A buddy of mine turned me on to this, saying it was "murder balladesque". Didn't know what he meant. So, I picked up their previous release, INDUSTRIAL SILENCE & was unimpressed. At his urging, I got my hands on this. This time, I got what he was saying. With vocals faintly reminiscent of Jim Morrison & guitar stylings on par with bands like Radiohead & Sparklehorse, I found the whole thing irresistable. And I'm not even a fan of those bands. The lyrics are none too bad either. "Dead End Mind" especially. Tunes like "Sister", "Black Mambo" & "Step Into This Room" could serve as the soundtrack to some slick, lurid Film Noir caper. Musically, things are sleepy and mellow except for "Two Black Bones" which comes off like a more sombre version of the Birthday Party. Goth fans would probably adore this, but lyrically & sonically it's a bit more left of center to be so easily categorized. Moody & sinsiter as it all sounds, one gets the feeling that these guys aren't painting it black just to be cool. Lines like, "I've wasted my life in a dead end mind" are a bit more thoughtful than your usual Goth fare.
From the Cardigans & Bettie Severt, Scandanavian/Norwegian bands have had their moment in the sun over here. As of late, The Hives seem to be enjoying a certain amount of vogue. So, I'm at a loss as to why these guys haven't had their day in the music press. Perhaps it's because they're too slick & subtle next to all the hype. Regardless, I still can't help but keep coming back to this. Especially, after the clock strikes twelve.