DIVA DESTRUCTION

Album: "Exposing the Sickness"
Label: Metropolis Records (2002)
Style: Gothic
Songs: 14

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

I enjoyed Diva Destruction's debut release Passion's Price. It was a good solid darkwave release with female vocals similar to the music of Switchblade Symphony. And I like this follow up entitled Exposing The Sickness even more.

This release is less mellow darkwave and more gothic rock. Unfortunately, this does mean electronic programming does take a back seat to guitar, bass and drums. Thankfully, dark keyboard melodies get a good amount of attention.

I like the energy contained in these songs. All of the instruments are well played, and the songs all do a rather decent job of sounding diverse. Debra Fogarty has improved as a singer, and dishes out the lyrics with power and passion. She has an appealing voice that is perfect for gothic music. Sharon Blackstone provides equally impressive backing vocals.

My only real complaint with the CD is that it contains a few too many tracks. I feel the recording would have been tighter if a few of the somewhat mediocre songs such as "Hypocrite", "When Trees Would Dance" and "Dance Remix of Trees" were left off of it.

As with most CDs with a lot of tracks, some stand out more than others. My favorites include: "Heathcliff", "Playing The Liar", "Valley Of The Scars", "You're My Sickness" and "Survive". But most everything on the CD is good making this recording a must for fans of gothic music with female vocals.

 

Album: "Passion's Price"
Label: n/a  (1999)
Style: Darkwave
Songs: 13

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Diva Destruction is the darkwave duo of Debra Fogerty and Severina Sol. Both of these lovely ladies were kind enough to include several photos of themselves throughout this CDís packaging. But these beautiful goth goddesses arenít just all looks as they have quite a lot of musical talent as well. This is a very strong debut for this act, only falling short in a couple of areas. But Iíll address those later.

Debra Fogarty is the primary member of this project providing her vocals on seven of the tracks, and handling all of the electronic programming and keyboard melodies in the songs. There are a few guest musicians as well that play guitar, bass and drums. But this isnít rock music. This is darkwave music mainly created by electronics and synths. Guitars only come in once in a while to add a slightly heavier edge. They work well with the music helping to deliver a fuller sound.

The songs play at a rather mid-tempo pace keeping everything energetic enough to hold your interest, but never really fast enough for the clubfloor. There are occasions when things pick up in pace and could possibly be club tracks, but for the most part this music is all about mood and atmosphere.

Both Debra and severina are very good singers with seductive voices. However, I do admit that I like Severinaís vocal stylings a bit more. Part of this is due to Debraís vocals being recorded somewhat muffled. This does take away from the overall flow of the CD as it makes it seem unbalanced. But this isnít too big of an issue, and things like this are to be expected from a debut self-released album.

Debra does a good job of putting together the music here. But there is still room for improvement. I feel that the music could benefit from sounding a bit more layered and textured.

When all is said and done, this is a very enjoyable darkwave album including all of the proper ingredients to make for a rather entertaining audio experience. This CD is a must for fans of bands such as Collide and Switchblade Symphony.