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Live Review: Synthetic New Year 

Amos' Southend, Dec. 31, 2007

The Deal: Electronic/Gothic Charlottean bands Anders Manga and Angels On Acid perform at Single Cell Productions' New Year's party. The event also featured five DJs and some fetish demonstrations.

The Good: As it was my second time seeing Angels On Acid live, I ended up being even more impressed than the first time I saw them. The three-piece band, who released their debut album, Eyes Behind The Curtain, in 2007, already has plans for a 2008 release. Playing future singles, such as "Apocalypse Now" and "Now You Know," the band showed they have a knack for strong-standing and layered songs. I wonder when they'll be on their way to play at Wave-Gotik-Treffen, one of the worlds largest music festivals in Germany, for bands in the gothic genre. After Angels On Acid's performance there was the traditional count down of the New Year, before Anders Manga appeared on stage. Looking dark and devious, the quartet played a set of eight songs. The lead singer's voice was deep and crisp, with grotesque beats that backed it. The band played a variety of songs, with titles such as "Blood Lush," "Gypsy," "At Dawn They Sleep," "Night of the Long Knives," among others. The last song they played, "Sleeping in the Fire," was my personal favorite. A slower and much more seductive sounding tune, it ended the set quite well.

The Bad: No encore. I was hoping for more.

The Verdict: A wicked way to bring in the New Year.

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