REVIEW: Gotterdammerung - "morphia"

By Pat Hawkes-Reed (GothPat)

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MorphiaSmoke machines
Backcombed hair
Tight black trousers
Crimped hair
Pointy-toed boots
Siouxsie make-up

Joy Division
Sisters of Mercy
Fields of the Nephelim

Does the above list bring back memories? Put this CD in your player and relive the heady days of the 1980's goth scene. Minor chords, chiming guitars, a drum machine...the only thing this band doesn't have is a deep voiced vocalist.

They formed in the Netherlands in 1991 and have gone through some line-up changes over the years, though, at this point in time, they are back to the original line-up. They describe their music as "gothic/postpunk/noise" which would be fairly correct, and they list their influences as The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sonic Youth and Big Black. Not too big of a surprise.

One song, Good Things, was written by Von E himself. The bulk of the songs on here feature the trad goth guitars and drum machine sound with odd bits thrown in for fun. There are two instrumentals on here. One has samples (morphia) and the other a very interesting percussion interlude (6). One very long song (Quest for Dun Maura) is reminiscent of Incubus Succubus with its Celtic/pagan folk feel.

But, the stand-out song on here for me was the only one not seeped with trad goth: Life A$ Art...which I liked very much. It was very dancefloor friendly and was much more EBM than anything else on here. Funny, since I do like a lot of trad goth stuff, yet this was the one song on the CD that stuck inside my head.

I would recommend this CD to those who still live in the 1980's mode of gothdom-and there are quite a few of you out there. But, I hope the band decides to head in a slightly different direction as they did on the second song, because it was refreshing and different.

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Post: The Nature of Gothic, The Chapter House, Brunswick St., Whitby, Y021 1RB, UK

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