Album: "Nigredo"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: Darkwave
Songs: 13


Reviewed by: Darklight

Adrian Hates returns with his best Diary Of Dreams album yet. I didn't really like the previous Diary Of Dreams recording Freak Perfume, but this Nigredo album is great.

While the Diary Of Dreams sound isn't really different here, it's definitely polished and refined taking all of the best elements from the past and putting them on one recording.

The music is created with electronic programming, nicely paced beats, dark dramatic melodies and some guitar. Adrian Hates sings deep and clear with a lot of power and passion. He's an emotional singer that unleashes his lyrics with true feeling.

There's a lot of variety on this album. There's a good mix of energetic songs, mid-tempo songs and dark ballads. Everything is masterfully created and structured with creative elements.


Album: "Freak Perfume"
Label: Metropolis Records (2002)
Style: Darkwave
Songs: 12


Reviewed by: Darklight

I rather enjoyed the previous Diary Of Dreams recording One Of 18 Angels. However, this follow-up entitled Freak Perfume doesn’t grab my attention nearly as much. First of all, this overall CD doesn’t sound all that much different from One Of 18 Angels. I feel bands should evolve their sound slightly on each recording to prevent their music from growing repetitious. Unfortunately, this Freak Perfume CD is a perfect example of what happens when a band sticks too close to an established formula.

Since One Of 18 Angels was a rather dark and dreary album, I was hoping that Adrian Hates would pick up the pace on this album. But he actually went the opposite direction delivering even more slow and mellow songs than before. While there are some energetic tracks offered here, there’s not enough to make this an exciting album from start to finish.

The tracks "Traum: A", "Chrysalis", "Traumtanzer", "Rebellion", "Bastard", "Verdict", "Play God!" and "She And Her Sickness" are all rather laid back and relaxed in their sound coming off as a little too mellow for my tastes. The tracks "The Curse", "O’ Brother Sleep", "Amok" and "She" are the best here with their energetic pace and catchy beats. The standout track on this CD is "She". This is a fast paced synth-pop song that leaves the usual gothic sound behind a bit.

The overall music offered throughout this disc is created with electronic programming, bass beats, sampling and slight guitar. Adrian Hates sings with a deep clear voice that compliments the music. There are also times when he sings a little more high-pitched and it doesn’t suit his voice as well. But when he sings a little less "gothic" and more synth-pop in style such as on the song "She", his voice sounds more natural and fitting.

There really isn’t a bad song here, but a lot of them sound too similar to stand out as hits. While Diary Of Dreams has always been a darkwave project, I think their sound is starting to grow a little old. I personally feel that Adrian Hates should go in more of a dark synth-pop direction in the future making more energetic club hits like "She", and less slow and dull darkwave songs. But only he can decide what he does with this project from here.


Album: “One of 18 Angels” (2000)
Label: Metropolis Records
Style: Electro goth
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight

This CD features music that blends EBM with darkwave to create an amazing electro goth hybrid. The construction of the songs delivered here consists of multi-layered electronic programming, haunting orchestrated synth melodies, sampled guitar and solid drum beats. The vocals are clean and deep overlaying the music with power and passion.

This album does an excellent job of blending dark, cold and gothic moods with energetic EBM dance rhythms. What makes these songs so interesting and entertaining is how well crafted they are with so much diverse sounds mixed with beautiful soundscapes. This is the type of music that you can really get lost in. It draws you in and takes you away on a mesmerizing and creative journey. Things twist and turn constantly introducing new and inventive elements to hold your interest and keep you listening to hear more.

The singing is emotional and delivers the lyrics like poetry. Everything is extremely clean and polished to perfection. Each and every track is high quality and placed in a nice order. The CD flows from beginning to end astonishingly well. If you enjoy dark EBM or darkwave music, you can’t miss this incredible release.