I could tell from this band’s name, the album’s artwork and the song
titles that the subject matter contained on this CD was going to deal
with mystical/spiritual themes. While this is usually an instant turn-off
for me, the fact that Gerrit Thomas (Funker
Vogt / Fictional / Ravenous)
produced this album made me give it a chance.
I would describe the music contained here a mix between Funker
Vogt and Terminal Choice. Gerrit Thomas’ influences
can definitely be heard throughout this CD, and fans of his projects
will find this to be a good thing.
This band does a good job of including a large variety of different
sounding songs here. Some are heavy and aggressive with dramatic anthem
like melodies and guitar riffs. Others are slow and somber moody haunting
darkwave songs with a lot of atmosphere. The vocals are clean and deep
with an apparent German accent. They blend well with the music switching
between both angry shouting and soothing crooning. The only drawback
is that most of the lyrics here deal with things such as the universe,
magic, wizards, demons, spirits, myths, legends, the Grim Reaper and
Satan. If you like this subject matter in the music that you listen
to, then you will appreciate the lyrics offered throughout this CD.
There’s a lot of emotion in these songs with a dark and dramatic orchestrated
edge combined with frantic electronics. There’s not a bad track here.
They each offer something unique and different that allows each of them
to stand out. I especially enjoy “Cardinal Sins”, “Devil’s
Touch”, “Stonehenge”, “Requiem”, “Crimes
Of The Centuries” and “@ 2000 A.D.”.
This is a quality recording that offers a good helping of variety ranging
from club floor EBM to mid-tempo darkwave. Fans of Funker Vogt
and Terminal Choice will especially enjoy this disc.