GOTHMINISTER
ANGEL
EP ANGEL PRODUCTIONS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 21, 2001 REVIEW: APRIL 4, 2001


Gothminister is a one-man project from Norway. The music is called gothic EBM, and that probably sums it up pretty well. The man, only known as "Mr Gothminister", seems to have a bit of a Marilyn Manson complex, by the looks of it.
The gothic theme seeps through everything, with song titles like "Gothic Anthem", and "Post Gothica". Gothminister's web site also recounts the history of goth, and hails the band as revolutionary innovators of the genre, which mildly put is taking things too far. It is a bit difficult to know if this is serious or not, after reading stuff like "the pre-announced goth legend and goth starů"
Well, what about the music? You have heard it before, I assure you, and it's not what you would normally call goth, but it's not that bad. The songs are quite melodic, and have hard-hitting beats underneath electronic sounds and growling vocals. Admittedly, the title track sounds a little like an electronic Type O Negative, but the rest have more in common with bands like Leæther Strip and Project Pitchfork. The music is pretty well produced and would probably work on the dance floor.

JOHAN CARLSSON


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