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Dear Uncle, many thanks for
the review...you hit the nail on the head!
I think[?] you like it,
but thanks anyway.
I was fumbling through my
Bulletin board and saw a link for my CD...Gave it a click and found this
article. I want to thank you for nailing it on the head and never once
did you stray from the true meaning of the work. It was entertaining to
read. Great choice of words.
Well enough ranting. Thank
you for you work!
Love From Above,
Hello, Uncle Nemesis
At first, thank you very
much to your review for "I PSYDOLL" Sometimes I had the doubt in our band.
Is it worth continuing ? All causes were solitary.Our sound is very violence
but complex but melodious. Some Japanese bands has melody - But they has
no noise. Some has aggressive electronic beat - But they has no melody..
I wish to express my gratitude
to a god of sound for we were born to the generation of the Internet. We
might have died of hunger on this small island without it. UK and US people
and your review said to us that PSYDOLL is worth to go on. We have been
always encouraged by overseas people. That's why we started to seek our
label in UK. We will make the songs and play as long as the voice exists.
Dear Uncle Nemesis,
I just wanted to thank you
for the kind review you gave to my band Orbit Service. I loved the comparisons
to early Floyd.
from Rob Levit:
Thanks for the review of
my CD Anatomy of Ecstasy. Truth be told, I could sure use a good
pint and a party right about now! In all honesty, I appreciate you taking
the time to listen to the disc and write about it.
New Days Delay:
Thanks for the review...
and yes we're chronically out of date [the web site] *sigh*
Owen Rankin, the wild-eyed cabaret crooner of Stazi:
Cheers for that dude, that's
a top review.
I especially like the Fall/Giorgio
Moroder mention..If we update the website to incluide any I'll link
to you and the site..
from Maria out of Leisur::Hive
Hi ya Mister!
Cheers for ANOTHER lovely
review! Dan and I always look forward to your ones, they make us feel all
warm in the cockles :) We love the way you make things seem more grand
then they really are, bless you for that! We actually posted your
rev on our forum recently for the devoted followers to see :) You've
made a smashing job of the photos too, you make us look like popstars!
I think a place on the website is imperative.
Thanks again for all your
support over the years, you remember how rubbish we used to be and you
have seen is blossom into the wonky, angular butterflies we are!
you're a real good'un and
no mistake :)
from Andrea of Living With Eating Disorders:
yay! thanks for that, I
had no clue at all that it was there. I shall get it linked from forum
see you soon I hope.
forever love andrea x
Dear Uncle N.,
Thank you for your great
review and the lovely photos. We really appreciate it. Our debut single
has come out last week.
Go out and buy it.
wanted to thank you for posting the Mephisto Walz review on Starvox.
I actually thought it was a great review because you are giving highly
constructive criticism rather than just completely blowing off the music
like most reviewers would do. I totally appreciate you taking the
time to give your honest opinion instead of bashing the music — there is
too much of that going on these days. If I were Mephisto Walz and
read that review, I would take your thoughts into consideration because
your review was quite helpful...
up the great work! Take care & talk to you soon.
FOSSIL DUNGEON - Record Label
Uncle Nemesis' coverage of WGT 2003:
"Beyond stunning, actually.
Blinding. Intoxicating. Or some adjective which represents being hit in
the face with pepper spray, but not actually painful." - Greylock
From LadyNoir (San Diego)
"Damn! In all the years I've been reading about Wave Gotik Treffen, that
has to the single best review I've ever come across. I could practically
feel the afternoon heat! Bravo."
From Mick Mercer, "The
best STARVOX of the year is up at http://www.starvox.net and only an arse
would avoid it, because it has two miraculous items on offer... the star
piece this month (and 2003 so far) is the best thing MICHAEL JOHNSON has
ever done by a mile, yet it reads as a perfectly natural, easy narrative.
Just over twelve thousand words in length, you must read his pieces which
unfurls in praise of the recent WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN.
I’m not going to try and
encapsulate what he recalls here from his happy jaunt, and that isn’t laziness
on my part. You simply have to go and read it. He moves from the scene-setting
to the bands, for he covers as much as it seems logically to do under such
frantic circumstances, with so much choice available, but you’ll be amused
by some of it (his encounters with the Neo-folk musicians and The 69 Eyes
had me laughing out loud), but there’s also the highly serious matter of
just how pathetic this event makes the UK scene look.
Trust me, even if you don’t
trust yourself. You will love what he has done with this epic. You won’t
read anything better in any music magazine this month, and it’s the best
account I’ve ever read of a WGT, anywhere."
Matthew's story on Turn Pale:
"Matthew's Turn Pale piece
is weirdly exciting. Writing enthiusiastically about a band you love can
often come over wrong. This just makes you want more." - Mick Mercer
"You’ll either be fascinated
by TURN PALE after MATTHEW HEILMAN’s latest tribute and want to investigate
thoroughly, or you’ll be a lazy twat. He brings a rural gig encounter to
life and makes some very weighty claims on behalf of the band, which I’m
sure will motivate them, and hopefully drag some heart y attention their
way too It is a fine piece, and nicely descriptive." - Mick Mercer
The infamous Greg Fasolino
wrote about Turn Pale, "What a fucking AWESOME piece in this Starvox....I
loved it and could not agree more, having just seen the band play a tiny
shithole in Brooklyn 2 weeks ago. They blew me away, for all the reasons
Matthew so nicely articulated. Michael was out of control---he hung himself
from a beam with his mic cord and even crawled upside down on the beam
like Jeff Goldblum in "the Fly."
Uncle Nemesis' review on Frank the Baptist:
From Drew, "I was
pleased about the review on Frank's stuff.. N using the "alternative rock"
angle was kind of neat and unexpected :) "
From Frank himself,
"That was by far one of the coolest, most intelligent, reviews we have
ever experienced. The references were amazing and the article was well
written and articulate in a manner that'll keep folks from thinking we
paid one of our drunk friends in malt liqour to write it :). If you don't
have a shirt we need to get you one...
Thank you very much,
the Veil organizers to Uncle Nemsis:
Hi there :)
thought I'd send this on
to you and also add our thanks for the positive in-depth review you gave
us glad you were able to attend !
We read that web- Starvox-
I'm very glat to read it! it's very interesting! We are really thankful
to him....Uncle Nemesis. And Beyond The Veil report is very nice. Please
say thankyou to Uncle Nemesis!
from PSYDOLL (Uncle N says it's his best fan-mail ever, appearing
"Dear Uncle Nemesis,
My name is Nekoi, the Japanise
band named PSYDOLL.
I has been reading your CDs
review and Beyond The Veil Festival. I can't to read a lot of english text
so fast, but I have read and translate them for the member of PSYDOLL.
At first, I want to say thankyou very much 100 times to you, Nemesis.
Your CD reviews and Beyond
The Veil report are very interesting! sometimes we were smiled and sometimes
it is made to think deeply. That was great experience for us,and I made
up my mind that we (PSYDOLL) need to face to the goth scine and industrial
scine in overseas....not only Japan.
To sad,we have no friends
(bands) who have a band which looks like PSYDOLL. So in Japan,we are alone.....It
seems just as a detached island.... And that is the TURE mean why we became
to DIY band!! We couldn't to find our
record company. But at BTV,
people who interested in goth,looks enjoied our sound! We were very happy
to felt that. Is that reason just we are overseas band? I don't hope so...
So I need learn more and
more about UK goth scine and English. and We hope to find our booking organizer
and record company. But too sad to we can only check the internet web site.
(some webs looks good, but in fact....? we NEVER know!)I read your web
site. We were very sorry about you stopped your booking organizer works.
If you still go on, I will beg you our UK tour!! .....It's sooo sorry.Uncle
Nemesis,you are in UK and you know everything around the scine. and you
have the experience. ]
And,this is most important......you
know PSYDOLL. So,if you spend a little time to let us know *nice,important*
hint of our promotion, we are very very glad.
PS/I like StarVox's this
What we do NOT cover: mainstream
anything, EBM, electro-dance, trance, techno, rap, hip hop, alternarock,
brit pop, mainstrem metal, hardcore, etc. ........................ YES
SO DO WE !!
sorry to LONG and BLOKEN
Ben of Earth Loop Recall:
there uncle nem-
for the great review you gave us in starvox (earth loop recall at club
noir)- i'm glad that someone finally has understood what the fuck we're
are a fucking mint photographer....
- Dead Beat Radicals
Uncle Nemesis from Conspiracy:
"Thanks for taking the time
to review our new single 'Electric Bitch'. Electric cream cheese - close
;) Live I do in fact sing the title electric bitch at that point...."
Jyri of The Sins on their story:
...the Zine is beautiful!
WooHoo! thank you, thank you! You rock! You made us sound like
Now, I too am going to go
watch Dune...again...got kind of lost the first time around with the kids
climbing up the walls! Ah...peace and quiet...and a bottle of Merlot!
Thanx Again, Blu!
"Thank you so much for the
great review! I'm glad you liked the demo. As it turns out, this couldn't
have come at a better time for us, as we just got our full length CDs and
we're starting to push for distribution.
"Thanx, Blu. You are so kool
for doing what you do. I totally appreciate the way that you try to support
us all. It will never be forgotten." - Patrick
Mata, Kommunity FK
Jyri of the Sins on Basim's lengthy review:
"I felt it was a very accurate
review and the guy was VERY observant! At first, when I start reading
it, I thought "oh, great this guy is going to point out each missing drum
beat..." but then as I read further on, he was very honest and I respect
that! I thought it was interesting how he could hear how the drums
and bass didn't always "work together" because Dexter and Kris weren't
even speaking to each other by the time we made this album! It was
a very sore situation! I'm still amazed though that your writers
caught this...cause nobody else has! I am really looking forward
to the next Sins album as the five of us work so well together and the
music has really matured over this first release....well sort of!
"Yeh, better late than never,
as say the old Polish proverb. I was waiting for the review quite a long
time, anyway, it was, and is wonderful. Thanx a lot -- you appreciate the
music of Variete. A few things: Variete is still going today (about 20
years) and on Saturday I'm going to see their concert. They recorded 4
albums ("Bydgoszcz" is chronologically 1st but published last). I sent
all info with CD and only can add that sound flaws a few times, cause CD
is mastered directly from the only available (second copy) tape. Original
master tape was stolen in 1986 together with a band's car, and it
was reason for 16 years delay. There were a lot of gothic bands in
the 80's in Poland (we were calling this kind of music "cold wave"). The
main names: Siekiera (now, after I sent him a copy, one of favourite old
bands of Ghoul from deathrock.com), Made in Poland, 1984, One Million Bulgarians,
Madame. I would like to send CD's for review in Starvox regulary ...best
wishes and thanx for review (btw -I'm longtime professional music
journalist but actually I only write for my own small zine called
Thanks so much for the flattering
review! One of the most detailed and accurate descriptions of our
Loana @ Century Media (re: Poisonblack review)
Thanks for the HONEST review
of Poisonblack. We'll try harder next time ;)
Greetings and thanks for
notifying us about the review(s). I was also pleased to see Mick's
reviews for our Hexentanz and Dark Muse releases. Your support is most
appreciated and it is an honor to have Butterfly Messiah as your "Pick
of the Month."
Hideous comments on the new issue while persuing Mick's review of his
book [to which he said, "WOW!"]:
" The mag looks pretty cool
this month. Nice stuff. Synthetic looks pretty wild. what do they sound
like? And The Nekromantics... I met them in NJ about three years ago. That
stand up coffin bass- the bass player made that himself. they're a great
band. Mag looks great. I have to go back a read a few more things..."
the band Entertainme.nt in Atlanta,
"... let you know what a
GREAT resource Starvox is (thank GOD it's around)..."
Natasha (Meltdown Editor)...
"I've had one DJ (Nik Ransom)
and the vocalist for Ghost of Lemora both recently say how inspired they
were by the Deathrock piece you wrote for us last year. Nik, as you will
have seen on upg, has now gone on to open his own Deathrock club and Ghost
of Lemora have now woven Deathrock style in with a new track."
on the Bella Morte Feature article:
that is a good story featured on BM. Infact, I was so caught up in it that
I forgot I was still linked to the Message Board... CrashKok303"
was a kick ass feature...i like how they don't do the straightforward
style. hope things are going well with the drum auditions too...we'll
was one of the most touching articles I have ever read. It captured what
I like about you guys, and I also learned things that made me respect you
especially liked the line: 'This was more than a band -- it was a family.'
I know that was a comment about your interpersonal relations with each
other, but to me and Paul (and I wager most people who post at this BBS
and know you personally), Bella Morte IS more than just a band...you are
family to us.
new STARVOX is up - with Blu’s Bella Morte feature as star feature. It
works very well, bringing you a swift, vivid history and then getting to
grips with their aspirations. Cool guys, cute pics. With their personality
bona fides well established you’ll be left positive longing for more awareness
of their work. ~ Mick Mercer"
Miss Blu! That's really cool that Mick Mercer took an interest!!!
Thanks again SO much! :) Yeah, everyone I've directed to the article
has talked about how great it is! And personally I must say that
it's one of VERY few that actually capture the band's personality and the
different aspects that make us who we are.... We owe you one!
just read your article about Bella Morte. That was one of the most touching
articles I have ever read. I met The Boyz in 2001 when I helped get them
booked for DragonCon, and we got along great, but in recent months they
have become like kinfolk to me. Great article, no doubt. I will support
Gopal, Andy, Tony, and I guess now Micah until the end of time.
reactions to Anthony's review of the Denver Dark Arts Compliation:
love the review! thanks for forwarding it over.
Ryan from Pure Drama here. I just read the review of our track 'The Time
You've Spent' you just recently did for the Denver Dark Arts Compilation
CD and I must say thank you so very much for the kind words! To give you
a brief background, last year we did a tribute track to Marilyn Manson
for Cleopatra Records. It was "The Time You Spent" that landed us the deal
and the style of the song was fairly similar. Anyway, I'd love to hear
back from you, and wish ya all the best. Thanks again for such a great
just received the review of the Denver Dark Arts Festival CD. First
of all, THANK YOU! Like you mentioned in your review, this festival
is put on by a non-profit and all the work done on it is purely volunteer,
so we appreciate all the support we can get.
Jekt writes in response to Uncle Nemesis' concert revew:
just logged on to your site and read the review ..its a great write up..bet
that took some writing up..!! seems he didnt like us , or the thought of
us, until he saw us and heard us live ...thats really cool..we are chuffed
that you will like our album too..!
Mick Mercer RE: Butterfly Messiah, "It's Time"
a huge fan of the band, I'd like to thank you personally for the review
mccutcheon, Butterfly's #1 fan"
think it is one of the best done (And most informative) sites for the dark
genre on the entire Internet! "
comments on Uncle Nemesis' review of Rachael's Surrender at Saturnalia:
is Michael Verzani, the bassist for Rachael's Surrender. I wanted to thank
you for the great (and thorough!) Saturnalia review you wrote for Starvox.
new singer is Elysabeth Grant, who you may be familiar with from her work
with Black Tape for a Blue Girl. She actually used to play viola for Rachael's
Surrender before she joined BTfaBG, and rejoined us as a singer last July.
Saturnalia was her third show as our singer. Our other new member is the
drummer, Dan Thomas. Saturnalia was his debut with us.
for the great review, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward
to going to the UK again soon...
there. I saw your Rachael's Surrender review. Thanks!!!!!!I am the vocalist.
Please tell Matthew I said hello.
Uncle Nemesis from Waterglass:
so much for the gig review, the photo's and the top ten listing.What can
I say, it's great to know that someone out there does understand what we're
trying to do. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the 'Unhinged' set. I couldn't
have described what we were trying to communicate better than you did in
the review! We're also wishing we had recorded the set in some ways, we
thought it would be special, and there's something to be said for just
doing something once and not keeping any record, other than photo's. But
a bit of me wishes we'd recorded it. We might do something similar but........!
for your unshaking support, reading reviews like yours makes it all worth
while and certainly gives us the impetus to keep going regardless...
John Gothwin, manager of the Descendants Of Cain:
for that! Saw all the stuff earlier... Still trying to work out if Mick
liked the CD or not !
Mike V from The Machine In The Garden:
"Wow! What an incredible
review - well written, descriptive, and insightful. I rarely see someone
describe our music so well, and understand so much of what I am singing
about. This album was deeply personal to me. You seem to grasp that, relate
to, and empathize with that, all without trivializing my emotions.
The support you provide us,
and all the other artists you watch over, never ceases to amaze.
Gaab to Mike V:
Thank you so much for reviewing
one of my CD's, Peripheral Visions, recently in Starvox Mag. You have touched
the music more than I can tell you. Your insights about the musical
meanings of the pieces was remarkable. As a composer that is one
of the greatest rewards of course.
...thanks again. sincerely
yours, Larry Gaab"
Uncle Nemesis from Leisur Hive:
"Maria from Leisur Hive
here. Dan and I would like to thank you for your constant support of us
over the years; the wonderful reviews of our live and recorded performances,
coming to see us etc. To be honest I cannot thank you enough, times have
been a little hard for the Leisur Hive camp in the last year or so and
your, well written and I must say , PERCEPTIVE, write ups have kept
our spirits high and given us more will to go on!! You really seem
to know what we are about, and even though you say we 'come from another
planet', you Michael, are certainly on our wavelength!!!!!! Please continue
to let the Leisur Hive flag flapping (er..does that sound rude?) And I,
Maria and that Danny too, wish you a Very Happy Christmas and a Happy,
Successful and fufilling New Year, have fun Michael and hope to see you
at our gig in Feb 2003!!!
Hugs and thanks again,
Editor Blu contributed an article on Voltaire to Projekt Record's
first print magazine beneath the icy floe
Uncle Nemesis from Kiss The Frog:
"thanks for the links and
the neato review... i'll have our webmaster put links to your review asap.
Uncle Nemesis from Season's End:
"Thanks for the review (and
photo's) of our Whitby performance. It is an excellent piece and firmly
hits several nails squarely on their respective heads. From my own personal
point of view (as the person who had to console the band post voting -
and has since spoken with David Gulvin from Ordinary Psycho who shares
a similar view) the battle of the bands is a bad thing and should be dropped
from the WGW....Over the past three years we have played to a variety of
different crowds, supporting, and with support from, bands of every persuasion
you can imagine with equally mixed receptions. The best crowd reaction
has always been from Goth's. We not have consciously chosen to concentrate
on that audience - they have effectively chosen us and I hope they will
Uncle Nemesis from This Ascension:
for the long overdue reply... thank you so much for this review!!! it was
very complimentary, and also well written, i really enjoyed it. it
was also great to see those pics, they were awesome! better than any we
Hideous (The Empire Hideous) on the StarVox sponsored West Coast Tour
You are doing a mini tour of California at the end of this month. How did
this come about? Can you give us a run down of the details of it?
Not too much to say really. I did an interview in Jan of this year, with
an on-line magazine called www.starvox.net and when I was done, the writer
Blu, was so supportive that she said she wanted to get Hideous out there
to do a West Coast tour. And here we are. My thanX goes out to Blu. She’s
unbelievably hard working and keeps her word. I respect that kind of trait
in people. I wish she was my manager. You have no idea how much she’s done
for me." - from an interview in Albion/Batcave
Uncle Nemesis from Dan of Leisur Hive:
read the review on Starvox the other day... many many thanks! It's very
rewarding to read a review which seems to connect with what we're "about"
(rather than someone going on about what kind of trousers we're wearing!!)...So,
again, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I must remember to email Kiss The
Frog to say hi; they were a nicebunch of people (Forcis, on the other hand
were most impolite!...kids today, I don't know!)"
was thanked in Bella Morte's new release The Quiet:
Uncle Nemesis from the DC Molina Camp:
is Suzie (Matthew DCMolina's wife!) - DC Molina email is delivered to my
account. I just read the DC Molina@The Garage review to Matthew over phone,
which certainly perked up his morning - thank you! The boys have just put
together an album which covers their most recent material, and will soon
be recording again."
Uncle Nemesis from Hungry Lucy.....
for the review. I think you totally nailed our thoughts on the Square
Matrix remixes ... not that they're bad ... just not terribly representative
of Hungry Lucy.
regards and thanx again,
reader's email on the Chameleons Feature:
just got done reading the "why are the chameleons goth?" article and i
just have to say thank you for putting it together. i just feel SO passionately
about that band (well, they are my favorite) and it's just so nice to read
those encouraging affirming words about them. being a fanatic in the middle
of nowhere gets kind of lonely.
from detroit to manchester in may of 2000 when they reformed and played
those first few witchwood gigs. let me tell you, it was like the biggest
family reunion you'd ever been to. everyone loved one another. everyone
sang along. everyone cried. it was a perfect moment.
thanks again. have fun at the shows. i'll be seeing them in chicago.
thanks Blu, StarVox, Jez and Mike V in their newest CD People of the Dark:
you again for doing what you do. I think your online music 'zine is superb.
I look forward to every issue. Keep doing a great job. Thanks!
a reader in Prague:
I am Amber writing from Prague. Your article for Pagan Love Songs &
tthe deathrock/batcave scene in Germany is great. Somehow I find it very
funny to see all my friends here displayed on an American gothic internet
Mercer named StarVox editor Blu in an interview:
... If you could crown someone King and Queen of Goth, from your point
of view who would they be?
Mercer: Again, I wouldn't dare. Egos are brittle things, and
people get offended. Maybe Blu and Forrest Black? I couldn't logically
suggest anyone in the UK because the scene is so tiny, but in America,
well there are a few choices aren't there, just as there are in Germany.
Honestly, it wouldn't matter who I chose, apart from me in the court jester
role, because people have their own opinions. If you held a poll in this
country Jo Hampshire would be Queen and maybe Michael Johnson the King,
but Internationally? I have no real idea, as I haven't thought about it.
Krissy, a StarVox reader:
review too..btw..your CS reviews always give me chills to read!! "
on being a "cover model":
here from Funhouse. Great page hehehehehehe I really hope we met one day.
Seven thanked "Matthew and Anthony @ StarVox"
on their latest CD a stitch to mark the wound.
Blu from Dez in Ghoultown:
, it's Dez from Ghoultown. Great review! thanks again for everything. The
tour is over and we are all still alive thanks to great people like you!
I'm am looking forward to seeing you during our next haunt to Cali!!-Dez"
STARCRY to Mick Mercy on his review of their CD in our August issue:
I flattered reading your review!! I almost couldn't believe it! I even
ran straight to my mom and dad, and showed them what a successful citizen
they had produced raising me! They have ever since decided they can rest
in peace at last so they turned off the TV set and everyone lived happily
the same possible universe, everyone has understood the joke about Nosferatu
the Vampyre being the highest ideal of the gothic subculture and how hilarious
our dreamworlds make us look when we are faced with our down-to-earth social
behaviour. People have finally woken up to realise we have been living
in the Dark Ages since the French Revolution and we have all joined hands
to revive the Golden Age of Perikles' Athens (4th century BC). And so the
world has changed forever and Starcry have been recorded in History for
their influence on universal matters and everyone forgot the Beatles...
another possible universe I, the latest model of decline, came home to
the cockroach studio last night, in the centre of a city formerly known
as Athenae, capitol city of a country formerly known as Hellas, occasionally
inhabited by Greeks (Turkish paraphrase of Gregori=fast, name attributed
mythologically to a race that walked the earth long ago, known elsewhere
as the Nephilim), mainly inhabited nowadays by refugees from countries
from the former Eastern Block, and "prezonia" (from "preza"=messed up heroine)
Greeks who refuse to go home at the state they are in, and would rather
haunt the streets until they drop dead from natural causes.
spent my August working at a "rooms to let" establishment for overaged
and otherwise disabled people - wonderful experience - I am now feeling
so much maturer and wiser and can't move my back without practising my
distorted vocals at the same time... At least I can afford to pay off a
couple of phone and electricity bills if I can make it to the nearest post-office.
And I checked my e-mail box for the first time in a month and got your
I mean to say, is Thank You So Very Much for your review, for it gave me
great consolation to know that although confronted by the lack of particular
basic things a human being needs to hang on to, to survive, I can still
manage to come up with something definitely very good.
not great, but having read a few of your opinions, I have come to respect
you as the teacher of the Goth module in the 21st century school of Western
culture, and your words reflected so well what I was thinking about "ideal
husband", that I was sincerely astonished. The bit about the relevence
of 'Messiah' and Fading Colors has confused me utterly, though. Forgive
me for my ignorance, oh great master, but if Fading Colours is the "Black
Horse" etc. band from Poland (I believe), how do you mean Messiah reminds
you of them, and if it isn't, then what is Fading Colors? Well, I would
love to have a clue as to how you mean "let go" too, but being Greek I
may not be able to comprehend it anyway.
obliged to apologise to you too at this point, for you haven't only bared
to listen to "ideal husband" and review it in a surprising tender manner
you usually do not use (Starvox is one of the best sites I have ever seen
on the web - congratulations!), you have also bared to read this delirious
frenzy of mine. I love you Mick Mercer. And the other Nick and Zoe love
you from now on too.
I'm Britney again! I'm so happy! We are soon going to have a sort of site
uploaded - we just haven't sorted out copyright control for the images
Editor Blu contributed an article on Deathrock to Meltdown Magazine
Travis, Salome's Wish
I would like to give you my own personal Kick Ass Award. Hell the crowd
was thunderous when Andy from Bella Morte gave StarVox a shout out and
plugged the comp disc at the show last month."
a lovely and thoughtful and knowledgeable review! Can't thank you enough.
I've e-mailed it on to Andy and Tim and am sure they would agree. I am
so glad you enjoyed it so much. Many, MANY thanks again....
Justin of Passion Play:
once again for your support, Blu - hope to hear from you again soon. In
the meantime, I wish you continued success with Starvox - you've really
got a class act going there... and I'm delighted to see you putting Uncle
Nem's 'retirement' (from promoting) to very good use !"
June's Contest winner:
site and glad to know you guys support fans :)
Jez from Breather:
thank you so much for letting us know!! you guys kick ass!
stitched with a kiss
Matthew from Elysabeth (Black Tape For A Blue Girl):
there. I just read your Projektfest review. What a fun weekend, wasn't
it?! It was nice meeting you.Thanks for the lovely words. You totally made
my day. Take care. xo Elysabeth"
thanks again for the support and the new music - you're a pillar in this
scene, Blu, and I'm grateful that you're around."
Dibrom from Hollydrift:
want to thank you for the VERY insightful review of my CD In These Days
Of Merriment. Your thoughts about the title and front cover photo are
veryinteresting. Yes, Hollydrift should be seen as a 'total thing' and
you've done that! Anyway, thanks again! I'll be sure to send more your
a StarVox reader:
site from a newbie to the goth music scene
Machine In The Garden thanked Mike V,
StarVox and DJ Xian on their CD Asphodel.
Rik - Mara's Torment to Uncle Nemesis:
so much for mentioning me in your wonderful review of Convergence 8. Your
comment was most amusing, and if you're okay with it, I'd love to be
able to add it to my website as it totally encapsulates the live Mara's
Torment experience. C8 was a truly awesome weekend and I very much enjoyed
being able to relive it through your write up. Thanks very much for
bringing back that Convergence glow..."
from Valerie - some reader-reaction on the C8 story:
writing just gets better and better - and its soooooo enjoyable."
Uncle Nemesis from Romek of Spiky Black Cat, The Faces Of Sarah's
label about the Gotham review:
for such an honest review of Gotham. Nice to see you as a punter for
Daniel of Terminal Bliss to Jez:
you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I particularly appreciated that part of your
review where you commented on the lyrical content <and theme of the
CD> It was nice to read a review from someone who 'got it'. I really appreciate
the reviews in Starvox which actually delve more into the content of the
music than most other magazines and websites that often just deal with
the surface of how something sounds like, and not the overall emotional
or intellectual context of the album. Thanks again for the good review!
I hope life is treating you well."
from Terminal Bliss to Matthew:
you! It is great, and wonderful to actually see someone who has some mastery
over the english language. You wouldn't believe some of the bad grammar,
run on sentences, or just lofty words thrown in to make the reviewer appear
more intellectual that have nothing to do with the music that I've seen."
Julianne Regan (All About Eve):
thanks again for a fantastic article on Starvox. I've become quite a regular
reader of it now. (Starvox, not the article. That would just be TOO vain!)."
Uncle Nemesis from Bella Morte:
you for the heads up, and the kind words! It was a very well-written review,
with a definite UK spin, and I really enjoyed reading it. Hopefully, we'll
be able to make our way to Europe soon!
the C8 Organizers:
wanted to drop you one last line to thank you and the rest of the staff
at Starvox for all the support you have given to Convergence VIII.
Hope to see you at a future C*. (I've been re-bitten by the Convergence
Mike V from Informatik:
a bunch for the review, glad you liked the album!!
tyler / informatik"
you so very much for the fabulous review of our new album!!!!!!!!!
a reader to Matthew about his Projektfest article:
review on Projektfest! I couldn't be there but I felt like I was
just by reading your article...
the Alice Cooper camp on Sonya's review of his tribute album:
that's great. we just checked it out. thanks! We'll forward
a copy to alice.
bad we don't seem to make it up to WA too often...sorry!
Sam (Projekt Records) on the Audra review:
an amazing review. It sounds like you're hearing what I love about audra's
the creators of Little Evil Things:
so much for your kind words and wonderful review. We will add it
to our press kit. We couldn't agree more with your point that some
movies have taken the thrill out of horror. That was the whole point
to doing the Little Evil Things series - what we imagine in our minds is
ten times worse than what a latex monster or CGI can do. Thanks again.
Play to Matthew:
for the album review - some interesting points... I've been very impressed
with Starvox since I first saw it - thanks for the coverage and keep up
the good work !
"We just got back from GothCon
2002 in New Orleans and had a blast. It was a very long, 4,200
miles round trip, but well worth it in the end in large part to your previous
review of our band The Shadow Cabinet. A good number of people mentioned
how they read your article on us and made it a point to see us based on
the review. Thank you, thank you, thank you..for helping us make GothCon
a great experience...
.the check is in the mail..;-)
Orlando on behalf of The
Sumerland uses a quote
from StarVox as its focal point for its webpage on their CD SIVO. See it
"Hello, again, honey-lamb!
If I had sacrificed my soul to Old Nick an' skipped down to N'Awlins with
a scarred-up nickel in my pocket an' a beat-up six-string ovuh muh shoulduh
I couldn't, I say, couldn't have found a more incredibly generous review
of 'The Astonished Eyes...'. And I thank you for it."
a reader on the All Aboue Eve yahoo group in regards to Jezebel's
"Excellent. Nice to see
an interview from someone (other than the I&SS folks) who doesn't harp
on the old Eves, doesn't have preconceived ideas and actually has some
good questions... and some jolly nice pics of the lady. Gotta love those
leggings (or whatever they are)!! Woohoo! ;)
on Uncle Nemesis's Whitby Feature:
"My God Unx, the feature
is fab. It must have taken you ages.""
"Its a Damn good piece of
work ... mr J."
"... it is an excellent,
well written piece, entertaining throughout in a lively fashion, accompanied
by some fantastic photos."- Micke Mercer
"Thanks for the review.
It was a good read. You obviously listened with a critical ear for production
and songwriting, which is
excellent for us (we love
it when people say only glowing things about D.E., of course, but
we ultimately benefit a lot more when we get a few hints about what we
could be doing better)."
to the StarVox list about our April issue:
"A friend of mine, Matt
(DJ Imperium) writes for your magazine.He can attest to my being a Rozz
fiend.I truly enjoyed the tribute to him.I believe it was a great thing
to honor a major contributor to the beginning of the goth movement.The
rest of the issue is great as well.Keep up the great work.
of Destination Venus writes:
Jett Black sent me a link
to your Starvox GothCon article, so I checked it out. I was unable to attend,
but it felt like I almost made it out thanks to your "personal journal"
writing style. I liked how you chose to write in a "first we did this,
ran into these people, then we did that" kind of way as opposed the impersonal
"newspaper reporter" way. As you may have guessed, I am no writer, hence
my fumbling writing style descriptions. :) Anyway, thanks for writing a
great article! I thought details like the "my swollen feet scream out for
sanctuary" bit really added a lot to helping the reader experince the event.
words from Rob (Secret-Secret):
It's a very nice article
and it brought back good memories just reading it. I had a very good time
of it and it seems that you did as well."
thank you for your sweet
review! i need to tell the other guys :)
i'll let you know if we
have new stuff
Byder of Belisha:
"...The Zine is excellent.....My
computer is the most outdated, rubbish, slow, moribund machine around but
I still make sure that I read it all every month."
Like your magazine. Very
informed you are too!"
Season of Mouring
thanked StarVox on their CD Fall ...
"Re: Captain Matt's Armada
You guys are my heros. :-)
"....Really impressive site
by the way - long may it continue...
All the best
Mike Manuskript x"
the director of Liberata Me... Pearry Teo in regards to Sonya's
GothCon write up:
I think the write up for
Liberata Me is great! I thought you were just gonna put in a line or two
about Liberata Me but a whole paragraph with such flattering comments about
the movie has not only made my day, it has made my week!"
Lee of Frost:
"I just wanted to thank
you. Dexter sent me a link to your review of "The Rage of Tears" and, I
must say, that I was delighted by the fact that you enjoyed it as much
as you did. Frost was an interesting project and not everyone understood
what we were trying to accomplish, I have to say, I think that you understand
completely. I'd also like to thank you for your flattering words
about me. It's always nice to be recognized for the effort that is put
into a project...
Keep up the dark work
Catherinna - Someone sent me this and after reading I was blown away. I
sent it to the guys involved and they were like, 'Wow, she knows
us better than we know ourselves.' They were very impressed. Thanks you
for the COMPLETE review of the disc. I was starting to wonder if anyone
ACTUALLY listened to it. We have more to follow so stay tuned.
has a permanent link on SciFi.com
for our Voltaire Interview.
from Breather writes:
always loved what you're doing with your site, and it's one of the best
I've seen, so it's been an honour being featured on it."
a fellow promoter and reader:
"I've just been re-reading
you review of Dream Disciples' Asphyxia again (I include a link to it whenever
I am plugging the band) and I was compelled to write and tell you what
an amazing review I thought it was. Without intending to sound obsequious,
I was very impressed by your deconstruction of the material on the album,
and also rather pleasantly suprised by the similar emotions that it seemed
to engender in us both.... ~Mel"
StarVox was thanked in Salome's
Wish's EP Black Days
Email from Salome's Wish to Edwin:
"Thanks for the review,
I was reading it today and I caught the line about where the band is going
in the future. Well next friday Salome's Wish will open for Daniel Ash.
I cannot say thanks enough as people like you are a big part of making
this band grow!!!
on Uncle Nemesis' concert review:
"Thanks for the gig review
- much appreciated :) Glad you enjoyed our rock'n'roll shenanigans! We
will spread the word about Starvox....
Tim & Sarn (& Paul!)
this from Valerie, who took some of the photos at the Synthetic show:
"I was totally thrilled
that you are doing the StarVox thing; all I can say is about time too!
Your writing is so good it deserves to be somewhere less ephemeral than
Vale of Tears:
E-mail from StarVox.net
for your review... never had such 'long' review ;-) some points taken...
for taking so much time to make a thorough review of our album. It is indeed
very detailed, which we appreciate..."
Matt Green of Spahn Ranch:
for the review. It was nice to see a review from someone who actually listened
to the music as opposed to hearing it."
Eric's CD review:
"ThanX! I'm lost for words!
I have a sneaking suspicion you got our point with this album! Unnerving
and very good to read!
.) ivar & enslaved"
"Thanks for the honest review....From
your review it sounds like musically I'm headed in the right direction
at least. Thanks for not trying to gloss over what you feel are weaknesses,
it gives me insight on what needs improvment.
of Mechanical Cabaret writes about Uncle Nemesis' concert review:
"Oi Oi cock!
Well 'Ta very much' Mr Johnson.
Jolly good review you wrote there, I enjoyed it immensely. Glad you refered
to the fact that I 'do' all the music too, not that many people work that
one out. I do understand that it does indeed look like Tobi does fuck-all(!)...
actually what he does is program sounds on the fly on the two synths in
front of him and fire them off hap-hazardly throughout the songs....We
are working on improving the 'stuff going on live' aspect, incorporating
a new peice of equipment, which will be loads better, but only when we
have worked it all out, you know... A while back, we had an offer to have
a stripper performing with us!!... I thought that may just possibly detract
from what I'm doing though( and distract me, too!) so the element of saucyness
had to be provided by Bruce, our Slideshow person, who does a very fine
Well, take care, old chap.
Nice to hear from you again!