BATERIA VOLLE PETAJ – 25 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND PERCUSSION

BATERIA VOLLE PETAJ – 25 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND PERCUSSION

  Bateria Volle Petaj was founded 25 years ago during a carnival in their hometown Maastricht (The Netherlands). While pioneering the South American percussion style they searched after and worked on their own recognizable sound. Being the oldest samba/percussion band in Maastricht they’ve written history under the name “Volle Petaj” since 1992. The group developed into a unique formation of spirited percussionists and have built up a firm (inter)national live reputation. Volle Petaj (Maastricht dialect…

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Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

I’m always looking for something new to read. I tend to read fantasy in the summer months, but I always reach for horror in autumn and winter. I first discovered Hex on Goodreads, and picked it up in Waterstones almost immediately. What was it about Hex that drew my attention? I was interested in Hex not only because the reviews promised a chilling read with several sleepless nights, but also because its premise was something…

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Ophelia Wears Black by Segovia Amil

Ophelia Wears Black by Segovia Amil

Ophelia Wears Black was released in late 2015 by Segovia Amil. I was drawn to this poetry collection as soon as I saw it. It is described online as a journey to understand the perfection and necessity of inner darkness, which I found incredibly appealing. I seldom buy poetry collections but I am very glad that I purchased this one. Ophelia Wears Black is split into four sections: ‘The First Blush’, ‘On Solitude & Abandon’, ‘Burials’ and…

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The Irresistible Force of Jane’s Addiction

The Irresistible Force of Jane’s Addiction

  What to say about these alternative rock giants with only four album releases? After the first two, the band was already a legend, since those first two added so much to the meaning of the term “alternative rock”. There is so much rock, so much power and so much truth in their first two releases. The world is seen through the eyes and sung about by the voice of the Californian surfer junkie. Perry…

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Yugoslav post punk/new wave/new romantic/synth pop scene

Yugoslav post punk/new wave/new romantic/synth pop scene

  Born in 1976. in former Yugoslavia and raised by parents musicians and having a brother who was 8 years older and who started as a drummer pretty young and had his first live gig at the age of 13, I was introduced to the life of music pretty early, since I could crawl. I remember the day Tito died in 1980. And even though I was only 4 years old at that time, I…

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SOFT CELL – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

SOFT CELL – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

In 1978, punk still was the genre that moved the streets of England, but there were also many other interesting things coming up. In Leeds, Marc Almond and Dave Ball joined up and released the EP Mutant Moments that featured Frustration that would be the opening song of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret later. Especially Marc’s stage act was the talk of the town, as it was all about sex. The duo was signed to Some Bizarre Records,…

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THE CHAMELEONS – STRANGE TIMES (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

THE CHAMELEONS – STRANGE TIMES (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

After Script from The Bridge and What Does It Mean? Basically, The Chameleons started another adventure with a major label. Geffen released Strange Times, but although this is the best record by the post-punk band, the LP was basically a flop (at least for a major). When manager David Fletcher suddenly died, the story of The Chameleons ended. A pity, because this was a band at its peak and God knows what other beautiful things…

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The Jacks candles

The Jacks candles

  As it is the case with a lot of wonderful things, The Jacks started their life on Kickstarter. They are a team of two graphic designers, a 3D artist and a sculptor who met while still in university, and who decided to try and create something different and unique for your home. Their first project were the “crying candles”: featuring a ceramic base shaped like a skull, deer head or rabbit, with eye holes…

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Gothic – Rock albums very dear to my heart …

Gothic – Rock albums very dear to my heart …

  Let´s talk Gothic Rock for a moment. We aim to cover the every subgenre here at Altvenger when it comes to the Gothic subculture. Although most of the concern has indeed been on EBM and Electro-related acts, I am more of a Gothic Rock person and would like to share with you 5 more-or-less classic Gothic albums which in a way shaped or inspired me…or at least kept me entertained throughout the last 16…

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Crimson Peak Novelisation by Nancy Holder Review

Crimson Peak Novelisation by Nancy Holder Review

This book purchase was a really unusual one for me. I don’t usually read film novelisations because I usually presume that they will be little more than a poor attempt to promote the film and I therefore never have very high expectations for them. However, I saw the novelisation of Crimson Peak for sale a few weeks ago for a very reasonable price and I couldn’t resist it. I still have not seen the film…

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