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Description: The Fall 2013 Issue of Carpe Nocturne Magazine; This issue includes some great interviews, features and stories covering and supporting the scene and culture. From its Music and Arts to Literary, Belly Dance, Horror, Body Art, Fashion and more! More pictures in all areas too!
As we start to wind down out 8th year of publishing and supporting the Dark Alternative or "New Dark Culture," we embark on a new journey; one of a great new look and feel to the magazine! DON'T MISS IT!
GOth INdustrIAL steAm PuNk dArkwAVe eBm syNthPOP VOL. 8 NO. 3 FALL 2013 the VOICe OF the New dArk CuLture IN thIs Issue BELLA LUNE dArk FAshION mOdeLs LANdeNBurG GermANy AN eVeNING wIth meLLe NOIre PhOeNIX ArIZONA FuChsIA ANGeL THE DETACHMENTS THE DANDY WARHOLS THE VOICE OF THE NEW DARK CULTIURE NIGHT SINS & TOY musIC FeAtures sCeNe rePOrts New yOrk CIty PhILAdeLPhIA COLumBus PhOeNIX BeLLy dANCe hOrrOr ANd BOdy Art eXPANded FeAtures INCLude INterVIews wIth BELLA LUNE JEREMY INKEL CHIASM & THE AZOIC 1 2 Press Kits Press releases anD Promotional Writing ContaCt katlyn7 wi.rr.com Editor in chiEf BoB Donovan consultants DJ aDDam BomBB From The Editor A New Life For Carpe Nocturne as many of you know Carpe Nocturne Magazine announced an end Date where we would stop publishing and be no longer. that date was the winter 2014 (winter 2014-2015) issue so 1 more full year. However at the same time we announced this would happen unless things changed and we got more support and the scene (mainly in the us) took itself seriously and did more to promote itself and unify rather than compete and fight amongst themselves. Funny thing about this magazine and the culture itself when things look the worst something really great happens and you want to forge ahead a little longer to see how it all unfolds and works out. with that said it seemed our announcement rekindled the spark and we got more support not financial but a ton of e-mails asking us to keep up the Good Fight and what the publication meant to them this was from readers around the world as well as thank yous from a few of the bands venues and events we ve supported over the years. Just hearing from our readers means more than you know then in the midst of all that we found a few new staff members that are very excited about being on the staff and i think their being here will be a huge help coupled with the best of the staff we already have. sadly we released a handful of staff who weren t living up to the expectation of this publication but losing some old means room is available for new ideas and content one of the new staff is an incredible Graphic Designer with years of experience in high quality output for cD and DvD art in the film industry and major magazine print publishing. His name is viscera Hood and his work is well you ll see a touch of it in this issue He came on while we were in final production so he didn t have time to work his magic on the entire issue. But wait to you see the next issue and the one after that straP in anD Get reaDy For tHe new CarPe NoCturNe so we haven t removed the end Date but we have initiated an all new fight to be the best publication we can be do the most we can for the scene and give our readers and staff something to be proud they are part of or look forward to read each quarter.... From there we will see how it goes. until next issue... Keep the Faith Keep dark Bob Donovan editor Publisher crEativE dirEctor viscera HooD Feature editor micHael Jack katHy sHarkey setH Horn sonnett57 troy stover krystalle voecks molly B. Denum Music Feature editor sHaHinaz GeneiD mark Hickman Billy silver amanDa meDina saDly DeaD GotH arts litErary antHony mccracken FisH Jones marGie Patton molly sHrine trista Quirk cd rEviEWErs Feature editor zaHara yasaman JeziBell anat GinGer kewl BellaDonna Black BElly dancE Feature editor xxxzomBieBoyxxxx mario Piumetti linnie saraH kris BlackBurn horror micHael Jack Dawn wooD cHirality amara alexanDer zanDer Buel Fairlyinnocent scene rePorters CONTRIBUTING WRITERS oz visual aDJectives Carpe Nocturne Magazine is an on-line publication. all reviews and coverage expressed in this publication are the opinions of the writer and or those being interviewed and may not be shared by the editor or enlightened Darkness Publishing. carpe nocturne is copyright 2010 11 12 and 2013 by enlightened Darkness Publishing. SPONSORS Editor CarpeNocturne.net contact Feedback CarpeNocturne.com 3 Table of Contents Cover Image As You Wish Photography - www.facebook.com AsYouWishPhotos Cover Design Viscera Hood Carpe Nocturne Magazine s Creative Director Features MUSIC STORIES The Detachments .............................................. Pg 36 Night Sins ......................................................... Pg 40 Toy .................................................................. Pg 44 Jeremy Inkel ...................................................... Chiasm ............................................................. Bella Lune ......................................................... Azoic (Scene Report) ........................................ Pg 22 Pg 28 Pg 52 Pg 66 MUSIC INTERVIEWS CommeNtary The Eyes Of Oz ................................................... Pg 18 Viewpoint - Michael Jack .................................... Pg 191 Viewpoint - Andy Fereday ................................. Pg 197 Chained Shadows - Sergio Manghina .................. Pg 193 sCeNe report New York City NY ............................................. Philadelphia PA ................................................. Columbus OH ................................................... Phoenix AZ ....................................................... Pg 58 Pg 62 Pg 66 Pg 76 Fall 2013 reGulars Vol. 8 - No. 3 From The Editor .............................................. Pg 3 New To You - CD Reviews .......................... Pg 18 THE ARTS Art ................................................................... Pg 91 Film Reviews ................................................... Pg 106 Literary Reviews .............................................. Pg 113 SOPHIE LANCASHER S DARK FASHION Fuchsia Angel (Model) ........................................ Melle Noire (Model) ........................................... D.I.Y. Cloak Etiquette ......................................... Hair & Make-up ................................................ Body Art .......................................................... Belly Dance ...................................................... Pg 125 Pg 135 Pg Pg 153 Pg 159 Pg 175 DJ VJ BOOTH VJ - The Liar .................................................... Pg 203 HORROR ....................................................... Pg 208 GOTHIC NEWS (Press Releases & News) .......... Pg 83 SUPPORTER PAGES .................................. Pg 242 CLUB LISTINGS ................. .......................... Pg 246 MaGaZinE Charlotte Shadow s eternaL sLeep Anima Virus end oF tHe eden Counterfeit I stiLL NOTE CD Cover Art images that appear on this page may or may not be that of CDs reviewed in past present or future issues of Carpe Nocturne Magazine. These CD Covers represent top artists in our subculture. THE VOICE OF THE NEW DARK CULTIURE parKLands Hiatus Scha efer HerreGud Vendemmian one More tiMe 6 a GLiMpse an eCLipse Counterfeit I Lunar pHases Winter soLstiCe ep Cindergarden this is where Carpe Nocturne Magazine s Worldwide staff reviews everything from the origins of our subculture to today s top releases as well as introducing you to some of the Best of tomorrow tHe LauGHinG staLK Wovenhand BeLoW tHe City Thyx New To You It s New To You if the release is new or old if you haven t heard it yet . . . Music rEviEWs INSIDE 7 ANONYMOUS LADY WITH THE GOOD REPUTATION. . . www.TheGoodGirl.BandCamp.com THENEW ALBUM FROM THE 8 Music rEviEWs Charlotte s Shadow By Sergio Manghina Charlotte s Shadow presents here a collection of songs that openly acknowledges all its influences rooted in the early years of Darkwave. this is the necessary premise in order to understand a work like Eternal sleep avoiding whatever abuse of sarcasm. in fact it is quite evident that this irish trio keeps its brain syntonized to another era of Goth music. New To You EtErnal slEEp 2009 Self-Released The Key is an electro-pop piece that reminds me a curious mix between split enz and the Cars and seems a sort of breakthrough of time barrier going straight back to the 80s the second track Evelyn introduces the real kernel of this album formed by an handful of melancholy tunes including Cold Eternal Sleep Sing (La-La) and The One which represent a bouquet of precious romantic-obscure tracks and shows the real calling of the band. the most outstanding quality of these guys is the ability to build some perfect and dramatic-melodic gears emphatized by a pulsating rhythm section and a brilliant use of guitar and keyboards. above all the title track and the following Sing (La-La) are two tasty examples of great dark-craftwork genuine and passionate. instead unfortunately the final count-down of this disc manifests more than a crevice. In The Fire and Hush II appear uncertain and irresolute among too many goads. Particularly Hush II fails into an useless funky-rock and the instrumental Prelude is nothing more than a vain sketch. characterized by the omnipresent whimpering-growl vocalization this cd sounds discontinuous regarding the quality even if honest about intentions sometimes wandering into uncertain territories thus risking to lose balance. anima virus is the new incarnation of the italian composer singer and multi instrumentist aurelio Gioia. in spite of his understatement this artist has a substantial music-background and this official debut album End of the Eden represents more than a personal ordeal by fire. conjugating different traditions Gioia gathers germs of Brit post punk and californian death rock so he can creatively use them for its own ends into a stricly personal vision enriched by a non-conventional dark-ambient attitude. in addition he invents some pleasant melodical splinters for the dance floor. End of thE EdEn 2009 Decadence Anima Virus By Sergio Manghina carpE nocturnE MaGaZinE 9 10 the result is an amazing music-synthesis intimately entwined with the philosophical conceptual lyrics able to draw an intriguing map of sensations and moods plunged into foggy enviroments or threatening electronic soundscapes. the first of several high points comes with Metaphora a true masterly strike obscure and noir . an austere aesthetic sensitiveness permeates tracks like An Old Wisdom The Hunt and Blood From Heaven that spread sediments of an evocative and gloomy ethno-dark flooded by an arcane and deeply seductive scent. some pieces seem to take the blueprint of some esoteric music confirming a multiple range of sonic perspectives included in this work. Siren regains a Goth appeal showing a correct darkwave syntax prelude to an interesting cover of the echo and the Bunnymen s The Killing Moon . the closing song Adam paints shards of light in a leaden sky with some colour patches proceeding slowly toward an unknow goal clipping a relaxed moment before the end. maybe there s nothing particularly unusual here nevertheless this album possess a distinctive charm often switching into passages of surprising beauty. lunar phasEs thE WintEr solsticE Ep 2012 Looking Glass Records Cindergarden By aMara aLeXanDer cindergarden released an eP dubbed lunar phases - the Winter solstice Ep . the first track is a cover of soundgarden s Black Hole Sun . Her voice breathes dark magic into the song as the music weaves a dark and twisted dream. then comes the main attraction Lunar Phases . it has an eeriness that drowns in melancholy. the harmony in the chorus are full of longing and grief. the haunting voices in the background creates a ghostly presence that longs for life and love lost. the eP is concluded with Everybody Knows . it s full of sorrow passion anguish and yearning with rain and tears. i was thoroughly impressed with the new songs and felt the dark emotions she was feeling and was swept away by the ethereal and creepy music into another more twisted world. a GliMpsE an EclipsE 2012 Bit Riot Records Counterfeit I By BiLLY BLaCK the new eP by three piece group counterfeit i just dropped still but the first track that i want to sink my teeth into is Freudian off of their 2012 disc a Glimpse an Eclipse . (i ll get back to still in a moment you get 2 reviews in one here ) these gents from nearby wheaton a short drive from my home town of chicago have embodied the chaos of the city to the extent of walking through the loop during rush hour blindfolded with tasers in each hand. the honesty of this track is infectious the stylization is very unique i get vibes that are reminiscent of radiohead with moody ambient piano pieces that soar beneath vocalist founder Derrick allen s riotous waves of angst and energy. the crisp drums are refreshingly sharp with a high-end tonality that makes the point crystal clear a poignant stab to the ear that will not heal unless more magic is administered. carpE nocturnE MaGaZinE 11 12 the raw overdriven sentimentality is hateful like Ministry s filth pig an enjoyable rendering of disgust and pain but intelligible. raw. the identity fades away leaving only good music with songs like Sahel that embrace a significantly emotional presence with acoustic guitar and fairly timeless and catchy melody. Derrick s vocals seem inviting and accepting awaiting you waiting for you to walk into the musical room before the distortion kicks in. no drums on the initial portion of the track but rhythmically superior nonetheless with great syncopation and timing on the instrumentalist s behalf. when the song sinks into a beat and the electronic sensibilities that they so carefully employ take over you re already elsewhere in another place. animals should envy this oh-so-human and amazing energy. the lead track off of the still eP is One Point Five an amazing ambient jazzy feel gives way to an ethereal delayed voyage into the future with your pain as the platform. experimenting with just the right instrumentation and vocal presence via effects builds anticipation for the next track Limb which reminds me of neurosis meets speed-of-Pain manson psychologically tapping the network of inner fears the shade that the soul hides in. the nature of this beast is in like a lamb . . . beware the lions and forget how you got here just be glad counterfeit i got you here in one piece still 2013 Bit Riot Records Counterfeit I By BiLLY BLaCK much ambient electronic music is all about the distraction tunes to chill out to after a long night of dancing or to break up the monotony of mundane tasks. Hiatus s parklands however is not background music it s front and center music a full blown epic journey into another world that demands your complete attention. parklands is brimming with lush gorgeous soundscapes masterfully interwoven with plenty of surprises including middle eastern rhythms shimmering guitars sparse piano and moments of pure groove. there are also echoes of classic ethereal Darkwave bands like dead Can dance and His name is alive. Deepening the power and complexity of parklands is the addition of female vocals from shura on several tracks. shura s smooth and delicate voice cradles your heart but it also delivers just enough grit kick and weight to squeeze that fragile muscle when the mood is right. parklands is quite the emotional adventure overall immersing you in equal parts melancholia and jubilation with the subtlety of the delivery making the effects resonate even more deeply. like a sunrise or a crashing wave parklands is a pure simple organic pleasure resulting from a perfect alignment of myriads of cosmic parts. it draws you in surrounds you and fills all your empty spaces. parKlands 2013 Self-Released Hiatus By Margie PaTTon carpE nocturnE MaGaZinE 13 14 For anyone unfamiliar with Wovenhand one thing to get out in the open right away is the overtly christian lyrics you will find all through this album. But as this very ardent agnostic will assure you regardless of your spiritual beliefs you ll be right on board singing along to these reeling powerful paeans that are as boundless and spectacular as the heavens they praise. Wovenhand is simply a majestic band and that glorious splendor and fervor is in full effect on their latest release. the music of Wovenhand is phenomenal when it is sparse and brooding but this dynamic coruscating effort is a particular favourite of mine full of sweeping bristling american Gothic juggernauts. images of fire and brimstone19th century revivals and horses thundering across barren plains fill your head with these cinematic and evocative tracks that may remind some of the dark and dramatic Gothic flourishes of bands like Fields of the nephilim and the Mission. with all the crash and roar that the songs deliver however Wovenhand is never pompous or over the top an accomplishment achieved by the skills and sincerity of wovenhand s frontman and driving force David eugene edwards. it is clear that these songs are rooted in edwards passion and belief and created with the precision and artistry of a master musical craftsman. the laughing stalk is bold grand exultant and 100% genuine to the core. it may not make you believe in the glory of God but it will certainly make you believe in the glory of music. thE lauGhinG stalK 2012 Glitterhouse Records Wovenhand By Margie PaTTon sometimes they come back. Generally band reunions mask a dishearthening poverty of inspiration and original ideas. yet i must admit that the return of Vendemmian is a bright exception. i don t know much about their adventures after disbanding however this material sounds fresh and vital as well as deeply connected to the past even if isn t merely done to work on a nostalgic level. while the first couple of pieces - talk talk and Give it up - run fast along sparkling pop-punk trails the following end Like this shows intact their brilliant melodic talent handling an introverted compositive structure characterized by some pungent popedelic accents. Give and take another day didn t say it was you and seen enough are a poker of killing tracks almost a revitalizing vitaminic infusion of energetic Brit-psycho-goth rich in emotion and imagination capable to present from time to time a small tasteful trick a glitter effect or an irresistible riff. marc and Dave settle their own style through an approach considered a bit unhortodox in the darkwave scene respect a more formal sensibility and however less complex than other coeval groups. instead they possess a peculiar expressive quality joined with a marked inclination for building some robust rhythmic structures. so it s not surprising to find a song like the final track too Late captured into an unexpected american vortex something similar to certain vigorous songs by the dream syndicate. even some inflexions in mark s voice reminds me of steve Wynn 0ne More time is filled with good music. time to re-discover one of the best Goth band of the 90s onE MorE tiME 2008 Ressurection Vendemmian By Sergio Manghina carpE nocturnE MaGaZinE 15 16 THYX is the solo project from Stefan Poiss frontman to the incredible electronic band Mind.In.A.Box. Last year he began the side project with his stellar debut album The Way Home and his latest Below the City continues his new style of beautiful electronica expansive soundscapes and more personal lyric subjects. These songs seem even more focused on delivering emotion with the music to lay the foundation for even better singing than last time. The album has a great range from the opening track Searching which builds to faster beats and catchy synths to Alien Love that is a gorgeous piano ballad. The Street is my favorite and it begins as a dark and gloomy journey and unleashes a chorus that s powerful and moving with expansive and deep bass displaying his most confident singing. Then there s roses that s so catchy and dance poppy in a slightly 80s way. An encompassing example of the style of the album is the single Network Of Light that s faster-paced and delivers amazing vocals and an expert layering of more sounds packed into one song than most people attempt. It s the perfect second album for THYX. Below the City is a perfect example of a band changing just enough to please the fans of previous work while exploring new territory. I wish this album had more than ten songs on it but he has since released a few extra songs online that give rabid fans a bit more before he releases another album thyx By ANTHONY McCRACKEN BeLOW THe CITY 2013 Metropolis Records Unless you know Norwegian you won t understand the lyrics to Herregud but this is such a visceral explosion of an album that you feel it rather than hear it anyway. Every track gets into your bloodstream immediately and becomes a part of you body and soul every sound pulsing and seething with intensity. Herregud is psychedelic and symphonic shimmering and glittering fuzzy and noisy clanging and booming sexy and sinister haunting and heartbreaking delicate and gossamer all sometimes within the same track and this magnificent m lange works in all the mysterious ways you could fathom Frontman Kim K lb k freely professes my mind is a rollercoaster reflected in our music. Uncertainty and flux are always present. Scha efer By MARGIE PATTON HerreguD 2013 Big Peace Records Kim has also stated that an everlasting search for freedom and higher ground can be heard in the music s chords and intervals which gives you an idea of the scope and reach of the album. A release as ambitious and visionary as this could have easily turned into a self-indulgent mess but thanks to the artistry of the songwriting and the razor-sharp crystalline production restraint is just as much on show as bombast. This is intelligent complex music that is also instantaneously catchy and insanely energetic. It s rock music for intellectuals who still enjoy the pleasures of naked midnight runs through the fields. Kim has said God is as dead as boiled water but the spirit needs to feed. I agree and if your soul is hungry too sink your teeth into Sch fer and enjoy the feast. CARPE NOCTURNE MAGAZINE OZ Is A Freelance Writer For Carpe Nocturne Magazine His Viewpoints Can Be Seen From Time To Time Anywhere In The Publication I Hope You Suffer & Bright Black Heaven released 2013 republic records By it s been 4 years since afi has released any material since crash love back in 2009 whilst Davey and Jade continued with their side project Blaqk audio releasing their second album Bright Black heaven as well as the other members pursuing their own goals begging the question when would aFi come back thankfully the wait is over and they have returned with not one but two new releases i Hope you suffer and 17 Crimes which also features as a remix on the new the Mortal instruments City of Bones movie soundtrack out at the end of august. their return hasn t been in vain. afi sound better than ever and they ve acknowledged the world ebbed in mystery and haunting poetry as we were teased with a series of small trailers to promote this new work. over the weeks anticipation has grown. now with their first single release i Hope you suffer out now via itunes fans can get excited about the highly anticipated release of their new album Burials released on the 22nd october 2013. aFi seem ready to set the world on fire once more. with an eerier opening sequence i hope you suffer punches out a furiously dark and immersive cry with its beautiful hooks melodic choir break down and Davey s impeccable voice with its first play alone it will leave you with shivers and eager for more. there has been much debate conveying the sound of this song. most say its reminiscent of sing the sorrow and while i am inclined to agree i am eager to hear the rest of the album before i pass judgement. there are certainly elements there but this song alone has manifested itself into a harsh and evocative piece. it s bittersweet and very direct and with aFi always striving for perfection this really isn t far from it. this will be aFi s first album on new label republic records produced by Gil norton and mixed by andrew scheps whose work includes the likes of Metallica and the red hot chili peppers. AFI oz 18 A dark blend of well constructed tracks DJ Cruel Britannia Fadeout Podcast Epic Nightbreed Radio Original & Intoxicating Cathedral 13 Radio Real quality and emotion Martin Bowes Attrition Definite Peter Murphy Vibe DJ Paul V Ex-Indie 103.1 The Independent FM Radio Los Angeles Grand rich high-class melancholia. Get Your Goth On Dave Kendall creator of MTV s 120 Minutes and host Sirius XM First Wave facebook.com jchristianmusic FALL 2013 19 Ca 20 arpe Nocturne Magazine s Music Feature Area Philip Mercier (circa 1689-1760) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons 21 22 23 10 Questions with Jermey Inkel Of Delerium Front Line Assembly & Left Spine Down by Dawn Wood Electronic musician keyboardist and producer Jeremy Inkel has been making waves in the music scene since 2003 with such impressive music as Delerium Front Line Assembly and Left Spine Down. Left Spine down was just recently on tour with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Besides all of this Jeremy keeps himself fervently busy composing touring producing and DJing around the country. I recently spoke to Jeremy while he was in Seattle DJing at the Mercury at Machinewerks. (mercuryatmachinewerks.com) (Carpe Nocturne) Jeremy how long have you been with Left Spine Down and how did you come to join with them (Jeremy) Since I was 18 I m 30 now. I started out just being a producer type actually I was the only one at the time who a) had a working computer with cracked software b) knew more about recording then anyone else The rest is history from there. (Carpe Nocturne) Do you have plans to go on tour again soon with Left Spine Down (Jeremy) Yes LSD is always looking to tour. We just played a show in Vancouver on June 9th performing the album CAUTION live from beginning to end and another show in Calgary for the Terminus festival in July. Other then that we are currently working on a new LSD album. (Carpe Nocturne) So just how many bands are you in currently (Jeremy) Two. Left Spine Down and Front Line Assembly as well as some solo electronica stuff I m planning on doing soon. (Carpe Nocturne) Why do you think so many electronic musicians are part of multiple projects (Jeremy) Probably because it gets boring working on the same thing . I as a producer enjoy being part of different music projects. It keeps things fresh. One minute you are doing dark harsh electronic industrial the next its pop or rock or Remixes. It s all part of the game to me. (Carpe Nocturne) You write record produce tour remix and DJ. What is your favorite role and why (Jeremy) Id say produce and record it keeps me centered...and it helps keep things interesting. (Carpe Nocturne) How did you become involved 24 with Nettwork Music Group (Jeremy) Through Bill and the last Delirium album. Shortly after they asked me to produce a Lebanese artists called Nadina we are making plans for more music but as it stands those are the 2 groups I ve done that involve them. (Carpe Nocturne) What is your favorite song ever to perform live (Jeremy) For Left Spine Down I d say it s On the Other Side It s got such a great hook to it and the ending always makes me happy. For Front Line Assembly IED or Plasticity just for the energy (Carpe Nocturne) Favorite city to perform live (Jeremy) Moscow (Carpe Nocturne) Tell us a little known story tour shenanigans about Jeremy Inkel 25 26 (Jeremy) There are so many I can t even count so I ll just go with this one story on my with Front Line Assembly and DJ Acucrack. We had stopped our tour bus somewhere in Redding California at some small motel. The diner that was part of the hotel was clearly closed but there was a staff member running the desk and also overseeing the lobby. Jamie Duffy Jason Novak Chris P Jared Slingerland and I all devised a plan to acquire one of the pies they had on display. Jarred Chris and I played clever decoys up front as Jamie and Jason snuck in without notice. The 3 of us headed back to the bus and when we turned around we saw Jason and Jamie running down the street with this pie which later made its way back to the bus and into our mouths. Who says you don t eat when you make music ) (Carpe Nocturne) That is awesome Anything else you would like to promote (Jeremy) Yes keep an eye out for a new project I am doing called Hijacker. Carpe Nocturne readers can check out Left Spine Down www.facebook.com leftspinedown Front Line Assembly www.facebook.com frontlineassembly Delerium www.facebook.com Delerium rf 108143975874131 You can find Jeremy on Twitter JeremyInkel 27 By Michael Jack I have been a long time fan of Chiasm. I personally don t think there is any music quite like what Emileigh Rohn puts out. She amazes me with her technical ability her creativity and her ability to expand and build upon the foundation she has laid down for Chiasm. I never know quite what to expect and yet I do. That is why I keep coming back. That is why I continue to purchase everything she does. That is why Chiasm is a standard on my playlists. To describe what I hear when listening to Chiasm is very difficult. There is no doubt the music is industrial. In fact sometimes there are so many industrial sounds going on it is hard to separate them. The noises always blend together perfectly. There is a hint to the ethereal in the synths and vocals but of course not all of the time. There is a futuristic feel to Chiasm. There is also darkness sorrow and haunting elements to almost every song. Chiasm blankets me with the eerie and is perfect for when I want to get lost in my thoughts. Chiasm is also great for when I want to get up and move. Basically Chiasm is diverse. Emileigh Rohn s project Chiasm began in 1998. In the 15 years since she has released four full length CDs and 3 Eps. My original goal was talk about the artist. I would tell the story from beginning to present and insert my own commentary. I would list the discography maybe discuss the growth from Disorder to 11 11 and choose a few songs to talk about in between. I can still do that. With Chiasm it s not an easy task but I ve listened to the music plenty. Instead however I thought...why not Emileigh Rohn speak for herself. I contacted her. She surprised me with how quickly she responded. I respect that. So enough of my praise. You know how I feel. It pleases me to give you my interview with Emileigh Rohn (Chiasm). [Carpe Nocturne] How is 11 11 different from the work you previously did [Emileigh] I certainly grow as an artist as well as a person with each new release so it encompasses all that I ve learned from previous works and through new experiences. For the 11 11 album I also began using some new tools and equipment which allowed for more creative editing and manipulation of my recordings. It opened up far more room for experimentation and I think it s clearly present in the songs. I always enjoy the writing process and really look forward to what I come up with next. 28 29 [Emileigh] I have quite a few stand-alone synths and modules that I play with the parameters of until I ve created something I like. I also tend to watch old TV documentaries and movies in the studio while I m working so if a sound catches me off guard I ll sample and work with it as well. Other times I ll just carry a microphone about and record the noises around me. It s always nostalgic to listen back at a song and remember the sources of these like banging on the leg of the camera tripod giant thunderstorms right when the war started or the epic dropping of a guitar etc. I try to be constantly recording because often mishaps make for the best sounds really. [Carpe Nocturne] In my opinion the video for Someone has the most intelligent and wellcrafted visuals and story set to music. How much input did you have and when will we see an Emileigh Rohn produced video [Emileigh] I worked with the artist Ryan Wetherall on the Someone video and we discussed the song quite thoroughly before putting the storyboard together. I provided the stock footage of myself singing and he was very receptive to my input including the projection and overall tone. I think [Emileigh] I feel that the entire objective for me while writing music is to create and discover he understood the music quite well. I ve also been very impressed with the recent something new. I enjoy a animation videos by Tymoteusz Sulek for creative challenge and try the songs Petals and to approach music as both Phobic . I m working an art form and a method of on putting something communicating ideas and together myself for the fan-inspired song Draw emotion. That s the way my A House as featured on writing process goes. If I be 11 11 and eventually the gin to create something that upcoming Evil Mad Libs sounds too much like what song project where fans submitted written words I ve heard before I do my to me on paper so selfbest to take it in a different diproduced videos are on rection. I spend the majority their way as well. of my free time on Chiasm. So yes uniqueness is very [Carpe Nocturne] Are there important to my music. any plans for a future Chiasm tour [Carpe Nocturne] Where do you find all of these sounds [Carpe Nocturne] I listen to a lot of music and I can honestly say there is no one I can compare Chiasm to (which I hate doing anyways). How important is it to you to be unique 30 [Emileigh] There are always plans in my head and I would love to travel and do a tour eventually. I have no idea when or what form it will take but when the time and the means are available I ll make it happen. [Carpe Nocturne] How has your background in science contributed to your work as a musician Is there any way you feel it has hindered you [Emileigh] Working in science has given me more unusual experiences and perspective than I ever could have imagined otherwise. It s extremely inspiring motivating and promotes creative thinking. The only possible hindrance I can point out as with any project is the com- mitment of and to the coordinating time available. Regardless I ll always make room for music as few and far between as the hours may be and Chiasm as a project certainly wouldn t be the same without it. [Carpe Nocturne] It is almost impossible to read anything about Chiasm without the mentioning of the PC game Vampire Bloodlines (and now I m guilty of it as well). Do you find it flattering or is time to move past it [Emileigh] My song Isolated as featured in the game was first released on my debut album Disorder in 2001. I ve certainly moved on musically since then w 3 additional fulllength albums a remix album and 3 EPs. It is 31 amazing however that fans continue to discover my music through a game released a decade ago (in 2003). I am always flattered and grateful for the exposure it has allowed my music and hope that the fans continue to find my newer releases as well. [Carpe Nocturne] I find a lot of despair sorrow yet compassion in your lyrics. How much of that is Emileigh Rohn and how much is artistic creativity so perhaps an added kick of heat as well. [Carpe Nocturne] I posed this question to Ayria a few months ago about Toronto and now I ll ask you the same about Detroit. Not coincidentally they are close in proximity. Why do you feel so many great artists are coming out of this region [Emileigh] I can t speak for Canada but in Detroit the mentality is really an intense do-it-yourself risk-taking one with a lot of passion and history. Many people have lived and loved [Emileigh] I tend to see the complexity in things and enjoy exploring that so a darker very hard in this area and surprisingly yet and truthful tone sometimes emerges in the are still determined to seek their goals. It attracts and encourages much creative inmusic and with that naturally compassion novation and with the techno and Motown follows. As I m writing I often find myself history surrounding the storyline is hard to as both the giver and recipient of many new emotions and ideas. I feel everything I avoid. So art comes naturally in this enviwrite so certainly all of that is a true part of ronment perhaps as a necessary means of me but taken to a new level where I discov- expression more so than anything else. er there is always much more to uncover. [Carpe Nocturne] What s next for Chiasm [Carpe Nocturne] Finally the question I really want to ask...what would I expect to [Emileigh] I continue to write record and taste when trying Emileigh s own brewed explore the possibilities. There are about 3 beer new albums in my head already so it just keeps [Emileigh] Expect something dark and coming. Thank you for hoppy strong in gravity and flavor and your interest more bitter than sweet. It may be blasphemous but I added habanero peppers to the last batch I made (no Reinheitsgebot here) END 32 33 34 AVAILABLE NOW - CLICK THIS AD FOR INFO 35 The DeTachmenTs By Shahinaz Geneid The Detachments are a post-punk trio hailing from London led by creative force Sebastian Marshal. The band has caused quite a bit of excitement and experienced quite the cult success amongst the most discerning of the United Kingdom s Goth and post-punk dance floors and clubs over the past several years with dark danceable singles such as Circles H.A.L. and Holiday Romance . The Detachments of ThisIsNotAnExit Records are a modern post-punk band with heavy 80s synthpop influences who personally describe their music as being of a New Cold Wave or Minimal Wave style. They are comprised of members Sebastien Marshal Max Moreau and Pete Dawson. Sebastian is the band s multi-talented vocalist keyboardist and guitarist Max is both the bassist as well as a guitarist and Pete Dawson is the band s drummer. These three comprise the band s main lineup but the Detachments have been constantly collaborating with some of the industry s best and most famous post-punk musicians both on tour and occasionally in the recording studio over the past several years. The Detachments have worked with the likes of Tim Goldsworthy Andrew Weatherall and Trevor Jackson as well as in collaboration with James Ford and most notably Peter Hook former bassist for Joy Division and New Order. Peter is a self-proclaimed huge fan of the Detachments and has been known to invite the band both individual members as well as the whole trio on occasion on tours with him quite often in the past few years. Although Sebastian Marshal is the main producer for the Detachments the band has worked with quite the number of famous producers such as the previously mentioned James Ford Trevor Jackson and Andrew Weatherall throughout their time together and most recently on their 2010 album Detachments. The group has seen a variety of troupes for live shows serve within its ranks from 2008 to the present day although the only individual to have joined them in performing on recordings is their now longtime drummer Pete Dawson formerly only involved with the band on live tours. 36 Not only are they beloved throughout the club scene and amongst great figureheads of the post-punk music scene but they have also found their way into the hearts of many in the media. The Times has stated that not only do they craft intelligent forward thinking infectious songs and dark club anthems with the right balance of musical knowledge integrity and enthusiasm they also so effortlessly look the part. The Guardian lauded them for their disembodied vocal effects spacey synths and screeching guitar sounds with dubbedout disco-punk bass lines. They even made the top of The Guardian s Best New Bands of 2010 list. Throughout 2010 Detachments where all over the media receiving praise and recognition as one in 2010. Spanning eleven tracks that included new of the most promising up-and-coming post-punk releases as well as their most popular previously released singles the self-titled album was an music acts. accurate reflection of Minimal Wave and 80s Their noiresque modern revival of synth-pop and synth-pop compared to the likes of Fad Gadget post-punk that was shown on their early singles and Cabaret Voltaire as well as the music of New grabbing the public and media s attention was Order and Joy Division by many of their fans finally fully developed into a full debut album and those in the media. Their newest album was thanks to the involvement of producer James Ford steeped in existentialism and disenchantment 37 with their world portrayed with a wonderfully black sense of humor backed by synthesizers and Sebastian s deep ghostly baritone voice. The album s eleven tracks included fan favorites such as Holiday Romance H.A.L Circles Fear No Fear Art of Viewing and Audio Video and was a huge success throughout Europe which they later toured to promote their album. The Detachments have performed in Paris Brussels London Lisbon Istanbul and throughout the European continent most recently in Estonia in August 2013. They have released several EP s and singles and most recently a full-length selftitled album in 2010. They currently have no tour dates or releases apparently planned. http detachments.co.uk END 38 39 Night Sins 40 by Michael Jack With so many bands trying to reinvent or recapture the postpunk and 80s Darkwave sound it becomes extremely easy to draw comparisons to the bands of that era. In a way it is kind of the purpose. It is also sometimes difficult to distinguish which groups are truly reinventing the sound and who are mere copycats. There is a huge difference in my mind. Night Sins who hail from my backyard of Philadelphia are one of those bands who understand the genre they are performing well enough to imitate it yet maintain their individuality and distinctiveness as standalone artists. Therefore I will not draw those obvious comparisons. Night Sins was born in 2010 from members of Salvation and Mother of Mercy. Their sound is a distinct break from the hardcore styles of those previous bands. Night Sins post-punk sound is heavily driven by the rhythm section. It s the bass lines that hit you first and generally sets the melody. The drums accompany perfectly adding a slightly upbeat feel to the slow eerie style of the band s songs. It s a great contrast and adds depth to musicianship of the band. The synths are extremely important in the construction of the music. Unlike many bands Night Sins don t take an in your face approach to the use of electronics. The synths accompany and in reality sets the mood. That mood is spooky and welcomes you into the darkness. The guitars are melodic smart and pulls everything together to give Night Sins that retro sound. All of this is fronted by the very talented Kyle Kimball. His haunting baritone vocals are often accented by echoes and are delivered in a captivating and sometimes monotone style that exudes emotions of almost apathy. Night Sins first CD New Grave was released in 2012. Accompanying the release is a video for their opening track Playing Dead. Perfect choice in my opinion. The song is amazing and instantly makes you understand what Night Sins are about. I can t listen to it without instantly being transported back to the 80s. That being said the entire CD is great. Wild Eyes The Stranger Spectral Bliss ...I can t decide which one is my favorite. What s most important is the CD doesn t get old. It is one of those where you pick up something new each time you listen to it and I ve listened to it plenty. 41 From the gritty streets of Philadelphia Night Sins is a band that delivers that somber feel that melancholic bliss you would expect to experience from those many great postpunk bands. Night Sins is not a knock off on style. They are doing what many similar artists only hope to do...bring back the old and make it new. In my opinion the band is doing everything right and I can only anticipate how their sound will grow. I believe Night Sins could eventually be in the forefront of rediscovering the past. END 42 43 London England Shoegaze Post-Rock Neo-Psychedelia Heavenly http toy-band.com videos By Kathleen Sharkey The first thing that went through my head when I got to hear TOY for the first time was that they looked like a young combination of Queen and The Beatles. Their music however is definitely different though holding the flavor of some of my favorite bands of the mid to late 80 s they definitely have an ability to generate some amazing new musical combinations. Begun in London in 2010 by friends who had all left other bands they felt the need to not only make music but make music with people they could also have fun with. So with Tom Dougall (vocals guitar) Dominic O Dair (guitar) Maxim Barron (bass) Charlie Salvidge (drums) and Alejandra Deiz (Spanish keyboard) the band Toy was born. From their backgrounds in music (The Pipettes and Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong) TOY pulled together music that is not only aurally wonderful but fun to compose. Their first single Left Myself Behind was released in 2011 on Heavenly Records. In 2012 they released also on Heavenly a plethora of singles and their first full length album. Motoring (April 2012) Dead & Gone (August 2012) Lose My Way (September 2012) Make it Mine EP (December 2012) and their first full length album which was titled TOY. TOY was released to great reception earning numerous accolades from leaders in the industry. 2013 brought about the March release of the single My Heart Skips a Beat and numerous tour dates. To top off sold out shows and albums Toy opened for both The Vaccines in their sold out tour in London and Toy 44 Skips a Beat along with the video s reminiscent home movie qualities definitely harken back to an earlier less hectic time in music history. Psychedelic colors long hair and placid vocals hearken back to an even earlier time. Simple and fun it seems In theguardian.com s March 2012 New Band of the that Toy has found a way to perform the music Day article Toy is touted as the mavens of motorik they wanted to make with the people they wanted ... But not just motorik shoegazing psychedelia to work with and also manage to have fun in the post-rock goth and postpunk as well. Their process one can tell that they love what they do music has been compared to the sound of the 80 s something that doesn t always come through in and 90 s so my initial thoughts seemed to be well the music of even more established bands. So supported. Indeed the slow sounds of My Heart check them out Toy will not disappoint. earlier in 2011 The Horrors in their tour around the UK. Toy was also picked by New Musical Express as one of the 100 New Bands You Need to Hear in 2012. 45 46 By XXXZombieboxXXX Climb on stage naked in Portland OR and you just might get famous. Or arrested. Courtney and crew didn t care. And the audience came. And the audience grew. In 1994 Courtney Taylor-Taylor perhaps riding the falling waves of Grunge and Alternative began a band with guitarist Peter Holmstrom while he was studying sociology at Cascade College drummer Eric Hedford and keyboardist Zia McCabe whom Taylor-Taylor met at a coffee shop. There were no lofty pursuits by the band at the time. Merely an effort to make music to drink to. Their first draw in the bars of Portland was the due to the aforementioned nude filled live shows. The word travelled as it always does. And soon the Dandy Warhols caught the attention of Tim Kerr Records. Offered a free recording Courtney and crew could not refuse. And one year after the bands inception Dandys Rule Ok was released. Bloody Valentine who played harmonic Wall of Sound rock music notoriously just staring at their shoes the whole time and acting introspective. Though the Dandy Warhols also lent from 1960 s fuzz driven garage rock and hints of Grunge. In 1996 their fan-base growing The Dandy Warhols caught the attention of Capitol Records who were impressed with Dandy Warhols Ok and after two attempts at a follow up recorded The Dandy Warhols Come Down on Capitol Records in 1997. Their first major label release. Ironically enough for a bad from Portland their most avid fans were from the UK. Likely because Shoe gazer continued to thrive in that country at the time. Three singles released off of The Dandy Warhols Come Down entered the Top 40 in the UK Charts. The Dandy Warhols Come Down was a change in musical influence for The Dandy Warhols as it saw them abandoning a lot of their 60 s garage The music of the Dandy Warhols was heavily rock roots for a more psychedelic sound. It also influenced by the Shoe gazer branch of saw the bands first line up change as Eric Hedford alternative 90 s music. Bands like Ride and My left the band over contractual dispute and likely 47 creative differences. He was soon replaced by Courtney s cousin Brent DeBoer. Eric went on to form Telephone in 1998. The music of Telephone was also psychedelic and synth driven and at times reminiscent of Pink Floyd. He also re-invented himself as DJ Aquaman and created Soul Stew Portland s longest running dance night. characteristics and heavily driven synth sound. It was followed shortly after by a double album The Black Album Come on Feel the Dandy Warhols. They also appeared in two films. The documentary film Dig By filmmaker Ondi Timoner and 9 Songs. 9 Songs was a controversial British art film by Michael Winterbottom. Controversial due to its unsimulated sexual content. 9 Songs was featured at Cannes and Dig Won the Documentary prize at Sundance. Dig However would later be denounced by Courtney whom felt damaged by and lied about in the film which focused primarily Their sound continued to change from Shoe Gaze on another band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Garage Rock to Psychedelic and into a more In a continued effort to remain a multi-media band The Dandy Warhols contributed Power Pop feel which lent to the soundtrack to the video to their critical success. Their game Stubbs the Zombie in third studio album Thirteen Rebel Without a Pulse. Tales From Urban Bohemia saw television air play in a In 2004 the band released their popular ad by Vodafone. It next studio album Odditorium also appeared on the then very or Warlords of Mars which was popular (and might I add highly named after their recording addictive television show) Buffy studio clubhouse. The album the Vampire Slayer. Looks at brought back the original Rachel McDonnell Jennings sound of the band returning to and George Bikos 2000 would the roots of 60 s guitar driven also see the release of Tales garage rock. It met with mixed From Slabtown. A promo E.P. reviews however and was not from Capitol. their greatest success. The stand alone single Have a In 2001 Courtney purchased Kick Ass Summer (Me and My a warehouse in Portland and transformed it into a recording Studio Art Studio Friends) however was and became featured in and sometimes clubhouse called The Odditorium. the Xbox video game Dance Dance Revolution Their good fortune continued to rise as they caught ULTRAMIX 4. the attention of Mr. Stardust himself David Bowie. He took them with him as his opening band on his Following the less successful release they split from their long time label Capitol Records and A Reality Tour. like so many bands at the time created their own Following the tour the band began work on its label Beat the World next commercially successful album and in Records. Their first selfSeptember of that year they released Welcome to release being ...Earth the Monkey House which was produced by Duran to the Dandy Warhols... Duran s Nick Rhodes. The single We Used To closely followed by the Be Friends became the theme for the television Earth to the Remix E.P. show Veronica Mars which drove sales of the new Two volumes versions album. Taylor-Taylor would actually appear on the of this E.P. full of electric television show itself. True to form their sound remixes were to appear. continued to evolve. This time taking on many 80 s They also covered the 48 49 Cure s song Primary for a charity album and the Love and Rockets song Inside the Outside for a tribute album. Such contributions became a trend for the Dandy Warhols. Many of their songs would be found on various soundtracks. Boys Better appeared in Good Will Hunting and Every Day Should Be A Holiday appeared on There s Something About Mary. The band themselves appeared in the movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen in 2004. Titled One Model Nation and chronicling the life of a German Krautrock band the novel would release an accompanying (and fake greatest hits) studio album Totalwerks Vol.1. Taylor-Taylor would also contribute to the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars in 2010 alongside members of The Donnas Korn and Buckcherry. In 2012 the band released This Machine collaborating with Bauhaus Love and Rockets bassist David J. The album sound being much The inevitable Greatest Hits album saw daylight more back to basics rock and stripped down in 2010. Called The Capitol Records Years 1995- guitars. Many side projects would branch off from 2007 it covered their time with the label and the main band. And though several members of featured a new song on the album This Is the the band have gone on to work on other projects Tide with Brent DeBoer on vocals for the first the Dandy Warhols continue to tour and create time. It was a unique release in that three different eclectic and multi genre spanning sounds. They are currently on a tour taking them around the music videos were made for the song. world from Korea to Brussels to Mexico City and The Dandy Warhols also created a remix of the beyond. theme music for MythBusters also appeared on the popular science comedy television show. Courtney Taylor-Taylor also released a graphic END novel that year in collaboration with Jim Rugg. 50 51 aN iNTER BELLa BY miC 52 RViEW WiTH a LUNE CHaEL jaCK Photo By Kousuke 53 By Michael Jack [Carpe Nocturne] Congratulations on your third full-length CD Secrets. It is very different than Synesthesia. Did you write the songs with that intention [Fuchsia] Thank you. I wish I could say we planned it but we really did not. We are at the mercy of the muse. We are just mediums really and have little say so in the matter. [Carpe Nocturne] For Secrets you brought members of your live group into the studio with you. How did that change the recording process and end result of the CD 54 Photo By Dark Unicorn Photography the writing process on the fourth album so far and with his help we have a lot of surprises in store for our upcoming releases. [Carpe Nocturne] Speaking of dynamics a Capricorn and a Sagittarius isn t the most harmonious pair on paper. Do you and Kal3id ever butt heads or do your differences simply compliment each other [Fuchsia] We are pretty typical and interact how you would expect. ) [Carpe Nocturne] Bella Lune recently returned from a European tour. How do the fans differ from what you are used to in the states [Fuchsia] It didn t change much at all really other than it took a little longer to collaborate. Thanks to the internet its easy to send large files back and fourth. We still write record and produce the bulk of the music in my studio including Beeka s violin tracks. All of Dy s parts were recorded in his studio then later sent to me to mix and master. This is the first release that Kal3id was not involved in the mastering process so having Hurley involved with some of the writing feedback and production was a huge help. R. Duke has been heavily involved in [Fuchsia] Every city that we have played in has been very welcoming but the crowd in Berlin was the most memorable. Everyone in the room danced during our set. When we did the Dolly Pop Song (Deviate [Dubstep] mix) they went nuts There was even a guy hanging from the ceiling at one point It was pretty epic [Carpe Nocturne] One thing that has always fascinated me was your fashion. It ranges from classic Goth to industrial rave to dark medieval...is it a mood thing 55 [Carpe Nocturne] In the current scene there aren t a whole lot of bands that produce the more ambient dream-style anymore. Do you think it will make a comeback Do you feel it sets Bella Lune apart [Fuchsia] It has definitely set us apart from other bands. I would like to see it make a comeback but the realistic side of me says that will never happen. The newer crowds tend to want to dance so we are going to give them more of that on the next releases. [Carpe Nocturne] You are very active in supporting the Phoenix underground scene. So much so you created Phxgoth. What can you tell the readers about the website [Fuchsia] Phxgoth.com is a resource for those seeking information about the dark alternative subculture in Arizona. It is great for newcomers to the scene or those traveling here. It includes pages with listings of clothing stores clubs record stores venues promoters art galleries and other places of interest. It also includes club and album reviews as well as interviews with local and national acts that perform in Phoenix. We recently interviewed Leaether Strip Ayria and Emilie Autumn. [Carpe Nocturne] You have a side project called Dreamgaze. How is that band different from what you do with Bella Lune Photo By Tommy Pemberton [Fuchsia] I think it is a mood thing. I like to dress appropriately for all occasions and I do not like to duplicate outfits for big events. I have three closets full of clothes shoes and wigs at this point. Its a bit out of control really. [Carpe Nocturne] Bella Lune is big on charities. What groups do you support and how [Fuchsia] Our favorites are Halo Animal Rescue Child Help and Locks of Love. We use the profits from ticket and merch sales to support them financially. I also grow my hair out and cut it on a regular basis for children with cancer and alopecia. [Fuchsia] Dreamgaze is even more dreamy and ethereal than Bella Lune. Bella Lune is kind of eclectic and incorporates sounds from many sub genres whereas Dreamgaze is more focused on a specific mood. [Carpe Nocturne] With everything I mentioned above how do you possibly balance your time [Fuchsia] I just take things one day at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. I also set goals with specific deadlines and make to do lists. [Carpe Nocturne] Whenever I mention Bella Lune to somebody the usual response is some- 56 thing about Dolly Pop. It s different than most of your work. Where did the inspiration come from and is there any plans to do something similar in the future [Fuchsia] It is kind of disappointing to hear that people are so focused on it when our other songs have so much more substance and depth. We were inspired by naughty dance floor tracks like NIN Closer Benny Benassi Satisfaction a few tracks by Combichrist Lords of Acid etc. It was more of an experiment than anything else and I do not plan on doing anything like it in the future but you never know... [Carpe Nocturne] What s next for Bella Lune [Fuchsia] We have already started writing our fourth full-length studio album which will follow another remix EP. We are in the process of remixing our entire live set and will hopefully be ready to play live again by March 2014. The new style will include our signature dreamy elements but will be more danceable. END Photo By Tommy Pemberton 57 SCENE REPORT New York City s May Madness Two Great Shows In A Week Suicide Commando Project Pitchfork May 31st May 26th And LIVE At The Gramercy Along With Several Opening Acts and DJ s At Each Show by Chirality 58 Memorial Day week was an exciting one for New York City. Suicide Commando and Project Pitchfork in the same week On May 26th fans filled the Gramercy for Suicide Commando s only US show. Fans who bought VIP tickets got an early entry where they were treated to autographed posters and meeting the band. DJ s Dr. Avi Krieg Jet Grave and many more spun the latest and greatest in industrial and ebm. Frontal Boundary started the night off with a bang. Singing Mental Illusion and Das Blut among others Frontal got the crowd psyched for the night. FGFC820 was the second act to perform. Artemis Demise was the go go dancer for the band that night and Jenni IvaInsane Wimmerstedt joined on keyboards for the night. Rexx and Dracos pumped up the crowd even more bringing energy and fun to the stage. By the time Suicide Commando got to the stage the people were ready and Johan brought it. Die Mother Fucker Die was just one of the many songs played that night. Johan bounced back and forth like a kid playing hop scotch singing his dark sinister lyrics. It brought 59 the perfect ending to a perfect night. Later that week on Friday May 31st was the Project Pitchfork show at QXT s featuring Ayria. Eight DJ s were in the three rooms Ash (QXTs regular) Avi (Nekronet) Father Jeff (QXTs regular) Jose (Arkham) Mindsolvent (QXTs regular) Negrarose (Berlin) Stalagmike (Defcon) Swabby (Berlin). Hundreds came out for this rare appearance. Ayria got the crowd going and then hung out with the crowd afterward taking pictures and chatting with fans. Project Pitchfork brought the house down. Singing all of their classics the fans loved every single minute of it. Both shows made Memorial Day weekend a weekend of epic proportions. The clubs promoters and DJ s deserve many thanks for those special nights. END 60 61 SCENE REPORT by Michael Jack Philadelphia s Dracula s Ball With Ayria & Project Pitchfork 62 June 1st saw my return to Philadelphia s Dracula s Ball. The last time I went I was able to see one of my favorite bands Ego Likeness perform live. This time it was to see my absolute favorite artist Ayria. What made this concert even more special was Project Pitchfork was performing as well. I have been known to blast Beholder on more than one occasion. But... make no mistakes I was there to see Ayria. I have been waiting many years for this opportunity. It had finally arrived. The Ball was just as I remembered it....dark foreboding fun and full of all sorts of interesting attires. The club was even more crowded than the last Ball I attended. It was 10 30 when my long awaited wish was finally granted. Ayria took the stage. She would be performing first. The band started to play and instantly I knew the song to be Six Seconds. I was close enough to touch the stage. There was no way I was hanging back. Jennifer Parkin was dressed in all black saving the brighter colors for her makeup and the sparkles for her microphone. I was beyond psyched. She began to sing and it took me several seconds for reality to sink in. This was really happening. Hunger was the second song of the set and the first of four Jennifer would sing from her new CD Plastic Makes Perfect. It is such a great song. What surprised me is how many people knew the words and were singing along. The third song would be the only one Ayria performed off of the CD Debris and it was Horrible Dream. Games from her new CD came next. Jennifer took a moment to talk to the crowd. I couldn t believe how great she sounded live. I ve seen YouTube clips of her performances but there is only so much you can take in through that platform. Then... The Gun Song started. The crowd exploded. Jennifer delivered what was for me my second 63 favorite moment of the concert. My favorite came last. The song always comes last. We had a long way to get there though. The next three songs Ayria performed were Girl on the Floor It s Been Fun and Analog Trash. Ayria followed it up by performing two more songs from her new CD. Have I ever mentioned how great it is Ayria performed the title track Plastic Makes Perfect and her catchy Pop song Missed the Mark. Bad List was next and then it happened. The electro synths started. The industrial beats followed. The crowd was screaming. Jennifer was jumping. Hell everyone was jumping. Jennifer raised the microphone to her lips. Seems everything I did was wrong and now everything s gone... I think everyone sang along. Alone and silent now this time is just for me. It was one of those special moments you never forget. As the crowd chanted along with Ayria Strike strike strike my buddy who was just really along to take pictures turned to me and said I need this song. Yes My Revenge to the World is always the first Ayria song I play for someone who has never heard her before. How can you not love it It is the perfect way to end the show. If I could have pressed pause on that moment I may never have hit play again. I barely had time to catch my breath before Project Pitchfork took the stage. This band is incredible legendary and always delivers live. The biggest highlights for me was Timekiller and Rain off of their new CD Black. The entire show was electric and pounding. You didn t even need to listen to realize how good Project Pitchfork was. You only needed to watch the crowd. As Project Pitchfork broke into 64 their encore Fire and Ice I felt emotionally charged and physically exhausted at the same time. My night was coming to a close. I felt grateful I was able to experience Project Pitchfork live but that is not why I attended this show. I came to see Ayria. It s one of those bucket list things for me and it was near the top. Now it has been replaced by seeing her a second time which falls only slightly below seeing The Birthday Massacre and Emilie Autumn for a first time. Last I would like to give a special thank you to my buddy El for the great photography work...and sucking it up until 2am when he had to be at work at 8am. Thanks brother. END 65 SCENE REPORT Interview By Amara Alexander at Comfest in Columbus OH 66 The Azoic at Comfest and interview with Kristy Venrick By Amara Alexander On Friday June 31st in the heat of the evening at Comfest in Columbus Ohio we gathered under a tent to watch Azoic perform. Azoic is a electronic dance dark wave band that started in 1996. This is the first time they have ever played Comfest which is known as more of a political festival with a hippy feel. It has only been recently that Comfest has diversified to include bands that are more electronic based. The crowd was a mixture. There were people there who were obviously fans and some of them for a very long time. Others were festival goers which were a mixture of the bohemian hippy and locals who had never experienced the Azoic before. Kristy displayed a powerful energy and exuberance that worked up the crowd. With 67 68 Andreas Kleinert and Lawrence Zalewski accompanying her on stage in perfect harmony the band was a dynamic presence on stage. However they decided to add a new element to their live show for this very special event. This is the first time they will play with a live cello and drums. The addition was beautiful and harmonious that fed into the ethereal feel. The Azoic opened with Lost Souls which was dancy and airy with a trance like feel. Then they moved into Illuminate with harder industrial beats and picked up the tempo. This was followed by an even more industrial hitting Search and Destroy. The next song Nothing Changed had never been released. It was impressive as it was very passionate and the rhythm kept everyone moving. Then a special guest Matt Monta a well known local musician was brought out to sing a cover of Obsession with Kristy. The song was fun and the chemistry was vibrant and dynamic. They followed this up with the closer the new release Corruption which Kristy poured her heart and soul into. The crowd ate up every lulling note and thumping beat whether they were an avid fan or just another festivalgoer. Kristy then happily agreed to an interview about the new album and the show. [Carpe Nocturne] Congratulations on the new album. So what was the inspiration for it [Kristy] It was a long time coming. The inspiration for the title track was my frustration with politics and injustice in general. The other songs were a mix of many emotions and mostly struggles. I write a lot about struggles - whether they are mine or others (in general). I think people should learn from words. [Carpe Nocturne] You seem to have a lot of passion for the song Corruption. Can you explain the meaning and inspiration of the song and why it means so much to you [Kristy] I wrote it during the George W. Bush administration so it s been a while. But I was so frustrated (and still am) by liars 69 70 cheats greed and anything else that is slowly destroying. I m frustrated by those that only think of themselves and not the greater good. Sadly it seems to be more common or at least from my perspective. [Carpe Nocturne] What was it like filming the video for it [Kristy] It was a lot of work Way more than I anticipated... But fun and definitely a learning experience. The video took a lot of planning organization funding (thanks to the Kickstarter supporters) and time. We were up for almost 3 days straight and filmed in several locations. I m eager to do it again but want to be a little bit better prepared. [Carpe Nocturne] Do you have particular songs on the new album that are your favorites or mean more to you than the others [Kristy] An artist always has favorites but a song doesn t make the cut (or shouldn t) if it doesn t make you feel. So all are personal to me and make me reflect on different things. My favorite is hearing what the fans like and why. What THEIR interpretation is as I write for them. [Carpe Nocturne] Is there any in particular that you are getting a lot of feedback about [Kristy] Actually all. But I was surprised by Fall . I really like that song and the original passion when we first recorded it. But a computer crashed and we lost the original so I never felt the one we called final on the album was final for me. It may become a version 2.0 at some point. Who knows. It definitely has potential [Carpe Nocturne] That s really interesting. It is hard to lose something you work really hard on but I m glad you were able to somewhat reconstruct it. So how does it feel to be in a band for so many years [Kristy] I don t know exactly. I think it would feel weirder if I were not in a band. Like a divorce maybe I try not to think of it. Plus this way I have a creative outlet. I like having a place to express myself. [Carpe Nocturne] How have things in the band changed [Kristy] Over the years things will inevitably change. It s happened a few times. But what s revived my passion for The Azoic has been a very recent change. When Comfest asked us to play I knew I had to switch it up and not be straight electro. It would potentially be too boring live. So I found a talented drummer and cellist to join us live. After the first practice I knew this was the right choice. I m really excited for a new chapter and to see what comes next. [Carpe Nocturne] How was it to play with a live Cello and drums [Kristy] It was amazing Full. More organic and real. It just felt like more of a team and I enjoyed that. This is quite ironic coming from a perfectionist by the way. [Carpe Nocturne] Does being a perfectionist ever get in the way of the creativity [Kristy] Absolutely You don t always know when to put the pen down. [Carpe Nocturne] So how was it to play Comfest [Kristy] It was a lot of fun I wasn t exactly sure how it would be due to it mostly being a hippie fest but everyone seemed to embrace us and have a great time. That of course makes the performers more into their music and in turn creates a better live show. By the way Comfest isn t known as just a hippie fest like it once was but there s still that connotation... [Carpe Nocturne] How was it different from any other show [Kristy] The crowd must have been very different than what is usually at an Azoic show. I know there were some fans there but there 71 was a very different mix of people. First off it was outdoors and it wasn t exactly dark yet. So that s pretty different in itself. What was fun for me was to see so many demographics there. Coworkers friends fans and just random people enjoying themselves without worrying about race color social status or whatever else pigeonholes people into groups. So for that it was very unique and refreshing. Everyone could be themselves and be accepted. [Carpe Nocturne] Speaking of the usual crowd how has the scene changed You have been a part of it for quite some time now. [Kristy] I think when I started really hanging out in the gothic industrial scene everyone seemed to get along and like the genres as a whole without so many sub groups. It was more about art poetry and music. fashion too but you really embraced the music to join everyone. So much has changed within the genres and also within the music industry itself that has caused a shift. Whether it s the lack of tangible objects to hold (i.e. the CD - where you can read the liner notes lyrics and really get to know the band) or the 72 styles transitioning. [Carpe Nocturne] Can you describe your music and what inspirations you have like what bands influenced you or how your sound fits into the scene [Kristy] I find it really hard to describe our music. It s dancey electronic with thought-provoking lyrics but I hope it fits into many genres. I know in industrial music there are not many female vocalists. So we often get compared to others who have female vocals. But it s not always the case. However we as humans relate by association. [Carpe Nocturne] I feel it has a very airy and unearthly quality to it that brings it back around to the goth sound. [Kristy] I like your description I think every person listening should have their own feelings and experience. That s what I love most about music. It makes you FEEL. [Carpe Nocturne] Are there any bands that inspired you when you first started making music [Kristy] Definitely. They still do. Curve PJ Harvey Skinny Puppy I could go on and on for days. There are so many amazing bands out there. [Carpe Nocturne] I can definitely agree with that. [Kristy] When we started a lot of the German industrial (before EBM even) was popular in Europe so we soaked in as much of the European culture as we could. Perhaps that s why we ve done pretty well in Europe. I guess we just identified with it. I listened to a ton of gothic ethereal trip hop darkwave industrial etc. Anything with passion and depth. [Carpe Nocturne] So you opened the Shrunken Head and I have to say it is a beautiful place and I love the atmosphere. Your love of music comes through that club because you tend to have a lot of different bands play there. How long has it been open [Kristy] Over 4 years now. And thank you. [Carpe Nocturne] How has it been to run the Shrunken Head and be in the band Does it get pretty hectic [Kristy] Definitely I have a full time day job too so with that the record label (Nilaihah Records) bar staff etc you can imagine the stress and juggling...The band sometimes get put on the back burner sadly. [Carpe Nocturne] How do you cope with the stress [Kristy] Sometimes you thrive on it and sometimes you don t. I m not sure I have a good coping mechanism but I just try to get it off my chest and move on. Bottling it in is not good. 73 agree I m the same way. I m always growing and it drives me as well so I can see what you mean. You are a woman of many interests and talents and a great influence on the goth community in Columbus and I hope you keep it up for many years to come. I am really happy and excited to see your support there. [Kristy] Thank you. And you are also a woman of many talents It s good to see people in any aspect of life that care. So thank you [Carpe Nocturne] Thank you very much. It means a lot coming from you. Also thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. Congratulations on the wonderful show. I really enjoyed it. Congrats on your success and I hope that it continues to come to you. [Kristy] Thanks You too Hope to see you again soon (and for longer this time...) As soon as I can share i will but right now it s just WTF ha [Carpe Nocturne] Good luck. I m sure you ll get it done with your determination and hard work. I hope. It takes a team. It does take a team. Good luck with working with the other people. That can be stressful. Again I appreciate you taking time out of your hectic schedule to do the interview. Thank you so much. I know how busy you stay. Good luck in everything you do. [Kristy] Thanks You too You re awesome [Carpe Nocturne] You are too. [Carpe Nocturne] Do you guys have any future plans for the band or any other projects [Kristy] Yes and yes. We always have something going on behind the scenes even if it seems we are quiet. The Azoic has 2 more shows booked for 2013 (Seattle in late September and Cleveland in mid October). We may have more as time allows. I m also hoping for another album and maybe a reinterpretation album (with the live cello and drums) if there s time. We also have more business plans so a lot of my life will be guided by that especially for the next 4 months. [Carpe Nocturne] I am really looking forward to it and I hope that it works out because the cello and drums was amazing. [Kristy] Thank you I agree. What I like (and hate at times too) is that there s always something happening in my world. Good or bad it drives me to learn and keep growing. [Carpe Nocturne] I END 74 75 SCENE REPORT Phoenix Scene Heating Up By Zander Buel of PhxGoth.com The dark alternative going-ons in the desert have long remained cast to an uncertain future. A lurking sense of ambiguity has left a scent in the air for black-clad clubbers. The closing of the Phoenix-based paradise that was Palazzo the opening and closing of a bite-sized Palazzo known as Sanctum and the dramatic rise and fall of horror film-themed restaurant and bar Monsterland akin to a mini-version of the Roman Empire collapse left many a gloomy spirit dashed and pessimistic about where to go for weekend gatherings of dark music and the excuse to sport ghastly attire. The shaky ground Arizona s Goth crowd has been left with has brought into question allegiances to the scene and the enthusiasm required to ensure its survival. And yet like life from the planet Mars looking down the barrel of the gun resulted into a full-blown resurrection of Phoenix s heralded Goth club of Victorian and medieval architecture and theatrical splendor--a monthly gathering at Club Palazzo aptly titled Resurrection overseen by scene veterans Kevin Krol fashion and modeling icon Suzy Homewrecker and who keep the beats aplenty behind the DJ booths as DJs 76 77 Self.Destrukt and Defense. Mekanizm respectively. Added to the Resurrection team is DJ Noiz.Fkr who ran Doom Disco during the glory days of Sanctum and Tranzylvania in Palazzo before it went into hibernation. DJ Noiz.Fkr s extensive knowledge of goth industrial and its countless branches has bene a major aid in keeping the scene together just when things looked grimmer than a hungover lolita after a heavy night of drinking and dancing. His current solo excursion is Melancholia Sundays a weekly shindig at the neo-Asian bar Sochu House where he spins in his own words gloomy and eclectic pop oddities for your delicate psyches. It s Gloomy Sunday with auditory agony. Resurrection s monthly masquerades have also been graced by guest DJs including Nero Bellum of Psyclon Nine and Franck Hbomb of Das Bunker. The themes have included black plague parties and medical flatline disasters. The upcoming event is titled Dark Rituals featuring witchcraft and occultism against darkwave classics. The full scope of Club Palazzo is truly a sight to behold--layered with painstaking detail to reflect the aura of a king and queen s baroque palace but equipped with a sound system through which music from all walks of the Gothic spectrum flow with enough punch and surrounding 78 power to keep a monthly crowd of 300 together people from many walks of life and people stomping and sweating. backgrounds. Themes like Disco Bloodbath and Gothic Tea Party have overflown with The long-standing moniker of Horns turnouts into the hundreds all tucked away in & Halos is still code word for bringing the rusty small out-of-the-way confines of the darkness deviancy and carnal Rogue Bar--a clash of ideas and environments pleasures for the masses to indulge that nonetheless melds into an indulgent and in. In 2013 the Horns & Halos splendorous wonderland. Comparing Cupcake commander-in-chief James Bound to anything else in Arizona would be a fruitless reigned in household names such as endeavor. Leaether Strip Project Pitchfork and Ayria bringing with them an arsenal The nocturnal happenings at Club 24 by City of history and songs that span over of Madness are weekly injections of electromany revered albums. Bound s annual industrial by DJ Apollynon and DJ Angel Toxin celebrations of whips chains and erotic (who also form the previously mentioned sinfulness was bondage blazing during Pneumatic Fist) the revolving themes including the Fetish Prom in May and Fetish Heat TekNOIR. City of Madness also co-hosts the in August. This marriage of Goth and Goth-centric portal known as Black Mass. BDSM is a seamless incorporating Composed by DJ Aleksandr Aeternum Black similar fashion and an eye for the Mass is the sanctuary for post-punk deathrock ostracized as is ever the protocol for and darkwave for Goths dusty and retro from both crowds. Fetish Prom was set to the days of when Robert Smith was skinny and the tune of industrial metallers Hanzel Andrew Eldritch didn t wear white. und Gretyl and Fetish Heat back to its rightful home at the British village Shadowplay a hosted by post-punk and new interior of Venue of Scottsdale saw the wave guru DJ Manchester is another monthly likes of Steampunk pirates Abney Park indulgence in 80s alternative. Recalling the days and their unique brand of gothic-tinged of The Smiths and New Order Shadowplay tribal electro. DJs Dark Mark Beautiful attracts a crowd that often hides from the John and the duo of Pneumatic Fist momentous Resurrection and prefers a taste of keep pulses vibrating in between bands a lost decade. But with a monthly draw of nearly and kinky scandalous teasers. 200 people it is clear that moping and sighing is still not out of style. The Fetish VIP after-parties intimate gatherings of those who wanted to In the midst of the monthly s and weekly s indulge in the full experience are Phoenix received a taste of the North this past down to earth and casua with a July DJ Mighty Mike Saga of Philly brought his steam sidedishl. Goths go casual fabled I Love Industrial event to the dry and and kinksters get loose with a few sandy corners of the West in partnership with looming exhibitionistic performances local musician Alex King. Hosted at the Monarch just beyond a hotel room window for Theater also the sight of various fetish events those needing to embrace their inner by Devious Minds Productions I Love Industrial voyeurs. was a hard-hitting electronic bash that brought The thematic all-encompassing rave- together the likes of FGFC820 Tactical Sekt friendly subculture bash of Cupcake and local band Blakopz for a one-night stand overseen by Suzy Homewrecker and that was nearly two years in the making. Kevin Krol well over a year old and still going strong has continued to bring Despite all the doom and gloom Arizona s 79 punk fetish and roller derby echoes threaded and torn together by Suzy Homewrecker has long been a beacon of innovation and an amalgamation of everything the good people at your local nunnery told you to avoid. With desirable women decked out in black lace and leather covered in pentagrams and inverted crosses and band t-shirts twisted into swimsuits the Hell on Heels Couture moniker has reached international recognition. As a cliffhanger to this chapter and to Arizona s realm of rejects a production company has taken notice of Suzy Homewrecker s clothing line and wants to conduct a reality TV show on its ins and outs and in conjunction some select regulars of the scene will have cameos.. The winter issue of Carpe Nocturne will detail all of the unfoldings in this dramatic turn of events. On a more down-to-earth and universal level Arizona s Goth community is a special little division in the worldwide web of graveyard goers. When compared to the likes of LA or the many European communities the Phoenix Goths seem to fall woefully short of forming a splash or a spectacle. And yet therein lies the magic. Our scene is remarkably tight-knit. Anyone willing to give it a chance and continue to take part will find him or herself immersed within the scene in a mere matter of just a few shows or club events saying hi to all sorts of familiar faces. Friendships have remained in close bondage for decades through its evolution and the core scenesters are responsible for its resilience and ability to thrive despite the comings and goings of clubs. The quantity is not a blockbuster but the quality is pristine. witching hour crew has nonetheless basked in the limelight. Designers such as Missconstrued Torture Couture Pierced Heart and Modified Minds have been the subjects of fashion shows and immense growth in creativity outreach and appeal. The localized clothing boutiques specialize in apparel designed for fashionable counter-culturists who reject the Hollister and Abercrombie ways of life and want something a little more special a little more twisted and a little more sinister. Off Chute Too and Shirt N Things are smorgasbords of attire that ranges from blatantly kinky for low places to devilishly stylish for nights on the town. Hell on Heels Couture the bloody mishmash of END 80 81 82 83 Virgins O.R Pigeons Return with New Single Bleed To Lead The Greek electro act Virgins O.R Pigeons is finally back with new material 6 years after their debut Place No Reliance was released. After a fire broke out in the band s brand new studio all songs literally went up into flames which forced the band to restart from scratch. The new Virgins O.R Pigeons album Gotta Get Mad was practically finished when the fire broke out which meant that all the work from the past few months (and years) was destroyed. As a teaser for the new album Alfa Matrix now releases the 4-track download single Bleed To Lead . Next to the title track and the B-side Time To Die Bleed To Lead also received the remix treatment from famous progressive techno DJ Christian Cambas and from the electro pop act Universal Trilogy. The single is out now on Bandcamp iTunes Amazon MP3 Spotify and all other download stores. Tracklist 1. Bleed To Lead (I Give Up) 03 50 2. Time To Die 04 18 3. Bleed To Lead (I Give Up) (UNIVERSAL TRILOGY remix) 04 31 4. Bleed To Lead (I Give Up) (CHRISTIAN CAMBAS remix) 07 10 In related news you can also order the band s sold out 2007 debut from Bandcamp iTunes Amazon MP3 and all related stores. (...) 84 PRIDE AND FALL NEW TRACK AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD Norwegian Futurepop trio PRIDE AND FALL who recently announced their fourth studio album via Dependent Records have made a track from the new album available as a free download. The song Turn The Lights On can be downloaded here The band will be playing an exclusive UK show headlining the Friday night of Infest the UK s premier festival of alternative music. Catch Pride And Fall live Friday 23 Aug Infest Festival Bradford Student Union Of Lust And Desire will be available to buy at Infest 1 week ahead of the UK street date Of Lust And Desire will be released on September 2nd via Dependent Records. For more information please visit http www.prideandfall.com And Or https www.facebook.com pages Pride-and-Fall 102513029786316 85 86 Full LEAETHER STRIP catalogue re-released on Bandcamp in HQ audio download The Belgian electro label Alfa Matrix (Front 242 Ayria Bruderschaft Freakangel ...) has re-released the full LEAETHER STRIP catalogue - as released by Alfa Matrix - on the label s Bandcamp page at alfamatrix.bandcamp.com . Included are these 13 albums and EP s 1. Retention no. 3 2. Retention no.2 3. Retention no.1 4. Dark passages (OST) Seasons change - I don t 5. Mental Slavery (Bonus Tracks Version) 6. Yes I m limited V (Bonus Tracks Version) Version) 10. Faetish (Bonus Tracks Version) 11. Walking On Volcanos EP 12. After The Devastation 13. Suicide bombers EP 7. Aengelmaker (Bonus Tracks Version) 8. Civil Disobedience (Bonus Tracks Version) 9. The Giant Minutes To The Dawn (Bonus Tracks The releases are available as immediate downloads in your choice of high-quality MP3 FLAC or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Note that the price setting for these releases is lower than on any other download store. The label continues to add more releases each day now including some that never made it on iTunes and related download stores. 87 KATATONIA ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN UNCROWNED & VERTIKAL TOUR WITH CULT OF LUNA New album Dethroned and Uncrowned out this September on Kscope SWEDEN - Katatonia Sweden s master of dark rock has announced a co-headlining North American tour Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT. The twoweek run will commence September 23 in Boston Mass. VIP packages will be available next week along with the public on-sales beginning Friday August 9. Commented vocalist Jonas Renkse Dear North Americans We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and TesseracT (UK) Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years we thought it was about time to redecorate the good ol setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems songs that we haven t yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us The upcoming North American tour will coincide with the release of Dethroned and Uncrowned the band s debut album on Kscope (sister label of Peaceville) home to Anathema Amplifier Steven Wilson and most recently Wisdom of Crowds the new project from Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia s very own Jonas Renkse. Dethroned and Uncrowned will release September 10 in North America to celebrate Kscope s fifth anniversary. It can be pre-ordered now at https www.burningshed.com store kscope product 272 4886 . The album was funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign that helped make the recording possible. Fans can still get exclusive Katatonia PledgeMusic items at www.pledgemusic.com projects Katatonia. The band s latest music video for Lethean taken from Dead End Kings and directed by Lasse Hoile (Dream Theater Opeth Porcupine Tree) can be seen online here http www.deadendkings.com . Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia Dethroned and Uncrowned and the upcoming North American tour. Katatonia online www.katatonia.com 09 23 - Boston MA Paradise 09 30 - Springfield VA Empire 09 24 - New York NY Irving Plaza 10 01 - Cleveland OH Peabody s 09 25 - Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts 10 02 - Chicago IL Bottom Lounge 09 26 - Pittsburgh PA Mr. Smalls 10 04 - Denver CO Summit Music Hall 09 27 - Toronto ON Opera House 10 06 - Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 09 28 - Detroit MI Harpo s 10 07 - San Francisco CA Slim s 88 The Azoic - The Corruption Tour Passion intoxicating rhythms fiery vocals and pounding beats. The Azoic an electronic industrial EBM band based out of Columbus Ohio can not only get your blood moving but your body as well. Beginning in 1996 this female fronted band has pounded the stage with energy and excitement leaving the audience astounded with intense vocals and heart stopping beats. Following several years of writing and producing the Electronic Dance group felt a need to forge ahead even further. Now The Azoic is back and hitting the road starting in late August and continuing through Autumn in support of their new album and video both entitled Corruption . And this time around they ve added a live drummer and cellist to the lineup. Not only is it a rare opportunity to see the band perform live but it is also a chance to experience The Azoic in a whole new light... Dates and Locations are as follows Thursday August 29 2013 - St. Louis MO at Crack Fox w The Azoic Subsurface and DJ Sainte https www.facebook.com events 609158705791346 Friday August 30 2013 - Milwaukee WI at Club Anything w The Azoic Null Device and Sensuous Enemy https www.facebook.com events 405869872850916 Saturday August 31 2013 - Minneapolis MN at Ground Zero w Combichrist (Old School) The Azoic F.T.C. and DJ SLT https www.facebook.com events 213847762104177 Sunday September 1 2013 Chicago IL at LiveWire Lounge w JILT and Flood Damage https www.facebook.com events 163352550517016 Sunday September 29 2013 - Seattle WA at Mechanismus w I scintilla The Azoic and DJ s SAVAK Omega Brain & The Red Queen plus vendors and the Panzer Girls. Thursday October 10 2013 - Columbus OH at The Shrunken Head w Ego Likeness Lestat The Azoic and Frontal Boundary https www.facebook.com events 166992006819350 Friday October 11 2013 - Cincinnati OH Newport KY at the Thompson House w Ego Likeness The Azoic Hematosis and Frontal Boundary. https www.facebook.com events 307061169439368 Saturday October 12 2013 - Cleveland OH at Peabody s w 8 bands and 2 stages Lestat Ego Likeness The Azoic Filament 38 Shadow Saints Petals and Thorns Definitive Strike and the Infusion Crew https www.facebook.com events 605474972798783 89 Dark Seductive Fragrances Bath and Body Fragrance Oils Deodorant Perfumes MISTS 90 91 The Min 92 nimalist Work of Artist Kay Sage Born June 25th 1898 - Albany NY Died January 8th 1963 - Woodbury Ct Movement Surrealism Influenced By Giorgio de Chirico Yves Tanguy KAY SAGE 93 KAY SAGE Although the Tanguys visited and were visited by many members of both the French expatriate and American art communities such as mobile designer Alexander Calder and his family they had difficulty keeping close friends. Again and again Sage is described [by people who knew her] as imperious forbidding moody quick to anger remote private solitary aloof contradictory and unapproachable Judith Suther writes. Tanguy though friendlier became notorious for his behavior when drunk which included grabbing the heads of other men at a gathering and striking them hard and repeatedly with his own. During these years Sage s art gained a solid reputation among art critics though she found it difficult to emerge from the shadow of the betterknown Tanguy. Her work was regularly included in national exhibits won prizes and was sold to major art museums. She had several solo shows at the galleries of Julien Levy and beginning in 1950 Catherine Viviano in New York. In the Third Sleep won the Watson F. Blair Purchase Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago in October 1945 Sage s first major public recognition. In 1951 All Soundings Are Referred to High Water won Sage was born in Albany New York into a wealthy family that had made its money in the timber industry. Her father Henry M. Sage was a state assemblyman the year after her birth and later was a five-term state senator. Her mother was Anne Wheeler (Ward) Sage. Sage had an elder sister Anne Erskine Sage. Sage did the bulk of her mature work between 1940 when she married Tanguy and 1955 when he died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage. During most of that time the two artists lived at Town Farm in Woodbury Connecticut. (They leased a house in the area beginning in 1941 but maintained a New York apartment for a while as well in 1946 they purchased the farm and moved to Woodbury permanently.) They converted a barn on the farm into his-and-hers studios separated by a partition with a door. Their large home was decorated with numerous pieces of Surrealist art and a variety of unusual objects including a stuffed raven in a cage and an Eskimo mask. 94 of the Surrealist group Kay Sage consistently identified herself as a Surrealist and authors who have written about her usually do so as well. Her biographer Judith Suther writes I call Kay Sage a Surrealist because her painting resonates with the unsettling paradoxes and hallucinatory qualities prized by Andr Breton and his group. . . . More fundamentally I call Sage a Surrealist because her allegiance to the Surrealist identity lies at the heart of her self-image as an artist. Critics during Sage s lifetime frequently compared her work to that of Tanguy who was better known and usually assumed that when their work had features in common those features must have originated with him. More recent feminist scholars have stated that the influence more likely was mutual--what Judith Suther calls a constant usually unconscious interchange. Suther and others also point out differences between the two artists for example the large architectural constructions that dominate Sage s paintings are quite unlike the smaller biomorphic or metallic forms that people Tanguy s landscapes. Both Suther and R gine Tessier the latter in a sketch of Sage in Notable American Women The Modern Period note key features of Sage s mature work. Most of Sage s paintings focus on free-standing architectural structures including walls towers and latticework which could represent buildings either under construction or ruined and decaying. Some contain figures that might or might not be human hidden by flowing drapery. (Le Passage one of Sage s last paintings is perhaps the only one containing a definite human figure even Small Portrait thought by many to be a self-portrait is hardly recognizable as a face.) Like Tanguy Sage often sets her objects on deserts or plains that recede to immeasurably distant horizons. She renders first prize in oils at the Eastern States Exposition of Connecticut Contemporary Art and Nests of Lightning won first honorable mention in the 22nd Corcoran Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting. Sage and Tanguy had a large joint exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut--their first and almost only exhibition together--in August and September 1954. Poetry and writing Kay Sage is known chiefly as a visual artist. However she also wrote two volumes of poetry chiefly in French including Faut dire c qui est in September 1959. She wrote three short plays and an unpublished autobiography China Eggs. Features of Artistic Style Despite rejection by Andr Breton and most 95 her forms in meticulous photographic detail using a gray-green-ochre palette that Tessier describes as reminiscent of the sulphurous light before a thunderstorm . Critics frequently called Sage s work disturbing or depressing even when they praised her painterly skill. Sage almost never commented on what her paintings represented or how their seemingly ominous mood should be interpreted. One exception was her statement to a Time magazine critic that The Instant a painting that appeared in her 1950 show at the Catherine Viviano gallery was a sort of showing of what s inside--things half mechanical half alive. EDITOR S NOTE To learn more about Kay Sage & see other incredible pieces of her work go to Wikipedia at http en.wikipedia.org wiki Kay_ Sage END 96 97 Clint Carney By Fairlyinnocent 98 An Interview With Artist 99 [Carpe Nocturne] i wanted to do this interview because i starting seeing your art and was amazed by your talent. i met you first as the singer with system syn but after that meeting i was shown tattoos that you had done paintings resin cast characters and i purchased a book that you had written. you are so multi-talented but i wanted to cover you and your art because that is a side of you not everyone may know. let me start with what type of art do you enjoy being involved in since you do have multiple layers [Clint Carney] thank you for the interview i love exploring as many different forms of art as i possibly can music painting sculpting writing film making etc. there is so much out there to learn. Basically i just love the process of creating. [CN] what did you get involved in first was it art writing or music [CC] i started with drawing and painting first. i ve been doing that since i was a little kid and never really stopped. i didn t really start writing something that i didn t get into until high school. stories until i was in 5th grade i think and music is [CN] what do you find to be the most relaxing [CC] i don t know if i could describe any of the art forms that i m involved in as relaxing. at least i don t approach any of them in a relaxed way. i can be pretty manic about creating art and my brain tends to go into overdrive. when i want to relax i read a book which is something i try to do at least a little bit every day. [CN] who what inspired you to get into art [CC] my dad is a painter as well as my late uncle and two of my cousins. though none of them create the same type of art that i do i think growing up around other people that loved creating art helped implant that into my brain at an early age. [CN] Did your family ever have any issues with what your chosen profession was going to be [CC] By the time i actually quit doing the whole day job thing to pursue art and music full time i was in my late twenties and by then i think my family all knew that it was an inevitability. i just refused to let myself fail and never even opened myself up to the possibility that someone would have an issue with it. But of course it helps that my wife is incredibly patient and supportive because the first couple years of not having a steady paycheck i just love the process of creating 100 101 can get a little scary. [CN] what drove you to do tattooing or was it just another layer to your art that you wanted to [CN] are there any artists who inspire you today explore. [CC] there are a ton of artists that inspire me [CC] my buddy trevor Friedrich who drums for many of whom i ve had the honor of meeting and imperative reaction was tattooing me a lot when many who i am proud to call friends. i think one we were on the road. watching him work and of the most important living artists right now is talking about the art form with him piqued my christopher ulrich. i doubt that i will ever in my interest in it. i don t tattoo a whole lot these days entire life meet another artist so deeply connected as other projects keep me pretty busy but it is a to his work. i have a beautiful seven-foot tall wonderful and challenging medium that i ve had a lot of fun with. 102 if it kicks me in the stomach fills me with awe or makes me want to cry then it is something worthwhile painting of his hanging in my studio and it inspires me every day to strive to be a better artist. [CN] Do you have any schooling [CN] what is your favorite type of art training in the arts [CC] For me the best art is something that i can feel on an emotional level. if it kicks me in the stomach [CC] nothing formal other than the usual nonspecific middle school and high school art stuff. most of my training has come from reading books watching videos and just painting as much and as often as possible. there is a wealth of information out there and i love reading so that tends to be the way that i learn best. 103 fills me with awe or makes me want to cry then it is something worthwhile. art that doesn t provoke a response or art that is safe may be fine for hotel walls but to me it s just background noise. it s not about technical proficiency or style or something with mass appeal. it s about creating emotion. if a painting makes me feel something even if it s not pleasant then i can appreciate it. [CN] is your work compared to the work of anyone else [CC] i don t know. i really haven t heard a lot of comparisons of my art to other people s work. it s most commonly written off as pornography or something done for shock value neither of which are accurate. i just paint what has meaning for me. there are a few people out there that appreciate it and there are many that don t. either way i m making the type of art that i want to. [CN] Do you sell show your work at any galleries solo show but are also responsible for the majority of my art sales over the years. Bill shafer owner of Hyaena has launched many careers in the dark art realm including my own. [CN] where do you see your art going in the future or which direction do you want to take it [CC] i hope i can continue to learn more and grow as an artist. i love painting and i don t plan on ever stopping. my paintings are never going to have a mass appeal because of their subject matter but as long as i can be true to myself and find a few likeminded people out there that appreciate what i do that s all i can ask for. [CN] what art endeavors do you have coming up that we can look forward to [CC] i have a new system syn album coming out on november 12th called no sky to Fall . you can also find some of my artwork in the upcoming stephen [CC] yes i ve shown in many different galleries. king film Mercy and some of my prop creations the main home for my art is hyaena Gallery in in the upcoming David Fincher movie Gone Girl . Burbank ca who not only gave me my first ever aside from that i ve been focusing heavily on 104 [my art] is most commonly written off as pornography or something done for shock value neither of which are accurate screenwriting lately so who knows where that could lead. [CN] what websites can we find your art [CC] www.clintcarney.com and www.hyaenagallery.com clintcarney.html [CN] thanks so much for sharing your talent. [CC] thank you - End - 105 manic hours of sleeplessness he tinkers with ever more intricate suit designs with the help of his automated assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. It is during this time that a new foe appears on the horizon The Mandarin. During one such attack Happy Hogan Starks sometime chauffer bodyguard Iron Man 3 and dear friend is critically wounded. This attack Directed by shakes Stark out of his delirium and he vows Shane Black revenge ultimately calling The Mandarin out. Marvel Unfortunately Tony underestimates his new foe Entertainment who attacks him at his home and heart nearly Movie Review killing Pepper in the process. Tony himself is lost during the attack and nearly dies until he By is rescued by J.A.R.V.I.S and a preprogrammed Kathleen Sharkey flight plan. Feared dead Tony and a spunky kid What is a philanthropist named Harley work together to discover the genius playboy truth to the Mandarin attacks. superhero to do when the past comes back This newest chapter to the Iron Man story gives to haunt him For Tony Stark it s a case of bad the character even more depth. We get to see Tony sans suit but not sans ingenuity and see timing...or is it that the man makes the suit not the reverse. Having just returned to normal life after the Oh and never fear the snark and attitude are circumstances in Manhattan (The Avengers) still there as are a great many plot twists. This and due to his near death experience Tony is movie will keep you on your toes. Take it from suffering from massive panic attacks. These are a diehard Robert Downey Jr. fan this is another not only affecting his ability to sleep but they are great movie to add to the series. also making his relationship with the ever lovely Pepper Potts very strained. During these crazy END FILM 106 Lawless Director John Hillcoat Distributed The Weinstein Company Released August 29 2012 By Mark Aaron Hickman After seven to eight years Nick Cave John Hillcoat and Guy Pearce get back together to create the spiritual successor to The Proposition. The story is based on a novel called The Wettest County in the World which in turn is based on real life events. But I never actually read the book so I do not know how much content in the movie is taken from the book but none the less that did not stop me from enjoying this film. Taking place in the 30 s the storyline focuses on three county brothers named the Bondurant s who creates illegal moonshine for their private business while a corrupt city special deputy named Charlie Rakes trys to stop them doing whatever means necessary even if it involves murder. While the movie may not be as dark as Nick Cave s previous works it still has a pretty intense and unsettling vibe which I love. If you re a fan of Nick Cave or country movies or 30 s period pieces or just Dark and gritty movies in general I m sure you ll enjoy this movie much like I have. While it may not be Nick Cave s or John Hillcoat s best film it s still a pretty good one overall. END 107 108 The Addams Family Director Barry Sonnenfeld Distributed Paramount Pictures Released November 22 1991 By Mark Aaron Hickman Looking for something creepy...spooky... kooky... and altogether ooky If so The Addams Family is the movie you re looking for. Along with the second film Addams Family Values this is one of my all-time favorite comedy films. The story revolves around Uncle Fester in his attempt to steal some fortune from the Addams . And throughout the course of the story he starts to develop a change of heart and ultimately decides to be apart of them rather then be with his sadistic adopted mother. There is not much I can say that hasn t been already said but the cast is absolutely amazing my personal two favorite characters in this picture being Gomez and Wednesday. One particular element I really enjoyed was the score by Marc Shaman who composes the music in this film and the way he composes it sounds very similar to the way Danny Elfman does to his own movies. If you do not own this movie buy the double pack. (Which includes this and Values) I do not know how many times I ve seen these movies but one thing is for sure I m going to keep watching them till I m dead. END 109 Addams Family Values Director Barry Sonnenfeld Distributed Paramount Pictures Released November 19 1993 By Mark Aaron Hickman After finishing the first movie you ll most likely want more Addams Family goodness so that s what this film is for. The storyline is a directly continuing from the first a new member of the family is introduced Fester get s caught up with a dangerous serial killer and the kids are sent to summer camp. My favorite plotline is with the kids as the jokes in those scenes are some of my favorite moments from the movie. Most of the cast and crew from the first film return so we get even more of Raul Julia and Christina Ricci amazing performances as Gomez and Wednesday. But of course all the cast does amazing while the music by Marc Shaiman is also just as well done. Of the two Addams films made this is my personal favorite. And it is such a shame Raul Julia passed away shortly after the movie s release as I sometimes wondered what a third film would have been like. Regardless this is an amazing movie that I ve seen many times and will continue to see many more times. END 110 The Proposition Director J ohn Hillcoat Distributed First Look Pictures Released 2006 Nick Cave besides doing the script also worked on the film s soundtrack with Warren Ellis. The music doesn t have the usual rock-band feel Nick usually does and instead goes for the instrumental type. The cast does an amazing job on the movie as well with Guy Pearce or maybe even Ray Winstone being my favorites on this movie mostly because of not just their good acting but because of the way their characters are written. I ll end this review here by saying The Proposition is a dark dirty and intense film and if you re into westerns the grim violent ones specially you may also enjoy this movie. By Mark Aaron Hickman The Proposition is a Australian Western written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat who previously worked together on Ghosts...of the civil dead. The movie is set at the outback during the 1880 s and tells the story of Charlie Burns being forced by Caption Stanley to kill his older brother so he can safe his younger brother from execution on Christmas. As Charlie deals with this Caption Stanley must also deal with problems of his own. END 111 112 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Liteary Timeless By Gail Carriger By Kathleen Sharkey June 2013 Alexia Tarabotti-Macon is at it again. Having survived killer lady bugs vampiric hedgehogs and by Shahinaz Geneid even power consuming mummies the heroine The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the story of The Parasol of a man who returns to his childhood town for Protectorate has finally a funeral and begins to reflect on the mystical found peace over the last couple of years. Her events of his childhood nearly forty years earlier. daughter has grown into an interesting toddler The book was written by Neil Gaiman for his wife spoiled by her adopted father Lord Akeldama. All Amanda Palmer and features many events and is peace and quiet well as peaceful as it can get themes from his childhood. It follows the unnamed with a preternatural child running around. Then the narrator and the Hempstock family who live on a bubble bursts. farm by a pond which the young Lettie Hempstock believes to be an ocean. The Hempstocks aid our A visit from her husband s great granddaughter young protagonist in fighting Ursula Monkton a the alpha of the Scottish werewolf pack begins spirit who is brought into the world after a man a mystery which culminates in the death of a staying in the protagonist s family s house steals beta and a summons from the oldest vampire in the family car drives it down the lane and commits Egypt. So Alexia her husband her daughter and a suicide in shame and grief after having gambled curious retinue begin a journey into the mysteries away all of his friends money. She is brought of Egypt. into the world thus and begins to leave money for people in unpleasant ways necessitating that Lettie These marvelous multi New York Times best seller and our protagonist set out to eradicate this spirit books are written by Steampunk extraordinaire Gail and return her from whence she came. However Carriger. Ms. Carriger embodies her books with the spirit lodges itself in the young boy s foot as the grace and style of Victorian life and enhances a worm creating a door which enables her to it with scientific curiosity. Perfectly coiffed hair remain in the human world. She begins to wreak the most stylish gowns mixed with aetheric havoc in the young boy s life and the Hempstocks communications and weaponized parasols. These must help him to stop her and return his life to books are not populated with sparkly vampires normal. After these tremendous incidents the nor angsty werewolves. boy s memory of the occurrences completely fades bringing us back to his adult self thinking In Carriger s world Vampires have great fashion back on and finally remembering these unusual sense and werewolves well ok there is a little events. This book is dark spooky and delightful angst there but it makes sense. My suggestion in its retelling of a man s strange and magical grab a pot of your favorite tea sit back in your childhood as his adult self remembers it. favorite chair and enjoy this newest addition to the parasol protectorate. HarperCollins Publishers 113 The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli September 2012 Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist October 28 2008 St. Martin s Press St. Martin s Griffin By Amara Alexander Let the Right One In is a gothic horror novel about a little vampire girl named Eli who moves next door to a little boy named Oskar. She has an older male taking care of her needs named Hakan. There are murders happening around town and everyone is in a panic. Oskar is obsessed with these murders but befriending Eli also has him captivated. Oskar is bullied and he hopes that his bullies will get what they deserve death by the mysterious murderer but Eli helps him find his own courage. The book has a bit of a slow start but is worth the patients. My one major complaint is that I felt it switched between point of view of characters a bit too often. However it is well worth the read. The book provides far more detail when it comes to Eli and Hakan s relationship and Hakan s past. When Eli kisses Oskar she is able to show him her past and you learn more about where she came from and who she really is. There s a twist to Eli and Oskar s relationship that will have you wondering why it was left out of the movie. The Swedish version gives you a glimpse but the book really fleshes it out. The best part is the lengthy gory creepy scene near the end that is completely cut out of both movies. It is a scene that made the whole book worth reading numerous times. Lindquist ushers vampires back into the shadows. Vampires in this book are not only powerful but creepy ruthless and vicious. There is no sparkling or vegetarianism. It isn t clean and pretty. It s gritty and dark. The vampires in Let the Right One In are monsters and this is true gothic horror. Review by Shahinaz Geneid Tatjana Soli s second novel The Forgetting Tree is the dark haunting and profound story of Claire a young woman who gives up her academic lifestyle and literary pursuits to marry Forster Baumsarg the heir to a successful California citrus farm. After marrying him she leaves behind college life and begins to adapt to and embrace the hard work and connection to the land that comes with ranch life. She then becomes pregnant completely putting an end to her dreams of returning to her literary world as she becomes both a mother to three children and caretaker of the land and succumbs to the joys of motherhood and her love of the land. However her idyllic life is changed when her only son is murdered and her family life as well as her life on the farm is ruined. Thinking there could be no worse tragedy she is proved wrong when she is diagnosed with cancer which threatens to tear her away from what remains of her farm and family and take her life. She hires Minna a Caribbean-born caregiver with a mysterious and dangerous past to aid her in surviving the illness but when Minna s past on the island catches up to them both Claire s life and dreams are once again threatened. The Forgetting Tree a New York Times Notable Book has been said by the New York Times to explore the intimate ties we have to one another the deepest fears we keep to ourselves and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together. Indeed it does just that in a very thoughtful dark and intense manner. 114 American Gods by Neil Gaiman July 2001 HarperCollins Publishers Review by Shahinaz Geneid Neil Gaiman s novel American Gods is based on the premise that gods and mythological creatures exist because people continue to believe in them. Going off of this premise he created in his story the Old Gods and the New Gods the American gods which represent modern life and technology the gods of the new age. The story revolves around a man Shadow who finally leaves prison only to find that his wife Laura and his best friend have died in a terrible car accident and that he is now completely alone in the world. While flying home for the funeral a strange man who seems to know more about him than is possible introduces himself. With no better prospects Shadow takes a job as the bodyguard for this man the mysterious Mr. Wednesday a manifestation of the god Odin. They set off across America together to rally the Old Gods together for an epic battle against the New Gods and Shadow s life becomes forever changed while on this adventure. American Gods is brilliant well-written imaginative and original. For further reading the world of American Gods is continued in the novel Anansi Boys and the novella The Monarch of the Glen from Fragile Things. In January of 2012 Neil Gaiman announced plans to begin work on a true sequel to American Gods. 115 Blood Rights Kristen Painter October 2011 Orbit Publishing EDITOR S CHOICE Review By Sohvi Revel a ghost and will be attached to him. It was at this point that he stopped drinking from people and has not killed since Fi. Chrysabelle promises to try to help him break the curses in exchange for helping her. Tatiana s plan is to get the ring for herself and bring Chrysabelle before the council showing the council that she is worthy of becoming the Elder of the House of Tepes (there are five houses Tepes St. Germain Bathory Rasputin and Paole and each has a Dominus who is like the king and an Elder who is like the prince). The book then weaves the stories of Chrysabelle Mal and their group as the stakes get higher while Tatiana is hunting them down. I picked this book up on impulse and based almost Blood Rights is the first book of the new House entirely on the sexy cover but I was pleasantly of Comarr series by Kristen Painter published in surprised when I started reading the book October 2011. Book two Flesh and Blood and and getting into the story. The story follows a book three Bad Blood are already out now. Book predictable core formula as most books do today number four is expected to be released in the fall but I was intrigued with the addition of the comarr of 2012 and the fifth book in the spring of 2013. storyline in there. It isn t entirely original but it was It s an urban fantasy book set in 2067 mostly in interesting and well executed and kept the feel of Paradise City New Florida (think Miami) and partly the book on the original. It s important to keep in mind that this was planned as a series from the in Corvinestri Romania. start as the first three books were released back The book follows Chrysabelle a comarr as she to back in 2011. Some may feel that important escapes from Corvinestri on the same night that details were skimmed over in this book especially her patron Algernon is murdered. Comarr are a toward the end but keep in mind that there are special group of humans bred for the sole purpose already two more out there. Hopefully the next of feeding the noble vampires as comarr blood is two books will flesh out some of the vagueness in superior to the blood of a normal human. The noble this book. vampires purchase the blood rights of a specific comarr and the comarr becomes their property. The characters were for the most part credible Tatiana a demented power-hungry vampire sets but it often felt like there was something missing. out to capture Chrysabelle and bring her back to It felt like the author could have gone a little bit be tried for Algernon s murder. In reality however deeper in order to connect the main characters Tatiana s focus is on getting a particular ring of to the reader. I was only partially invested in the power back that she believes Chrysabelle now characters which worked a little bit against my possesses. Chrysabelle escapes to Paradise feeling of the book. There are details provided City to seek help from her aunt Maris and ends on the backgrounds of Chrysabelle and Mal but up entangled with an anathema (outcast) vampire they were delivered a bit disjointedly throughout named Mal who cannot drink from anyone without the book. The reader discovers little tidbits on killing them. Mal also suffers from two curses. He each character as they are revealed to another has the name of every person he has killed etched character. While this works decently well it also onto his body and their voices in his head. The keeps a lot of information away from the reader second curse was activated when he killed Fi who in this case especially about any character that is then became a ghost attached to him. This is when not Chrysabelle or Mal which sometimes works he realizes that instead of just voices in his head against a book. At this moment I reserve to pass anyone he kills from that point forward will become judgment until I have read the next book to see 116 if it goes deeper into the backgrounds of the key characters. The book starts off strong right into the action and then a little bit more background on what is going on as the story progresses. The beginning is strong and the ending is strong and for the most part well-handled. The middle gets a little bit convoluted and is a bit choppy at points. This book is very plot driven. The setting takes a backseat to the characters and to the plot. A sense of setting is skimmed over with only key aspects highlighted to situate the characters and the plot instead of trying to fully create a new world. I sincerely hope that more backstory will be revealed in the next book that will justify the surface approach to smaller details in this book. Overall I would definitely recommend this book. It takes some formulaic elements and is able to dress them up nicely giving a very original feeling to this story. I have already picked up the second book in the series and I look forward to reading it and reviewing it here for the next issue. 117 118 Interview with Amara Alexander by Michael Jack [Carpe Nocturne] Describe the novel Broken Bonds in your own words. [Amara] This is probably the toughest question you have asked me just because the book is so broad and complex and I am really wordy. It s difficult for me summarize it. I will try my best. Broken Bonds is a gothic vampire novel written in first person with different points of view. It is a story about how the vampires are overconfident and have to adapt quickly when faced with a new enemy Red Horse International. Lenore is a human caught up in the battle because she falls for one of the vampires Ceneric. Besides the overarching plot between the vampires and their enemy the novel focuses on the dark romance between Lenore and Ceneric. However this story has lots of characters that are granted the spotlight and it is about how the past influences their present how their relationships work out how they change over the centuries and how they fit into society now. The fact that most of the book is through the point of view of the monsters is meant to challenge our black and white understanding of good and 119 evil. These characters are complex and have feelings and experiences not so different than our own. They aren t completely evil. What drives them are the same kinds of desires that drives us as a human race. [Carpe Nocturne] Where did the inspiration for the novel come from [Amara] I had two dreams about vampires. The first was the opening scene introducing Bianca. The second dream I was Michael. I split up this dream between different scenes. The introduction to Michael when Michael is hiding in the basement and part of the scene in the hotel were mainly what my dreamed contained. I have always been intrigued by vampires so naturally I was driven to somehow turn these dreams into a book. [Carpe Nocturne] How much is the lead character Lenore similar to yourself In what ways [Amara] There are aspects of myself throughout the book within most of the characters. However Lenore is the most similar to me. I used myself as a template for her instead of just channeling a part of myself through herf. It would probably be more efficient to tell you some differences. I don t really show much of my sense of humor through her. I do make my own clothing but I made it her career. I have other activities that mean a lot to me beyond sewing and I don t show this through her. I love to write make jewelry sing (and I have played instruments in the past but not so much now) paint and I am also a gamer. Also I am much more crude than Lenore. [Carpe Nocturne] Why did you use an nontraditional format for the novel (sections without chapters) [Amara] Well I have read books similar with different character points of view and titles instead of chapter numbers but that was just what flowed through me. Since I had a dream about being two different vampires I decided to make the book through different points of view. I wrote this book freestyle and had no outline for the book. It is just straight creative inspiration. What came to me is what went on the page. I did make a lot of changes and move things around or add things as I reread it but for the most part it was straight from the creativity fountain. Since it came to me in such an unorthodox way so did the chapter titles. [Carpe Nocturne] What was the biggest challenge you faced writing Broken Bonds [Amara] The biggest challenge was finishing it. It s easy to feel defeated and to look at the giant mountain instead of the path winding up it. It is all to easy to just give up. However once I forged ahead and finished it other things fell into place like finding an editor and finding an illustrator. [Carpe Nocturne] Speaking of how difficult was it to publish the novel yourself [Amara] It is not easy to self publish a book if you really do it right. It took me a year after I finished Dark Secrets and Prophecies to publish it. I finished it on Sunday. I had it reviewed by a few readers edited and then I had to wait on my illustra- 120 tor to finish the book cover. Once all this was done I had to format the book myself. This is my least favorite part. I absolutely despise formatting books. It really gets me frustrated but I finally finished it. It has to be reviewed by the companies who put it out for me. I go through Amazon and Createspace. I have just started looking into publishing on Nook and both books should be available for this device soon. The second book should be available some time this week. It s tough to either find people to help you out or doing everything yourself. I have a few friends to help. I even have a friend who made some flyers and bookmarks for me. I still have to fix something with the formatting for the cover for the hard copy version before it will be available. [Carpe Nocturne] In the novel there is a definite focus on fashion. Was there a specific purpose why [Amara] There were many reasons I focused on fashion. The first is that not everyone understands gothic fashion. I felt the need to put in details about the eccentricities of the different gothic styles so that those who are not a part of the subculture can get a decent picture in their head of just what these Goths look like. It is very unusual and very different than the mainstream. The second reason is that I am so into fashion. I love to put together an outfit and I even sew my own clothes from time to time. The third reason is Lenore is a fashion designer so it would make sense for her to focus on fashion. Besides Bianca Lenore is the one who focuses the most on what she and others are wearing. lamia and empusa are a few examples. The other reason I put such an emphasis on their need for sex is that in my world when you are turned into a vampire you are broken down into your baser self your baser needs sex and feeding. [Carpe Nocturne] With all of the vampire myths and legends out there how do you choose which to incorporate into your novel and which to exclude [Carpe Nocturne] In Broken Bonds a vampire s [Amara] Mostly it was personal preference. Growneed for sex is as strong as the need for blood. ing up watching vampire movies and vampire documentaries and reading vampire fiction and Where did this idea come from vampire myth and folklore I fantasized about my [Amara] Well this came from different sources. ideal vampire. Also I wanted to give them more In my dreams of being Bianca and being Michael of a pagan image. I wanted to cut out all of the there was definitely a sexual nature in feeding from Christian myth as much as possible because I am humans. Also in much of the folklore on vampires pagan and I haven t been Christian for quite some there typically is a sexual component and not just time. Lastly I wanted the image to fit in with the in Victorian versions of vampires. Lilith succubus dreams I had based the book on. 121 [Carpe Nocturne] For me some of the best parts of the novel are the conversations on Wicca. How important is the religion to your characters development [Carpe Nocturne] How long have you been writing for Carpe Nocturne Magazine [Amara] I have been writing for Carpe Nocturne since 2011. My first article in the magazine was a scene review on an Emilie Autumn show in the Spring issue. [Amara] It is extremely important and that can be seen as the series moves on. Wicca is an integral part of my life and has helped me grow as a person [Carpe Nocturne] What was your faso naturally it will be emphasized in the vorite article you have written for the development of Lenore as well. Witchmagazine craft is a large part of the plot of the series besides the vampires. However the witchcraft in the book is more fantasy and mythical than [Amara] It would be between two articles. I loved reality just like the rest of the subjects in the book. writing that first article on Emilie Autumn because her shows are such a different and complex expe[Carpe Nocturne] Do you have a specific number rience far beyond a concert. The second is an arof novels in mind for the Blood War Chronicles ticle I just wrote for the next issue which is an interview. I can t give away anything but I m guessing series [Amara] I really have no idea how many books I it s in the same issue as this interview. I enjoyed it will be writing for the series. I have a lot of ideas because it was a different experience for me. flowing through me so I know there will at least be END four probably more. 122 123 124 Fuchsia Angel Phoenix AZ http bellalune.net Photo By Jeremiah Toller 125 Tell Us About Yourself I am the lead singer co-songwriter for the bands Bella Lune and Dreamgaze. I play guitar bass keyboards and do synth drum programming. I played violin & clarinet for years as a child. Music is my life I love listening to making and producing music. It has been my passion as far back as I can remember. I have shared the stage with Peter Murphy of Bauhaus Ohgr of Skinny Puppy Covenant Nitzer Ebb My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Icon Of Coil The Cruxshadows Ayria Voltaire Halou Lycia and the list goes on... 126 I am a freelance makeup artist for Laura Mercier and Christian Dior. I also take private makeup appointments via Dream In Color (http dreamincolormakeup.com). I model when time allows (photos runway print and web ads event flyers music videos etc). My favorite designers that I work with include Miss Construed Hell On Heels Pierced Heart Torture Couture and Modified Minds Vital Vein (to name a few). 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Photo By Jeremiah Toller Movies The Wedding Singer The Crow The Hunger Titanic Untamed Heart Dumb and Dumber Final Destination Toy Story Nightmare on Elm Street The Nightmare Before Are You Involved In The Scene At All If so Christmas Vertigo Rocky Horror Picture Show explain The Never Ending Story Lost Highway Edward Scissorhands Scream American Pie Bound Yes I am heavily involved with the scene. I Revenge of the Nerds Ace Ventura American run the website http phxgoth.com which is a History X 28 Days Later Truth or Dare Lord resource for those seeking information about the of the Rings Ghost Meet the Parents Identity dark alternative subculture in Arizona. It includes Poltergeist Labyrinth The Matrix pages with listings of clothing stores clubs Artists Picasso Monet Dali Degas Escher record stores venues promoters art galleries Giger Amy Brown Mark Ryden Aleta Welling and other places of interest. 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Modelling Experience Likes and Dislikes Musicfolio.com advertisement 2005 Tranzylvania gothic night club advertisement Likes Vegetarian food Netflix Alt 80s music 2006 electronic dance music travelling philosophy AZ Fetish Ball Event Flyer 2006 psychology cosplay literature art movies my Tranzylvania Gothic Fetish Fashion Show 2006 black kitties dancing astrology makeup poetry Illegal Substance Music Video 2006 performing the ocean cathedrals Italian food 128 129 130 Photo By Jeremiah Toller Photo By Tage Michael Dreamgaze Wasteland Music Video 2010 Bella Lune Synesthesia album cover 2010 Vital Vein Fashion show 2011 Bella Lune The Dolly Pop Song Music Video 2011 Bella Lune Ophelia Music Video 2011 Giuseppina Magazine Gay Pride Issue 7 2011 Galeria de los Muertos Sins painting collection 2011 Miss Construed Bri Bridge Noctis Fashion Show 2011 Giuseppina Magazine Breast Cancer Awareness Issue 8 2011 Giuseppina Magazine Halloween Issue 9 2011 Cover of Echo Magazine Oct. 2011 Galeria de los Muertos fashion show walking for Miss Construed Fall 2011 Miss Construed Raw Awards Fashion Show Legions in Exile Music Video 2007 Fender Guitars photo shoot 2008 Bella Lune Abstracted Visions album cover 2008 Bella Lune Neverwhere Music Video 2008 Lip Service Fashion Show by Fetish Falls at AZ Fetish Ball 2008 Bella Lune Transmissions Music Video 2009 Bella Lune Blissful Escape Music Video 2009 Fetish Falls Website Catalogue shoot 2009 Fetish Falls Fashion Show at AZ Fetish Ball 2009 Life Drawing Model Anti-Art Space 2009 Life Drawing Model New School For The Arts 2009 Life Drawing Model Steve Rude 2009 Midnight Mess - Club advert in Tokyo Japan 2010 131 Photo By Jeremiah Toller 132 Fall 2011 Club Sanctuary A Very Evil Christmas Flyer Winter 2011 Bella Morte Magazine Winter 2011 Glam Rock Magazine January 2012 LA Hot Magazine January 2012 Animal Royale fashion show walking for Pierced Heart MissConstrued Catrina LaDell and Haus of Stardust January 2012 Pierced Heart fashion show February 2012 Vedere Magazine February 2012 Gothic Magazine Issue 74 & Gothic Compilation 54 Spring 2012 Carpe Nocturne Magazine Spring 2012 Madame Trapeze Fashion Show Spring 2012 New York Rubber Ball Fashion Show walking for Vital Vein Spring 2012 Toni & Guy Hair Show Summer 2012 Fox 10 News Miss Construed feature Summer 2012 Seeker Music Video Summer 2012 Mainstream Magazine Summer 2012 Medusa s revenge fashion show walking for Pierced Heart Fall 2012 Bella Lune Secrets album cover Spring 2013 Kultur Magazine Spring 2013 G-String fashion show walking for Hell On Heels Miss Construed and Modified Minds Spring 2013 Phoenix New Times Summer 2013 Photo By Light Pulse Studios END 133 134 Melle Noire Ladenburg Germany www.melles-midnight.de www.facebook.com mellenoire Photo By Tobias K 135 Photo By Tobias K 136 PHOTOGRAPHER CREDITS My name is Melle Noire I am an alternative model from Germany. I was born in Kassel on May 25th 1980 then I grew up in a small town near Kassel we used to live in the country. Since 1994 I live near Heidelberg in an old Roman town with a historic center from late Middle Ages and many green areas around a really nice place to be By the way Carl Benz the famous innovator of automobiles moved with his family to Ladenburg in 1904 he worked and died here. My mother was born in Ladenburg so we can live in our own one family house. When I was a child for the most part we also spent our holiday time on this place. I loved to be photographed since I was a child but for a long time I thought I would have no chance to start a model career I don t have the typical body for mainstream modeling. Then in late summer 2001 somebody accosted me in a club and asked me if I wanna try to start an alternative model career I didn t know that alternative modeling was existing O.o... At first I worked with a photographer in Darmstadt. In addition I worked with a friend in Stuttgart - she was searching for amateur models to get an art school diploma. Then I joined a model platform and started contacting more photographers. Incidentally I don t have a favourite photographer I can work with so many creative 137 Photo By Tobias K 138 and interesting people that s amazing and a pleasure for me ) And of course there are some interesting stories. This year in July for example I worked with a photographer from Croatia in Stuttgart. He works together with an artist and fashion designer who lives in Zagreb. Over the period of shooting time the photographer comunicates with her via Skype. It s a constructive symbiosis really very exciting ) I am a very versatile model and I love to show 1000 different faces I enjoy to play several roles I can try so many make ups and stylings can turn myself into an other person or into a fantasy creature or whatever... That s fantastic In addition to modeling in dark wear I love to make striking and weird pics I very like funny photo themes ( I always enjoy to show the child inside me ) horror is amazing furthermore fantasy is a wonderful genre and I also love science fiction. Then I like ugly themes too so this year for example I was MELLUM ( in Gollum style ) taken by Merlin1. ) Wills Gothic horror fantasy fetish trash glam beauty... Photo By Tobias K Photo By Marcell Waltzer [Carpe Nocturne] Are You Involved In The Scene At All If so explain In my private life I am definitely a gothic girl since 1998 I am in the scene. 15 years ago I met somebody at school who was always dressed in black. I was fascinated and a few weeks later I wore black clothes only too and started listening to dark music. The subculture here in Germany is great it s a big scene there are many clubs and events made for alternative people. The scene is my home I can identify with so many things inside the music the dark dresses the aesthetics the ambiance the morbid romance... That s all right up my alley. Gothic is an attitude towards life for me it s a feeling I think I will always be part of the scene forever 139 Photo By Cathrine Lee Mason 140 Interests Likes and Dislikes I like artistic photography gothic art dark music dark fashion dark jewelry silver boots corsets good movies many TV series natural science science fiction Star Trek fantasy horror vampires zombies aliens soft drinks ( Ginger Ale Mezzo Mix... ) Italian food Greek food salads meat BBQ plain fare cheese onions garlic chocolate hot chocolate cakes ice cream ice cream drinks cocktails without alcohole my smartphone Android computers cats spiders thunderstorms I dislike arrogant people intolerant people violence back-stabbing and false people drunken people alcohole cigarettes coffee tea things with peppermint taste cinnamon Indian food sushi chewing gums dentists stress too hot and humid summers text marker pens Styrofoam golden jewelry jeans clothes Hobbies and Interests My hobbies are Watching TV going to the pictures (I love movies and TV series ) surfing the Internet meeting friends celebrating the nights in clubs listening to music doing crossword puzzles editing pictures (some of my pics were edited by myself) writing poems drawing reading... Favorites Favorite music Darkwave future pop electro EBM industrial noise Angstpop ( Haus Arafna ) gothic Neue Deutsche Haerte Neue Deutsche Todeskunst goth rock metal medieval crossover folk post punk punk rock... Favorite bands The Cr xhadows Diorama Wolfsheim VNV Nation In Strict Confidence Covenant Apoptygma Berzerk Project Pitchfork Absurd Minds And One Suicide Commando Feindflug Grendel Wumpscut Agonoize Nitzer Ebb Front 242 Spetsnaz Leatherstrip Front Line 141 Photo By Birgit Heidrich Assembly Skinny Puppy Combichrist Dulce Liquido SPK DIVE PAL Haus Arafna Welle Erdball Deine Lakaien Lacrimosa Das Ich Janus ASP Rammstein Megaherz OOMPH Marilyn Manson Alice Cooper Type-0 Negative The Sisters of Mercy Nightwish Within Temptation Metallica Blind Guardian In Extremo Subway to Sally Faun Schandmaul Tanzwut Corvus Corax Mila Mar Die verbannten Kinder Evas Qntal Fiddler s Green Joy Divison Die Toten Hosen B hse Onkelz Die rzte... and so many more Favorite artists Johnny Depp Viggo Mortensen Bruce Willis Orlando Bloom Jim Carrey Favorite movies Starship Troopers Interview With The Vampire The Lord Of The Rings I-III The Matrix I Dark City Death Becomes Her Spaceballs The Fifth Element The Sixth Sense Star Trek First Contact Star Wars I-III ( the old movies please ) Fight Club Sleepy Hollow Van Helsing The 13th Floor District 9 Sin City Edward Scissorhands Lemony Snicket s A Series Of Unfortunate Events Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless 142 Photo By Martin Black so many more ) Publications on flyers in magazines in books... You can find all my references on my official website )Other Interesting Info I have no piercings and no tattoos on my body because my threshold of pain is fucking low. ) But that s no problem for me. My real given name is Melanie it means the dark the black the black dressed ( greek ) mela dark. My mother gave this name to me because I was born with black hair. But my soubriquet was always Melle. My boyfriend is half-French and he thought it was a good idea to choose Noire as my last name - noire is French and means black . ) When I was an esoteric person I could say Gothic is my destiny D LOL... Furthermore I have a very black sense of humor haha... ) Photo By Semicolon Mind The Exorcist The Cube Dawn Of The Dead Shaun Of The Dead Grindhouse Planet Terror The Revenant Dogma Sleepless In Seattle ( I really like it yeah D ) Big Splash Coneheads Ghostbusters Men In Black I & II Frequency Innerspace Totall Recall Hollowman the Spiderman movies the X-Men movies Ghostrider The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Galaxy Quest Despicable me Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 9 ( animated movie ) Finding Nemo Felidae The Lion King... END Modeling Experience I started modeling in September 2001 in the last 12 years I have worked with a lot of photographers in Germany and in Switzerland ( Martin Black Elisabeth Hackmann Stephan Sackmann Viola Odorata Incarda DesEYEn Nicolas Henri Salix alba Tristis Catherine Lee Mason TOM BIXX Heile Mania Fairytales Art Marcell Waltzer Herr Buchta Michael Waldau Art of Shadows Merlin1 Sirius77 Ruediger Schestag Pevy Birgit Heidrich Don Ricchilino Ulrich Grolla Joko-Style Calvin Hollywood Unholy Beauty Wojtography Stefan Kulpa S.T.FotoArt kontrastreich Von S l Photo... and 143 144 C l o a k E t i q u e t t e Copyright Antimony&Lace Victoria Gwaed Carmen M. G. Christgau 1998-2007 All rights reserved may not be used without express permission of author One of the trickiest items to learn to wear properly is a cloak. It seems so simple and one might think that it would go with everything but there are certain types of clothing and certain occasions where cloaks are more appropriate than others. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion but it is shared in part or in whole by many others who have been dressing in this fashion for a long time. Generally speaking cloaks look best with Antiquity or period type clothing. If worn for ornamental purposes they should never be worn with jeans and a t-shirt. They should absolutely not be worn with sneakers or tennis shoes. Doing this tends to give one an air of fan geek or I m trying to be a super hero . Never wear a cheap plastic or polyester Halloween vampire cloak as a garment. They look tacky save up and get a good one if you can t afford a good one do without until you can or make your own. One option is to get less expensive cotton fabric that can look great and will certainly look better than the alternative and make one (I have easy instructions at the end of this story). My first cloak was made of black crepe-back satin with a black cotton-sheeting lining and served me well for years till I replaced it and gave it to a friend. It cost me about 20 to make because everything was on sale. I got many compliments on it not to mention friends begging me to make them one. Cloaks can look very elegant with Victorian or Medieval styled clothing. The lines of this style compliment the long graceful lines of a well made cloak. When deciding whether a cloak compliments or competes with an outfit look at the styling of your garments. Personally I don t care for long cloaks with short skirts but if the cloak is being worn for warmth rather than style that changes the dynamic completely. Cloaks being worn for warmth and being taken off immediately once inside can be worn with a wider variety of clothing. This is because the cloak isn t actually part of the outfit. While having a wrap that goes with what you are wearing is a definite bonus sometimes weather dictates a preemption of style as can oversized sleeves on a pirate shirt or dress. One good example of this is a Mistress going to a winter fetish ball. If it is particularly cold out that lovely long PVC trench may not be warm enough or it may be raining and it would be a shame to mar the shine with water spots. A cloak is the perfect solution rather than wrinkling the sleeves in another coat throw on a cloak. Besides if there is no coat check it s a wonderful way to encumber a submissive for the night. As much fun as it may be to swirl around on the dance floor in a circle cloak be mindful of others and only dance with your flowing wrap when you have plenty of room to show off (that also goes for other accessories like wings which can get real obnoxious real fast). You ll also want to take care when going downstairs it s easy to step on a long trailing cape which could cause a painful spill for both you and anyone behind you. Choosing the right cloak is also important. This is not an item you want to skimp on. Get or make one that will last you a lifetime. Personally I have several one is for winter and is made of several 145 panels of velvet and lined with suede cloth another is a short cape made of black crinkly fabric that is velvet on one side and sparkly red on the other another is made of black Jacquard. I have others that I use as loaners at conventions and when going to Ren Faires with friends but those are my personal favorites. You probably won t be able to get one for every occasion right off I made mine over a period of years so you need to figure out where you will wear it most. If you primarily want it to keep the nasty bright thing at bay when going to Ren Faire then you will want something to go with your garb (I wear my Jacquard cloak with a half-finished leather patchwork cloak over the shoulders when I wear my leather fighter type clothes). Choose a light weight fabric if your events are in the summer or if you live in warmer climes. If you want warmth go for velvet or wool and be wary of Satin linings as they chill easily (I chose suede cloth but cotton is good too). If the velvet cloak is simply for looks satin can be beautiful but there are other options which can be stunning like lace. Buy something that will go with as much of your appropriate clothing as possible neutral colours like black grey and white are always good. Get something of good quality too and remember that you usually get what you pay for. If you are making one on your own be patient and save up for the best fabric you can afford. Cloaks are really easy to make and well worth the time it takes to do one right. If you have to do it on the cheap you can get good quality lower priced fabric shop around. Now... go make your own ( D I Y ) C i r c l e C l o a k Making a Circle cloak uses a lot of the same principals as making a circle skirt only you will need wider fabric or a lot of newspaper. First I will show you the 2 piece cloak. This is the easy one to make but finding fabric that is wide enough may prove to be a bit of a challenge. The second is a multipiece cloak and will require making a pattern out of newsprint. I usually try to make the first but my heavy velvet cloak was made with the second method. After the cloak instructions I will include optional hood instructions. Two Piece Circle Cloak This version requires very wide fabric unless you want a shorter cloak. Measure from the back of your neck to the point that you want it fall. I m pretty short so fabric that is 50 inches wide is plenty for me to have longish cloak. If you want a floor ankle length cloak and you are tall you will need to follow the paper pattern instructions below. If your measurement is between 45 and 60 inches you may have to hunt around for some fabric that will work for you. In the United States 60 inch wide fabric is fairly common but most of the foreign countries I have gone to fabric that wide has seemed hard to find. How much fabric do you need Say you measure and it s 50 inches from your neck to where you want the cloak to fall. You will need at least 4 times that measurement in length (only 2 times if you want a half-circle cloak). You need 200 inches or about 5.5 yards. I usually get 6 yards so I ll be sure to have enough for the hood. You will need an equal amount of lining fabric if you want to line the 146 147 thing. I would suggest buying a yard or two of extra fabric for you first cloak especially if you want a hood. If it comes out perfect and you make no mistakes you have extra fabric for making something else but if you miscalculate somewhere you ll wish you had it. As far as fabric selection goes you will want something that has little or preferably no stretch to it. The massive amount of fabric will have some weight to it and you may find that it hangs unevenly after a while because the weight of the fabric will make it sag. This is especially bothersome if you want a lined cloak. Trust me on this stretch velvet may seem like a good idea for one of these especially since it s usually pretty cheap but after you cut and sew the first seam you will have to hang it for about a week and trim before hemming. Not fun. Okay. You have your fabric. Lay it out on the floor folded in half. Weight the corners and place a weight at the center point of a long edge. Tie a string to the center weight at the other end of the string tie some Taylor s chalk or a piece of soap. The length of the string between the chalk and the weight should be equal to the length you want the cloak plus an inch or two. Draw a half circle from one side to the other of the weight then cut along this line. Fig. 1 You will also want to cut out a small neck hole... and I do mean small. Remember you can always make it bigger but if you cut it too big you are going to have to fudge the neckline. I d say cut it about 16 inches in circumference the string needs to be about 2.5 inches when you draw it. Fig. 2 Sew one edge together to make to the cloak a full but open circle. If you are lucky or a savvy fabric shopper you will have found fabric with a pretty selvedge and won t have to hem the front opening. Otherwise turn it under and stitch or add trim. How much trim do you need to buy Use this Calculator to figure it The length you wanted the cloak is the radius. You will need to enter the radius to get the circumference. Add the circumference to double the radius and that s how much trim you will need to do the front opening and all the way around the hem. Add 16-20 inches to trim the neckline or to put trim on the hood will require about 40 extra inches. Adjust the hem by trimming and hemming as necessary but if you were careful when you measured and cut it should simply be a matter of folding the hem under and stitching carefully. Remember 148 149 when you hem that you want the stitch to show as little as possible on the outside actually it shouldn t really show at all but if you put trim on the bottom this is less of an issue. There are many places to get nifty closures for your cloak. You can use a frog (Two cords ornately wrapped over themselves. One ends in a loop and the other a knot) a Celtic style cloak pin a cloak clasp cords or a buckle of some sort. Check out google for trim and clasps. If you want to line your cloak make a cloak out of the outer fabric and one out of the lining fabric but do not trim or hem yet. (Again... get fabric with no stretch to it or it will sag.) Sew the edges of the 2 cloaks together with the wrong sides out seams showing on the outside (basically inside out). Turn the cloak the correct way out (so no seam allowence is visible). Iron the seams if the fabric is suitable for ironing and hang it overnight. After it has been hanging you should be able to tell if the bottom hems are going to match up or not. Make sure the lining does not show if you wear the cloak closed. Adjust the hems by trimming and hemming as necessary. The lining hem should probably be half an inch shorter than the outside hem so it won t show. If the fabric seems to slide around when you wear it you may want to tack the seams together. Tacking is where you sew a very tiny stitch in one spot (usually at the seams as it is less noticible) in order to hold something in place. I used this method on my velvet cloak which now hangs perfectly after a few years but started off being pretty unruly on the first few wearings till I tacked. Top stitching trim at the opening may help the lining behave also. Multi-Piece Circle Cloak S0 you fell in love with some 45 inch wide velvet but you need a 60 inch long cloak Well pick up the Sunday paper and some tape because you re going to have to make a pattern. Tape several pieces of paper together till you have the length and twice that in width. Mark it and cut as in Fig. 1. Now comes the tricky part. Measure and divide up the half circle pattern so that each slice will fit on your fabric. How much fabric will you need That depends on how many slices you have and whether or not the fabric has an obvious nap or pattern to it if so all the pieces will have to face in the same direction and you will need more fabric. My suggestion is to cut out the paper slices multiply their number by the desired length and double for a full circle. Say you need a 60 inch cloak you have 4 slices to your pattern that means you will need 4 60 doubled 480 inches or about 17 and a third yards of fabric for a cloak with an obvious nap. If your fabric is cotton or something without a nap or pattern you can use aprox. one third less fabric and stagger the pattern pieces so they point right and left like a puzzle. Don t forget to leave half an inch around each pattern piece for seam allowence as you cut if you want a true circle. Fig. 3 150 After cutting each panel out of the fabric sew together leaving one pair open and finish like the 2 piece. Hood Fig. 4 There are many ways to make a hood. I usually cut out two pieces shaped like the figure below with those approximate measurements and sew it around the neck of the cloak. You will want to seam around the edges without numbers i.e. the curved edge before attaching. I usually cut the neck hole a bit smaller than 16 inches and pleat the hood just a bit in the back... then again I am small. Before attaching the hood I pin it to the cloak (right sides together) starting at the opening and working my way back pleating folding any excess over itself when I reach the back. If you are a big fellow you may want to make the hood bigger by a few inches. Remember to attach the hood before trimming the cloak. Fig. 4 151 152 Rose Shock Makeup Maniac By Belladonna Black Rose Shock is a Finnish teenager with no formal makeup training or professional experience but more than 53 000 fans and followers on the web. This selfdescribed makeup maniac is open about her use of cheap makeup brushes and keeping her wigs jumbled in a box yet her natural charisma creativity and talent for assembling a total look with makeup lenses wigs and outfits has elevated her into the international online makeup spotlight. Rose Shock People who feel comfortable with themselves and how they look. I know it makes you very uncomfortable to wear a style that you don t feel like wearing. Whether it s something completely normal or something that stands out too much. When you are comfortable with who you are you become a completely different stronger person and nothing can stop you. I think it s something that everyone should try to pursue. Also I find original and maybe a bit oddlooking people beautiful very often. However I also find very average-looking people very beautiful every single day. I think it s not the outer appearance that I find beautiful in people it s usually the way they express themselves. Carpe Nocturne What do you hope to do after completing your schooling (makeup for photo shoots TV movies etc. ) Rose Shock I actually have no idea. I would have more interesting options if I lived somewhere else. Lately I ve been thinking about moving to some other country so I could work with something that really interests me and where I could use my imagination but then again I could probably never leave all my lovely Finnish Carpe Nocturne How do you define beauty Rose Shock Beauty is in the eye of beholder. I think beauty is something inside you something that makes you glow and stand out. Maybe it s your soul personality or charisma doesn t really matter. Beauty is something beautiful in you and everyone has their own idea of what beauty is. Carpe Nocturne Who do you consider beautiful 153 154 155 Rose Shock Absolutely everything. Since I was a kid I found all kinds of things inspiring. Bugs animals space nature fairytales movies cartoons candies...you name it It s easy for me to come up with new ideas since I can use anything around me as an inspiration. Carpe Nocturne What advice do you have for someone just starting in makeup Rose Shock Have fun and do whatever you want You can find Rose Shock online blog http roseshock.blogspot.com Facebook https www.facebook.com RoseShock Twitter https twitter.com QueenOfHerz Instagram http instagram.com roseshock You Tube http www.youtube.com user QueenOfHerz friends behind. Right now I don t even have a makeup artist education I m currently trying to get into makeup school so I could even take the first step towards my dream job. However I was just rejected from the school I wanted to get into so it s possible that I can t apply anywhere before next year since we only have very few MUA schools and most of them are private aka super expensive and I can t afford those. I still hope I can work with makeup in the future even though I m not sure if I want to work as a makeup artist or something else. Carpe Nocturne What inspires you END 156 157 158 The Art Of Jillian Casey 159 E-mail finelinestattoos gmail.com https www.facebook.com pages Fine-LinesTattoos 179556342083698 Jillian Casey Fine Lines Tattoo Studio 3731 Washington Road Augusta GA. 30907 [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your favorite piece you own [Artist] I would have to say that my favorite tattoo that s on my body would be the severed dolls head that is on my right thigh. She has cute pigtails that have skull barrettes.... She looks like she has been overly loved. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why Years In The Biz I have been tattooing for 8 and a half years [CARPE NOCTURNE] What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist [Artist] I have always been an artist on paper and canvas. Luckily I have several family members who tattoo and were more than happy to take me on as an apprentice. They saw potential in me and have always encouraged me. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Who are your influences [Artist] Hannah Aitchison and Josh Woods [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your favorite style of work [Artist] I love bold colorful pieces. But I also love and have a talent for realism. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Tell us about your first Tattoo Inkspierence [Artist] my first tattoo is a small daisy about the size of a quarter I remember being so nervous and was tattooed by my sister-in law. It wasn t even a day later that I had wished that I had done something bigger and more creative.... But I knew that I definitely wanted more 160 161 [Artist] It was a tattoo on a guy who was in his mid 70s. It was his first tattoo ever and he got his wife s name. After I got started on the tattoo he explained to me that she was the love of his life and had passed away the month before. As I tattooed him he told me how much she meant to him I will always remember him because of how sweet he spoke of her and I hope I was able to help him with his grieving by giving him the tattoo. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Is there a part of the body you won t Tattoo and why [Artist] I only refuse to tattoo body parts that I know won t hold the ink well. I only want to give people good tattoos that hold up over time. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you support supply co. that sells to the public [Artist] No. I believe that if you want to be a tattoo artist you need to go about it in the right 162 have a business licenses just encourages inexperienced people who don t know what they are doing. If you don t know what you are doing in this business you re going to be doing bad tattoos... or worse you can give a person a staph infection. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists [Artist] I believe that this art form should be passed on from generation to generation ... with that said I do feel that mandatory apprenticeship should be required and I do believe that there should be a standard of quality expected from tattoo artists and tattoo shops. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years and if so why [Artist] Just like any art tattoos have definitely evolved from better quality inks to the designs of the equipment we use. The best part of being a tattoo artist is the fact that it s a job where you are constantly learning new techniques. It will never be a boring job. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you think it is important to do conventions and shows way.... You should have the experience of an apprenticeship and work in a reputable shop if you want to be taken seriously in this business. Supply companies that sell to people who don t [Artist I love going to conventions but don t ever want to work one. Conventions are a great way to meet other artists and find out what s going on in the tattoo industry. 163 and there are a bunch of those stories out there. I can t change their past experience all I can do is give them a great experience for their second tattoo. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Coverups have come a long way over the years. Would you encourage someone with a bad tattoo or something they are no longer proud of to do a cover-up and why [Artist] Yes definitely. No one should have to live with something they hate when there are artists out there who can fix it into something wonderful that you would be proud to show. [CARPE NOCTURNE] I remember the old days when getting a tattoo meant getting trashed and heading to some dude s cellar and getting inked. I assumed it was dirty and painful. After getting my first tattoo by a quality artist in an immaculate shop a few years ago my preconceived ideas of tattooing I prefer working in my booth where there aren t any distractions but I know other artists that love traveling and working at conventions. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to get into the tattoo business [Artist] Make sure you get an apprenticeship with a good clean shop with people who are more than happy to show you all the secrets of the trade. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What could you say to someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence [Artist] I always hate to hear tattoo horror stories changed dramatically and now I am eager to get more. What would you tell someone thinking about their first tattoo who imagined it extremely painful and dirty [Artist] Its very important that you check out shops before 164 you decide on where you want to go to get your tattoos. If it s a dirty shop or the people that work there make you uncomfortable please walk back out the door Thanks to tattoo shows tattoos have become mainstream and shops are no longer located down dark dirty alley ways. As far as how painful a tattoo is certain body parts do hurt more than others but you just have to keep in mind how much you want the tattoo. [CARPE NOCTURNE] It seems portraits are being seem more now. It seems over the years there are popular or trendy styles like the Tribal of the 90 s that everyone is covering up now. What is today s popular thing [Artist] Stars are really popular now... on both men and women. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Speaking of Portraits it was extremely rare (If Ever) that I saw a portrait just 15 or so years ago. It is just something popular now or have things such as inks and equipment changed that made such fine details more attainable by quality artists [Artist] I do think that thanks to shows like LA Ink customers are realizing that they can get a good looking portrait tattoo therefore more people are wanting to get them done. END 165 The Art Of Sam Sea 166 167 Sam Sea Iron Will Tattoo Club 502 N Tyson Ave Glenside PA www.ironwilltattooclub.com sam ironwilltattooclub. com [CARPE NOCTURNE] What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist [Sam Sea] Because I had no other prospects Also because its a kick-ass profession if you can hack it. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Who are your influences [Sam Sea] Gustav Dore old Medieval Alchemical drawings vintage bird illustrations Aubrey Beardsley and just about anything Art Nouveau natural forms (Nature is the greatest Artist) old tattoo flash (the older the better) many many tattoo artists and if I mention one I ll have to mention a lot. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your favorite style of work [Sam Sea] Tattoo work Traditional because its subtractive in its essence. It is about removing everything which is not part of the most essential form of something finding the basic foundation of that thing. I ve been getting into much more painterly styles lately though blending lots of colors together but keeping bold linework and dark shading. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Tell us about your first Tattoo Inkspierence [Sam Sea] I showed up at this shop in Worcester MA and the guy stopped me at the door [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your favorite piece you own [Sam Sea] I have the Little Prince on my calf from my woman when she was apprenticing and that is my favorite tattoo. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why [Sam Sea] I tattooed a Raven on New Years day 168 on a girl whos mom committed suicide the night before because her mom believed ravens were the messengers between the worlds. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Is there a part of the body you won t Tattoo and why [Sam Sea] .Hands necks or faces of younger people. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you support supply companies that sells to the public [Sam Sea] Ideally no. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists 169 [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows as possible [Sam Sea] Yes we are actually doing our first convention in WV in October I think getting out and meeting people is fun. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to get into the tattoo business [Sam Sea] Do not tattoo in your or anyone s house. Get a proper apprenticeship learn from someone you admire. It is an arcane profession and knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. It should be very hard work to get an apprenticeship. This profession should ideally contain only people of excellent character. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What could you say to someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence [Sam Sea] Schooling The school of Hard Knocks maybe. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years and if so why [Sam Sea] It has absolutely changed. It is far too commercialized. When companies are sponsoring and endorsing artists like its a sporting event there s something wrong. The whole counterculture aspect of it is almost totally gone. [Sam Sea] It was probably due to having a shitty artist. Get a good artist and you will have a good experience. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you see a lot more people looking for Cover-ups these days [Sam Sea] Yes because more people are getting tattooed than ever before and lots of people who suck are tattooing because you can get tattoo kits on amazon. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Do you think all the TV 170 shows about tattooing have helped or hurt the industry and why [Sam Sea] Eh probably both. I m not really too concerned with TV in general. meaningful but dont go crazy about it. Its half planning half spontaneous. Above all go to someone with whom you have a good rapport and whose art you like. [CARPE NOCTURNE] What advice can you give someone thinking about getting their first tattoo or piercing [Sam Sea] Think about it and make it [CARPE NOCTURNE] Tell our readers about care for their tattoo after having it done (aftercare) as well has how to keep it looking good for years to come. 171 [Sam Sea] Everybody s got their own idea of aftercare. I say put generous coats of A&D for 3 days 3-4 times a day washing in between and at night for 3 nights cleaning and wrapping it with A&D before you go to bed and washing it in the morning. The less scab the better. After the three days use whatever moisturizer for 2-3 weeks. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Back in the popularity days of the Alternative scene Tribal seemed to be all the rage. Is that still popular and or what seems to be the popular things for tattoos these days [Sam Sea] Unfortunately women with skulls painted on their faces. Fortunately sacred geometry. [CARPE NOCTURNE] From your viewpoint tell us how colors or the process has changed over the years to make today s tattoos look so brilliant and 172 colorful. Is it the actual ink or the way it s done or are people just wanting more colorful tats [Sam Sea] It is a combination of the new inks and new machines and better picture taking. Lots of those bright colors fade in intensity very quickly. [CARPE NOCTURNE] Please share any other comments or views or questions to the public you might have. [Sam Sea] I am going to be starting a more regular blog with writing and discussion if anyone is interested they should email me. My areas of interest are practical metaphysics the nature of consciousness materialism art spirituality and philosophy. I enjoy debate if it is practical. It is very important people discuss deep questions in seriousness. END 173 174 13 WAYS TO START BELLY DANCING by Zahara s Tangled Web form first while others want to meet someone in the community and have a more personal introduction. Many are looking for an artistic community to join. There are dancers who aspire to perform or teach and hobbyists who enjoy taking the classes but have no intention of ever belly dancing in public. And there are students who land in belly dancing through their other hobbies professions (seamstresses costume-designers drummers dancers from other genres etc.). No matter how you get into belly dancing the best way to truly learn any form of dance is to do it by taking classes with an experienced instructor. Belly dancing looks a lot easier than it really is so having someone there to correct your posture and technique (especially in the beginning) is important. Here are some suggestions for starting your belly dance journey. I remember passing a belly dance studio in my neighborhood every day on the way to work. The jewel-tone shades were always drawn so I could never actually see what was happening in there. But I often saw the dancers (all shapes sizes & ages) going into & leaving the studio each evening. I was curious about the mysterious belly dancing that was being taught there... yet it took years for me to get the courage to actually call the studio for information about the classes. It s been almost 15 years since I made that first call and this dance form (and the wonderful community that goes with it) has been a source of support refuge and creativity ever since. 1. Take a class - This seems obvious and if you re ready to jump in... then please DO The best way to learn any style of dance is to take classes either in a group setting or There are many ways to satisfy your curiosity through private instruction. Take the time to about belly dancing and get started on your dance search online to find local instructors who have journey. Not all students and enthusiasts approach experience teaching belly dance. Classes may a new venture by just jumping right in and taking also be listed under Middle Eastern Dance a class. Some want to learn the history of the art 175 carrying a few instructional DVD s. Renting a DVD for free gives you the chance to sample the material before spending the money to add it to your collection. Some libraries will even order instructional DVD s if you ask (including ones for belly dancing). Just be sure the material is for beginners. 3. Read a Book - For students who want to satisfy their mental curiosity before putting their bodies through the physical dancing check out some Egyptian Dance Raks Sharki American Tribal books about the history of belly dancing. Many Style ATS and other descriptions. Contact the are available for purchase through Amazon instructor before coming to class to be sure the and for renting through local libraries. One of class is appropriate for someone with little or my first belly dance teachers suggested I read no formal instruction and find out what items (if Grandmother s Secrets The Ancient Rituals and any) you should bring on your first class. Feel Healing Power of Belly Dancing (Al-Rawi) which free to ask the instructor how long they ve been I enjoyed quite a bit as a new student. I ve also teaching and what styles they teach. You may found Serpent of the Nile Women and Dance in need to attend a few classes with the same the Arab World (Buonaventura) and Tribal Bible teacher to get a feel for her teaching style. If (Djoumana) to be very educational. As with any one studio doesn t seem to be a good fit feel research you may find discrepancies along the free to check out other classes to see what s out way and some points that are more opinions there. All instructors are different and you want than truths. But a little history makes for a good to find one who feels like a good match for you. foundation when studying this ancient dance form. 2. Rent Buy a Video - Some students want to familiarize themselves with the belly dance 4. Call the Gym - Belly dancing offers a lot of isolations and terminology in the privacy of health benefits including a cardio workout that s their own homes before coming to class. After fairly easy on the joints increased flexibility and reviewing a few instructional DVD s you may improved muscle strength. Some belly dance also discover which style of belly dance really instructors teach at local community centers resonates with you... before paying for a block of health clubs and gyms. Even if the format is classes. I ve watched several of the instructional more fitness-oriented it s a great way to meet videos for sale through the Bellydance someone in the belly dance community who Superstars and I found the instructors to be could be a valuable resource for other belly very clear in their explanations demonstrations. dance classes events and contacts. I really enjoyedTribal Fusion Fundamentals although some of it may be too advanced for 5. Attend a Hafla - You may see posters around brand new belly dancers. your area that advertise a hafla which is a That particular DVD get-together or party. Here s your chance to features Kami Liddle watch belly dancing hear some Middle Eastern Moria Samantha & Sherri music (live or recorded) meet new people... Wheatley. I also loved and possibly try a few moves yourself Haflas Belly Dance and Yoga are usually casual affairs and they re a great Conditioning with Ariellah way to find out more about your local belly (www.Ariellah.com). And dance community. Nothing makes artists and as belly dancing has dancers happier than sharing their passion with become more popular others so you re sure to find somebody who will many libraries have started enthusiastically answer your questions. 176 6. Take an Online Class - Many respected professional belly dancers now offer online classes (this is the Internet Age afterall). Here s a great way to study with proficient instructors and sample different styles while wearing your pajamas (and a hip scarf of course ). Try visiting Suhaila Salimpour at www.suhailaonlineclasses.com or Datura (home of Rachel Brice) at www.daturaonline.com. If you re interested in getting feedback during your online training you could search for an instructor who s able willing to use something like Skype to interact with you more fully. 7. Consult a Guide - There are several online listings of belly dance instructors and studios including genre-specific guides like the Gothic Belly Dance Resource by Tempest at www. gothicbellydance.com. This guide is currently being updated and it s a nice starting point to finding an instructor who teaches (in this case) gothic belly dance. Many of these directories also contain links to videos costuming and more. 8. Ask a Friend - When I first started taking classes I remember describing the experience to a group of ladies at work. One of them had actually taken classes ten years earlier... at the same studio where I was learning Had I considered asking those around me I could have been belly dancing much earlier in life. 9. Eat some Food - Why not enjoy some fabulous food and watch a little belly dancing Some Mediterranean Greek and Lebanese restaurants hire belly dancers to perform for their customers. The restaurant s website might list the performance schedule. If not call ahead and find out if there will be entertainment because some restaurants only feature belly dancers on the weekends. Get a group of friends together and make an evening of it 10. Contact a Yoga Studio - I ve met several belly dancers who have yoga certifications so you might find classes offered at your local yoga studio. And if you re not lucky enough to have a studio in your area that s entirely devoted to belly dance try contacting ballroom or Latin dance studios. Some studios (and gyms) will give students a discount for taking other classes which provides you with a chance to fall in love with yet another dance form or yoga pilates etc. This type of cross-training is very beneficial to belly dancers because it s another opportunity to build corestrength become graceful with traveling steps and work additional muscle groups. 11. Attend Professional Show - There are touring professional belly dance shows such as the Bellydance Superstars (www. bellydancesuperstars) and Jillina s Bellydance Evolution (www.bellydanceevolution.com). These shows often reach out to a local belly dancer and or studio in order to optimize local marketing and increase attendance. Keep in touch with your local dance community (including fine arts and theater groups) and get on the mailing list for locations that host dance performances. You might find a local stop for these and other touring belly dance shows on their websites which might also list the local contacts. Talk to a Belly Dancer 12. Seems easy right Don t be afraid to talk with belly dancers when you see them out performing. They re often hired for lots of different events and fundraisers and they re more than happy to talk about the art form between their sets. Ask them about how they got started why they do it what local studios that offer lessons as well as any upcoming events where they ll be appearing. If they re not from your area ask if they have a local contact for you. 177 178 13. Take in a Festival - There are many belly dance festivals and conventions to attend all over the world and there are often workshops that are appropriate for beginners (including some about make-up history & costuming). Be sure to visit our new Carpe Nocturne Belly Dance Event listing which is updated for each issue. Why not make a belly dance festival part of your vacation plans Check out Tribal Revolution (late June in Chicago) 3rd Coast Tribal (January in Texas) Cincinnati Belly Dance Convention (August in Cincinnati) or Gothla US (November in California). No matter how you begin belly dancing enjoy the journey and those you meet along the way. Whether it becomes a hobby fitness regime profession or lifestyle... it s sure to change your existence in ways you never expected END 179 The Mystery of Ascend Tribal Dance (All photos credited to Scott Belding) By Yasaman Vrd dhi 180 And Interview With Sashi 181 my ability to walk talk and think to three life threatening illnesses as a teenager I revel in the joy of being able to dance when that precious ability was almost non-existent. My starting point and ability to grow from there felt like my own personal ascension. Hence my close and reverent relationship with the word Ascend and the dance. CN What other styles of dance have you studied and what lead you to Belly dance Sashi I have studied African Haitian and West African Dance Native American Dance Salsa Merengue Ballet Jazz Israeli and Turkish Debke in addition to American Tribal Style Bellydance Tribal Fusion Bellydance Egyptian and Lebanese Cabaret Bellydance and Nubian Folkloric Dances. While studying African Haitian and West African dance as well as West African and Congolese drumming I realized that I was learning wonderful information about other cultures through their dance and music and felt inspired to look into my own culture s dance and music. I lived in Berkeley at the time and happened upon Carolena Nericcio who was teaching around the corner from my house This was way back in the day before the ATS phenomena exploded worldwide (1995). This wasn t the style I was originally looking for but when I realized the amazing art form I has stumbled upon I was hooked And the rest was history CN How has your Dance education in other styles of dance affected your belly dance style Sashi My dance education particularly within the areas of my study of African Haitian and West African dance had a profound effect on my ability to express the exuberance of the dance and to experience the profound exchange between dancer drummer and the connecting earth and air between us. My experiences with Israeli and Turkish Debke in my youth with family and friends taught me to feel the joy the spontaneity of the group dance inspires. Through Salsa and Sashi is an internationally recognized performer instructor Choreographer and the Co. Director of Gothla US. Sashi found Middle Eastern dance to be the style she was most drawn to as it spoke to her Semitic roots. She is most recognized for her alluring and dynamic performances of Gothic Tribal Fusion Bellydance now hear about the amazing artist Sashi and the Mystery that s Ascend Tribal Dance. Carpe Nocturne Please describe what Ascend Tribal Dance is. Sashi Ascend Tribal Dance is the creative name for my dance and production company. The meaning of the word Ascend particularly in relation to the concept of rising to a higher point holds deep meaning for me as does the ability to dance. Having almost lost my life and 182 Merengue I learned the art of subtle non-verbal cueing to create a beautiful flow and symmetrical exchange of energy. CN Your dance style is very unique what advice do you have about creating your own stylizations Sashi While it is prudent to study with many artists in differing styles of dance what helps one create a unique style is the process of self introspection and personalized constructive criticism throughout one s study and keeping note of those aspects of the dance that look and feel deeply moving to the dancer. Knowing the self helps one know the dance. Dance being a creative process opens us up to new ways of thinking feeling and being which change us in theory and application. CN When picking your costuming for a upcoming performance what are the key factors in your decision Sashi I am usually inspired by one piece of jewelry costuming or music and I build my costume around that initial inspiration. I let the creative flow expand out from there and follow the direction it goes in. I shape and direct the aspects of the costume but I do what I can to not control too much so that the creation is organic. CN Do you always do Choreography or do you also do Improv and what are your feelings on the two Sashi I like both choreography and improvisation. I prefer to improvise when I solo as I can flow with the feel of the music the audience s energy and other variable factors so that the audience can join me on my inspired movement journey. Choreography looks beautiful 183 when a group of dancers move in unison and invites the audience to look in on their profound experience. Both styles of dance are very meaningful to me. CN What tips do you have about makeup when performing on stage Sashi Practice your stage make up prior to going on stage Be familiar with the application process catch any problems with product reactions staying power coloring shading lighting. Have the problems on a day that is not right before you go on stage You don t need that kind of distraction from your focus and ability to perform. CN Music is a large part of dance how do you pick your music for your performances and what s your favorite genres Sashi My music picks me and I often build my performances costuming themes and make up around the song that captured me. My music tells me its story. I hear the song and I am suddenly inspired with images of my dance formulating in my mind as I listen. While I do have some favorite genres of music I do not limit my searches or inspirations to those areas only. Some of my favorites are VNV Nation Dead Can Dance Front Line Assembly Skinny Puppy Suicide Commando yet I have also been known to dance to Johnny Cash and Portishead. www.ascendtribaldance.com https www.facebook.com AscendTribal https www.facebook.com SashiAscendTribalDance www.gothla.com END 184 185 Styles of Belly Dance The Belly Dance Connection By Jill Bolduc Belly Dance - What do you think of when you say the words Do you think of glitz and glitter or earthy fullness and mystery Well there is no wrong answer. The art of belly dance is as diverse and evolving as the people who enjoy it. Reasons are many for those who choose to take up the art form. Ask any dancer what belly dance means to them and you will get a different answer every time. So I will tell you what it means to me thru the description of various styles which is by no means complete. I started dancing just to be social and get a little exercise. However dancing has grown into something much more.... It s a connection to the past present and future. In its purest forms belly dance is a folk dance for celebration and is performed by all men women and children. The dance called Raks Beledi translated means dance of the country. When people were moving from the countryside to the cities they brought the folk dances and music with them. Slowly the music and dances became more sophisticated. However most often women and men were segregated. Women danced for each other in private quarters for pleasure and as a preparation for childbirth. The movements strengthened the stomach and pelvic muscles to allow for an easier childbirth and return to pre pregnancy shape. Eastern dance to the American public at the 1893 Chicago s Worlds Fair. The Egyptian Theater included uncorseted dancers performing rapid hip movements. The promoter Sol Bloom invented the term bellydance for his advertising campaign. It stuck and because it was such a shock to proper society at the time the term became associated with risqu erotic dance. When in reality it is a form of self-expression a way to get in touch with the inner goddess in all of us. The art form can be loosely divided into two categories Eastern and Western. Eastern being the more traditional styles Egyptian Turkish and Lebanese. The Western Styles being American Cabaret Tribal Fusion and Fitness. The cabaret style is found in both Eastern and Western dance. Sharqi a classical cabaret style is the basis for most modern cabaret styles. It originated from the Ottoman Empire. It was preformed in courts for entertainment and inspired the movie industry of America in the 1930 s and 40 s. This style however is more detached from the audience. It was performed for entertainment but the music is emotional. The dancer expresses feelings and a connection to the spiritual. For this reason women are more likely to dance than watch. The movements are controlled and smaller with more isolation. The arms and upper torso are expressive. Large gliding steps and spins lend Belly dance originated in the Orient from India to the ballet feeling that allows the dancer to across to the Middle-East in Egypt Turkey and cover large spaces. This style includes intricate Lebanon. Every region has its own style of hip articulations both traveling and stationary dance. The most distinguishing factors between shimmies intricate abdominal work and full-body the styles is the clothing music and to a lesser poses. The internalization inspires the less is degree the movements. All styles have the same more philosophy. core movements and techniques that have been around since the beginning of belly dance. In Egyptian cabaret dancers rarely perform with finger cymbals. It is not that they don t know how The Orientalist movement introduced Middle to use them but rather the dancers are normally 186 performing with a band. Another distinction is that no floor work is performed and the mid drift is covered. It is actually against Egyptian law to show the navel. Also a veil is often used. A few quick flourishes then it is discarded. It makes for a grand entrance. The costuming of Egyptian cabaret besides covering the belly is what Americans think of as a belly dance costume. The bra and belt are covered in beads sequins and rhinestones. The length of the skirt and amount of leg showing varies. The only thing that was a constant is that the navel is covered A legendary Egyptian dancer is Tahiyya Carioca. movie-musical-world. blogspot.com Notice the costuming Beads cover the navel and most of the middrift. To see her dance click on the link below. http www.youtube. com watch v xM_ E3ca7Rs8 Lebanese Cabaret is a kind of marriage between Egyptian and Turkish styles. It combines the intricate internalized layers of shimmies and lifts with the showy movements of the Turkish drop kicks and splits. This style uses a lot of floor space. Occasionally the dancer may parade thru the audience bringing a few people on stage to dance. Finger cymbals are occasionally used along with canes veils and swords. Traditional costuming is fringed large chucky beads extremely full chiffon skirts and always always high heels. Some modern costuming is akin to nightclub dress that could be thought of long the line of a go-go dancer. In contrast the Turkish cabaret style is more revealing. More skin is shown. The slits on the skirts sometimes go all the way up to the belt. Now lets jump around the world to the West the The belt is worn higher on the hips. Straps may go United States to be specific. Jamila Salimpour over the hips and encircle the waist. Full chiffon daughter of a Navy man stationed in Egypt got skirts are often worn which emphasizes the quick turns and spins. The dances are flamboyant. There are leaps hops floor work hair tossing and deep back bends. The 1960 s and 70 s American belly dance was influenced by Turkish style. 187 her start as a Ringling Brothers Circus performer. During the 1950 s she gave names to certain movements such as maya and Turkish drop . Jamila discovered the Renaissance Faires and created the troupe Bal Anat. The troupe fused styles of dance from Spain India and the Middle East. The costuming was full dark and covered the body. The material was covered with decoration made of either embroidery beads or metal. Makeup was black and applied in tribal patterns. Carolena Nerriccio a student of Masha Archer who studied with Jamila is credited with codifying the movements into a vocabulary. It featured a specialized type of group conformations and hand gestures that was a lead-and-follow cue system. This meant dancers who had never danced together could perform the same movements in unison. The movements are generally larger slower and less intricate. Carolena s troupe was named after the response they gave onlookers when they asked if they could have a private show fat chance. The Fat Chance Belly Dance troupe was born. To distinguish her style of dance Carolena coined the term American Tribal Style or ATS. In this style the troupe combined the vocabulary of movements (fast and slow) with the use of finger cymbals. The style takes turns following a leader. The leader is always the farthest to the left. When the body angles to the left the group is following. When in a circle the lead is neutral. The emphasis is on the group. However in turns duets trios and quartets can be the focus. The dances look choreographed but are really improvised. Photo by Kristine Adams Hair colors and styles are exaggerated with colors such as blue and red. Fake hair is extensively used. The dominant color of costume is black. Tattoos are common as well as body piercing and spiky metals. The music is brooding and has sexual undertones. Fusion styles incorporate steps of tap ballet and jazz with traditional belly dance movements. Costuming is usually tribal in look but dance is more cabaret in style. Music can be anything for old world folk to modern nightclub dance. Anything goes in this style. It is the ultimate form of expression in belly dance. Another popular form of belly dance is the cardio or fitness style. It incorporates fast energizing ethnic movements shimmies snaky arms and isolations in a repetitive structure to provide a heart rate rising workout. The dance is done to upbeat music with occasional slow sections for a rest. Depending on the instructor finger cymbals canes and veils are An offshoot of ATS is Gothic Belly dance that used. There is much flipping and twirling of skirts. originated in the 1990 s. This style focuses more The activity is social and the goal is fitness. on self-expression. Make-up is dark and heavy. 188 This is just a short list of cabaret and tribal. There are many more divisions within the Eastern and Western styles. I have tried my hand a little at each one. I can t say I m the best dancer but what I can say is I am a dancer connected to history through deep-rooted sensual movements and rhythms. END ARE YOU A Belly Dancer In A Belly Dance Troupe Involved In Or Know Of A Belly Dance Related Event For Feature Coverage Interview Consideration Contact Zahara CarpeNocturne.net 189 190 VIEWPOINT by Michael Jack VIEWPOINT Is Written By Various Columnists. These columns are the opinion of the writer and such views may not be shared by the editor publisher ot others involved withthe publication. CONFORMITY by Michael Jack Conformity. It s such a terrible word. But is there a place for it Our dark culture takes pride in our fashion. Why shouldn t we display it I think we should. But are there times not to For me the answer is yes. In fact to look at me there is not a single person on earth who would use the word Goth to describe me. I look like your typical suburban professional married and with two kids. It doesn t change who I am. It took a while for me to learn this. My day job is a pharmacist. I was twenty when I decided to pursue this career path. It was a very defining moment for me. I had to ask myself Would I be taken seriously as a professional if I continued to display my individualistic fashion I knew the answer and it was a bitter pill to swallow. I knew full well my exterior had nothing to do with the person I am inside. That would never change no matter what I wore. Unfortunately how people perceive me did matter in the path I was about to embark upon. In my field I deal with a lot of the less tolerant older generation. With a reluctant heart I cut my hair hung up the leather traded my boots for normal footwear. That was twenty one years ago. If you haven t done the math yet I m forty one now. Outside of a few concerts I m no longer active within the scene. I have conformed to a suburban lifestyle. Do I regret my decisions No. I have a pretty good life. What I do retain is the love of the darker culture. The music gets me through my day. Yes my kids tell me how weird it is but some of it they like. So does my wife. The truth is they don t need to. I want them to be themselves even if I may appear to not have done that. Then again I am a staff writer and feature editor for a dark culture magazine. I also write quarterly columns about issues that affect our culture. I am always watching reading and trying to educate. So tell me does the fact I do not look Goth matter My true belief about conformity is that it is ok as long as you never forget who you are. I think there are certain careers where individuality is more accepted. Authors. musicians and artists definitely have more freedom to express themselves. A steam punk lawyer would struggle to find work. It s unfair and prejudiced but so is a large part of the world we live in. The thing is we must live in it. The best option is probably to be a professional by day and an industrial raver at night...or whatever fashion scene you identify with. I hope things will eventually change to where looks do not matter and people will be judged by the person they are instead. Until then we must adapt. This is my opinion. END 191 192 Chained Shadows By Sergio Manghina involved withthe publication. John Zorn Spillane 1987 Label Nonesuch Robert L. Gale A Mickey Spillane Companion 2003 Publisher Greenwood John Lurie is the voice of Mike Hammer Robert Quine is the voice of Mike Hammer s coscience. Mike Hammer is the fictional private detective created by Mickey Spillane. John Zorn published Spillane in 1987. 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Drown Those Days and Live For The Touch are the top songs in my personal list. If you enjoy listening to music while you read thenThree Bedrooms In Manhattan by Georges Simenon is the right book. Karel Fialka - Film Noir 2009 Label Self-released Limited Edition I saw him for the first time in the eighties performing on BBC s Top of the Pops maybe in search of his own place in the sun among electropop bands.. After so many years Karel Fialka appears again in the iPod era with a surprising bunch of songs in pure electro-noir style.Tilda Swinton gains a guest-starring role singing in duet Alphaville the best track on the list. John Gilmore-Skip Heller - Laid Bare 2000 Label Amok Audio Elysian Fields The Afterlife 2009 Label Vicious Circle George Simenon Three Bedrooms In Manhattan 1946 2003 Edition Publisher New York Review of Books A soulful dark poetry opposed to the hard-boiled prose of Lydia Lunch Jennifer Charles and John Gilmore Laid Bare 1997 Publisher Amok Books Noir-spoken word inhabited by ghost and ghost-like creatures.. Hollywood legends and Hollywood victims James Dean 194 Marilyn Ed Wood and the unlucky Black Dahlia This is the haunting world of John Gilmore crime writer and archivist of the dark side of life. Skip Heller fills with anxiety and inquietude each sound of this album adding vibraphones and basses to Gilmore s voice. Almost a hard-boiledjazz symphony. END The All New Carpe Nocturne Magazine Starts To Take Shape With This Issue Over the Next Couple Of Issue You Will See Quality Improvements Throughout The Publication That Include New Logos Feature Headers And An Upgraded Look And Feel We Are Currently Seeking Cd Reviewers Feature Writers For Music Arts Fashion Body Art And Staf For An All New Area Comic Books Contact Jobs CarpeNocturne.net 195 BE PART OF IT 196 VIEWPOINT by Andy Fereday VIEWPOINT Is Written By Various Columnists. These columns are the opinion of the writer and such views may not be shared by the editor publisher ot others involved withthe publication. are constantly supplied with a work force. The EDITOR S NOTE I happened across a capitalist production very informative (old but informative) systems and structures article posted on the worldwide web. require a constant We went to great lengths to search out supply of workers much the author and get permission to use in the same way as a the piece. To our surprise Andy Ferebeehive requires worker day granted us usage rights as well as bees to sustain itself. added to it and critiqued his own work Sexual behaviours as a then and now type piece. This which guarantee will be an ongoing story. until the enthe regeneration of tire piece is completed. this workforce are normalised and those which threaten its Thank You Andy Fereday supply or do not adhere to its strict definitions are Bob Donovan - Carpe Nocturne Editor pathologised demonised and treated as deviant behaviours. The use of bondage and fetish styles Goth dress style like its music also shows some of clothing in such an open sexualised context of its roots in punk dress style. While the punk clearly and explicitly shows a resistance to this style was derived from a pastiche of cultural styles normalised dictated sexuality. This resistance is messily torn up and usually expressed through an explicit opposition or thrown together with through satiric attacks on normalised heterosexual safety-pins the Goth- stereotypes and clich s. punk style was and is more consistent The Gothic style is featuring the bondage complemented by elements of punk a series of rituals dress style but without which can roughly the invading influences by grouped into of other styles. The the category of Goth-punk style relies body rituals. These heavily on fetish style body rituals can be bondage outfits separated into three with straps buckles levels - temporary and zips thigh-high s e m i - p e r m a n e n t permanent. stiletto boots and a and On a temporary or predominance for leather pvc rubber. This style has level specifically targeted the highly sexualised element superficial make-up is used of punk. Perhaps Foucault s theories of sexuality can be of help in understanding the reason behind to create a distinct this. In his terms heterosexuality is constructed look of the graveyard. White foundation is used to ensure that the capitalist production structures to wipe any trace of colour from the face giving 197 the Goth the appearance of death of a creature returning from the grave. The eyes are usually accentuated with the use (or overuse) of black eyeliner and dark eye shadow intensifying the sunken deathly look. Black or very dark crimson red lipstick is used again to heighten the impact of the deathly pallor. A small minority of the Goth community also opt for the Vampire look. This is achieved with artificial fangs individually moulded to fit over the wearer s incisors. On occasion this is combined with coloured contact lenses (especially red) to mask the natural colour of the wearer s eyes giving a look which can only be described as demonic. Hair styles take some influence from those of the punks the mohican being popular. The Goth mohican however is usually wider than its punk counterpart. Unnaturally coloured hair is common to both subcultures the Goths preferring either black or stark blonde. The cyber-Goths show a marked tendency towards unnaturally coloured hair extensions in blue white red or black plaits or dreadlocks. The conventional Goths tend to prefer long black back-combed or crimped hair. There seems to be no correlation between hair styles and gender in the Goth world - hair styles are accepted as not being restricted to either sex or gender. Body piercing particularly facial piercing is widely visible in the Goth subculture and completes the semi-permanent level of body rituals (semi-permanent as they can be removed almost without any trace of them ever having been in place). Body piercing has been an important part of ritual religions since time immemorial. It was used to signify the transition from adolescence into adulthood across a wide selection of ancient cultures and societies from the native Americans to the Druids of pre-Christian Britain. It was even worn by a member of the British Royal family (Prince Albert whose name is now a euphemism for a piercing of a part of the male genitalia ). In contemporary society ear piercing for the most part has become an accepted norm for men as well as for women. Nose piercing has become an accepted norm amongst youth cultures again for both men and women but still remains something of a taboo amongst older generations. In the United States nose piercing is still frowned upon in all but the largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Even in those cities acceptance is only acknowledged amongst a minority group (an example of which would be Greenwich Village a bohemian quarter in New York). Examination of body rituals on a semi-permanent level brings us to the description of hair styles and the use which is made of body piercing. 198 Piercings throughout the rest of the body (the nipples the navel and the genitalia) are much less common even though they have become more popular amongst members of certain youth groups or subcultures. It is far more common for a member of the Goth community to have one or more of the more extreme piercings. There seems to be a hierarchy of piercings at play in the Goth community - the more extreme the piercing the higher up the hierarchy the individual will be. Common or popular piercings such as one ear or nose piercings demonstrate the lower levels of the hierarchy. The next level is indicated by piercing the same body areas but to a higher degree multiple piercings in the ears and nose and perhaps piercings in less conventional body areas - the eyebrow the navel or the nipple. One level above this is indicated by multiple piercings of the navel and nipples and the genitalia. The highest guru status is indicated by body modification which is only available through surgery (a member of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow has had coral horns surgically implanted under his scalp. Owing to the organic nature of the implants the blood vessels will eventually grow through the implants making them inseparable from the rest of the body without major surgery). The permanent level of body rituals brings us to tattooing. Like body piercings tattoos have their origins in ancient societies and cultures dating back at least two or three thousand years. Tattooing as an artform has graced societies throughout the globe From the Maori to the Inuit and from the African to the Samoan. Tattooing has been used to signify many diverse meanings. They have been used in warrior societies to signify a victory a defeat or an extraordinary act of heroism. They have been used to express joy or sorrow. They have been used in ritual ceremonies and in 199 influenced by Celtic knotwork patterns. These tattoos usually take the form of a Celtic armband - a repeating design around the top of the arm. Knotwork was used in Celtic ritual religion to signify the never - ending cycle of life. Perhaps the original meaning of the knot is secondary to the use of traditional ritual religious iconography. It is a way of communicating denial of oppressive organised religions by association with an ancient primitive spiritual religion. Religion and religious beliefs play a large part in the formation or identification of the Gothic identity. Religious belief throughout the Goth subculture tends to show a leaning towards ancient ritual and pagan religions. Most of these religions do stem from ancient pre-Christian Europe particularly from Britain and the Celts. Gothic religious beliefs align themselves with the traditions of Witchcraft Shamanism traditional religious ceremonies. They have been Druidism worship of the Mother used to communicate any number of meanings Goddess the Cult of the Dead and eco-magic. and to show an affiliation to or membership of Spiritual religions of the middle and far East also some sort of secret group. The best known type tend to influence the spiritual beliefs with Ancient of tattoo is one that is used to signify the transition Egyptian rituals playing a major influencing role. from one phase or cycle of life to another - as an The identification with various religions is usually initiation rite or rite of passage. visible and can be seen in the type of jewellery Tattooing in the Goth subculture is a difficult issue to understand. Tattooing is most easily understood from the perspective of the individual as opposed to a group- or communitybased perspective. On a general level the tattoo signifies personal meaning to its wearer. It is used to confirm the beliefs or an aspect of the personality of the individual either on a specific level or a general level. The most common style of tattoo visible in the Goth subculture is 200 impassioned way of life or spiritual path which is not just lacking in Christianity in all its forms but which is actively demonised repressed and eliminated. It offers a power to the individual but also confers a responsibility to the individual. It encourages the individual to follow their own path and not to aimlessly accept those doctrines which are imposed and which should be followed mindlessly like sheep without questioning. To Be Continued In Winter 2013 Issue worn - pentagrams crosses and Ankhs being amongst the more popular. The fascination with pagan ritual magic and religion stems from the sense of freedom to the individual spirit which these religions hold as a fundamental philosophic principle. The religions of the ancient offer an alternative to the constricting and oppressive dominant Christian religions. They offer freedom from enforced belief and moral restriction. They offer an alternative to the outdated empty rituals of the Church. With Pagan religions it is possible for the follower to find a meaningful and 201 202 NOW FEATURING VJ s TOO Interview with VJ The Liar By Fairlyinnocent 203 [Carpe Nocturne] Thank you for taking time before your VJ gig here at The Shelter in Atlanta to do this interview. Let me start by asking how you got your start being a VJ [The Liar] I worked for an internet radio station before I moved to New York and I had a weekly three hour interview program where we would bring in some of the bigger DJ s from the rave scene and would talk about what ten records made them who they are. I used to be really shy but being on the air and putting a microphone in front of my face for three hours a week made me break out of that. I started working for a company called Aspect Radio in North Hampton MA that was a live event production company and internet radio station and that s where I picked up a lot of my live production skills and it was a collection of DJ s that had been DJ ing for 10 to 15 years when I met them and it was my first real interaction with club stuff. I wasn t really performing but I was a roadie producing on air programs and doing interviews. That s where I got a taste to do more stuff like this and with DJ ing and VJ ing plus being on tour put the bug in my ear a little bit. [Carpe Nocturne] How did you get hired with Angelspit [The Liar] I was working for VampireFreaks.com and I had a chance to interview ZooG Von Rock for the website I did and the video was pretty cool so we put it out and my interview turned into sort of a synth how to video. I would see Karl (ZooG) around and we would grab coffee and talk shop and then when they had a video contest we would talk about how awesome my visuals were and should perform to video. A lot of the visuals I do sometimes has a similar process and philosophy as ZooG s does such as live glitching distorted signals and noise as art so we sort of bonded over that and then they had the contest which was a music video contest using pre-existing footage. You generate some footage but the whole idea was what can you do to remix visual stuff for these you tube videos so I contributed a video as The Liar and this was the first thing I had done as The Liar . I had been DJ ing here and there as The Liar but it was not the first name I had DJ d under. My video was submitted and it was well received in the band and when they put it to a vote they picked my video. I also directed two of their music videos Defibrillator and Like it Lick it [Carpe Nocturne] I have not seen very many video DJ s and when you contacted us I was excited to see a different aspect of video mixed with music. I got to see Roughausen do it when they were here 2 years ago but that has been it. I have not seen much written about video DJ s either. [The Liar] That is cool Roughausen is still on tour because in my Aspect Radio days we booked Roughausen and they were amazing And that was when I really started to get electro and thought I can get down with this. [Carpe Nocturne] Well I am looking forward to seeing what you have going. When I get contacted about an interview or music I tend to not go after the normal material but rather what is unusual and not so covered. [The Liar] Unfortunately I have a custom analog VJ rig that I have built and two good friends of mine sort of help me maintain it. This very good friend of mine sort of the steward of it Sean Moriarty a fan of Angelspit and longtime friend he s sort of the other technician that has helped build this and it s in the shop right now. I really wanted to bring it down but I m having problems and nobody s really making VJ analog video stuff anymore because now they use software. A lot of the components I have are from the late 80 s to early 90 s. [Carpe Nocturne] Like old school. [The Liar] Exactly so the rig is back home and all taken apart so I have pared it down and using a laptop tonight with custom visuals for every tune. I don t just bring music I pre-cut and pre glitch individual music videos and then I am mixing the video as I am mixing the audio. They have separate signal paths and they meet up again in the venue. 204 [Carpe Nocturne] That s kind of interesting how that is done. [The Liar] From the laptop the video will be sent out of the laptop and the signal path for that goes to a 4 channel video mixer 4 wireless cameras and an 8 channel sub video switcher that I have done some modifications to so I can do live glitching. I grew up in a TV repair shop so I was used to taking apart TV s all the time and there s something comfortable about when a piece of technology breaks that it s not the end of the world because you can fix it. There are folks that are older than we are that find the hiss and crackle of vinyl to be really soothing and then growing up with cassette and VHS tapes you have to adjust the tracking and adjust the setting and there is something really comforting in that and that is why I tend to go back to analog formats. If I could perform with a VCR and a tracking knob and that s all I had I would rock it It would look really cool. That has been my approach to mixing video and what I ll do is one of my wireless cameras there is a big old knob on it for tuning and if you take it a couple of degrees off the right frequency the image starts to roll and you ll get some sort of bending and you ll lose some vertical sync. As I m video mixing I ll be running my DJ mixer with one hand and doing EQ kills and I will have the camera and just touching it so I will have this live image so sort of bending and breaking it live. It s way cooler having all these analog controls then it would be sort of mini mapping stuff and punching a soft button. [Carpe Nocturne] Do you perform with Angelspit all the time and do all their music with video [The Liar] I did and when we went on tour I would try to prep for the set list in advance but sometimes I don t get it until we re about to hit the road but yeah it s when we re in rehearsals I ll like tweak some stuff but then I try to leave it open and you know that s the cool thing about having these wireless camera s. Like I can put one on ZooG s mike and I can put one on Destroyx s kiosk pad and I can put one on 205 the analog synth rig so you can really see what is going on and then be able to just jump between these as well and with other pre-programmed visual elements. You sort of take everything that is happening on stage and projecting it behind us and sort of blowing up different details and it gives you a different kind of perspective. As audiences we re used to standing four feet below a band and looking up and sometimes the coolest shows I ve ever been to have been while viewing from the wings or from right on stage looking out at the crowd. It s really unique and it gives you a physically different perspective on the action. [Carpe Nocturne] I m sure it is a different experience because when I am photographing I am usually somewhere near or at the side of the stage and moving around with occasional straight on shots but I seem to get my best shots at an angle at the side of the stage. [The Liar] When people ask me about what Angelspit sounds like I say it s punk rock and synthesizers not just in content but this energy they have like rockers they come from this rock and roll background and they are a visual type band and heavily into their aesthetic so when I get on stage I go into combat mode and I m ready to break some shit. [Carpe Nocturne] I get that about the energy because I m still kind of old school in that I love to see high energy on stage with members of the band playing all the instruments with sweat flying things breaking and the floor shaking. It sends that energy right back at the audience and they respond. I sometimes am in disbelief when I listen to bands and artists on the internet or CD and they sound amazing but you see them live and on occasion it may be a singer with someone manipulating a synth. Don t get me wrong because I still think they are great artists but I miss all the energy that a full band brings. [The Liar] I saw Ego Likeness play a small venue in New York and it was like no fog or specialty lights but Donna and Steve and the rest of the band walked out and owned it. I feel like that is something that has been lost is that stage presence because a lot of people are relying on lights and all these crazy effects and just because you are an amazing songwriter or producer doesn t mean you re an amazing live act. You have to have the ability to step out on these people s faces and rock out because the crowd is going to love it. To be able to push on the crowd and the crowd push back is such a cool experience but you have to be open and ready for it. I did two tours with ANGELSPIT but we totally missed Atlanta and New Orleans but we played a sold out show in Hartford which is my home town with my parents there and it was pretty cool. My parents are pretty square but they are really supportive. [Carpe Nocturne] I would hope they would be since you are their kid [The Liar] I m really lucky because they have been really supportive and let me do my own thing but they have always been super skeptical but they stepped back. For instance I work in the film industry when not doing work with the band I went to film school and the first month out of school I paid my rent with freelance film industry work and that sort of pressure of hey you going to get a real job ended when I paid my rent from 206 doing set work. There are parents out there that aren t supportive of their kids in this industry but my parents say when you going to get health insurance because you probably are going to need it. They have been super cool but they were not the artsy types. My dad was a technician for forty five years and I picked up a lot of what I know from working around his shop as a kid so I always try to fix things. Skinny puppy was one of the first bands to do videography with their music but over the years the systems have gotten a lot more sophisticated so there is this sort of legacy with people experimenting with video and it s becoming much more accessible. You can use live video manipulation and then also you can use combinations of gear but now with the rise in the internet and DIY stuff there has been this explosion of circuit bending which is something I would like to get into. [Carpe Nocturne] I have not seen a whole lot of bands do video manipulation with their music. I have seen where there is just basically a screen with visuals to look at during a performance. [The Liar] This is an amazing time to be involved in the EBM dark industrial Goth scene because everyone has access to the internet now. Anyone can put tunes out there super quickly as well as easy thus letting anybody download it. One of the best sites out there right now is Band camp. You can make the music you want and share. Right now I am taking a break from Angelspit VJ ing for a couple months putting more focus on my Freelance Film Video editing career. [Carpe Nocturne] Thanks again so much for doing the interview and sharing your talent. Please give us your web Facebook addresses so fans can connect with you. [The Liar] TheBasementLabsWorldwide.com and www.facebook.com TheFckingLiar Also stay on the lookout for Angelspit s new CD that will be coming out soon. END 207 208 209 210 Terrance Zdunich Master of the Horror Universe By LinnieSarah ( linnieloowho) Some men dabble in comic book art. Others fancy themselves musicians. Still others write a screenplay or two or ten. A select few have been known as actors of stage and screen. However it is the exceedingly rare multi-tasker that is capable of doing all of these things and even more importantly doing them well. One of these fantastic overachievers just happens to reside in the horror community and his name is Terrance Zdunich. I first became aware of Zdunich around 2008 when I queued up Repo The Genetic Opera. I will admit my initial curiosity was totally based on the fact that I had been informed of a scene in the movie where Paris Hilton s face fell off. It didn t really matter what happened in the rest of the film because that was enough to warrant the time and effort put into a gothic horror rock-opera right there. Imagine my delight when I discovered that not only was the movie amazing the writer was also one of the stars. Zdunich starred in the film as a narrator of sorts the GraveRobber a character who looked like an escapee from an Alphabet City production of Cats but with the voice of a fallen angel. And the rest of the cast wasn t so bad either Paul Sorvino Bill Moseley Anthony Head Alexa Vega Sarah Brightman and Nivek Ogre all round out 211 The art in the comics is really fascinating and evokes much of the work in Repo while the story itself is well distinctly Zdunich. Dark vaguely unpleasant and always slightly menacing The Molting is a must-have for any fan of the sort of comics that would be more at home at Dark Horse than classic Marvel. More recently Zdunich and his directing buddy Bousman have returned to the film world with their second foray into music horror The Devil s Carnival. Difficult though it may be to believe Carnival is even darker and more sophisticated than Repo though it features much of the same cast. Despite a shortened running time due to its planned part in an intended series Carnival takes three of Aesop s fables and sculpts them into a sinister morality tale set in hell. Zdunich plays Lucifer himself holding court over a carnival of characters in charge of forcing sinners to confront their wicked pasts. While the music in Repo was phenomenally catchy the cast of this fascinating tale of a dystopian future where people can finance designer organ transplants but run the risk of messy repossessions in the event of screwing up their payment plan. The musical horror comic book hybrid was odd to say the least and didn t exactly do well in theaters. But in the grand tradition of other brilliant box office bombs Repo found a second life on DVD and a third life on the midnight-movie circuit. Zdunich director Darren Lynn Bousman and many of the cast members toured with the film staging performances screenings and Q&As thus injecting a Rocky Horror feel into Repo s fan base. After Repo in 2009 Zdunich returned to his roots as an artist (prior to Repo he worked as a storyboard artist on films like Into the Wild and as a painting teacher) and began work on his very own comic book series. The Molting is a comic in 12 parts that follows a slightly (majorly) dysfunctional family in 1990s Southern California. 212 Carnival s score is far more stage friendly as if it was written specifically with the theater in mind. And while the production values aren t as stellar as Repo s you can tell that Carnival is building to something bigger that stands a chance of working brilliantly as a solid whole. And just as with GraveRobber in Repo Zdunich attacks the role of Lucifer with style. In addition to all of this work Zdunich also does as much as possible to connect with his fans including tours for his work that include Q & As and live performances signings and instructional art videos for budding artists. (Seriously check out his series The Tutor Painting a Still Life with Terrance Zdunich. It s interesting to say the least ) You can t deny that Zdunich is an inspiration for the flourishing horror community because there seems to be absolutely nothing he can t do. Singer actor painter musician writer comic book author Terrance Zdunich truly is a jack of all trades and this fangirl can t wait to see what trade he picks up next. END 213 214 Labor Pains and Eating Brains A Review of Short Film Lamaze of the Dead By LinnieSarah ( linnieloowho) With the amount of zombies currently ambling around theaters and TV its kind of difficult to find a creative spin on the genre. However in 2009 Wilmington NC s Fiddler s Creek Productions crafted an entirely novel short film about a zombie outbreak originating in just about the worst place possible a Lamaze class. Written by Whitney Baltz and directed by Shawn Lewallen Lamaze of the Dead is a short that packs a huge punch. Lamaze opens with a couple walking innocently into their birthing class and ends with them awkwardly running with other expectant mothers as a zombie epidemic takes them down one by one. What could easily have been a typical zombie yarn is turned on its head by a totally out of left ending that is both shocking creepy and surprisingly terrifying given the context. Baltz really knows how to scare the crap out of her audience in this case specifically the women. Not only is the concept of giving birth during a zombie apocalypse petrifying in and of itself but also when you find yourself trapped alone with a giant secret while giving birth during a 215 zombie apocalypse... Well that s just NOT aces. during the attack scenes. Lamaze was an entry in Universal s 2009 Halloween Horror Nights Chiller Additionally the practical effects in Lamaze are Film Competition cut down to three minutes but at really spectacular. The zombie makeup blood and its eight minute running time you can really enjoy gore are really well done and especially affective the full breadth of the terror. You can watch Lamaze of the Dead in full at https vimeo. com 35970276. It s absolutely worth a watch if you re interested in an unusual take on brain munchers END 216 Gorgeous and Gut Wrenching Mat Johns Short Film Run Will Stop Your Heart By LinnieSarah ( linnieloowho) It takes a special kind of film to lull you into a deeply false sense of security right before it totally scares the absolute crap out of you. UK filmmaker Mat Johns achieves that feat with his short film Run. Run was written directed shot edited and produced by Johns and filmed in four days for the Filmonik Halloween KinoKabaret 2012. Despite the fact it was shot on a minimal budget Run looks like a studio-financed independent film thanks to Johns skill and love for cinema. The beautiful cinematography is just one outstanding element you ll take away from the film. Run follows a young man who befriends a charming couple as he backpacks through their city. We learn from a voiceover narration as the man writes home to his mum that the couple has taken them into their home. Together the threesome flirt and frolic they drink and take long walks by all accounts they seem to be living an idyllic life together as a found family. But as is often the case things are never what they seem and our narrator may not be the perfect houseguest after all. To give anymore away would be to ruin that absolute visceral shock that is delivered by the end of Run a film that should be seen by any true horror fan. The sheer beauty of surroundings betrays the grisly nature of what 217 is to come and this is what makes Run such a last year. Mat Johns has a hell of a career ahead deeply affective film. The actors in this film are of him. equally remarkable drawing you into the story with You can watch Run at http vimeo.com 52426876 minimal dialogue and then tearing you apart once you reach the climax. This short is utterly amazing END and easily one of the best that I have seen in the 218 219 Interview With Underground Filmmake J. Barbarisa By XXXZombieboxXXX 220 er 221 Looking for a short video to review for this Fall Issue I happened upon an underground filmmaker that had actually filmed in the Evan City Cemetery. Me being me I had to track him down and... pick his brain Joe Barbarisi Hello Zombie thanks so much for your interest Thrilled to be a part of your publication CARPE NOCTURNE [Carpe Nocturne] What made you decide to do a zombie film dedicated to Night of the Living Dead [JB] Well like any fan of the Living Dead genre you What I got was nearly a life story and really have to go back to the roots of the Zombies something of an inspiration for anyone (I like to call them Ghouls) Gorge A. Romero s Night of the Living Dead where it all began in that got a hold of an old film camera 1968. Look how far we ve become now with all the and said I m going to make a monster Living Dead films including all of Romero s like movie with this This cat proves to us Dawn Day Land and films I grew up watching on Chiller Theater in the 70 s like Children Shouldn t all that YOU CAN Play with Dead Things Deathdream Zombie (aka Joe Barbarisi July 29th 2013 Flowers for the Zombi 2) and today the genre has only grown to a genre within itself like the terrific AMC Series the DEAD Walking Dead which would never have happened [Carpe Nocturne] Thanks for taking the time to without Night of the Living Dead. So back in 2006 my wife Linda and myself took some creepy shots talk with us 222 with my Super 8 Cameras at a local cemetery here in New Jersey just because a cemetery is the ultimate stage to have yourself stagger around the setting like a Ghoul. We just wanted to see what it would look like on film. Soon we found ourselves spending weekends adding to our little screen tests more shots like Linda getting attacked my the Ghoul (played by myself of course) and her running for her life trying to Escape. So we soon realized that we may have a short film we put it on Super 8 to give it that 1960 s-1980 s look feel just for fun. Once the films were processed I liked what I saw and decided to go ahead with making a short film. Didn t really have a script but we just wanted to create a Living Dead Rising situation where a woman (Linda) found herself trapped in a cemetery with a Ghoul closing in on her much like the original Night of the Living Dead s opening sequence. Only Linda is by herself and needs to find a means of escape. About a few months of filming scenes here and there and I kind of put it to the side since I really didn t know where to go with the scenes we filmed. I came across a DVD which was a remake of Psycho by Gus Van Sandt. What was interesting about this remake it was that it was a shot for shot remake. I had never really seen that before and he even went to some of the original shooting locations from Hitchcock s 1960 original. That soon gave me the idea for Flowers for the DEAD... Why not take a drive to Evans City PA where the original NOTLD was filmed Shoot some sequences there and try to use the same framing here and there that Romero used some 40 years earlier. To give the film some charm and for any viewers of the film to pick up on Hey isn t that the same cemetery in Night of the Living Dead So in October of 2007 I took the 4-hour drive with my wife Linda and with all my Super 8 cameras and sound recorders stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in nearby Zelienople which was just down the road to Evans City and the Evans City Cemetery where Night was filmed. In that short period of time I fell in love with the area and went back every October (2009.2010 2011). Plus we had Gary Striener s The Living Dead Festival which was held in Edco Park in Evans City all in tribute to Night of the Living Dead. The Living Dead Festival had like all horror conventions cast and crewmembers from Night of the Living Dead signing autographs question and answer panels and memorabilia tables. And of course a nighttime screening of Night on an outdoor screen. Great fun In 2009 and 2010 I added more scenes to Flowers for the DEAD in Evans City using some locals to be ghouls in a few more sequences to give the film a even more Night of the Living Dead feel to it. On Halloween in 2009 I met Charles Craig the original Radio TV Announcer in Night of the Living Dead and he agreed to be the Radio Announcer Steven Wayne in Flowers for the DEAD after reading a script I made up for him. He was kind enough to appear in the film and we recorded his dialog in my car. I was proud to have him to be the Radio Announcer in Flowers for the DEAD. So it s only fitting to dedicate my film and pay homage to Night of the Living Dead to all the filmmakers and fans of this horror masterpiece. It s the Godfather of all the Living Dead films. A salute. [Carpe Nocturne] I admire you very highly for shooting on Super 8. Can you tell us a little about 223 Also there s the sound element. Now my cameras are all silent. We had to record the audio sound so [JB] Super 8. That s my thing. Since I was a it s like a double process. You shoot the scene first kid I made short films with the Super 8 (you can with the actual filming and then redo the scene see some of these on YouTube). I learned so again for the audio recording. At times we would much about the Super 8. It s all I really know to film and record the audio at the same time but be honest. Real filmmaking. I don t like digital only in wide shots. If you had the cameras close productions unless I m shooting a document like to the audio recorders you would hear the shutter a family function or shooting a concert or sport of the camera. So most of the dialog sound was event. Film tells a story. Just the look alone is recorded in postproduction or ADR which to me is priceless. It gives your production real texture and just as fun. Double creativity. You nailed the filming it can look like it was made 20 or 30 years ago. and you nailed the audio to go with the scene. Old Not only that but I just love the entire process of school movie making the film cameras. You have to be sure you have the correct lighting via light meters and the correct You first get the super 8 Film Cartridges which are focus. And its always fun to see if it came out right 50 feet (approx 4min) in Flowers for the DEAD I used and you never know until the film is processed B&W Tri-X Reversal. There are very few places to developed and when it comes back from the lab find the Super 8 Film nowadays. You really have to and you got what you wanted its always a thrill. research. Best bet when you go get your film rolls With digital it s a whole new ball game. Too simple is to seal them in zip lock plastic bags and store them in your refrigerator (not in the freezer) but and not as much creativity. around 38-42 degrees or so. Just preserves the the process and its challenges 224 film. And it does seem to process crisp and clean if you kept them cool. Same goes for after you used the film up. Store them back in the refrigerator until they are sent out for processing. Again you have to do some researching to get films processed. I found a great one in New York City called Pac Lab. Great work. [JB] I got into Horror films at a early age in the early to mid-70s.watching all the Midnight Movies on Chiller Theater on WOR-TV in New York. I always had Rubber Monsters Planet of the Apes and Action Jackson Figures. I played with them as my imagination grew creating my own worlds and story lines much like a story boarding. I basically Once you have the film processed you do your made my own movies in my head with the figures film editing. Cut the scenes out you don t want like the movies I watched on TV rushing home edit the 50ft rolls together on bigger reels (250- from school to watch monster week on the 4 30 400ft reels) send the films off to be converted to Movie . Back in the 70 s we didn t have Michael MiniDV tapes (place in Northridge CA called Film Myers Jason Voorhees and Freddie Krueger. Yet and Video Transfers LLC). They have a system the Horror Icons to me in those days were your called RANK which is just incredible. Your films classic come out fantastic and basically printed to the Mini Universal Monsters Like the Wolfman DV Tapes. No projection transfers which is total Frankenstein Dracula The Invisible Man s t. You don t want that. When you get the Mini Creature from the Black Lagoon. And of course DVs back is when you dub your audio for the films The Ghouls from Night of the Living Dead. We right on the tapes itself again its like doing the film used to Play Monsters with a bunch of friends after all over again. You now can create the sound and school. Meet at a creepy church in my hometown bring your movie to life...to me its nothing but a of Waldwick NJ. It was a great setting and we let blast and such a creative outlet and such a thrill our imaginations run wild playing all these famous when it comes into place You nailed it You really made a movie [Carpe Nocturne] What are some of the tools you used [JB] Filming Took place from Sept 2006 to April 2010 (most on weekened with gaps throughout Winters and Summers. shooting most during Spring and Fall) I used different Super 8 Cameras Nizo 801 (most of the Photography) 52mm Lens (2) Minolta Autopak D2 52MM Lens Nikon Super Zoom 52MM Lens Super 8 Film-Kodak TRI-X Reversal Audio Recordings Marantz PMD201 Field Recorder Sony TCM-200DV HH Audio Recorder Post Production Mini-DVD Tapes Prestige Arabesk Casablanca Editor Recorder [Carpe Nocturne] What got you into horror and tell us a little about your love of the genre. 225 monsters. We always had some kind of plot line. No cameras just our imaginations. TV in September I hear. I still keep in touch with the films cast in crew. It was great fun. I landed the part as the zombie by sending the writer and In the end there would be a huge final with all the the director of a Super 8 screen test I made of me Monsters having a war. Basically we beat the s t staggering around a cemetery...from that screen out of each other. My favorites were the Wolfman teat is what inspired me to make my own Living or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Great Dead film. Thus Flowers for the Dead came to life. memories [Carpe Nocturne] Pun intended How about What got me into making my own movies was the cast and crew Any shout outs you want to no doubt the first time I saw John Carpenter s make or stories about the filming of Flowers for Halloween in the fall of 78 and I will never the Dead forget the tension he created and the audience s reaction. How people were freaking out And for [JB] Everyone involved with Flowers for the the first time I was more curious about the making DEAD were of a movie. I wanted to make my own movies. It all friends spending came from John Carpenter. their weekends making our movie. So on Christmas 1980 I got my first movie Everyone was camera. A Super 8 Honeywell camera with four great and a lot of rolls of B&W Movie film. I got my best friends to friendships were make our first movie. A Night of the Living Dead born. I keep in touch inspired Ghoul movie called The Union Cemetery. with everyone and From there we made a few Six Million Dollar Man we all hope to get inspired films and later on Halloween of 1981 together to create made our own Halloween. All these movies I ve another film down kept And they are all on YouTube The early films the road. We will of Phenia Films . I even made my own production see what happens. film company lol Of course I cannot forget my wife Since then the passion for movie making never Linda who is the left me. I took some film courses in a Community star of our movie. College in Tucson AZ called Pima Community She showed a lot College where I made a few films for school of heart getting projects. When I got into my 20s-30s I made a lot the movie together of family related projects documenting family get and was with me in togethers parties and events. I made a six Hour front and behind the cameras. In the early stages Family production called Scoop created from all of Flowers it was just she and I. A two-person the family archives films and video productions. crew. She did a great job in the movie and she Another passion of mine is the classic Rock Group really showed fear and was able to pull off being The WHO. I did my best sneaking a camera in to a touch chick fighting back the Ghouls as she tries a concert or show the Who members performed to make her escape. And she pulled it off in the and was able to make some nice productions over end. the years. [Carpe Nocturne] And how about your band The In 2005 I went to Waco Texas and was in a Zombie Illusion Fades Would you share with us a little film called RISEN aka Armageddon of the DEAD about the making of the score for Flowers where I played the Zombie Jogger and had a great scene and was able to pull off being one of the [JB] Creating the Score was the toughest thing to featured zombies in the film. RISEN will make it to get together. I didn t know what I was going to do 226 with that. But like all good films you have to have a good score. In early days of Flowers for the DEAD I received a email from George Dedes the singer song writer from the Greek band The Illusion Fades. He heard about the making of my film and wanted to tell me he had written a song a few years earlier called ironically Flowers for the DEAD from one of Illusion Fades Albums CD S called Killing Ages so George sent me a copy of the CD and I was blown away by the bands energy. Mixing Rock and Roll with Classical Music and Goth all in one. I was never a big fan of this kind of music since I had a one-track mind when it comes to music. THE f in WHO But there was something about this band that just fueled my interest. Some of the passages on the Killing Ages album would put images in my head from my film. I realized that I had to get the bands music to be a part of the soundtrack to Flowers for the DEAD not only just the title track which was a nobrainer but a lot of themes in the album I wanted to use in my film. So George agreed to see what he can do about having the bands Killing Ages Album be a part of the score. Within a few weeks I received a package from Greece. It was some demo recordings from the Illusion Fades (isolated tracks) that I wanted to use in film again the band created some themes I wanted to use throughout the film. It all fell into place and their music has been in the soundtrack ever since. But as the film progressed and reedited a few times there were still some gaps I needed to fill as far as the score of the film went. I needed music underneath. Carpet music as the story went along. The visuals to keep it moving. What I needed was stings and scares as well. What I needed was some John Carpenter style keyboards and Pianos. Well I can t hire John Carpenter or Alan Howarth. So I went out and purchased a Yamaha Portable Grand Piano Synth for 400 and decided to fill in the gaps myself. Do my best John Carpenter. I have to say I did make a few decent tracks which happen to still be in the final cut as we speak. But the rest of my attempts just sucked. I don t know what I m doing. Although my family is very music minded (my Brother being a Drummer for 50 years and still jamming and my sister who happens to be pop icon Cyndi Lauper s manager) it s in our blood. But it just didn t work. What I did sounded lame. I was finally able to find Seven Strangers a group of musicians who specialize in creating horror film scores. And they have created a original score for Flowers for the DEAD all within the past six months or so. They created a great score Just what I was looking for and couldn t do myself. They filled in the missing gaps and I got a creepy 1970 s 80 s sound I was looking for and they nailed it Very happy with this original score. So all the pieces of the puzzle for Flowers for the DEAD finally fell into place and here I am discussing the long road I had with you. [Carpe Nocturne] It sounds like quite a long journey indeed. Are you showing it at any festivals [JB] The future of the film is still unknown. I am going to my first Film Festival in September (in my first submit ). The Macabre Film Festival which takes place in Bethlehem PA for Parafest 2013 and Flowers for the DEAD is part of the short film selections as it s 40min running time. I ve also been hoping to be a part of the New York City Horror Film Convention comes which October. Just hope Flowers makes the cut [Carpe Nocturne] Will Flowers be released in theaters Online or DVD [JB] It would be great to get Flowers for the DEAD out there. Maybe find a distributer for a DVD release of some kind if possible. Its just great being a part of these film festivals. I m happy with that. Maybe someone out there sees something in 227 it would really fit in well with today. With all this texting behind the wheel and not paying attention to the road (which really pisses me off to know end when I see drivers texting). Plus there seems [Carpe Nocturne] What s next in the works for a to be an outburst of hit n runs these days. Maybe hard working director composer and musician people will think twice about texting while driving if you can convince an audience with a Twilight [JB] What s next Not sure yet. If Flowers for Zone remake such as this. the DEAD is a success in any way I d like to get another project together. A kind of anthology from [Carpe Nocturne] Joe I want to express my thanks a few other directors including myself where we for you taking so much time to talk to us. I do hope make modern versions remakes of our favorite the film becomes a success It is always a pleasure Twilight Zones episodes. Get like three or four to meet and support underground film makers. filmmakers to make their own versions to the Especially underground ZOMBIE filmmakers classic series. I already have a few episodes I d like to redo (really like to shoot in Super 8 or [JB] Thanks for the Interview Zombie I had a 16mm). But the one I m always going back to is great time looking back on all this hope I didn t an episode called You Drive by Earl Hammer. It s chew your ear off kind of like Christine where the car comes to life. It s about this guy Oliver Pope who hit and runs Joe Barbarisi on the Film Flowers for the DEAD a kid on his bike with his car. The car soon starts JULY 29TH 2013 coming to life and haunting Pope and making him turn himself in to the police. It s a great story and Links our movie and tries to get Flowers out there for all Living Dead Film fans to see. That would be such a thrill Save the Evans City Chapel promo (2012) w Cyndi Lauper http www.youtube.com watch v NArfWxaGpK0 Living Dead Festival Highlite film 2009 http www.youtube.com watch v BuI50n_8sxg The Union Cemetery (1981) http www.youtube.com watch v 3ZML5uo4Ozs phenia films Halloween 1981 http www.youtube.com watch v 3ZML5uo4Ozs Risen super 8 Screentest 2004 http www.youtube.com watch v MrIUEaXLzhA Risen aka Armageddon of the Dead trailer 2008 http www.youtube.com watch v GmWDBY9Wew END 228 229 Dark Seductive Fragrances Bath and Body Fragrance Oils Deodorant Perfumes MISTS 230 The Haunted and Erotic World of XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX A Review of Octopus By LinnieSarah ( linnieloowho) Zombies werewolf-on-human sex and music that has the ability to drive a woman to realms of pleasure beyond her wildest dreams you will get all this and so much more in XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX s book of short stories poems and photography Octopus. Octopus is a collection of different mediums that plumb the depths of every kind of horror you can imagine. Through his poetry XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX not only draws the reader into the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse but he also encourages you to envision what it would feel like to be wrapped up in the arms of the titular ocean creature. The imagery of his poetry is so vivid that you can t help but find yourself lost in the moments he s envisioning. When XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX leaves the horror world to describe a perfect kiss in The Eternal Seconds you will immediately want to grab the first person you see and start making out (assuming you don t live with your parents.) XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX really draws you into the world of Octopus with his short stories. Throughout the book which is separated into several different thematic sections each short story explores a different kind of horror that rivals many of the major works on the market today. Rise a story about a man who wakes trapped in an enclosed space with almost no memory of how he got 231 there is so tense and terrifying that it seems tailormade for a film. Perhaps my favorite short story in Octopus however is Tear. This story follows a woman searching from childhood for a pleasure that eludes her only to find it an unlikely place. XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX When I was a kid (and times were different) my mom used to drop me off in the kids section of the public library. She would come back and find me in the adult science section inevitably reading Jacques Cousteau. The ocean has always been a fascination for me. And of all In fact finding pleasure in the most unusual of the creatures in it cephalopods were my favorite. places is a running theme throughout Octopus And they still are. Octopi are these mysterious and it s one of the elements that makes it such a multi armed silent assassins that sit at the bottom disarming and stunning read. Nature music and of the ocean and kill. Then there is the giant squid starfish mowing down the (Architeuthis) which spreads undead with a 1969 Dodge its shorter arms out in a fan each of these of these things and shoots it s two longer brings the main character in ones straight out snagging one of XXX ZOMBIEBOY you with fanged suckers XXX s shorts to their ultimate and pulling you in to its bone desires. By the time you crushing beak. Can you finish one short you will find imagine being submerged in yourself so desperate to see the dark depths and turning to what comes next that you will see two flipper shaped things plow through the book in one emerge out of the gloom sitting. Pulling you in as the shorter arms wrap around you They Peppered throughout are the stuff of nightmare. Yet Octopus is XXX ZOMBIEBOY they are beautiful intelligent XXX s photography. While the and have not changed a great printing of the book doesn t deal in hundreds of thousands quite get across all of the of years. They are absolutely detail of his work you can still fascinating creatures. The appreciate the dark loveliness name Octopus itself means of his photos. The connection something else too. But that of the photographs to XXX would be telling. And I won t ZOMBIEBOY XXX s stories deny a certain connection to and poems is especially tentacles and sensuality... enjoyable when taken in and the scenarios that ensue context with the rest of the book. from the combination of both. XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX s Octopus is the first in planned trilogy and I can t wait to see what else he comes up with. The combination of erotic horror short stories and poetry kept me reading with eager anticipation not just as a lover of horror but as a total lit addict. Octopus offered some of the strangest and most enticing sensual images I ve ever encountered and it made for a truly mindblowing reading experience. Linnie Why Octopus What about them interests you [Carpe Nocturne] You write so lovingly about darkness. When did you first begin to feel a kinship with the darker side of existence [Zombieboy] I truly believe that something has been following me my entire life. Something that cannot be found in the light. Something that exists in shadow. My mother once came into my room and found me crying. I asked her to make the whispers stop. And I remember that feeling. The utter terror. The fascination and horror of an indescribable unknown. I think when you face something like that and try to stare it down you slowly become it. 232 And the darkness so feared by humanity since the dawn of time... it holds so much of our experience. We are born from it and into it we die. Our most secret and treasured and hidden acts of love occur within it. We use it to embody everything we fear or everything that is shrouded in mystery. Within it our minds reach out and dream. In the secret depths some of the Earth s most fascinating and amazing creatures exist. In the light we can see everything. There are very few surprises and very few mysteries. All the best things that ever happened to me happened at night or in the darkness. My first true kiss. Meeting some of my first true friends. The first time I took a woman and lay with her. My best writings. My most treasured and well kept secrets... all in the dark. I feel more than a kinship... I feel a part of it. In the night with its chorus of creatures and secret trysts and meeting places and torrid affairs and wondrous dances. It is not a mere kinship. I belong in it. They say everyone cries over the loss of their dreams... For the nightmare not a single tear is shed. growing up and discovered graphic magazines and comics like Weird Tales. I couldn t get enough of Poe. Sometime around middle school I picked up my first Stephen King book. I remember where I was too on a family trip to Jacksonville. It was in a bookstore at River Walk and it was The Dark Tower The Gunslinger. That got me into King. Then because of a girl I had a crush on (Hi Renee ) I picked up my first Anne Rice. It was The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Followed shortly by The Vampire Chronicles. Don t even get me started with film. I owe more to film than I do to literature. That may sound like a sin for a writer to say but I was raised watching horror. I wanted to translate the mental images in my head to the written page. Everything from the Hammer films to Italian Horror Carpenter Wes Craven Romero Fuci Spaghetti Westerns the classic Universals and tons of Noir and science fiction. I won t go into that. It is a whole other talk show. At some point I happened to pick up Drawing Blood by [Carpe Nocturne] What Poppy Z. Brite. Her writing were some of the first clenched it. I was hooked on horror novels or stories you sensual darkness. I felt like remember reading Which ones still inspire you the people in her stories I knew personally. I felt like the interactions were ones that I had. I was [Zombieboy] The first I remember would have to addicted. I learned not only about the sensual be the Grimm Fairytales. My mother used to read darkness of the human imagination from her and them to me and to my sister. Not the watered down from Rice but I feel I also learned about love and happy ending atrocities either. No the true ones. how to love. It was not unusual to find me reading The real versions where terrible things happened. copies of The Kama Sutra and 120 Days of Sodom I owe a lot to her for sharing those. They helped alongside copies of Poe and King and Rice. For make me who I am. As a kid who was literally me there is a fine line between the sensual and haunted myself I could not get enough of creepy the gothic. The act of love is like a dark dance. tales campfire stories and ghost stories of any And those writers painted that image for me like kind. You know those children s books you see no other. They still do. I have worn out five copies piled high at the stores on Halloween Those were of Drawing Blood. And there are plenty of writers the ones I wanted all the time Well those and ones today that feed my imagination as well. Donna about sea animals. Then of course I went through Lynch of Ego Likeness is an excellent writer. And 233 Allie Marini Batts. Be on the look out for her. She never ceases to inspire me. [Carpe Nocturne] You claim to be a Jack of all trades Master of none . What are some of your other creative endeavors [Zombieboy] I get my hands into every kind of art I can. And there is always something new to explore. I may wind up studying mudcloth in Mali someday. Or the bagpipes. Who knows I like turning old furniture and windows into folk art based on Haitian craftsmanship. I paint random things. My favorites are old windows. They make great canvases . I love working with film. My friend Trevor and I did a music video for the Cruxshadows once. I worked under the name David Storm then. I just finished working on one with The Living Deads as well and shot a great deal of zombie footage for a second. I am no musician but I desperately want to get my hands into music. So many of my friends are musicians. I love performance art acting alternative modeling special FX and making creepy bone jewelry. There s no end to the possibilities With every aesthetic if all else fails add tentacles blood or fire. [Carpe Nocturne] What other writing projects are you involved in [Zombieboy] I have three zombie short stories in a zombie collection called The Dead Walk Again (Metahuman Press) and one in a collection of demonic Lovecraftian stories called Demonology (Static Movement). And to remind yourself that all the authors you know and love went through it as well. As for I submit to Salt (eatmorepeople.blogspot.com) other writing projects my submissions are very every now and then. I am also submitting a story random and my subjects eclectic. I would love to to a Clive Barker collection. I don t expect it will be write marriage vows for someone. That would be accepted. That isn t pessimism or modesty. When amazing. And I have always wanted to do a piece you are a young writer you get a lot of rejections. for National Geographic. It is important not to let yourself be disappointed. 234 [Carpe Nocturne] Tell me about your photography. What leads you to see moments and images that you want to document [Zombieboy] My father was very much into photography. I think it started there. I just started capturing things very early on. I always had a camera in my hands. I still do. My friends think 235 No one can yet I try. I just seem to find the images. Or they find me. I think it is more the later. [Carpe Nocturne] Many of your stories are set in New Orleans. Have you spent much time there [Zombieboy] Oh yes. The Vieux Carre is a pulsing beacon in my mind. If I do not get to that city at least once a year I start to feel something akin to withdrawal. I ve travelled to many places in my adventures and for me there is no more sensual deadly and beautiful a place on earth. The atmosphere the food the art the allure of it is unparalleled. For me walking those streets feels like a chance encounter in the dark with a half demon siren that mates and then kills. You can t wave your arms around without smacking a ghost in the face or walk five steps without walking through history. The air is a perfume of mingling eclectic scents. No place on Earth draws upon the imagination or fills me with more inspiration than that intoxicating temptress. I feel at home when I am inside her. [Carpe Nocturne] Erotic horror poetry and short fiction seems like I am a walking lens and they are right. I want to such a specific genre to get into. capture things. Perhaps to hold onto them before How did you discover that s what you wanted to they are gone. A good friend once told me they write admired how I found beauty in run down things. And I do. In abandoned and forgotten things. In [Zombieboy] My love run down and beaten to hell things. For me it of horror has been shows that they mattered that they had purpose. almost life long. And My book Echoes is almost entirely devoted to that my love of the erotic kind of thinking. As well as to things and people is one of my greatest lost to heartbreak and suicide. I love the shape driving forces. Fear and texture of a building left alone. Falling down and lust are two of rusting and covered in moss and kudzu and weeds. the strongest human I love abandoned lots where nature is slowly taking emotions. Almost as over. The silence of them. The feeling of a sound strong as love and in that silence like a humming deep in the place. nearly as possessing. I want to reach out to capture it. I can never do so. For some perhaps 236 [Zombieboy] Rise was something that started as just a little dedication to my friend Trevor Brown. It was one of those tales that took off on its own the kind of writing where my fingers cannot keep up with my mind. I would love to make it a short even more so. It is part of the human experience. And in both I thrive. It isn t so much a desire to shock. For me they are both just being honest. I discovered poetry because it seemed a truthful way to express the things I was feeling and the images in my mind. Horror and erotica are not all I write. One of my current projects is a story based on my grandfather and World War II. Something I know precious little about having not been a part of it. So I do try to be eclectic and branch out. Sometimes I write only about love. It is another powerful driving force after all. I do always return to the sensual and to the horrific because life is full of both for me. When you stop to think about it is there anything more enrapturing and more horrifying at the same time than love Is there anything more possessing and mind numbing and enslaving than love It takes a hold and turns us into monsters. Horror and romance are in my mind like conjoined twins. The erotic is where they meet and come together. [Carpe Nocturne] Your story Rise seems like it would make a fantastic short film. Is that something you d consider Why or why not film. I think it would translate very well into a Tales from the Crypt or Creepshow kind of short. I loved how he rose out of the ground like a zombie but he wasn t a zombie. The imagery was exactly the same though. It surprised me. I didn t know it was coming Not until it was written. As to whether or not I would re-visit the story Octopus is actually part one of a three book trilogy. The second one Tentacles is already out. The third I am about to begin. Octopus is largely focused around events in my life thematically. And the plan as of right now is to take all of the stories from the first two re-edit them add to them and expand upon them as well as adding many new ones. So yes I think it is very safe to say that we will see Trevor s character rise 237 238 once more. [Carpe Nocturne] You write often about people who find alternative forms of pleasure. Where do you find pleasure [Zombieboy] There is no greater pleasure on Earth or in the Heavens than the pleasure of my lover. No sweeter drug nor greater joy than in those all possessing times. Nothing drives me to write and to create more than those thoughts. By nature I myself am a sadist. I make no disguise to that fact nor try to hide it. At the same time however I am a slave to my partner s desires and passions. In a Gothic club in New Orleans once I saw a sign that said Inflict Pleasure and I thought Yes Exactly In a partner that enjoys being brought to thresholds I find the greatest exploration. And I admire people like that because I have always found them to be bold fearless and adventurous. Things I prize in the human condition. I try to express that in my writing. To capture and display that kind of thinking. It is one thing to please someone. It is another thing altogether to take them places they have never been and into realms they have perhaps only imagined. To me that is love. To me that is true experience. It is that kind of drive and desire that makes for passionate interaction. Fairytales that end with the prince and the princess driving off in their marriage carriage... heh... no thank you. I want to know what happens on the wedding night itself. Shrugs If that makes me a pervert then I am guilty as charged. But myself I see nothing more romantic than the overwhelming urge to make someone else happy. It is a duality. Selfishness and selflessness all at once. I will tell you this I think if more people gave in to their secret desires let them come out and shared them with the person they love ...There would definitely be longer lasting marriages and relationships. [Carpe Nocturne] Anatomy of a Kiss and The Eternal Seconds are amazing pieces. Is your significant other the most satisfied person ever [Zombieboy] Laughs I am neither Don Juan nor Romeo. I never was The Prince . And as of the time of this writing I have no significant other. Here is the thing. I feel it is the duty and the privilege of anyone who has anyone else to fully appreciate and totally enrapture that person. It isn t about me though many of these pieces were inspired by things I felt. It is a message to anyone that reads what I write. This is how it should be. This is what you should do. This is the devotion you should have and the things you should feel. Love though terrible is also wonderful. There is no greater drive than reproduction. There is no greater urge. If you are lucky enough to be with someone... If some person has given you the gift of their love there is no greater gift than that. None. And you never know how long you have with them. They could take that love away. They could disappear. They could die or move or find it in someone else. You should take that time and treasure it like nothing else. I try to give the reader even the smallest glimpse of not only how I have felt but how they should feel. What love and passion and sex and desire should be. Make them appreciate it when they have it long for it when they don t and above all really experience it. Treasure those moments. And treasure your lover. They deserve it for giving you that gift. As I wrote. Kiss well and kiss often. And with everything you have... XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX s writings are available on amazon.com. Keyword Xxx Zombieboy xxX Also available Tentacles (2012) and Echoes (2013) END 239 240 and want to turn it off but leave you completely impossible to do so. Rob s song structure is that awe-inspiring and beautiful chilling. The only track with lyrics on the album is a sort of twisted love song sung by Chlo Alper called Juno. The song is the absolute perfect kind of anti-love song to accompany this movie because not only is it lyrically jumbled but the line Can t you see nobody likes you but me signifies a splintered relationship as opposed to a functioning one. It really is beautiful in its own sick way. I really can t recommend the Maniac soundtrack enough. It s quickly become my go-to album for writing cooking cleaning... Hmmm maybe I shouldn t admit that. Just trust me and check it out Soundtrack for Maniac Remake is a Throwback Masterpiece By LinnieSarah ( linnieloowho) END One thing has been true since audiences were freaking out in the first silent horror movies a fantastic score can elevate even the most mediocre horror film. Horror soundtracks have become an art form in and of themselves with classic themes emerging from Halloween Suspiria Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. There was something especially hypnotic about those awesome 80s synthesizer scores from bands like Goblin Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter. Now French composer Rob can add his work to the horror cannon with his soundtrack to Franck Khalfoun s remake of 80s slasher classic Maniac. Even if you haven t had the strange and awesome privilege of seeing Khalfoun s film yet the soundtrack to Maniac will terrify the hell out you. The album opens with Doll a short snippet that perfectly conveys the seedy hell of an L.A. that our main character lives in. You can practically feel the creep dripping off the track as you listen especially if you make the mistake of listening alone with your headphones on like I did. Each song takes you deeper and deeper into the title maniac s fractured psyche making you simultaneously squirm 241 Carpe Nocturne Magaz Please Support Those Who H 242 zine SUPPORTER PAGES Help Us Support Your Scene 243 Please Support Those Who Help Us Support This Scene Carpe Nocturne Magazine SUPPORTER PAGES 244 245 CLUB NIGH SCARLET Las Vegas Deepest Red Goth Night 1025 S. First Street (at Charleston) Las Vegas NV. (21 ) DJ Style and Morpheus Blak are your musical guides on this journey into the dark. SCARLET is a regular bi-weekly event taking place twice a month at Artifice on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month in Las Vegas. SCARLET is devoted to the classic sounds of Goth Industrial Dark 80 s and Death Rock where the focus is on the time honored and beloved music that the Gothic subculture grew up on. 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Goth Industrial Fetish New Wave Deathrock Armour Military Medieval Steampunk Gypsy Tango Tribal Punk Glam Pagan or Any Combination Of The Above MINIMUM OF ALL BLACK. Let your imagination take control This is a chance to avoid the hassles of a mainstream venue and experience a PURE ARTISTIC SCENE so be free. 246 HT LISTINGS NOCTURNUM 2 At the Door 21 9pm-2am Every 2nd & 4th Sunday 1519 Main St. The Red Room Boise Idaho Nocturnum is Idaho s longest running night. At 10 years it has been a haven for goths rivetheads and alternative lifestyles. Resident DJ Bones spins everything from the classic goth favorites to some of the newest industrial tracks. With rotating DJ s Go-Go Dancers and vendors from the local goth industrial community. All darklings welcome. YOUR Quarterly Night Listed Free To get Your Information. 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Located In Beautiful Downtown Augusta GA at the corner of 8th St and Ellis St Atmosphere Augusta on Facebook. 247 GOTH INDUSTRIAL STEAM PUNK DARKWAVE EBM SYNTHPOP SUPPORTING GOTHIC CULTURE SINCE 2005 FOR FREE VOL. 8 NO. 4 - WINTER 2013 THE VOICE OF THE NEW DARK CULTURE IN THIS ISSUE ANDROID LUST PROMETHEUS BURNING DOPPELGANGER FEAR CULT & MORE... BOOK & FILM REVIEWS BODY ART HORROR % SO MUCH MORE THE VOICE OF THE NEW DARK CULTIURE ALL GONE DEAD DARK FASHION D.I.Y. IDEAS DESIGNERS & RETAIL & MODELS SEE OU NEW L R OOK 248 INSIDE KITTIE GRACE DALTON & ANDRODIKA WINTER 2013 Issue With the Winter issue we will be ending our 8th year of publishing Carpe Nocturne Magazine and looking forward to our 9th With that brings a few changes that i feel you very much enjoy COmING IN the WintEr 2013 Volume 8 - Number 4 MUSIC FEATURES & MINI-FEATURES INCLUDE all Gone Dead android lust Prometheus Burning Fear cult and More.... DARK FASHION FEATURE INCLUDES models kitty Grace Dalton & androdika D.i.y. tips & ideas Designer & retail stories & interviews COVERAGE OF the Gothic cruise southern Gothic Festival mera luna Festival With additional new staff specifically for select areas we will be able to expand and bring you more coverage stories reviews and interviews in cD reviews Horror arts literary Film Belly Dance dark rock & Metal Coverage & reviews too AND THE RETURN OF THE POPULAR Let s Get CrAZy AS ALWAYS WE ARE FREE with stories and coverage of some of the best bands of the past present and future PROJECTED RELEASE DATE December 15th 2013 249 250