on 9 November 2006
Formed in London in 1998 this band's first release was the self financed `Belief' E.P. which was followed by the debut L.P. `24' in 2001 to critical acclaim from such sources as `Metal Hammer' and `Meltdown' magazines and that received club play and rave reviews internationally in places as far a field as Chile, Australia and Japan.
Now, in 2006, they release the overdue follow up `Lament'. And it rocks!
It's full of elegant power balladry and strong vocals from singer Nick Shultz (that sometimes remind one of Midge Ure or Tony Hadley...but not in any kind of bad way). There's soaring guitar work that sometimes verges on the psychedelic from Alan Tampion. And the rhythm section of Davey Thompson (Bass) and Steve Higgins (Drums) hold it all together just as they should, a solid backbone to build these towering songs upon.
This album is not afraid to reference old Goth but with the myriad influences drawn from many genres they manage to do it without lapsing into cliché and produce an album that isn't easily pigeonholed. This Goth got Soul.
This album was an excellent surprise to this reviewer who, not being a Goth connoisseur, was expecting more of the usual drab histrionics, Eldtritch clichés (or worse still that damned bleepy EBM) and instead discovered a very worthy ROCK L.P. that deserves to be heard. Now I'll have to listen to their other stuff and see what I've been missing. Absolutely top hole.