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Independent goth rockers Cybele are a depressed lot indeed, and never has this been more apparent than on their second album, Songs of Soil. The dark and ominous sounds start at their darkest with "They Named It Her Curse," a depressing rocker that lands somewhere between Diamonda Galas and Gene Loves Jezebel. This leads into "The Saints Are Dead," featuring the expressive vocals of Hilde Wahl crawling over lush and quiet guitars. The album alternates between these two sounds throughout the EP, setting the pattern within the first two songs but still being so good at it that the listener just follows along. The album ends with "Unconscious Love," an excellent track that was more Cocteau Twins-influenced than the rest of the material. In fact, the next album continued in that vein, leaving behind the tense angst of their earlier years. This is a good EP that serves as a nice transition between their angry, earlier material and their lush period that followed. Goth fans will probably enjoy this, but this album is quite good and might appeal to fans of dream pop or indie rock also.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Norwegian goth rockers Cybele formed in 1994, beginning their career with an all-female lineup. After rehearsing and doing shows in their native country, their first demo caught the attention of independent label Head Not Found. Through the label they released Brightly Blackhearted in 1997. Their growing popularity led to another album, 1999's Songs of Soil, and shows with artists like Paradise Lost and Zeromancer. The various lineup changes throughout their first two albums left them with vocalist...
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