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WGT mini-reviews 2017

Following Clare's example, here's my planning for this year's Wave-Gotik-Treffen, consisting of ratings indicating whether I should try to see the band, and short descriptions so I can remember which one was which. See Clare's post for more useful links.

https://musicbrainz.org/event/6be496b5-44a6-4db4-98f2-c1ed022d46a6
http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/forumwgt3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23992

What the stars mean:
* = I would leave the venue rather than hear this band.
** = I would stay to hear this band, but wouldn't make any effort to get to hear them.
*** = I would go to a venue in order to hear this band.
**** = I would be disappointed to miss this band.

001 = *** = Skinny Puppy =
002 = ** = The Mission =
003 = ** = Klangstabil =
004 = ** = B-Movie = Inoffensive indie
005 = ** = Black Nail Cabaret = Quite decent darkwave thing
006 = ** = Masquerade = Not bad post-punk, but slow and vaguely-sung
007 = *** = Desperate Journalist = serviceable indie, sometimes interesting
008 = ** = Hexperos = Pleasant folky noodlings
009 = *** = Aeon Sable =
010 = ** = H ø R D = Pleasant but repetitive coldwave; unclear lyrics
011 = ** = Iszoloscope = The good end of industrial techno, but still a bit too techno
012 = ** = Whispering Sons = Slow coldwavey shoegaze.
013 = ** = Esben and the Witch = Slow, floaty, soporific
014 = = Ianva =
015 = *** = Red Mecca = Floaty vocals, soft rock backing
016 = ** = Eden = Slow goth; would be good about 50% faster
017 = * = Virgin in Veil = Fast punk-ish thing, let down by one-note singer.
018 = ** = Larrnakh = Ambient folk with chanting and declaiming
019 = * = Ah! Kosmos = Self-similar ambient trance
020 = = Wires & Lights =
021 = ** = Mlada Fronta = Doof, but quite good doof
022 = ** = BFG = Tolerable goth; good sometimes
023 = = Jarboe =
024 = ** = Lebanon Hanover = maybe?
025 = ** = Saigon Blue Rain = Inoffensively bland coldwave/pop thing
026 = ** = Principia Audiomatica = A video game soundtrack. Portal 2, but less sinister.
027 = *** = She Past Away = Good darkwave; deep mumbly vocals in Turkish
028 = *** = Sixth June = Occasionally-interesting darkwave
029 = ** = The Devil And The Universe = Instrumental rock with a void (or maybe a goat) where its lead singer should be
030 = ** = Sylvaine = Slow ambient rock
031 = *** = Angels & Agony = Solid but not very original futurepop
032 = * = Da-Sein = Slow industrial ambient
033 = ** = Pouppée Fabrikk = Shouty EBM
034 = *** = Illuminate = Nominally-gothic rock, with curious vocals
035 = ** = Vain Warr = Decent heavy goth
036 = = Cryo =
037 = *** = Der Blaue Reiter = Slow industrial ambient
038 = ** = Shireen = Mediocre folk-pop
039 = ** = Azar Swan = Minimal electro-rock
040 = ** = Chemical Sweet Kid = Annoying electro-industrial
041 = * = Nikolas Schreck = Slow, wordy songs. Not much musical merit.
042 = ** = Annwn = Slow, vague folk in obscure languages
043 = ** = Corde Oblique = String quartet with guitars
044 = **** = VNV Nation = Rather good futurepop; by all accounts excellent live
045 = ** = Moon Far Away = Very Russian gothic folk. Slow and mostly boring = https://www.youtube.com/user/moonfarawayofficial
046 = *** = Lucifer's Aid = Good EBM (based on one track on SoundCloud) = https://soundcloud.com/progressproductions/lucifers-aid-deep-inside-1
047 = *** = Hautville = Slightly interesting Italian prog-folk-rock = http://www.hautville.com/musicvideo/
048 = *** = Ohm = Some kind of whisper-doof. [three *** in a row? I'm generous today] = https://ohmelectronic.bandcamp.com/ https://oehm.bandcamp.com/
049 = *** = Nox Interna = Gothic metal; probably good I can't make out lyrics = https://noxinterna.bandcamp.com/
050 = * = Autodafeh = Shouty doof = https://soundcloud.com/darkdimensions-1/autodafeh-digital-citizens-cd-album-preview
051 = ** = Eisfabrik = Mildly annoying synthdoof = https://www.youtube.com/user/EisfabrikOfficial
052 = * = Cuélebre = Repetetive tootling = https://cuelebre.bandcamp.com
053 = ** = Noisuf-X = Slightly annoying electro-industrial = https://soundcloud.com/noisuf-x
054 = = Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel =
055 = ** = Peter Heppner = Lyrical, piano-based; verging on folk-rock
056 = *** = In the Woods... = Slow samey prog metal = https://dmp666.bandcamp.com/album/pure
057 = ** = Soviet Soviet = Is this post-punk? Somethin like that anyway = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KMsztaESPY
058 = *** = Besides = Comfortable instrumental rock = https://besides.bandcamp.com
059 = * = Peter Bjärgö = Ambient boredom = https://peterbjargo.bandcamp.com/
060 = ** = Landscape Body Machine = Ambient squiggledoof = https://landscapebodymachine.bandcamp.com
061 = ** = The Agnes Circle = Meh post-punk = https://theagnescircle.bandcamp.com
062 = *** = Rotersand = Kind of symphonic EBM = https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rotersand
063 = ** = S.P.O.C.K = Silly Swedish sci-fi synthpop = https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0usx3Ou2bk_NYV-LYQZY2A
064 = ** = Sex Gang Children = Slightly too earnest =
065 = *** = Cephalgy = Decent mopey EBM, if lacking lyrical originality =
066 = ** = Ritual Howls = Ponderous goth. Worse when they get faster. =
067 = *** = Bloody, Dead & Sexy = Slowish punkygoth =
068 = *** = Red Cell = Slightly repetitive heavy synthpop =
069 = ** = Der Fluch = Thin and vague horrorpunk (worrypunk?) =
070 = *** = Frankenstein = Competent horrorpunk =
071 = *** = Klez.e = Odd soft German-language indie =
072 = ** = Drab Majesty = Unexciting gothwave; more drab than majesty =
073 = ** = Andyra = Inoffensive tootling, marginally inadequate singing =
074 = *** = Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio = Slow martial neofolk; slightly annoying =
075 = **** = Finsterforst = Confused shouty folky metal =
076 = ** = Ah Cama-Sotz = Dull ambient techno =
077 = = Scary Bitches = =
078 = ** = Herbst in Peking = Declamatory goth. Would like to be Henke but isn't. =
079 = = MGT & Friends = =
080 = = Varg = =
081 = = 13th Monkey = =
082 = ** = Unlight = Excessively sore-throated black metal. Good when the singer shuts up. =
083 = = Andi Sexgang = =
084 = = Revolting Cocks = =
085 = *** = Amorphis = Rather ordinary melodic metal =
086 = *** = Odroerir = Slightly boring German folk rock =
087 = *** = Sinistro = Slow-moving and curiously compelling metal =
088 = * = Machine de Beauvoir = Decent singing over terrible noodles =
089 = ** = Emma Ruth Rundle = Heavier sound than the typical singer-songwriter, but still annoying =
090 = *** = Thrudvangar = Tootly metal with incongruous growly vocals =
091 = ** = Empusae = Light ambient =
092 = *** = Ragnaröek = Wordy German folk-rock =
093 = ** = Iamtheshadow = Decent but dull indiewave =
094 = *** = The 69 Eyes = Good but unoriginal gothic rock =
095 = *** = Cabaret Voltaire = Decent light industrial =
096 = *** = Alcest = Ambient metal of the sort that starts making sense after ten minutes =
097 = ** = Wednesday 13 = Ordinary horrorpunk =
098 = = The Creepshow = =
099 = ** = Folk Noir = Barely tolerable folk =
100 = = Hamferð = =
101 = = Schneewittchen = =
102 = *** = Romuvos = Slow light Lithuanian viking metal =
103 = = Vogelfrey = =
104 = = Decoded Feedback = =
105 = = Johnny Deathshow = =
106 = = Suicide Commando = =
107 = = RROYCE = =
108 = *** = Sündenrausch = Bouncy pop-rock; Untoten-ish vocals = http://www.suendenrausch.de/musik.php
109 = = Technique = =
110 = = The Pussybats = =
111 = ** = Superikone = Pleasantish German trance =
112 = = This Morn’ Omina = =
113 = *** = Xandria = Overblown symphonic metal =
114 = = Fïx8:Sëd8 = =
115 = = V2A = =
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