The erotic S&M fetish photos of two attractive goth girls in tight leather
included on the front and back of this CD’s case grabbed my attention
instantly. Unfortunately, the music offered on this CD isn’t as interesting
or entertaining as the erotic photos.
The music here is basically hard and heavy goth rock created with guitar,
bass and percussion. Iris, the band’s keyboardist, doesn’t receive the
attention that she deserves. The loud chugging guitar riffs, deep bass
lines and slamming percussion dominate the music with Iris’ keyboards
being drowned out. Iris is left out in the cold once again as far as
her singing is concerned. Jyrki Witch dominates with
his deep accented snarl while Iris barely gets to be
heard in the background on a couple of the songs. Iris has a seductive
singing voice that I would have liked to have heard a lot more of here.
There are only eight new songs contained here. That leaves three remixes
and one track titled “The Experience Of Silence” which is ten
seconds of blank space. Thankfully, two of the remixes are for songs
not on this album. Unfortunately, one of them is an instrumental.
The overall music here is quality gothic rock. It’s energetic and driving
with aggression blended with melody. Jyrki Witch has a good rough voice
that sings the lyrics with passion. Iris’ keyboard melodies do add nice
atmosphere to the songs to prevent them from strictly sounding like
rock. There’s nothing really new or surprising here, but it’s solid
well structured music nonetheless. Having a great cover of the Lords
Of The New Church “Open Your Eyes” is quite nice,
too. This is a classic song that I used to enjoy in the ‘80s. It’s great
to hear it today given an updated edge by this band.
While there’s not a bad track delivered here, there is one in particular
that does stand out. It’s the remix titled “Irresistible”.
It’s pure electro/synth with cleaner less raw vocals. It’s also the
only song that sounds like it was recorded in a studio as opposed to
live on stage. I hope that the band realizes that this is exactly the
direction they should focus on in the future. But for now this is a
quality goth rock album that shouldn’t be missed by fans of this kind
is outstanding goth music. It's very dark and moody with extremely haunting
melodies. The majority of songs found on this album mix both male and
female vocals together. But the male vocals are dominant, and appear
the most. There are fifteen songs on this album, and they are each equally
as impressive. Most of the songs play at a medium pace, but there are
slower and faster songs as well. Each song is very melodic and catchy.
The vocals are very powerful, and blend with the music perfectly. However,
it would have been nice if the female vocals dominated on a few of the
songs. But the mixture of the male and female vocals is done very well.
This album is a must for all goth music fans.