaches an agreement with the German label Cold Insanity Music.In March 2014 CPV has released the second full-length called “Vacua” which is a concept album inspired by the series of " Black Paintings " by the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya… Christine Plays Viola also just got a confirmation for the ALT Fest in Boughton / Kettering, 2014, to play next to bands such as
MARILYN MANSON, THE CULT, GARY NUMAN, VNV NATION, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, KILLING JOKE, COVENANT, ALIEN SEX FIEND, PETER HOOK, PETER MURPHY,CLAN OF XYMOX, BEAUTY OF GEMINA, THE MARCH VIOLETS, SUICIDE COMMANDO,DIARY OF DREAMS, ATTRITION, THE EDEN HOUSE and many more in August...
For booking a CPV show in the countries listed below, contact :
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Red Sun Revival
01 - My Child
02 - Running From The Dawn
03 - Lost For Words
04 - Miracles
05 - Broken
06 - Forgive Us Now
07 - Without You
08 - Nothing To Hide
09 - Last Chance
Rob Leydon - Vocals, Programming
Matt Helm - Guitar
Christina Emery - Violin
Panos Theodoropoulous - Bass Guitar
Red Sun Revival is an alternative/gothic rock band which was formed in London, England in 2011. The line-up consists of vocalist/guitarist Rob Leydon, guitarist Matt Helm, bassist Panos Theodoropoulos, and violinist Christina Emery. The band’s sound is defined by sonorous vocals with intricate, often sparkly guitars which float over driving bass lines and weave amongst haunting violin harmonies. The sound has echoes of the orchestral and choral aspects of film soundtracks and often incorporates elements of folk music.
Red Sun Revival is currently preparing an EP for release in 2014. The EP was mixed and produced by Steve Carey of ‘The Eden House’, ‘NFD’ and ‘This Burning Effigy’, who Red Sun Revival also worked together with on their debut album.
Red Sun Revival recorded a nine-track debut album entitled ‘Running from the Dawn’, featuring songs originally composed by Rob Leydon over a three-year period between 2007 and 2010. 2011 was spent developing and perfecting the material and in preparing the band for live work. Towards the end of 2011, all instrumentation had been recorded in Rob’s home studio in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Early in 2012, all vocals were recorded at Earth Terminal Studios in Odiham, Hampshire by Louis DeWray of goth rock band ‘NOSFERATU’ .
The album was mixed and produced by Steve Carey and features guest recordings from violinist Bob Loveday of Bob Geldof‘s band, ‘The Eden House’, and numerous other collaborations. ‘Running from the Dawn’ was mastered by the twice Grammy nominated sound engineer Andy Jackson, producer of Pink Floyd’s Division Bell album. Photography for the album and website was undertaken by Taya Uddin, who has worked with numerous high profile musicians. In September 2012 Red Sun Revival was signed to music label afmusic. The album was distributed in the UK/RoW through Resurrection Records. The band has received very positive reviews, including in Orkus (Germany), Dominion Magazine (UK), and Static Magazin (Austria/Germany). Red Sun Revival is looking to book gigs both at home and abroad and eagerly anticipate interest from promoters, DJs and audiences.
Red Sun Revival has played at Whitby Gothic Weekend as well as gigs and private events in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Carpi (Italy) and Dornbirn (Austria). In 2014, Red Sun Revival has been booked to play at the O2 Academy Islington (London) as well as in Athens (Greece), Berlin and Duesseldorf (Germany).
As well as headlining our own gigs, notable bands we have supported include: Diary of Dreams, David J (Bauhaus), The Eden House, NFD and The Skeletal Family.
For bookings, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
01 - Devil
02 - Torment
03 - Vengeance
04 - Prudence
05 - White Days
06 - Ferryman
07 - The Happy Losers Sweet Delusions
08 - Riot
09 - Leaving Ground
Peer Lebrecht - Vocals, Lyrics
Dirk Wildenhues - Guitars
Christian Lebrecht - Bass
Gunter Buechau - Keyboards
Aris Zarakas - Guitars
Since it was given birth back in 1998 the GOLDEN APES has been known as a shimmering gem in the independent wave- and gothic-scene. It is the difficulty of a rigid definition und their versatility, that provides the band a status stamped by requirement and content, making them an important constant within the musical landscape, that lies beyond the common mainstream.
From the bandname, borrowed from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, through to the powerful picture language and surrealistic items, which are basics of the bands oeuvre, conducted by Peer Lebrecht´s poetic lyrics, which are thematically on a restless scout among melancholy and mystic, emotion and philosophy, sustained by catchy but complex arrangements, which avoid to bow to borders and conventions for keeping a emotional depth between melody and emotion, between roughness and longing You can discover every listening in a different new way.
The band has always admitted itself to the significant artists of the scene the members grew up with, but without pointing out someone especial-you will find those moments from time to time listening carefully to the music. Coincidentally by publishing “Denying The Towers Our Words Are Falling From …” at the latest as their current full length album, GOLDEN APES in some ways found themselves emancipated from these influences, but only to create an individual, distinctive own style within that universe.
There are six full-length albums published until now, which show a continuous and passionate development in GOLDEN APES’ work and if you spend some time to engage yourself in the lyrics and the whole band’s cosmos, you’ll find what has ever made the GOLDEN APES unique: a depth and richness of detail, that lets you space for dreaming and inspiration for your own thinking. In this respect, the band not only musically, but also aesthetically and intellectually assigns their individual position in the scene.
She Past Away
01 - Belirdi Gece - Musallat
02 - Rituel
03 - Sanri
04 - Insanlar
05 - Kasvetli Kutlama
06 - Cold *
07 - Asimilasyon *
08 - Ruh
09 - Neu *
10 - Monoton
11 - Bozbulanik
* = previously unreleased
Volkan Caner - Guitar & Vocals
Idris Akbulut - Bass
Past Away is a band from Turkey described as the “new dark-wave” in
articles and reviews throughout the world. Their music compiles elements
from the dark, sensational side of 80’s, often associated with bands
like The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Joy Division, Clan of Xymox,
Grauzone, and DAF. SPA brings back that era with today’s approach and
Turkish lyrics which gives the band that unique edge.
was formed in 2006 and released the digital EP "Kasvetli Kutlama" in
2010. Debut album "Belirdi Gece" was released in 2012. Available in
vinyl format by Fabrika Records, CD format by Dead Scarlet Records, and
digital format on all major mp3 stores.
She Past Away gained a
lot of recognition with the debut album "Belirdi Gece". Articles,
reviews and listings about the band appeared in many magazines and blogs
The band is currently touring internationally and working on the second album due in fall 2014.
01 - Omen (Intro)
02 - When The Sun Dies
03 - The Highwayman
04 - Keep A Light Shining
05 - Remain In Chains
06 - The Unknown
07 - Return To Dust
08 - One Moment Between Us
09 - Light My Way
Peter "Bob" White - Vocals, Guitar
Chris Milden - Guitar
Raf Ahráyeph - Guitar
Luca Mazzucconi - Drums
NFD are a London-based hybrid Goth/Rock band formed just over 10 years ago out of the ashes of Nefilim and Sensorium. Peter "Bob" White (Sensorium) and Simon Rippin (Sensorium/Nefilim) teamed up with founding Fields of the Nephilim member Tony Pettitt and at this point NFD was truly realized!
Long serving and integral member Chris Milden maintains rhythm guitar duties while Luca Mazzucconi (Drums) & James Mcilroy (Lead Guitar) both of whom joined the ranks in 2009 complete a formidable line up of some of the best musicians on the scene.
NFD gigged extensively all over the world and released new material on a regular basis from 2003 - 2009 playing at festivals such as Whitby Gothic Weekend, Dark City, Witchfest, M'era Luna, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and Zillo. As well as headlining their own concerts. They have played as support band for Skinny Puppy, The 69 Eyes, Mortiis, Umbra et Imago and The Mission.
Now returning from a break of over 3 years NFD are set to stir things up again with their own brand of rocket fueled Goth Rock, never afraid to mix things up a bit while remaining true to their roots!
The Band Lineup on Dark Spring Festival was a bit improvised because James McIlroy couldn't play on this event + several tech issues so Bob was a bit pissed off after only 45 Minutes they stopped playing with many songs left unplayed on the set list.
Former FOTN Bass Player John Carter left the band one week before the event so the bass came from drumcomputer which didn't work very well over the time. So in overall the sound was very bad with overexposed computer bassline and Luca's drum monitor went off function several times and i couldnt fix it with EQ in postproduction because the sound from source went too bad. So this what you hear is that what happened!
You should give NFD another chance with a more stable live setup. New Album "Waking The Dead" is in final production, planned Release in Autumn 2014.
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