Colorado Dark Arts Festival
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
Well it's a bright thing and no mistake with a double CD celebrating the event from May of last year, with two sides, Onyx and Rock Island, whatever that means, and a bulging bag of mixed styles. You can work out from the track listing whether this is for you, because I am restricting to myself to tracks which I found interesting.
Soren caught me with their Voltaire-like precocious ballad, Solitary Sinners do good guitar techno in a Utah Saints vein, Space Ape Experiment use samples beautifully to create a funny, skimpy dance track, Emergen do great things with pounding ebm and Throe Vein are inventive rock-dominated Industrial.
Machinegun Symphony were a nice, almost a stiff version of The Last Dance with a nice hard edge to it, and Caustic Soul are classy, showing a chattering epic, of sorts, Project 12:01 have a saucy minx on vocals and wield great electronic depth charges, and Dark Orchid are like a damp, dank version of All About Eve crossed with Hole and an early 70's drum sound.
The only thing which got me was it doesn't particularly strike me as very dark.
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