No great conditions to give this a positive mark due to the fact that these are no big attractors for me personally but I won't say that there are no outstanding bands housed in these pastures.
While ordering this I was not sure if I would really enjoy this and it was already grinding my gears that I might blew my money out for nothing. Buying sort of random demos is interesting and brought a lot of gems to me. And as you can imagine, of course also an even bigger lot of trash.
A few days later I opened the parcel and this is what I got:
Looking at this cassette release made a big question mark pop up over my head. Why this cheap plastic case? Why only a one-layer j-card... ?
And why the hell no on-body print tapes but just stickers?
I was disappointed already and doubted that this was a valueable purchase.
It took some time for me to realize that the all this doesn't matter because the orgasmic component absolutely lies in musical presentation
SEX LOVE LUCIFER
Tape edition of 100 by House ov Fvck
So, the time has come to open my heart and ears and put the tape in my beloved walkman.
My negative stomach feeling just amplified by thousand by hearing what was presented as Intro. I knew that Magic Moments had that Sisters Of Mercy vibe - experts may disagree - I checked out one song off this EP on Youtube before buying so I was expecting something atleast similiar. Then again, do you remember these old mobiles that had stereo ringtones? The intro instantly gave me a timetravel to my first Nokia that had an almost similiar tone!
Ok, this SUCKS. I was already about to take the tape out of my lovemachine to burn and bury it in the backyard of my brain. But I remembered how I liked the sample track I heard so I gave the music a real chance.
The unwonted powerful opener 'Devour' woke my hopes to revoke opinion. Making it suprisingly easy to drown in Magic Moments debut EP, these catchy riffs completely reflected the awaitings I had towards the Magic Moments sound. Ole and Axel are not forcing Darkwave into a new direction here but they don't have to anyway. Determining the musical but also the contentual direction with that song and lyrical pearls like "drench yourself in her everflowing nectar", it doesn't take alot to figure out where we are heading to.
With shallow synthesizer use, these norwegians know how to suck you into their dark land of interpersonal relations, domination, subservience and loss. On 'Amovre" they intuitively refine their song with adding soft female vocals. Definitely the dreamy song on this 5-tracker.
Then again, 'Void' heads into a more rock-oriented direction and the aforementioned Sisters influence is very present. It makes you take off your clothes, kissing, touching, welting, penetrating. A song Pete Steele would be proud off. Love bites and this bites you by the neck.
It continues with the hypnotic 'Lust', an ode to sin. A beneficial electronical throbbing that in combination with the amazing bariton conducts a great closing track..
The beginning is a bit too obvious in my opinion but as the song progresses, the soundscape changes into a more melodic mood. Ending this EP with the words "Give in to sin my love, give in to sin" just seems perfect.
'Don't Fall For Me' is a dark striptease, an infernal erotic flick or the lover you always wanted. Of course this duo is not taking any risks with this EP and neither do they add new elements to Darkwave but how they execute it just shows the how impressive songwriters these two are! They also make a great blueprint on how classic Darkwave should sound in all his facets.
I hope much more lurks in the shadows. Absolutely fantastic.
Magic Moments on Bandcamp: here