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.
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
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.
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.